COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grants for Individuals 

Artist Relief Project 

Who Is Eligible to Apply? 

Any artist in any discipline whose income has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for emergency relief and support. Stipends and support will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the only limitation being how much money we are able to raise. 
The only requirements are (1) you demonstrate you’re an artist by sharing your resume and website, where applicable, and (2) you share this fundraiser with your own networks and provide a screenshot. 


Dramatists Guild Foundation 

This grant is for dramatists (playwrights, composers, lyricists, librettists) to apply for emergency financial assistance from the Dramatists Guild Foundation due to Covid-19 related circumstances. 


Pillars Rapid Response Fund (It’s unclear whether this is for visual artists or artists from all disciplines) 

We have created a rapid response fund to support the personal expenses of Muslim artists and activists whose livelihoods are being negatively impacted by this current moment. We will be making $500 grants to individuals through a short application process. 


The Actors Fund and Actors' Equity Association Curtain Up Fund 

 (this link is one application for multiple funds) 

The Actors Fund helps everyone who works in performing arts and entertainment including theater, film, television, music and dance. Those on the stage and behind the scenes are encouraged to apply. 


Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund 

Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund which folks can donate directly to in 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. Creatives practicing and teaching their art as well as the administrators who are supporting that art will without a doubt need our financial support to weather this unexpected and uncertain storm. 

 Austin Playhouse is proud to be launching an online workshop on Cyndi Williams' latest project, "Today's Gratitude." We have transformed Cyndi's "Today's Gratitude" Facebook posts into performances pieces. Each posts was inspired by a time, a few years ago, when Cyndi's world seemed to fall apart. They were a means for her to reconnect creatively. As theatres and artists around the world pause their activities, we're grateful for any new means to connect. We are thrilled to share the posts with you now. 

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. 

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