South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Artist Relief Fund

An urgent need

Empty stages, studios, and galleries.
Canceled festivals, openings, and performances.

All contributing to loss of income, food insecurity, late rent and car payments, and a host of other problems for South Carolina’s artists.

Data on Artists in South Carolina

  • 95% have experienced loss from COVID-19
  • 66% have experienced unanticipated expenditures
  • 63% have become fully unemployed because of COVID-19

Data courtesy of Americans for the Arts’ ongoing artist survey.

You Can Help

Citizens of South Carolina have an opportunity to join the South Carolina Arts Foundation’s (SCAF) efforts to support artists who are experiencing hardships due to canceled concerts, dance performances, readings, plays, exhibitions, lectures, workshops and other events.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to SCARF, the South Carolina Artist Relief Fund. Your donation will help the SCAF support South Carolina Arts Commission grant awards to artists in need during this critical time.

Supporting artists at this time is a way to show appreciation for the joy they give us every day through their incredible talents. It’s hard to imagine what society would be like without art and our artists.
– SCARF Campaign Chairman F. Scott McMillan said.



“It is imperative that the foundation takes an active role in providing support to South Carolina artists in this critical time of need due to canceled events. As a board we are seeding the fund with $25,000 so the application process can begin while we continue to raise additional funds.”
– SCAF Board President Flavia Harton (Greenville)

“We hope that donations from the public, combined with corporate and foundation seed funds will exceed campaign goals. The efforts of the foundation are essential. Artists need these funds and sitting on the sidelines is unacceptable.”
– SCARF Campaign Chairman F. Scott McMillan (Greenville)


Donate to our GoFundMe now.

You may also mail checks. Make them out to “South Carolina Arts Foundation” and mail to:

  • South Carolina Arts Foundation
  • 1026 Sumter Street, Suite 200
  • Columbia, SC 29201

Our office is closed to the public, but the mail is being monitored by staff.

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GoFundMe Campaign in Honor of Chadwick Boseman
The Kooken Family Foundation
Darla Moore Foundation
Michael J. Mungo Foundation

This list is updated weekly.

The application period for Round 2 of S.C. Arts Commission Arts Emergency Relief Grants for individual artists is open until March 26, 2021. 

To discuss the fund and ask any questions you may have, please contact Victoria McCurry ( | 803.734.8315).