Many artists around the world have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis. We have put together some resource highlights that you may find helpful to determine whether you qualify for relief for self-employed workers.
Please note that we are not offering legal or accounting advice. The following resources are maintained by third party organizations. Please contact these organizations directly if you need legal or professional advice.
$ Resources (Mostly USA based information)
If you opt to apply for grants and funding it is important to read the guidelines to understand whether you qualify or not. A number of organizations have received applications from artists who were not a match for their mission.
IRS and Coronavirus Tax Relief https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-payments
Medical Bills https://www.artistsfellowship.org http://www.artistscharitablefund.org/index.html https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/Rauschenberg-Emergency-Grants
Resource Links for Artists with Helpful Summaries of What is Offered https://creative-capital.org/2020/03/13/list-of-arts-resources-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/
General Tips for Applying for Grants https://thecreativeindependent.com/guides/how-to-apply-for-grants/
For American Artists and Arts Organizations https://www.americansforthearts.org/by-topic/disaster-preparedness/coronavirus-covid-19-resource-and-response-center#impact
Craft Artists - relief fund for craft-based artists who are suffering health consequences from virus ($3,000 grant). Glass, wood, metal, fiber, ceramic, etc https://cerfplus.org
Emergency Grants and Links to Additional Grants for Artists https://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grants/emergency-grants
Small Business Owner's Guide to the Cares Act https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/2/9/29fc1ae7-879a-4de0-97d5-ab0a0cb558c8/1BC9E5AB74965E686FC6EBC019EC358F.the-small-business-owner-s-guide-to-the-cares-act-final-.pdf
In the USA, check in with your state unemployment. The amount of support varies state to state. You can begin your research here: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/uifactsheet.asp
Unemployment Highlights - includes updated information regarding eligibility and information about the $600 increase in weekly unemployment payments through July 31,2020. Please note if you receive assistance you will need to recertify each week: https://www.careeronestop.org/LocalHelp/UnemploymentBenefits/unemployment-benefits-finder-help.aspx
While the first version of the Paycheck Protection Program was depleted a new round of funding is imminent, and is awaiting the president’s signature. To apply for this loan, that under some circumstances may be partially forgiven, you will need to contact your commercial bank.
Support a Cause that Helps Others During this Time
You can help others by inspiring them, and recognizing their contribution by sharing your talent and vision. We have all seen media, images, songs, and various other artistic pieces in support of people who are on the front lines taking risks on our behalf. You can give back and support with your work. We created artists for healthworkers.com to give you a platform to share your work and to recognize your contribution. We are still accepting submissions. You can submit HERE and you can see current submissions HERE. We be may expanding the scope and the platform for this site based on feedback.
If you have other resources that you would like to see added to this list, please comment on this post or send us an email to info (at) collexart.com.