Pandemic Response: Resources for Artists in the U.S. and Canada

We are continuing to gather resources as we come across them. If you have suggestions, please email

LMDA Freelancers Gather Weekly for Community
Saturdays at 4pm EST/1pm PST
This is a casual, low-key online gathering via Zoom. Come when you're feeling ready, and feel free to take all the time you need to grieve job loss and uncertainty on your own. All are welcome.

Contact: Heather Helinsky at for Zoom video link.

Artist Relief is distributing $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. It is an initiatve organized by the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists.

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has an easy-to-follow snapshot guide for creative professionals who have lost current or upcoming full- or part-time work and need to apply for government assistance.
The Motion Picture and Television Fund has unveiled an array of support services, ranging from a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to an intake line offering sympathy and guidance.
The Actors Fund is a one-stop shop for members seeking financial assistance from the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the International Cinematographers Guild (Local 600), the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the Producers Guild of America PGA), and SAG-AFTRA. If you are not a union member, you can still apply to receive help from The Actors Fund.
An array of music community partners launched, an online resource offering information on receiving unemployment and small business loans, as well as a roundup of organizations providing relief and potential grants.


Thanks to Brian Quirt, Magda Romanska, and CreativeFuture for this information.

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Financial Protection Guide (covers income replacement, housing, taxes, banking and more)

  • Emergency Food Resources:

Mortgages, Rents, Evictions and Foreclosures (work with your landlord to get your rent suspended):

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT):

For artists based in Canada:

Resource lists have been gathered by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT).

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