What Every Artist Should Know

No matter what sort of artist you are- musician, poet, dancer, actor, painter… there are hundreds of grants specific to artists in the USA, being overlooked. Currently, there is a grant of $5,000 to American artists who need urgent financial support and are experiencing severe financial setbacks due to the current coronavirus health crisis.

There are reportedly 2 million artists in America, with approximately 30,000 employed in the fine arts. The struggle for artists is real. A just-released survey yields some dismal findings: In the US, three-quarters of artists made $10,000 or less per year from their art. Close to half of these figures (48.7 percent) made no more than $5,000.

Support is stronger than ever for the arts, with new grants and funding opportunities being offered to benefit artists throughout the spectrum. We’ve found the top grants every artist should know about, from musicians to sculptors.



Grants up to $5,000 to musicians, producers, agents, record company employees, and other bluegrass music professionals to address emergency needs. The funding can be used to respond to urgent 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 individuals to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. The purpose of this program is to provide financial support to eligible musicians who have experienced revenue losses due to Coronavirus related closures and cancellations. 

Find more music grants here.



Grants for artist-driven emerging media and documentary projects that seek to reduce inequality throughout the world.

Grants for innovative and independent artists for film projects exploring the links between science and culture in a wide range of nonfiction projects.

Grants up to $2,500 to artists and organizations addressing social issues through fine arts, video, and film.

Find more film grants here.



Grants to individual artists for urgent financial assistance. The purpose of this program is to provide funds 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 of $5,000 to authors for assistance in the completion of a partially-written children’s or young adult fiction novel.

Grants of $15,000 to authors for unfinished projects of literary nonfiction describing a place, event, movement, or individual. 

Find more literature grants here.



Grants of $1,500 to artists, collectives, groups, and ensembles whose exhibitions and performances have been canceled or postponed due to coronavirus.

Grants to performing arts and entertainment professionals for emergency financial assistance. 

Grants ranging from $500 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.



Grants of up to $500 to Black women artists for support during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Grants of up to $10,000 to artists for Native American arts and cultural projects and programs.

Grants of $200 to minority artists and administrators to mitigate financial losses due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Find more grants for minorities here.

Fine Arts & Craft

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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 of $1,000 to craft artists to mitigate the financial impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic. 

Grants of $1,500 to individual artists to support art projects. Eligible art disciplines include visual arts projects and new fine crafts. 

Find more grants for artists here.

Searching for grants has become an easy task thanks to GrantWatch.com which lists all the current and available grants on the one website. The site also features an extensive database of grants for nonprofits and businesses, for all types of grant interests. While artists may be struggling this year, knowing there are opportunities available to support the arts, gives some much-needed hope.

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