Artist Relief

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Artist Relief
TypeFinancial Relief
FocusEmergency Grant Distribution
MethodDirect aid

Artist Relief is an emergency initiative founded in 2020 by a coalition of national arts grantmakers to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. [1] [2] [3]


Artist Relief is an emergency initiative organized by the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists—all mid-sized national arts grantmakers—to 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. [2] [1] As of August 2020, the initiative had distributed $13.5 million through these grants. [4]

In 2020, the annual concert series Hardly Strictly Bluegrass worked with Artist Relief to administer a $1 million artist relief fund to musicians effected by the Covid-19 pandemic. [5]

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  2. 1 2 "Artist Relief Emergency Fund Receives Over 55,000 Applicants in Barely 2 Weeks". Observer. 2020-04-24. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  3. Quito, Anne. "US artists can now get $5,000 emergency grants without a tedious application process". Quartz. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  4. "Artist Relief Raises $2 Million for Individual Artists". American Theatre . 2020-09-25. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
  5. "Hardly Strictly Bluegrass announces full lineup—and $1 million artist relief". 48 hills. 2020-09-25. Retrieved 2020-10-26.