Artist Resources

In recognizing this difficult time for artists and creative workers, we have compiled a list of helpful resources and funding opportunities.

The following organizations are creating robust lists of resources, please see below for more information.

CARES Act and PUA Unemployment Provision for Gig Workers and Freelancers

The new CARES Act offers an amendment for freelancers and gig workers - allowing them to apply for unemployment:

From NPR: "Gig workers and freelancers: Typically, self-employed people, freelancers and contractors can't apply for unemployment. This bill creates a new, temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program through the end of this year to help people who lose work as a direct result of the public health emergency."

NYTimes FAQ: Coronavirus Stimulus Package

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) 

Learn about PUA for freelancers and contractors in this helpful article from Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides emergency support for workers who are left out of their state’s standard unemployment coverage, workers who have already exhausted those benefits or workers who are unable to work due to certain circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

NELP Article: Unemployment Provisions in the CARES Act

Breaks down the various unemployment provisions in the CARES Act including more details on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). "Those eligible for PUA include self-employed workers, including independent contractors, freelancers, workers seeking part-time work, and workers who do not have a long-enough work history to qualify for state UI benefits."

United Way of King County: Unemployment Step-by-Step Guide


CERF+ is now accepting applications for the first cycle of their COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. This program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances due to food, housing, and/or health insecurities.

The first cycle will accept applications starting July 8 and close Friday, July 29. The second cycle will open on Wednesday, August 19, and close on September 9. Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community, including people of color and folk and traditional artists.




Emergency Grant and Relief Resource List

Glass Art Society has compiled a list of the resources around the world available for artists and the arts during emergencies. 

GAS - Emergency Assistance Grant

If you are an independent artist, freelance glassworker, or small business that is experiencing the negative effects of this international disaster, please complete the application for a GAS Emergency Assistance Grant. Applicants MUST be current GAS members and cannot be students, large businesses, institutions, or non-profit organizations. 

GAS Emergency Relief - Northwest

GAS Emergency Relief - D.C. Area

GAS Emergency Relief - New York



Resource List

Artist Trust has created a growing list of response & recovery resources for artists in Washington State. These online resources are responsive to artists’ needs and will be updated often as we learn more about this crisis and its impact. 

COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund

The COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19. Eligibility: 18+, individual artist living in Washington State, artists of any disciplines encouraged to apply.



Cultural Relief Fund

For both individuals and organizations in King County, Washington - the first round of funding will be available April 1 through May 15. Apply at any time within that time frame. 

Ongoing Resource List

A comprehensive and actively updated list of emergency funding for individual  artists and arts and culture organizations.




Current Disaster Resources

Features information related to current disasters within the United States, including information for national and state-specific general emergency resources.

Emergency Grants

 An active list of emergency grant resources for artists across the United States.