Friday, April 3, 2020

COVID #4 of 15 April 2020 -- Links for funding resources, Indie artists/entertainment industry

Updated 4.21.2020

This post updates information from the #3 of 8 posts in March 2020...  Links for funding.

Please note the links are for general information purposes only and my comments/summaries are not tax/business/legal/medical advice. Please consult your own resources for advice that best suits your individual situation.

Art by Dawn Maciocia

This crisis has proved this fact: We value art and artists. All the art, music, dance posts and streaming being shared proves we turn to art when we need to be nurtured. How we heal each other defines us as individuals and a culture. This is the Renaissance for appreciation of artists, scientists, grocery store clerks and cashiers, delivery drivers, highway rest stop staff, and all the newly-drafted "first responders" in aprons, smocks, gloves, goggles and masks. They've joined the ranks of our traditional Essential Emergency services. We'll get through this together -- now is the time to be kind and practice those hard human virtues. Love each other.

UPDATE 4.21.20
LA Times article on Sundance Institute $1 million fund
Quote: One-third of the fund will go to the approximately 100 participants in the 2020 spring and summer Sundance labs. One-third of the grants will be open to artists across the U.S. in partnership with the new cross-disciplinary, need-based fund Artist Relief. The final third of the money will support U.S. and international independent artist organizations.

UPDATE 4.12.20
List of Funding sources shared on 'The Complete Creative" website"

Book Industry Charitable Foundation

From Counsel for Creators Legal Services (a California law firm for Small Business and Indie artists/creators)

This link will take you to an extensive list of resources
I have been a client of this service for many years and highly recommend them.

This 3 mins video will walk you through some of the services you can access as a member

As a service to small businesses in CA, the firm has made this link available to the public.
 It shows their appx 1 hour long 4/1/20 weekly online QandA session, covering funding options for indie artists and small business owners.

Text below and link above from the Counsel for Creators Facebook page:

"We know times are tough right now and that it's become more challenging for small businesses to stay afloat. But did you know that there are two SBA-backed loans that are available now to provide financial relief?
Our partners Jon Tobin and Chuong Bui did a Q and A session yesterday to go over those options.
Since the information is so important we're making the replay video available to the public (replays are normally reserved only for Creators' Legal Program subscribers).
Check it and pass it on to any friends/colleagues/family who are self-employed or run a business."

More on the Counsel for Creators subscription service here:


Posted by "Marea Baja Designs" an artist w/ indie business who is using this program:
The Small Business Relief Initiative was started by GoFundMe to help small businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and empower their communities to rally behind them. The fund will issue $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on GoFundMe.

If you are an indie artist w/ a small business, you can start a Go Fund Me page under this program and be elibiblge for matching funds. See Go Fund Me page for details

Text below is from Go Fund Me link above. :
Help Small Businesses Affected by Coronavirus
The GoFundMe Small Business Relief Initiative is intended to support our local businesses facing financial loss. Make a difference today by donating or starting a fundraiser.
Are you a small business owner? Search and claim your fundraiser. Start a fundraiser if you can’t find a GoFundMe for your business. Small businesses may also apply for a matching grant from the Small Business Relief Fund.

UPDATE 4.14.20 -- this section is from Graphic Artist Guild
National Grants

The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.
is a 501 (c) 3 charitable foundation that financially assists professional visual artists and their families in times of emergency, disability or bereavement. Assistance is given without expectation of repayment. One does not need to be a member of the Fellowship to receive assistance nor does membership in the Artists’ Fellowship entitle one to assistance from the foundation. Learn more.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund: 
For those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Apply here.
Business for All:
Apply for grants up to $50,000 to support business growth, including $10,000 emergency COVID-19 Business for All Grants to help small businesses in crisis. Learn more.

Read the grant requirements carefully. Refresh and check our COVID Resources page often. We’ll work to keep this list updated on our website as more more grants come online, or as grants spend down their funding. This list is updated as of 4/13/20.

CERF+ Artists Safety Net COVID Relief: 
CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. Their COVID-19 relief aid is being provided to those who require intensive medical care. Learn more.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant:
Grants between $200 and $2500 for visual and performing artists. Applications reviewed monthly. Learn more.
GoFundMe is partnering with Yelp to fund the Small Business Relief Initiative supports those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Initiative will provide fundraising tools and grants to help during the crisis.
Learn more.

(Graphic Artists Guild has) also posted links to state and local grants.  Visit the State-by-State section of (their)  COVID Resources page, and click onto your state to see what grants and resources are available. Note that if your state doesn’t list any grants, check back. (GAG is) adding information as it becomes available. 

Healthwell Foundation COVID-19 Fund: 
Maximum award level of $250 to help cover costs related to delivered food, medication, diagnostics, transportation and telehealth as a result of COVID-19 risk or incidence. Applicants must earn 500% of the Federal Poverty Level (adjusted for household size and high cost of living areas). Telephone applications only. Learn more.  

NALAC COVID-19 Relief Efforts:
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) recognizes the compounding impact that the COVID-19 public health pandemic is having on our communities and artistic field. In this moment of uncertainty, we return to the importance of confianza – the act of mutual trust and support to carve a way forward.
Deadline April 16th.
Learn more.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants:
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) have partnered to administer a new emergency grant program to provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories. Learn more.

Red Backpack Fund:
1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Monthly deadlines. Sign up for notification of the next opening. Learn more.

Post resumes here....

UPDATE 4.5.20 -- 2 LA Times links
LA Times story
"Here's how one L.A. business owner is nagivating government help for the corona virus," by Michael Hiltzik, 4.3.20

quote: "There’s no question that the government has thrown businesses like Holter’s a lifeline. But he points out that they need a lifeline because the U.S. government has forsaken its responsibilities to Americans and placed them on the private sector’s shoulders. 

“All this stuff is supposed to be done by the private sector — healthcare, pensions, getting face masks and ventilators — I’m dealing with life and death issues for my employees, and that’s what’s going on all over the country, rather than having a system that’s more rational and more cost-effective. I’d like people to actually learn something from this. It’s unfair for employees and employers.”

LA Times article 
"How freelancers can get unemployment pay for work lost to corona virus" by Kathy Kristof, 4.3.20
This article is a Q and A format with questions from the trenches of self-employed trying to apply for benefits.

From "Freelance Artists Source" on WordPress. This has general resources, advocacy for freelancers, and national relief funds and grants

The Creator Fund from ConvertKit

Move Humanity Forward Coronavirus Relief Fund
From the Humanity Forward Facebook page:
The Humanity Forward Coronavirus Relief Fund will distribute at least $1 million to those most in need during this time of crisis. Visit for more details. #YesWeCare #MoneyForThePeople
Video from Andrew Yang on the Facebook page discusses info on the fund and offers like "micro-loans from $250-$500"

campaign to add Displaced Entertainment workers to Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)
There is an online Petition to include displaced entertainment workers in this federal relief package
My comment on this:
"Oh heck yes!! Indie artists are major contributors to all the “free” image sharing that fuels social media. Only those images aren’t free, the are the time, talent and expense (have you ever priced art supplies???) of artists. Not to mention the content uploaded by dancers, musicians etc."
Link for info on the (IATSE sponsored) petition:

Variety article on Entertainment Industry Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund

LA Times article w/ list of industry resources

Los Angeles TV station story w/ list of companies hiring in SoCal

#PAYUPHOLLYWOOD Go Fund Me site for industry assistants
LA Times article by Anousha Sakoui 3.19.2020
Quote: "The three women who have been spearheading the movement known as #PayUpHollywood — Liz Alper, Jamarah Hayner and Deirdre Mangan — along with a group of leading TV writers and others, created a GoFundMe site to raise money for assistants who face lost work as productions shut down."
Link for the Go Fund Me site:

Graphics below posted by indie comic book retail store "Geoffrey's Comics" illustrate ways to pivot your business model. Find ways to still deliver service your clients want from you.

Some articles with background on funding efforts

Tips on how some grass roots funding got started, and how to give safely to online campaigns

Institutions across the country are answering the call for support

United Kingdom Resource

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