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.

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants
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. To learn more and/or apply for relief, please visit https://www.nyfa.org/awards-grants/rauschenberg-medical-emergency-grants/.

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
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): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfv4AazvLFVUNAgXoxqBqfZ7jJVkrMroa-CET6Vt6XygR-CaQ/formResponse

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.
https://wp.behindthescenescharity.org

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.
https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help/musicares-coronavirus-relief-fund

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: https://agmarelief.org/

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.
https://authorsleaguefund.org

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: https://blues.org/hart-fund/#about

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.
https://jazzfoundation.org/musicians-emergency-fund/

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.
https://www.carnegiefundforauthors.org

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.
https://asja.org/For-Writers/WEAF

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.
https://www.artistsfellowship.org/financial-aid

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.
https://www.gottliebfoundation.org/emergency-grant

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.
https://www.sweetrelief.org/covid-19-fund.html

Solidarity Fund 2.0 (Cross-posted in organizations section)
Provides one-time grants to individual artists, cultural workers, and small arts organizations in the U.S. South experiencing financial emergency or hardship specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Solidarity Fund 2.0 is made possible through funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and our collaboration with the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), which includes  First Peoples Fund, National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC), PA’I Foundation, and Sipp Culture. Our coalition of partners specifically seeks to support artists and arts & culture organizations of color and across diverse regions of the country who typically fly beneath the national radar and national arts funding. Rolling Deadline: Tuesday, February 2nd – Thursday, March 11th (12 pm ET) for artists, cultural workers, and small arts organizations in Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Washington D.C. BEFORE applying, please read the full guidelines on our website. Application here:
https://www.tfaforms.com/4850325

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.
https://yourfoundation.org/one-sc-fund/

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.
https://coastalcommunityfoundation.org/special-initiatives/covid-19-relief-recovery-fund/

Solidarity Fund 2.0 (Cross-posted in artists section)
Provides one-time grants to individual artists, cultural workers, and small arts organizations in the U.S. South experiencing financial emergency or hardship specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Solidarity Fund 2.0 is made possible through funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and our collaboration with the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), which includes  First Peoples Fund, National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC), PA’I Foundation, and Sipp Culture. Our coalition of partners specifically seeks to support artists and arts & culture organizations of color and across diverse regions of the country who typically fly beneath the national radar and national arts funding. Rolling Deadline: Tuesday, February 2nd – Thursday, March 11th (12 pm ET) for artists, cultural workers, and small arts organizations in Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Washington D.C. BEFORE applying, please read the full guidelines on our website. Application here:
https://www.tfaforms.com/4850325

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)

Miscellaneous Wisdom