Emergency Funds – All Art Forms

Emergency Funds for Artists in All Disciplines
Emergency Funds for Writers
Emergency Funds for Visual Artists
Emergency Funds for Musicians

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: info@maxskansascity.org
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, mouse over the “For Artists” tab near the top of the page to get a drop-down menu, click on “NYFA Source – the resource for artists” and from that page click on “Emergency Resources” near the bottom of the page.
NYFA also makes grants specifically to NY artists in emergency situations; that link is also on the “For Artists” drop-down menu: “NYFA Emergency Relief Fund“.

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

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. Created in 1993, Emergency Grants 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

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.

Emergency Grants Program
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
820 Greenwich St., 4th Floor
New York, NY 10014
Emergency Grant Info: http://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grants/emergency-grants

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

Visual Aid

Encourages San Francisco Bay Area artists with life-threatening diseases to continue their creative work. Grants take the form of vouchers for art supplies. Other assistance is also available.

Visual Aid
57 Post St, Ste. 905
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 777-8242
Fax: (415) 777-8240
Email: julie@visualaid.org
Website: www.visualaid.org

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.
P.O. Box 838
Montpelier, VT 05601-0838
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

Photographers & Friends United Against AIDS

Apply to the Critical Needs Fund.

Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS
594 Broadway, Suite 508
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 219-2672
Fax: (212) 219-2676

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/grants/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, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 245-3999
Email: info@jazzfoundation.org
Website: http://jazzfoundation.org/what-we-do/housing-and-emergency-assistance

MusicCares Foundation

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. With offices in New York, Nashville, Chicago, Austin, and Santa Monica and Hollywood, CA.

MusicCares Foundation
Each region has its own toll-free help line:
West Coast: (800) 687-4227
Central: (877) 626-2748
Northeast: (877) 303-6962
Email: MusiCares@grammy.com or use their contact form
Website: www.grammy.com/MusiCares

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) 985-4822
Fax: (215) 985-1195
Email: info@rhythmblues.org
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
224 W. Corbin St.
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