South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Artist Pandemic Resources

For Artists

Visual and craft artists, writers and poets, musicians, performers, and arts administrators.

Last update: 29 July 2021 | 13:56 ET

Necessities Assistance
  • Arts practitioners and artists who have been experiencing housing instability or are having trouble making rent or mortgage payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic should know that they are not alone. Federal, state, and local governments are offering help with housing expenses and avoiding eviction. Information is available at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s mortgage and housing assistance site on available resources.
  • Feeding America is a nationwide hunger-relief network that collects and distributes nutritious, high-quality food to help feed people who cannot afford to buy groceries. Feeding America also lists resources for programs and initiatives that are federally funded:
  • Benefits CheckUp is an online screening site where you can find information about federal, state, local and private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health, and a variety of other basic needs:

Funding Assistance

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants • Cyclical Grants (see note)
The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected, recent medical, dental, and mental health emergencies experienced by artists in the past six months. This is a national grant open to visual and media artists and choreographers. Artists of color, artists with a disability and those living outside of the East and West coasts are particularly encouraged to apply. These grants are cyclical, so if you are between cycles check back frequently for the next to open. To learn more and/or apply for relief, please visit

The Haven Foundation
The mission of The Haven Foundation is to offer interim financial assistance to freelance professionals in the arts who face crises. The Foundation’s reach is the United States, and its awards are granted with a view to helping individuals overcome temporary adversity and return to full-time work. (Please carefully read the Guidelines for Assistance before applying for a grant.)

Arts Administrators of Color Network set up a GoFundMe campaign for BIPOC artists and administrators.

Dramatists Guild Foundation launches relief fund supporting individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters.

CERF+ offers a response page for craft artists.
Note: CERF+ ‘s emergency relief grants related to COVID-19 will focus on those infected with the virus that require intensive medical care.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund • On pause until late summer/early fall 2021
The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color):

Behind the Scenes Grant
Behind the Scenes will accept applications from anyone who has been hospitalized with Covid-19 and is in financial need and who has  earned a living for at least five years in the entertainment technology industry. Performing artists are not eligible.

Recording Academy and MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund
The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help their peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund provides assistance for the performing artists for AGMA members in good standing. Members are entitled and encouraged to apply for financial assistance due to COVID-19  through the AGMA Relief Fund. Grants are awarded on a case-by-case basis, based on need:

Authors League Fund
The Author League Fund helps professional writers in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses.

The Blues Foundation Handy Artists Relief Trust (HART) Fund is available to blues musicians and their families who are in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns:

Jazz Foundation Musicians Emergency Fund
Musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz, and roots music can apply for emergency funding from the Jazz Foundation.

Carnegie Fund for Authors
The Carnegie Fund for Authors awards grants to published authors who are in need of emergency financial assistance as a result of illness or injury to self, spouse, or dependent child, or who has had some other misfortune that has placed the applicant in pressing and substantial pecuniary need.

American Society of Journalists and Authors
The Writers Emergency Assistance Fund helps established freelance writers who, because of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant. However, applicants must establish a record of past professional freelance nonfiction writing over a sustained period of years, which means qualifications generally similar to those of ASJA members. WEAF does not award grants to beginning freelancers seeking funding for writing projects, nor does it fund works-in-progress of any kind.

Artist Fellowship
This grant provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. Only artists with immediate medical emergencies should apply.

Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program
This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
This relief fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet because of COVID-19.

For Organizations

Arts and otherwise.

The One SC Fund housed at Central Carolina Community Foundation is providing grants to nonprofits responding to the COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts in the state of South Carolina.

The COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund at Coastal Community Foundation will provide flexible resources to organizations in our region working with priority groups, including senior citizens, children, health-compromised, and workers in the hospitality and tourism industry in our nine-county service area of Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton and Horry counties.

Preparing Your Organization for Coronavirus Outbreak Webinar
This webinar by the Event Safety Alliance provides some helpful information around planning and crisis management. (Watch Now)

Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres
This webinar by the Theatre Communications Group provides a holistic take on preparedness for theaters, including, general preparedness strategies, how to forecast budget shifts should productions be cancelled, how to navigate insurance, and more. (Watch Now)

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