Support of the Arts

As venues, tours, and festivals shut down in response to aggressive public health measures aimed at flattening the COVID-19 curve, musicians who rely on live gigs for revenue are among the groups hardest hit by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. That burden is being felt throughout the industry, from major artists and event producers to touring indie bands trying to grind out a living, to student bands at Berklee looking for a break.

In addition to the below referenced resources, artists who are classified as independent contractors or sole proprietors should also reference information provided under "PPP Made Easy", information regarding the SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (application), and your local unemployment benefits.


Areas of Financial Support

General Arts

The Cambridge Artist Relief Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting staggering pressures on the arts and culture sector and artists in Cambridge. With strict guidelines to stem the spread of the virus, public gatherings are banned, venues are closed, performances, shows, events, classes and gigs are being cancelled. Artists are losing income – immediately and into the foreseeable future. The Cambridge Community Foundation, in partnership with the City of Cambridge and its generous donors, are addressing the urgent need of arts and culture nonprofits, artists, and performers by taking immediate action to deploy money through the Cambridge Artist Relief Fund.

Boston Music Maker COVID-19 Fund

To remove the technical and social barriers between Boston’s music makers and their creative visions through truly affordable music workspace and professional development programs.

Passim Emergency Artist Relief Fund

Mission: To assist musicians in our community who are in dire need of financial aid due to the  COVID-19 pandemic, where a huge amount of musicians are losing income due to relying on a gig economy. 

Artist Relief Tree

The current global health crisis is having a severe impact on arts and culture. Performances and productions have been canceled for months, causing many artists to lose economic and social stability. This fund is set up to collect donations from those of us with the means to help. We intend to support artists, particularly freelance artists, in a small way. We wish to provide hope, make a small difference, and show solidarity with colleagues and friends.

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.

Artist Relief Fund

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grant-makers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.

CERF+: The Artist Safety Net

CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort in 1985 and has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide. CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. Our core services are education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Relief Grant

In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. For as long as our Board of Directors determines it is necessary and prudent to do so, the Foundation will disburse one-time $1,500 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.


Jazz Foundation of America: COVID-19 Fund

The bottom has fallen out of the live music industry. Concerts, tours, and festivals have been canceled. Clubs, bars, and restaurants have closed. Our jazz and blues community is one of the earliest to be hit and one of the least equipped to endure such a disruption.

The need is unprecedented but reminds us of JFA’s mission and purpose to provide emergency assistance in times of crisis.

In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jazz Foundation of America continues to connect with hundreds of jazz and blues musicians to provide compassionate counsel and offer direct financial support.

Boston Singers Emergency Relief

Applications are now being accepted for the second round of BSRF Emergency Relief. New England-based classical singers who have not received a BSRF COVID-19 Emergency Relief grant in the past are eligible to apply. 

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

Be a human and a musician who had a confirmed gig cancelled due to coronavirus that you are not getting paid for. Fill out the form. Upload your W9. Upload evidence that you had this gig confirmed and then canceled in a single PDF. That's that.

EMA Relief Fund: Supporting Early Musicians in Need

We know we don’t have the resources to help everyone and that these mini-grants can’t make up for a couple of months of loss of performance income. But we can do something, and, in doing so, set an example of community spirit and provide some hope in this time of unprecedented challenge to livelihoods, artistic expression and security. This page is where early musicians apply for a mini grant and where those with the means can contribute to the fund.

Musicians Foundation Emergency Relief Grant

In today’s volatile professional climate, many musicians experience greater financial risk than ever before. Musicians Foundation provides aid that enables performers, educators, composers, and arrangers to continue pursuing their artistic process and vision. As the oldest non-profit of its kind in the United States, Musicians Foundation is dedicated to assisting musicians, and their families, in times of emergency, crisis, or transition. Our goal is to relieve the financial burdens of musicians who qualify according to the Foundation’s criteria.

Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund

Sweet Relief is here to provide immediate assistance and we have created this DONOR-DIRECTED FUND with a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work. 


Theatre Community Benevolent Fund

TCBF provides financial relief in a confidential, respectful manner to individual theater practitioners and non-profit theater organizations of Greater Boston and the surrounding areas, facing occurrences of a catastrophic nature including but not limited to extreme illness, devastating acts of nature, housing emergencies, vandalism, and theft, and who have limited or no resources with which to handle such events.  TCBF recognizes the essential value of artists and arts organizations to society, and treats all applicants with dignity, discretion, and compassion.

I Lost My Theatre Gigs

The shutdown of Broadway, regional theatres, theme parks and more will undoubtedly cause financial strain on our community of artists. We are here to help share stories, help each other financially and create an environment where we continue to care for each other. If you're worried about your finances due to the COVID-19 closures, please fill out the form below. We will verify information and share on for others to review and donate.


Boston Dance Alliance Relief Fund

Fund currently closed with possibility of re-opening

Supporting Crew

The Crew Nation Fund

The Crew Nation fund is here to help support live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19. You can apply for financial assistance from the Crew Nation fund. Crew like you are essential to the fabric of live touring. You work behind the scenes to help artists and fans connect with the magic of live music, and Live Nation wants to ensure you are taken care of during this time.

Non-Financial Support

Lawyers for Artists

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts provides legal services, advice, and educational programming to artists and cultural organizations in Massachusetts. The VLA accomplishes its mission through the work of a panel of more than 500 attorneys who volunteer their time and services to provide legal counsel, education, and organizational support to the Massachusetts arts community. Our program serves individual artists, musical groups, and cultural organizations.

Mental Health & Coping Resources

Experts recommend getting adequate sleep, eating well, and engaging in exercise, among other tips for practicing good self-care.

Anyone already managing existing mental health conditions should prioritize self-care during uncertain times, and not hesitate to contact their clinician(s) with any questions or concerns.

To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), OR text “START” to 741-741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has guidance on managing mental health and coping during COVID-19 for children and caregivers, as well as guidance for higher education administrators.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has information on travel, media resources, and other research on COVID-19.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides some science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.

Clinical hypnotherapist and trauma recovery coach Ronia Fraser shares tips, tools and exercises for anxiety reduction

Better Help: (Affordable, private online counseling)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA online meetings)

Porter’s Call helps artists find the counsel, support, and encouragement they need. Services are safe, confidential, and provided at no cost. For more information on services and eligibility.

12-Step Industry Group - Tuesdays at 8am PT/10am CMT/11am EST/4pm UTC

Music Industry Coffee Break - Thursdays at 8am PT/10am CMT/11am EST/4pm UTC

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SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care facilitates the adoption of trauma-informed environments in the delivery of a broad range of services including mental health, substance use, housing, vocational or employment support, domestic violence, and victim assistance and peer support.

The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors’ National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) promotes trauma-informed practices in the delivery of services to violence- and trauma-exposed individuals seeking support for recovery and healing.

The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health provides training, support, and consultation to advocates, mental health and substance abuse treatment providers, legal professionals, and policymakers as they work to improve responses to survivors and their children.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) assists in the improvement of access to care, treatment, and services for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.

If you, or someone you care about, is feeling overwhelmed by sadness, depression, or anxiety, or you feel like you want to harm yourself or others, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990).

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*Note: Individuals are advised to document all lost work and potential earnings as there may be future government programs offering income and/or tax relief due to loss of employment or business