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Emerging Artist-Friendly Relief Funds


As relief fund efforts gained momentum following the mass layoffs and cancelled gigs brought by COVID-19, many funds established eligibility criteria that require union membership, professional work experience of 5-10 years, and published work, all that disadvantage and disqualify young and emerging artists in the application process. We have compiled a list of active, emerging artist-friendly relief funds. Due to limited funding, EAI can’t fund all applicants, but the following relief funds (both national and local are included) are helpful resources for applicants needing emergency financial assistance. 


Erie Arts and Culture Emergency Assistance Fund


COVID-19 Financial Solidarity Spreadsheet


Artist Relief Project


Frederick Artist Relief Fund


North Carolina Artist Relief Fund


Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund


Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund


Chicago Theatre Workers Relief Fund


Dallas Artist Relief Fund


The Ghostlist Fund


Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund


Crosshatch Artist Relief Fund


ArtsGreensboro Relief Fund


Nashville Filmmakers Guild COVID-19 Relief Fund


CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund

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