COVID-19 Resources for Artists

*This page will be updated as we receive new information.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is Here for You
For 30 years, the Volunteers Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts has been here for the arts and cultural community when it has needed us most. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we have assembled an emergency response panel of large law firms ready and willing to advise artists and arts organizations on contracts, insurance, and labor and employment issues that are particularly relevant and concerning during this unprecedented time.

The VLA is also waiving our service fees for artists and organizations suffering financial hardship due to the coronavirus. While our physical office is closed for now, we are still answering calls (617.350.7600) and emails (

City of Boston’s Artist Relief Fund
The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
City of Boston’s Artist Relief Fund

CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. CERF+’s core services are education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief.
Emergency Relief Grant for Artists.
Please note this grant is currently only available for artists currently infected with the coronavirus and needing intensive medical care.

National Endowment for the Arts’s Resource Roundup
The National Endowment for the Arts has complied a list of resources for artists and arts organizations.
National Resource Roundup

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.
COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Actors Fund
The Actors Fund, which assists actors, performers and film crew workers, is offering emergency financial assistance to individuals with immediate financial needs. Those unable to pay their basic living expenses such as food, housing and healthcare over the next two months can seek help through the group’s website.

Equal Sound Relief Fund
Equal Sound has launched a relief fund for musicians who can confirm gig cancellations. Musicians and music industry workers affected by the coronavirus also can apply to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund for help.

Relief Fund

The Recording Academy® COVID-19 Relief Fund
The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund to help those in the music community affected by the pandemic.


Mass Cultural Council’s COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals
Mass Cultural Council’s(MCC) COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals provides $1,000 grants to people who have lost income derived from their work as individual artists and independent teaching artists/humanists/scientists as a direct result of COVID-19 related cancellations and closures in Massachusetts.​

MCC COVID-19 Fund for Individuals

Sundance Collab
Sundance-created and curated resources for artists. For more click here.

Still Rolling Initiative
The Still Rolling Initiative was started to support the freelance production community. When sports, movies, and tv shows around the world stopped, so did the entire workforce. We are all feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are looking to help those in our community who are hurting the most.
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