COVID-19 Resources and more

In looking toward a future after social isolation we have put together some tools and resources that we hope you’ll find helpful.  We will continue adding and updating this list.  If you have a resource you’d like to include please email and we’ll be sure to update it.

The Handbook is published by Fife Consulting and is supported primarily through funding and partnership from King County Creative, 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.


Opportunity Info App Criteria/ Requirements
4Culture Reopen Fund: ORGANIZATIONS + LANDMARKS Info App The first round of funding will be distributed beginning April 1 through May 15 for individuals and organizations.  Applications will be revewed weekly.
Seattle Artist Relief Fund Amid COVID Info App Financially impacted by cancellations in the Seattle Area with priority given to BIPOC artists, transgender & nonbinary artists, disabled artists. Trying to help as many artists with need in Seattle as possible while not turning away Seattle Area artists who meet criteria.
Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation- Emergency Grant Info App The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant is intended for painters, printmakers and sculptors who need interim financial assistance as a result of unforseen, catastropic incidents who lack the resources to meet that situation. Examples include fire, flood or emergency medical need.
Artist Trust COVID-19 Relief Fund Info App Funding to support individual artists residing in Washington State and are over 18 whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19 for critical needs including rent, mortgage, food, utilities, living expenses, medical expenses, lost wages and earnings, lost funds from cancellations and school/ education closures.
Behind the Scenes- Basic Needs Grant Info App Applications accepted from entertainment technology professionals who meets criteria and has been hospitalized with COVID-19.
Carnegie Fund for Authors Info App Writers who are in need of emergency financial assistance as a result of illness. Applications accepted from American authors who have written at least one book of reasonable length that has been published commercially and received reader acceptance.
CERF+ Emergency Assistance Info App Open to artists working in a craft discipline, meaning the creation of original objects through skillful manipulation of materials.
Emergency Grants for Writers Info App Supporting writers in times of need with financial assistance to playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.
Equal Sound Info App Funding for musicians who have lost income due to a cancelled gig as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
MusiCares Info App Music industry professionals may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage) to compensate for cancelled/ scheduled work.
Musicians’ Association of Seattle Local 76-493 Info Via Email Current Local 76-493 musicians are eligible.
PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund Info App Intended to help fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators and journalists. Writers do not have to be Members of PEN America to receive a grant. Applicants must be professional writers and demonstrate that a small, one-time grant will be meaningful in helping them to address an emergency situation.
Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund Info App Queer writers of color, not intended for organizations or nonprofits in need of financial assistance.
Rauschenberg Emergency Grant Program Info App Application for the 2020 cycle opens in late April 2020. Funding for one-time grants for medical emergencies.
Seattle Music Teachers Fund Info App Funding for musicians living and working in Seattle who lost income due to cancelled lessons and other non-performance music work.
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund: COVID-19 Fund Info App Funding for musicians with documentation proving 50% of all income comes from working within music community, proof of cancelled and any relevant medical documentation bookings.
The Creator Fund Info App Funding can be used by creators toward items like medical expenses, childcare, groceries, or rent/ mortgage.
Writers Emergency Assistance Fund Info App The Writers Emergency Assistance Fund helps established freelance writers who are unable to work due to illness, disability, natural disaster or extraordinary professional crisis. You do not need to be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant. Applicants must have an established record of past professional freelance nonfiction writing over a period of years.

Information & Resources

Info Link Description
A Daily Report on How COVID-19 Is Impacting the Art World Link
Actors Fund’s Artists Health Insurance Resource Center Link Information on Affordable Care Act plans, Medicaid and Medicare, consultations to discuss health insurance info and more for performers.
ArtsEd Washington online curriculum Link ArtsEd Washington is a non-profit organization working to ensure that arts learning is available to every student in Washington State, in every year of their K-12 education.
COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources Link An aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. Resources include: General preparedness; quantifying economic impact of canceled work; advocacy, legal & financial information; emergency funding; working, gathering & teaching online; and more.
COVID-19 preparedness webinar for theaters Link Video about preparing your theatre.
COVID-19 Resources for the Music Industry Link Healthcare resources, financial resources and food resources.
COVID-19 Webinar from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Link Video from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture about resources, tools and more.
COVID-19 What Nonprofits Need to Know Link Event during the COVID-19 outbreak for nonprofits.
Creative Capital’s list of Arts Resources during COVID-19 Outbreak Link National and state specific grants, open calls, resources and more.
Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19 Link Helpful Information and resources including Unemployment Assistance, Credit Card or Loan Payments, Mortgage/ Rent, Student Loan Deferment, Short Term and Emergency Loans, Utilities Assistance, Insurance and Small Business Assistance Loans.
King County Creative’s COVI-19 Handbook for Creative Industries Link Handbook brings together resources to take care; to support the arts and culture community; and to prepare for recovery.
Seattle Independent Artist Sustainability Resources by Gig-Based Sector List Link Google doc listing many resources by Independent Artist Category including Financial source, application date, qualifiers, description and more.
SMASH (Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare)’s resources Link COVID-19 Resources and information for musicians.
Tracking your financial losses- template Link Google spreadsheet tempalte to help ou document your financial losses due to COVID-19.
Washington’s Film Industry & Coronavirus Link An aggregated list of resources from Washington’s Film Industry on VOCID-19 including: COVID-19 impact surveys, union updates, freelancer/ gig worker resources, small business resources, tips for working on set to stay safe.
What freelancers need to know about the coronavius? Link Freelancers Union blog about COVID-19.

We know you’re probably seeing a lot of challenges right now, but hang in there! We hope you’re staying safe and healthy during this rough time. So much has changed so quickly, but one thing you can continue to rely on is Shunpike. Shunpike is collaborating with other Arts Services organizations, coordinating efforts to help artists through this difficult time. Information from you helps us help you.

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