No matter which kind of artist you are — musician, poet, dancer, film director, painter — there are hundreds of overlooked grants. Two million artists work in America, and the financial struggle is real. A recent survey yields some dismal findings: In 2020, close to 750,000 artists made less than $5,000.
However, support is stronger than ever for the arts, with new grants and funding offered throughout the arts field. Currently, there is a grant of $5,000 available to American artists who are experiencing severe financial setbacks due to the coronavirus health crisis. Keep reading to discover just some of the many grants currently available!
• Grants up to $5,000 to musicians, producers, agents, record company employees, and other bluegrass music professionals for emergency needs. The funding can be used to help with needs such as food, medical and dental expenses, transportation, housing, and utilities.
• Grants up to $15,000 to musicians to support performances and tours. This grant program is open to both new and established musicians, solo artists, and musicians who play in an ensemble.
• Grants to provide financial support to eligible musicians. These grants are for musicians who have experienced revenue losses due to COVID-related closures and cancellations.
Find more music grants here.
Find more film grants here.
• Grants to authors, playwrights, lyricists, and composers who are in dire need due to illness such as COVID-19, natural disasters, government shutdown, or other severe hardships.
• Grants and awards to USA publishers, translators, authors, and literary agents. These grants are for the translation and publication of French literary works for English-speaking audiences.
• Grants of $2,000 to USA writers for projects about modern art and specifically about artists of Korean descent.
Find more literature grants here.
• Grants of $1,500 to artists, collectives, groups, and ensembles whose shows and performances have been canceled or postponed due to coronavirus.
• Grants up to $2,500 to individual visual and performing artists to address sudden and unexpected opportunities or needs related to the arts.
Find more performance grants here.
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Artists
• Grants of up to $10,000 to support film projects by filmmakers who are Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), and women.
• Grants of up to $5,000 to USA early-career minority and underrepresented artists for financial support. The purpose of this program is to support artists who are BIPOC, undocumented, LGBTQ+, and artists with disabilities.
• Grants of $200 to minority artists to help with financial losses due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Find more BIPOC grants here.
Fine Arts & Crafts
• Grants of $3,000 to provide immediate assistance to artists due to the coronavirus crisis affecting their ability to exhibit, produce, and market their artwork.
• Grants to support both established and emerging artists. Funds may be used for project-related expenses, supplies, exhibits, studio time, and so on.
Find more grants for artists here.
Find all grants available for artists at GrantWatch.com. Knowing there are opportunities available to support the arts gives some much-needed hope to artists during these difficult times.
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