Emergency Funds for Artists in All Disciplines

Change, Inc.
Emergency grants for artists in all disciplines needing help with rent, medical expenses, utility bills, fire damage, etc. Grants up to $1,000. Call the number below for complete instructions (via a clear, concise message) on how to apply for the grant.

Change, Inc. P.O. Box 1818 Captiva, FL 33957  Phone: (212) 473-3742

Max's Kansas City Project
Max's Kansas City Project provides emergency funding and resources to professionals in the creative arts who live in New York state. Individuals who have made their living through their art form, either professionally or personally, and demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid, or housing. The maximum grant is $1,000.

Max's Kansas City Project P.O. Box 53 Woodstock, NY 12498  Phone: (845) 679-2593  Fax: (845) 679-2593  Email: maxskc@aol.com  Website: www.maxskansascity.org

The Actors Fund
Provides a list of health insurance and medical emergency resources for artists in all disciplines, organized by state. Website: www.actorsfund.org/ahirc/
Provides a list of emergency resources for artists in all disciplines. Website: www.actorsfund.org/search/node/emergency

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
Offers lists of emergency funds for artists in a variety of disciplines affected by recent natural disasters. Go to www.nyfa.org, click on "Programs" and a dropdown menu will appear.  They have many options at this point, including "Fiscal Sponsorship" and "Awards and Grants"

While you're visiting the NYFA website, please note the other free information resources NYFA offers, such as the NYFA Source (a searchable online database of opportunities for artists), the NYFA Current magazine, and the NYFA Classifieds opportunity listings.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants Program

Created in 1993, FCA's Emergency Grants program provides prompt funding for innovative visual and performing artists who:

  • Have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding
  • Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates

In keeping with FCA's mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, applicants must demonstrate that their artistic practice falls within this context. Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad. 

Grants range in amount from $200 to $2,500, and we recommend artists apply 6-8 weeks before funding is needed.

Information on eligibility requirements and how to apply can be found on the Emergency Grants information page here.

Emergency Grants Program Foundation for Contemporary Arts 820 Greenwich St., 4th Floor New York, NY 10014  Website: www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org


Emergency Funds for Writers

Carnegie Fund for Authors
Emergency assistance to needy writers who have commercially published at least one book of reasonable length which has received reader acceptance.
Carnegie Fund for Authors 1 Old Country Rd. Carle Place, NY 11514 Phone:  (516) 877-2141 Website: No website for this funder.

Authors League Fund
The Fund gives open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans to professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income or other misfortune.
The Authors League Fund 31 East 32nd St., 7th Floor New York, NY 10016  Phone: (212) 268-1208  Fax: (212) 564-5363  Email: staff@authorsleaguefund.org  Website: www.authorsleaguefund.org

The PEN Writers Fund
Emergency fund for professional--published or produced--writers with serious financial difficulties. Depending on the situation, the fund gives grants or loans of up to $2,000.
PEN American Center 588 Broadway, Suite 303 New York , NY 10012 Phone: (212) 334-1660 x102 Fax: (212) 334-2181 Email: rdeshotel@pen.org Website: http://www.pen.org/writers-emergency-fund

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Offers interest-free loans to members facing unexpected medical expenses.
Emergency Medical Fund SFWA, Inc. PO Box 877 Chestertown, MD 21620 Website: http://www.sfwa.org/about/benevolent-funds/emergency-medical-fund/

American Society of Journalists & Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
Helping established freelance writers across the country who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis, are unable to work. Membership in ASJA not required. No grants to beginning freelancers seeking funding for writing projects; no grants to fund works-in-progress of any kind. Maximum grant: $3,500.
1501 Broadway, Suite 302 New York, NY 10036 Phone: (212) 997-0947 Fax: (212) 937-2315 Email: weaf@asja.org Website: http://www.asja.org/for-writers/weaf/


Emergency Funds for Visual Artists

Artists Fellowship
Grants for emergency aid to visual artists and their families, primarily in New York.
Artists Fellowship 47 5th Ave. New York, NY 10003 Phone: (212) 255-7740 x216 Email: info@artistsfellowship.org Website: www.artistsfellowship.com/home.html

Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Inc.
Immediate support to professional craftspeople facing career-threatening emergencies such as fire, theft, illness, and natural disasters.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Inc. 535 Stone Cutters Way, Suite 202, Montpelier, VT 05602 Phone: (802) 229-2306 Fax: (802) 223-6484 Email: info@craftemergency.org  Website: www.craftemergency.org

J. Happy Delpech Foundation
Grants of up to $250 to artists in the Midwest with AIDS or serious illness.
J. Happy Delpech Foundation 1579 North Milwaukee, Suite 211 Chicago, IL 60622 Phone: (312) 342-1359

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation
Emergency Grants program provides financial assistance to painters, sculptors, or printmakers facing an unforeseen, catastrophic incident. Grants given on one-time basis for specific emergencies such as flood, fire, or emergency medical need. Maximum grant is $15,000; typical grant amount is $5,000. Applicants must be able to demonstrate minimum of 10-year period of involvement in a mature phase of work in order to be eligible. Program does not consider requests for dental work, chronic situations, capital improvements, or projects of any kind; nor can it consider situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment.

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grants 380 West Broadway New York, NY 10012 Phone: (212) 226-0581 Fax: (212) 274-1476 Email: sross@gottliebfoundation.org Website: http://gottliebfoundation.org/emergency-grant/


Emergency Funds for Musicians

Musicians Foundation
Helps professional musicians by providing emergency financial assistance in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses.
Musicians Foundation 875 6th Avenue, Suite 2303 New York, NY  10001 Phone: (212) 239-9137 Fax: (212) 239-9138 E-mail: info@musiciansfoundation.org Website: http://www.musiciansfoundation.org/

Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund
The JMEF is committed to helping jazz professionals, especially older musicians, overcome their hard times and to help them get back on their feet, making emergency funds available for immediate needs.
Jazz Foundation of America 322 West 48th Street, 6th Floor New York, NY 10036 Phone: (212) 245-3999 Email: info@jazzfoundation.org Website: http://jazzfoundation.org/what-we-do/housing-and-emergency-assistance

Society of Singers Financial Aid
The Society helps singers meet financial needs resulting from crises or other circumstances. Charitable grants may be provided toward basic necessities of life such as food, shelter, utilities, transportation, and medical/dental expenses.
Society of Singers 26500 W. Agoura Rd., 102-554 Calabasas, CA 91302  Phone: (818) 995-7100  FAX: (818) 995-7466  Email: sos@singers.org  Website: www.singers.org/programs

The Rhythm and Blues Foundation
Provides emergency financial assistance and career recognition awards to artists and practitioners of rhythm and blues music who worked and/or recorded rhythm and blues music in the 1940's, 50's, and 60's.
Rhythm and Blues Foundation PO Box 22438 Philadelphia, PA  19101  Phone: (215) 888-6975  Email: rhythmandbluesfoundation@gmail.com Website: www.rhythmblues.org

Music Maker Relief Foundation
Helps the pioneers and forgotten heroes of Southern musical traditions gain recognition and meet their day to day needs. Criteria for recipients is they be rooted in a Southern musical tradition, be 55 years or older and have an annual income less than $18,000. Musician Sustenance - Grants for necessities such as food, medical needs, housing. Emergency Relief - Substantial one-time grants to recipients in crisis (medical, fire, theft, etc.).
Music Maker Relief Foundation PO Box 1358 Hillsborough, NC 27278 Phone: (919) 643-2456 Fax: (888) 238-8592 Email: info@musicmaker.org Website: www.musicmaker.org

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
Provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. The applicant must be a musician who has regular public performances, or performed on at least three widely released recordings (audio or audiovisual), or written music that has been performed on three widely released recordings, or published on three occasions.
Sweet Relief Donations & Application Processing Center 2601 E. Chapman Ave. Suite 204 Fullerton, CA, 92831 Phone: 714-626-0447 Fax: 714-626-0473 Toll Free: (888) 955-7880 Email: info@sweetrelief.org Website: www.sweetrelief.org


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