***Last Updated March 30, 2020***
Stay tuned as this Resource Guide will be frequently updated with new resources.
These are the people who have made us what we are today and we are nothing without their support. However, the livelihoods of so many artists were recently changed overnight by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We care about each artist in our community and strongly recommend reaching out to the artists in your life. How are they doing? What do they need? Help them feel connected and cared for in a time of uncertainty.
Many artists in our circle are part of the gig and freelance economies. They work project to project or paycheck to paycheck to pay the bills. They are painters, producers, performers, musicians, filmmakers, writers, illustrators, sculptors and so much more, working tirelessly to infuse creativity into our lives. Now, they need us, as many of the projects artists were working on have come to a screeching halt due to COVID-19. Productions have been canceled, concerts have been postponed, museums and galleries have closed, and the creatives who rely on these sources for income have been left with bills to pay.
There is a lot of information floating around, but we wanted to compile some resources for the larger artist community looking for support in this time of need. Here are some ways you can help:
The best way you can support your creative community is to stay at least 6 feet from other humans. This practice helps to “flatten the curve” so that our hospitals and institutions are not overwhelmed. We know this can be challenging, but we encourage you to find creative ways to connect with friends, family and loved ones!
There are currently hundreds of options to apply for emergency funding, and hundreds of artists in need. We’ve pulled together some helpful links and suggestions below.
Where to begin? We highly suggest reaching out to your local city or state government to ask what resources are available for local artists. This way you have a better understanding of what they are looking for in an application, along with more localized support. If they don’t have artist grants available yet, ask them to set up a specific fund for local artists to apply. Doing this increases your chances of receiving funding exponentially.
Here are a few of the most comprehensive artist resource guides for grants we have found:
We also have a few resources for artists in our Meow Wolf communities:
Currently getting up and running for local artists to apply for up to $1,000 in assistance. More details soon!
Currently taking applications from artists within 80 miles of Albuquerque to receive up to $1,000 in assistance.
Funding will be donated to Santa Fe area nonprofit organizations up to $5,000. Applications to open next week.
Funding up to $1,000 for artists who live in Denver
During this time, our government is responding in several different ways to help people affected by COVID-19. Be sure to stay up to date on the resources available to you from federal and state agencies.
We cannot stress enough the importance of taking care of yourself. It’s a stressful time, and if you’re anything like us, your anxiety is through the roof. We’ve got a few good recommendations here:
While our government officials are working on relief packages for those affected by COVID-19, we want to make sure that artists and freelance workers are included in these support packages. It’s important that we make our voices heard:
We know this is a challenging time for our community, and hope these resources and ideas can help strengthen our resolve. Stay safe friends. We hope to add more resources in the coming weeks.
National Grants/Relief Funds from 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organizations & Unions
National Crowdfunding & Collective Action Efforts
The below are new funds set up specifically to relieve artists in financial crisis as a result of COVID-19. We cannot vouch for the methods by which funds/services are distributed, and welcome any feedback via our submission form!
Local Grants/Relief Funds from 501(c)3 Organizations, Unions, and Local Arts Councils
Local Crowdfunding & Collective Action Efforts
In general, the below are new funds set up specifically to relieve artists in financial crisis as a result of COVID-19. We cannot vouch for the methods by which funds/services are distributed, and welcome any feedback via our submission form! Please note: never share social security number or bank account number through a Google form.
Interest Free Loans