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COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Welcome!

This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.

To read more about the humans behind this list
(including our mission, vision, and values), click here.

What this list IS: an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

What this list IS NOT: a place to promote individual artist practices (we love you, but we’re not equipped for that); a place to promote fee for service work; or a place to seek direct emergency funding.

If you have resources or upcoming virtual events you’d like to add to this list, please submit them via this form.

Check out our expanding #ArtistResource online event series (and click here for events from other sources):

  • 3/16/20: Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic: livestreamed panel conversation focused on shared resources (legal, advocacy, how to take your work virtual, finding emergency funding, and financial best practices in crisis) and building and grounding our national community. Video and transcript available at the link above!
  • 3/26/20: Financial Strategies for Freelance Artists in a Time of Crisis: this livestreamed session navigated the practical and the philosophical/emotional  elements of financial preparedness, as well as offered resources and support to help freelance artists get through this challenging time. Led by financial planner, tax preparer, organizer, and artist Amy Smith.
  • 3/31/20: Come Together: The Art of Gathering in a Time of Crisis: livestreamed session led by The Public Theater’s Bryan Joseph Lee and featuring Stephanie Ybarra, Laurie Woolery, and Geoffrey Jackson Scott, focused on how artists can cultivate virtual spaces with purpose, intention, and structure. 
  • 4/7/20: It Was Always Possible: Centering the Leaders Who Were Here All Along: livestreamed discussion with Rachel Spencer Hewitt (PAAL); Claudia Alick (CallingUP); Ashley Hanson (Department of Public Transformation); Cole Alvis, and Ty Defoe. Erasure and isolation (geographic and social) is not new to people with disabilities, carers (caregivers) and parents of small children, folks in rural communities, and indigenous artists. Our current crisis offers an opportunity for us to center the leadership and expertise of artists who already know how to create sustainable and resilient practices. Join these leaders for discussion about how to work collectively, collaboratively, and imaginatively in a system that was not built with them in mind.

***We set up a Venmo – @COV19-FAR – after each of our livestreamed sessions, which is active for 24 hours. If the information you receive is helpful, and you can donate a dollar (or three!) towards this effort, we would be grateful (but rest assured, we will keep producing no matter what!). You can see the results of the funds received and decisions about disbursement on this spreadsheet.***


RESOURCES:

QUANTIFYING ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CANCELED WORK

ADVOCACY & LEGAL INFORMATION

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

EMERGENCY FUNDING

COMMUNITY CARE & MUTUAL AID

WORKING, GATHERING, & TEACHING ONLINE

HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES (outside United States)

OTHER LISTS & MISCELLANEOUS WISDOM

EVENTS (ONLINE LEARNING & WEBINARS)

INTERRUPTING RACISM RESOURCES

Original resources and inspiration provided by Nicole Brewer, Ann Marie Lonsdale, Quanice Floyd, Tiffany Wilhelm, Brian Herrera, Hannah Fenlon, & Clementine Bordeaux.

Image by Quinn Fenlon. Photo by Ann Marie Lonsdale from the deYoung Museum.
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