LAST UPDATED: APRIL 3, 2020
Below is a list of websites we hope you will find helpful. If you would like us to add others, please feel free to submit them for consideration. We will continue to expand this list.
Please note that none of the following sites are affiliated with or maintained by RAC.
RAC is not responsible for their content.
While You’re Staying Home …
- Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Musicals Online for Free
- Audiobooks for Free from Audible
- Free Art Courses from Famous Illustrators
- Free Stuff! No, really, lots of companies are offering free services right now
- Mental Health and Dealing with Anxiety
- Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks Offering Virtual Tours
- Musical Shows to Binge Watch
- National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tours
- St. Louis Art Museum Virtual Tour
- St. Louis Public Library: Get a library card and access to loads of digital resources, all online.
- Virtual Garden Tours
- Virtual Museum Tours
- YMCA: Workout from home for free with no membership needed.
General Arts Resources
- Americans for the Arts provides information about what areas of the US are doing, general COVID-19 tips, and how to prepare.
- Arts Ready helps arts and culture nonprofits prepare for emergencies.
- Grantmakers in the Arts has a page with additional resources.
- National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response has several blog posts about preparing for a crisis.
- National Endowment for the Art (NEA) has a list of resources and FAQs for grantees.
- Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA) connects artists and arts organizations with accountants and lawyers who donate their time and expertise to help navigate finance and law.
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts provides Emergency Grants ($500-$2,500) by application to U.S.-based artists in all disciplines who have sudden opportunities or unexpected expenses to present work to the public.
- Freedimensional offers Distress Services, which are intended for activists and culture workers in situations of distress as a result of their professional work. Distress situations may include verbal threats, imprisonment or legal persecution, violent attack, professional or social exclusion, or harassment. Services include a safe haven program, emergency grants, and referrals to other resources.
- The Haven Foundation gives financial assistance to provide temporary support needed to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists, writers, and other members of the arts and art production communities who have suffered disabilities or experienced a career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or personal catastrophe.
- J. Happy Delpech Foundation grants up to $250 to artists in the Midwest with AIDS or serious illness. Telephone: (312) 342-1359 (No website.)
Resources by Discipline
Art Educators and Teaching Artists
- Arts Education Partnership has information for arts educators.
- Teaching Artist Guild has a webinar, legal and mental health information, and much more for teaching artists.
Craft and Traditional Arts
- CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund for Artists provides professional artists working in craft disciplines with emergency financial assistance.
Cinema, Film, and Motion Pictures
- Art House Convergence houses resources for art-house cinemas and theatres.
- Film Festival Alliance has webinars about how to handle postponing or canceling film festivals.
- Motion Picture and Television Fund offers a number of services for members of the entertainment industry and their families including financial assistance, low-cost basic medical services, and health insurance premium support.
- Screen Actors Guild Foundation provides assistance to eligible SAG-AFTRA members during times of crisis and personal need.
- Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund (MPPAF) serves members of the motion picture entertainment industry (exhibition, distribution and trade services) who are encountering an illness, injury or life changing event.
- American Poets Fund assists poets of demonstrated ability who are in a state of urgent financial need.
- American Society of Journalists & Authors created the Writers Emergency Assistance Fund to help established freelance, nonfiction writers who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant.
- Authors League Fund helps professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income or other misfortune.
- Carnegie Fund for Authors offers grants-in-aid to qualified commercially published book authors who have suffered financial emergency as a result of illness or injury or who have suffered some equivalent misfortune.
- Dramatists Guild Foundation provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and book writers in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.
- Human Rights Watch administers the Hellman/Hammett grant program for writers who have been victims of political persecution and are in financial need.
- The PEN Writers Fund offers emergency funds for professional, published or produced writers with serious financial difficulties.
- Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical and Legal Fund offers interest-free loans to science fiction and fantasy writers facing unexpected medical expenses. (Membership required.)
- Broadcasters’ Foundation of America provides Emergency & Disaster Grants to radio and television broadcasters find themselves in acute financial need and do not have insurance to cover their losses after a natural disaster or other serious misfortune.
- Directors Guild Foundation provides no interest, confidential loans to Guild members in good standing who are in need of emergency financial assistance. (Membership required.)
Museums and Galleries
- American Alliance of Museums offers support and for museums.
- American Federation of Musicians (AFM): Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians provides a modest grant to temporarily or permanently disabled musicians who are members of the AFM.
- American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund provides support and temporary financial assistance to AGMA members who are in need.
- Bagby Foundation for Musical Arts offers small grants to support opera and classical music professionals, with a focus on pensioners.
- Blues Foundation HART Fund has established a fund for blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health.
- Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund provides financial assistance in time of extraordinary need, emergency or catastrophe to individuals who are or have been employed full time in a facet of the country music industry (i.e. performer, songwriter, publisher, radio, session musician, etc.).
- Jazz Foundation of America provides jazz and blues artists with an experienced social worker to assess his/her situation and provide rapid assistance including financial support, legal services, housing counseling, and more.
- League of American Orchestras has many links to information for orchestras.
- Music Maker Relief Foundation offers emergency funds, monthly living stipends, and assistance in obtaining social services to artists working in the Southern musical tradition, focusing on those 55 years or older with an annual income of $18,000 or less.
- MusiCares Foundation provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.
- Musicians Foundation assists professional musicians (who have worked at least 5 years) with grants for medical and allied living expenses in the case of emergency situations.
- Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems
Performing Arts and Theatre
- Actors Fund of America assists those working in theater, film, television, radio, music, dance, opera, and circus.
- American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) offers its current and previous members emergency aid.
- Art House Convergence houses resources for art-house cinemas and theatres.
- Dancers’ Resource was created in response to the unique situation dancers face due to the physically demanding nature of their work, coupled with the significant financial challenges of earning a living in dance.
- Dramatists Guild Fund awards one-time emergency grants to individual playwrights, lyricists, and composers in need of temporary financial assistance due to unexpected illness or extreme hardship.
- Episcopal Actors Guild of America offers grants for financial need to theatre performers who perform live on stage before a live audience.
- National Alliance for Musical Theatre lists resources for the musical theatre community.
- Performing Arts Readiness supplies free sample emergency plans for performing arts organizations.
- Renaissance Entertainers, Services, and Crafters United Foundation (RESCU) was established to promote the health of the participants of those who work Renaissance Fairs, historical performances, and other artistic events.
- Theatre Communications Groups has a webinar about how theatre companies can prepare.
- Lifetime Arts supports creative aging programming.
- Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc. provides financial assistance to qualified artists with at least ten years of involvement in painting, sculpture, or printmaking.
- The Artists’ Charitable Fund assists visual artists facing financial crisis by paying a portion of medical/eye/dental bills directly to the provider.
- Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. is a private, charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, sculptors).
- Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grant provides emergency support to artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing after natural or manmade disasters that have affected a community.
- Rauschenberg Emergency Grants will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers.
- COVID-19 and Freelance Artists contains an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.
- Creative Capital List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak offers a wide variety of lists for artists and art organizations.
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- St. Louis City Department of Public Health
- St Louis County Executive and Department of Public Health
- Illinois Department of Public Health
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS)
- 24-hour hotline: 877-435-8411