In addition to the major emergency relief providers that you are most likely aware of (American Red Cross, FEMA, SBA), a number of arts organizations and funders also provide emergency financial relief, emergency residencies, medical assistance, and other emergency resources for artists. 

Note: this is not a comprehensive list; please check back regularly for updates and stay in touch on our Facebook Page. 

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Emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by the COVID pandemic.

Opened Thursday, April 8, 2021 (still open for applications)

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible entities include:

  • Live venue operators or promoters

  • Theatrical producers

  • Live performing arts organization operators

  • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria

  • Motion picture theater operators

  • Talent representatives, and

  • Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.




The Artists' Charitable Fund is a Colorado-based Artists' Charitable Fund that assists American visual fine artists (painters and sculptors) living anywhere in the United States by paying a portion of their medical/dental/eye-care bills. 

The fund is a small nonprofit with a narrow focus of assisting painters and sculptors by paying a portion of emergency medical bills directly to the medical providers. The fund is legally not able to pay artists directly, nor is it able to fund artists who have suffered a loss of income from COVID-19. 


Questions? Contact Fund Coordinator, Judy Archibald at 970-577-0509 or

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