Resources for Artists Affected by COVID-19


We have gathered links to what we believe are helpful resources to artists who are inevitably affected by the corona pandemic. A canceled show or loss of a day job... This is the time to show solidarity in the art community. Please feel free to add links in the comment field and we will update the article. This post specifically focuses on visual art, but some links will be helpful across disciplines. Hopefully, you will find this helpful! / Works by Friends for Friends 

Scroll down to find country-specific resources. 

Working From Home:

Mental Health: 

Resources for mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.

Free Coaching session for struggling freelancers
Freelancers Struggling with COVID-19 Stress (includes a promise of no sales pitch for future paid services)

Guided Meditation
Free guided meditation classes

Yoga Classes
Free Yoga classes for all levels 




Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Emergency Grants provide urgent funding ($500-$2,500) for visual and performing artists who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation
Emergency Grants program provides financial assistance to painters, sculptors, or printmakers facing an unforeseen, catastrophic incident. Grants given on one-time basis for specific emergencies such as flood, fire, or emergency medical need. Maximum grant is $15,000; typical grant amount is $5,000.

Emergency Grant for Curators 
The Emergency Grant provides funding for a curatorial project that sheds light on the world during this time of darkness. Priority will be given to curators who have a venue secured for their project and are greatly impacted by the challenges we are facing due to COVID-19. 

Exhaustive list of additional sources for emergency funding.


Legal and Advocacy:

NYC RELIEF for the Art Industry

Cancel rent (NYC)

Legal Information

Submit Your Financial Losses
NATIONAL: Artists, Culture Workers, Freelancers, Gig/Event Economy Losses Due to Covid-19 Cancellations

Tracking Your Financial Losses
template spreadsheet 


Exhaustive list of resources for artists in the UK affected by COVID-19.


Community groups: 

“Kulturarbetare i Coronakris”
Facebook group with daily postings of news and resources 

Temporary job postings 
Facebook group for workers who lost their jobs due to COVID-19

Konstnärernas Riksorganisation
RKO Facebook group 

Legal and Advocacy:

Petition to sign - Basic Income during COVID-19

Financial and Legal Info for small businesses (Företagarna)
Support and information to small businesses affected by corona


Grants from Kulturrådet
Apply for grants (extended 2-week deadline due to COVID-19) 

Check the website of your local municipality for potential emergency funding. 

Artist Residency: 

At-Home Residency (Applicant need to have some affiliation to Finland)
Kone Foundation invites you to apply for a three-month work grant for an artist residency that takes place in the artist's own home


List of funding for freelancers or small businesses working in the arts


 Artwork by Chloe Wise 

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