The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

COVID-19 Resources

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb 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.

Americans for the Arts - Response and Resource Center
Americans for the Arts has established a Response and Resource Center that will be updated on a daily basis. This includes preparation information, funding and grants, resource pages and much more.

Anonymous is a Woman
Up to $2,500 grants available to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States to assist artists who are experiencing financial hardship due to lost income or opportunity as a result of COVID-19 and the subsequent economic shock.

Artist Relief Project
Support from this project is intended for individuals pursuing careers as artists (in any discipline, with any level of success/ experience), whose anticipated income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis (due to cancellation and closures of events, venues, performances, and productions and so forth).

Artists at Risk Connection COVID-19 Resources for Artists
ARC has compiled a (growing) list of resources for artists and art-related professionals and organizations to find support in these trying times.' Charitable Fund
Artists' Charitable Fund 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.' Fellowship, Inc.
The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. Relief Tree Helpful Resources List
A list of financial resources including emergency funding, National and local crowdfunding and collective action efforts, and local grants and relief funds all for freelance artists and technicians during this global health crisis. Thrive
A compilation of resources, tools and opportunities that aim to provide artists and those who work with artists support to be able to thrive in the wake of these challenging circumstances. and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
A fund setup to support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.

Authors League Fund

The Authors League Fund helps professional 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.
Artwork Archive's Financial Relief List
Artwork Archive provides artists, collectors and organizations powerful tools to manage their artwork, career or collection. COVID-19 Emergency grants available for Artists:

COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals
The COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals provides $1,000 grants to people who have lost income derived from their work as individual artists and independent teaching artists/humanists/scientists as a direct result of COVID-19 related cancellations and closures in Massachusetts. Application deadline: April 22, 2020 at 11:59pm (ET). More Info:

Bridgesong Fund

The Institute for the Musical Arts is offering an emergency relief for western Massachusetts women, nonbinary, and genderqueer artists of color.

Boston Artists Relief Fund
The City of Boston, Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture is accepting applications from artists whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID.

Cambridge Artists Relief Fund
The Cambridge Community Foundation, in partnership with the City of Cambridge is accepting applications to address the urgent need of arts and culture nonprofits, artists, and performers.

Community Foundation of Western MA - Interest Free Loans and Scholarships
Complete a single application and be matched with scholarships and interest-free loans for which you are eligible.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund
CERF+ is readiness, relief + resilience for studio artists, ensuring that they are as protected as the work they create.

Creative Capital: Artist Resources
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, they have created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. They will continue to update this list as the outbreak continues to affect the arts community.

Cultured Magazine - COVID-19 Artists Resources
Cultured Magazine brings you the best from the worlds of contemporary art, design and architecture

Dramatists Guild Emergency Fund
DGF provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and book writers in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Loan Advance
The SBA’s EIDL Program provides small businesses with working capital loans to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue. The Loan Advance will provide economic relief to businesses with an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.

See also, SBA Express Bridge Loans (for businesses who currently have a relationship with an SBA Express Lender), and SBA Debt Relief (for new and current 7(a) loans).

Equal Sounds Fund for Musicians
The Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund was set up on short notice to provide direct financial assistance to musicians who have lost work as a result of Corona-related event cancellations.

Facebook Small Business Grant
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where we operate.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
If you are seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition due to COVID-19 you can apply for support from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund

Fractured Atlas Freelance Artist Resources
Fractured Atlas has an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This 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 and more.

Freelance Artists Resource List
An aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines, specifically meant to serve freelance artists.

Jazz Foundation Musicians Emergency Fund

The Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief and direct financial support in times of crisis.
KPM & Associates Resource Center
Kevin P. Martin & Associates has created a COVID-19 resource center for businesses – including film and television production companies and non-profits, on taxes, film incentives, and more.

Massachusetts Health Connector
The MA Health Connector is extending the enrollment period for uninsured individuals until April 25.

Massachusetts Unemployment
The Commonwealth is waiving the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits and expanded eligibility for individuals impacted by virus-related closures.

Info & Apply: Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

DUA is holding Virtual Town Halls to help answer questions.

Please Note: CARES Act-related unemployment benefits for the self-employed and others are not yet available as the state awaits federal guidance. Follow updates here.

Information on unemployment benefits related to CARES Act.

Helpful graphic for creative professionals on navigating unemployment benefits by AFL-CIO’s Department for Professional Employees.

Massachusetts WorkShare Program
WorkShare offers an alternative to layoffs. Employees work reduced hours while collecting unemployment benefits to supplement their lower wages.

MassProduction Coalition Resource List. (Includes Small Business financial resources)
A list of resources and relief efforts kept up-to-date with new policies and initiatives as they become available.

Max’s Kansas City Project
The Max’s Kansas City Project provides emergency funding & resources to professionals in the creative arts. Individuals who have made their living through their art form either professionally or personally and demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid or housing.

Mass Cultural Council’s Recover, Rebuild, and Renew Series begins February 2, 2021. Two workshops will be offered weekly through June 29, 2021. We are excited to help the cultural sector recover from the staggering losses resulting from COVID-19 and help build a more resilient future.

Musicians Foundation
Grants for musicians of any genre in a time of acute need, due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.

National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER)
NCAPER helps you foster relationships with providers in the emergency services sector. Their list of organizations can assist with reestablishing your art practice and keeping you apprised of funding opportunities

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. Release regarding Distribution of $75 million allocated in COVID19 Relief Package:

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) Emergency Relief Funds

Emergency artist relief funds in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a list of where to apply for emergency artist relief funds in each state.

Northampton Emergency Small Business Grant Program

The City of Northampton and Valley Community Development are proud to announce the Northampton Emergency Small Business Grant Program. The purpose of these grants is to provide funds to low and moderate income businesses to assist them in remaining open, as well as stimulating and pivoting their businesses during this time of COVID-19 and in the future.
Application / More Information

Northampton Arts Council COVID-19 Artist Relief Grant
All artists and cultural producers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Northampton, Florence, and Leeds are eligible to apply here. The application is due May 15, 2020. The Northampton Arts Council usually administers the ArtsEZ grant round in the spring to support local arts and cultural projects that take place in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds. Since all public gatherings are on hold, and in light of the severe economic impact of COVID-19, the Board has voted to allocate $10,000 to fund artist relief.

Paycheck Protection Program
An SBA loan to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. Individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors are also eligible if they meet program size standards. Loan forgiveness benefits are based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Lenders may begin processing PPP loan applications as soon as April 3.

Pen America - Emergency Funds for Writers List

A listing of national and regional emergency grants available to writers in acute financial crisis.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
The program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. Grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers.

Small Business Administration Disaster Relief Funds (EIDL):
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

StageSource - Theater Community Benevolent Fund
StageSource provides leadership and services to advance the art of theater in the Greater Boston and New England region. Our mission is to unite theater artists, theater companies, and related organizations in vision and goals that inspire and empower our community to realize its greatest artistic potential.

Tax Filing & Payments Delayed
The IRS has moved the deadline to file taxes from April 15 to July 15. Individual taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.

IRS updates regarding coronavirus tax relief

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has extended the deadline to file income taxes from April 15 to July 15. MA Department of Revenue

Theatre Community Benevolent Fund
This fund provides between $500 and $1,500 to individuals involved in theater, and between $1,000 and $6,000 to companies. Rolling deadline, application reviewed weekly.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA)
VLA has assembled an emergency response panel of large law firms to advise artists and arts organizations on contracts, insurance, and labor and employment issues. The VLA is waiving service fees for artists and organizations suffering financial hardship due to the coronavirus.
Email: Phone: 617-350-7600.

WBUR The ARTery: Grants and Resources for Artists and Nonprofits

Artists are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Museums, restaurants and venues have all closed, leaving many without a primary source of income. Filing for unemployment is a decent safety net but not all artists qualify to apply. If you're looking for small emergency grants or funds to hold you over, read on to learn more.

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