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The Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. For as long as our Board of Directors determines it is necessary and prudent to do so, the Foundation will disburse $1,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 virus.
Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who:
Have sudden, unanticipated 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
Provides grants for medical and allied living expenses in emergencies, and pay these debts on behalf of the musicians they help. They do not write checks directly to musicians. The grants typically range in amount from approximately $500-$3,000.
The New Music Solidarity Fund is designed to help new/creative/improvised music freelancers whose livelihood has been threatened as a result of performances which have been canceled during the COVID19 crisis. As of March 26, 2020 at least two hundred and sixty, $500 emergency assistance grants will be made available to applicants who meet the below criteria.
Applicants must be based in the United States, be a professional writer, and be able to demonstrate that a small, one-time grant will be meaningful in helping them to address an emergency situation. Writers do not have to be Members of PEN America to receive a grant.
Funds are to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.