Resources For Artists and Organizations

(Above) "Los Angeles Skyline" by Susan Logoreci.

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Arts and Culture is working to support LA County's vast and multifaceted arts and creative community. Compiled here are resources for artists and nonprofit organizations from LA County; local, state and federal agencies; arts service organizations; foundations; and more. This page continues to be regularly updated.

These opportunities were last updated on:  July 31, 2020

Government Resources


LA County Public Health/Recovery Updates

LA County Road to Recovery
A timeline for the reopening of LA County businesses and services.

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Department of Public Health (DPH) Resource Page
The LA County Department of Public Health's official COVID-19 page. Updated daily, it contains the most up-to-date information about LA County's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DPH Media Briefings
LA County media briefings are daily and stream live on Facebook.

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Los Angeles County
LA County's COVID-19 pandemic response page. Like the DPH page, it is updated daily.

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LA County Workforce Resources

LA County Business & Worker Disaster Help Center
Resources and hotline for workers, small businesses, nonprofits, and tenants/landlords.

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LA County Department of Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Services - America's Job Center of California
Job search, business support, meal assistance, and more.

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FREE PPE FOR YOUR organization
LA County Consumer and Business Affairs can provide free personal protective equipment (PPE) for your nonprofit. 

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California Agencies

California Arts Council

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State of California Employment Development
General guidance as to what relief programs are available and what situations may be applicable based on circumstances.

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Federal Agencies

National Endowment for the Arts
A resource hub curated by the National Endowment of the Arts.

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Accessibility Resources for Virtual Events
Best practices for creating an inclusive experience for virtual and digital events. NOTE: this is a high-level overview and not a detailed how-to guide.

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U.S. Small Business Administration
Low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 for designated states and territories.

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Arts Service Organization & Philanthropic Resources


Arts Service Organizations

Actor’s Equity Association

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Arts for LA
Advocacy and resources for individuals and organizations.

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California Lawyers for the Arts
Arts arbitration and mediation, workshops, and more.

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Californians for the Arts
Advocacy, resources, webinars, and more.

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Center for Cultural Innovation
Resources, webinars, and a relief funds for individuals.

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Dance Resource Center

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Resources, including online classes, relief funds, and more.


 

LA Stage Alliance
Resources for theater makers.

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National Association of Latino Independent Producers

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Caravanserai Project
Emergency Intervention Guide aimed at supporting nonprofits and social impact organizations during COVID-19.

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Sundance Institute
Relief funds for organizations. NOTE: organizations must be nominated.

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Foundations (Includes Relief Funds)

Grantmakers in the Arts
A resource hub for organizations and individuals, including advocacy and relief funds.

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Council on Foundations
A resource hub for organizations and individuals, including advocacy, best practices, general COVID-19 info, and relief funds.

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New York Foundation for the Arts
A resource hub for organizations and individuals, including advocacy, best practices, general COVID-19 info, and relief funds.

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Nonprofit Finance Fund
Tools, resources, webinars, and insights.

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Southern California Grantmakers
Guidance for philanthropic communications during COVID-19.

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FSG
COVID-19: Seven Things Philanthropy can do.

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Resource Hubs


Associations, Collectives, Unions, et al

Association of California Symphony Orchestras
Resources for symphony orchestras.

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Americans For The Arts
Resources for organizations and individuals, including research/field tools, mental health/equity, and guidance for re-opening.

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Freelance Artist Resource
Resources for freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community, which includes (but is not limited to) actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.

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The Justice Collective
Coronavirus and Racial + Social Equity: Centering Justice During Times of Uncertainty and Four Things You Can Do Right Now.

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I Care if You Listen
A round-up of emergency funding sources and additional resources for artists.

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One Degree
Community resource guide, including info about food programs, homeless support, childcare, and more. Also, organized by neighborhood.

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Springboard for the Arts
Resource for organizations and individuals.

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TransLatina Coalition: The Center for Violence Prevention & Transgender Wellness
Food services, workforce development, leadership development, and more.

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Creative Capital
A list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists and arts professionals.

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Women's Center for Creative Work
A list of resources and funding opportunities for artists.

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Relief Funds, Awards & Fellowships


For All Disciplines

2020 Arts and Accessibility Grant
Grants of up to $3,000 for artists with disabilities located throughout California. Funding can support activities that advance creative work and careers, including the creation of new work, as well as specific projects that contribute directly to professional goals and development.

Deadline: October, 2020

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#Above4Fund
Recurring monthly fund (beginning at $1,000) to support black women artists from TILA Studios.

Deadline: Applications must be received by the first of every month

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Artist Relief
Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward.

Deadline: Cycle VI closes September 23, 2020

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Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
A one-time micro grant of $200 for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators.

Deadline: ongoing

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Los Angeles Freelancers Relief Fund
Relief fund for LA area-based freelancers and artists that have been directly affected by COVID-19, specifically those who are in emergency need of support.

Deadline: ongoing

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LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund
$3 million in grants available at $5,000 or $15,000 to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits. There are 6 total rounds, with finalists notified after each round.

Deadline:Every two weeks through September, 2020

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LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund - Round 4.5
A special funding round of the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund for nonprofits with an annual budget of $1 Million or more.

Deadline:September 21 - 25, 2020

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LA Art Workers Relief Fund
$1,000 emergency grants for arts workers based in LA County.

Deadline: Round two of funding is set to open in September, 2020.

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For Film/Media (Workers and Performers)

Behind the Scenes

Funding for entertainment technology professionals who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 and are in financial need.

Deadline: ongoing

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Motion Picture and Television Fund
Temporary emergency financial assistance is available to qualified industry members experiencing financial hardship due to illness, disability, unemployment, or other reasons.

Deadline: ongoing

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SAG-AFTRA
Provides financial assistance to eligible SAG-AFTRA members and their families. NOTE: Emergency financial assistance is available for people who are unable to pay their basic living expenses (food/housing/health care) over the next two months. SAG-AFTRA asks that if you have the resources to cover that period, please wait to apply.

Deadline: ongoing, but processing could take as long as three weeks

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Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation
Provides both short-term and long-term assistance to veterans of the motion picture entertainment industry. NOTE: must meet the following requirements: 1.) You have been furloughed, you are on reduced pay (50% or more), or laid off due to COVID-19. 2.) You have an expense for housing, medical and/or basic household essentials (such as food and toiletries) that you do not have the means to pay. 3.) Your housing, medical, or basic household expenses exceed the total amount you are receiving from unemployment, federal stimulus funding, or other household income.

Deadline: ongoing

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For Musicians

AGMA Relief Fund
A relief fund for members of the American Guild of Musical Artists.

Deadline: ongoing

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California Jazz Foundation
Financial assistance and emergency medical referrals are offered to California-based jazz musicians and others who have made substantial contributions to the art form.

Deadline: ongoing

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EqualSound
A relief fund supporting musicians due to the pandemic. NOTE: first come, first served.

Deadline: ongoing

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HART Fund
A relief fund for blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses.

Deadline: seems to be ongoing

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Jazz Foundation of America Emergency Fund
Relief services for jazz and blues musicians requiring emergency assistance and social services.

Deadline: ongoing

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Recording Academy Musicares
A relief fund for music industry professionals for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage).

NOTE: All funding has currently been exhausted. They plan to reopen the fund using donations, but no timeline has been given.

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Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
A relief fund for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food, and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.

Deadline: ongoing

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For Performers (including Choreographers)

Actors Fund
Multiple funding sources based on discipline. These programs offer variable fund amounts and have variable requirements.

Deadliness: ongoing

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National Theater Project
Grant to promote the development of artist-led, ensemble, and devised theater work while extending the reach and life of these projects through touring.

Deadline: rolling

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For Visual and Craft Artists

Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation
Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.

Deadline: ongoing

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Artists Fellowship Financial Assistance
Emergency aid for professional fine (visual) artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement, or unexpected extreme hardship.

Deadline: ongoing, but not during the months of July and August

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CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund
A relief fund for craft artists who have experienced a recent, career-threatening emergency.

Deadline: ongoing

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Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
A relief fund for visual and performing artists who have 1.) Sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding; or 2.) Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.

Deadline: ongoing

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Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
A relief fund for visual and performing artists.

Deadline: ongoing

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For Writers (Journalists, Authors, Dramatists, Poets)

American Society of Journalists and Authors
A relief fund to help established freelance writers who, because of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. NOTE: funds are not available to those who have lost work because publishers and/or clients are no longer assigning due to the pandemic.

Deadline: ongoing

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Author’s Relief Fund
A relief fund for authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.

Deadline: ongoing

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Dramatists Guild Foundation
A relief fund supporting individual playwrights composers, lyricists, and book writers who are members of the Dramatist Guild Foundation.

Deadline: ongoing

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Pen America Writer’s Emergency Fund
A small grants program for professional—published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis. Depending on the situation and level of need, grants are in the range of $2,000.

Deadline: ongoing

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Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
A relief fund to help at least 100 queer writers of color who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Priority will be given to queer trans women of color and queer disabled writers of color. NOTE: this fund has been organized on GoFundMe, and is also soliciting donations to support it.

Deadline: ongoing

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