The Arts in North Carolina and COVID-19 Resources


General Resources

New Funds Established to Assist Artists in NC

Many organizations have mobilized to help artists across our state. If you would like us to add your organization to the list, please email 

  • VAE, Elsewhere, and The Warhol Foundation have partnered to create The Pivotal Fund which provides direct financial support to artists for their creative practice and to fund their most ambitious ideas. To meet the immediate needs of the creative community, the Pivotal Fund's first round of grants will be $800 relief funds for 75 artists who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They encourage self-identifying visual artists living in Forsyth, Davidson, Guilford, Randolph, Alamance, Orange, Durham, Chatham, and Wake counties who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 to apply for relief funds. Given the overwhelming amount of need, this fund will prioritize the most vulnerable artists among us: BIPOC artists, gender non-conforming and transgender artists, and artists with disabilities. Deadline is December 4, 2020 at 11:59pm.

  • South Arts has established the Jazz Road Quick Assist Fund for freelance jazz musicians who have lost significant income due to COVID-19 in March, April and May. Applications are now open, and will close once funds are depleted. Artists are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. A limited number of $1,000 grants will be distributed to jazz musicians across the country to offset significant lost gig revenue. Details here.

  • Creative Capital has joined forces with several national arts grant makers to form Artist Relief—an initiative that includes immediate, unrestricted emergency funding of $5,000 for individual artists of all disciplines, and resources to help those in need due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Go to to learn more and apply.

  • NC Artist Relief Fund has been established to support artists and arts presenters across North Carolina. The Visual Arts Exchange, Artspace, PineCone and the United Arts of Council of Raleigh are working together to ease the financial impact of creatives in our state.
  • NorthStar Church of the Arts, founded by the late Philip Freelon and his family, has established a relief fund for artists living and working in Durham. Find out more here.
  • The Durham Arts Council has launched the DAC Arts Recovery Fund with initial support from Duke University, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Board of Trustees and Man Bites Dog Theatre Fund. Gifts from individuals, corporate and public funders encouraged. In partnership with the Durham Artist Relief Fund established by Northstar Church of the Arts, the two funds will support, cross-promote, and coordinate with each other to maximize resources available to the arts community. To support click here. The application process and guidelines for the DAC Arts Recovery Fund are available at Arts Recovery Fund-Individual Artist Application.  
  • Music Makers Relief Foundation is raising money to provide services for musicians from grocery shopping, transportation to medical appointments and payment for canceled gigs.
  • ArtsGreensboro has launched via social media and other outlets the Greensboro Artist Emergency Fund for working artists in the Greater Greensboro area who have lost fees, commissions, sales, and other income-generating activities. ArtsGreensboro is asking the community to help sustain artists through this challenging time. Give to the campaign here. Apply for funding here.
  • Orange County Arts Support Fund will initially provide seed funding for canceled events. Donations can be sent to: Orange County Arts Commission 437 Dimmock’s Mill Road, Box 27, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Please memo “OCASF.” Online donations can be made via a Go Fund Me here.
  • Pitt County Arts Relief Fund will support artists and arts organizations in Pitt County. Click here to support their creative economy.  
  • The Mecklenburg Creatives Resiliency Fund helps creative practitioners in Mecklenburg County recover from personal emergencies by helping pay an unanticipated, emergency expense or by augmenting lost income due to the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures.
  • Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, an affiliate of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, has established an “Arts Council Artist Relief Impact Fund” and launched an online “GoFundMe” campaign to raise funds for it. Contributions can be made by visiting and searching for "Art Nouveau NC”.
  • The Asheville Area Arts Council is working with One Buncombe to ensure immediate assistance is provided for creatives in Buncombe County through grants for unemployed arts professionals, and low-interest loans for arts organizations.
  • The Chatham Arts Council has established CAARE, the Chatham Artist and Arts-Workers Relief Effort, with seed funds from Manbites Dog Theater Fund. For more information click here.

Resources for Artists

  • Artist Relief to support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers—the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists—have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.
  • connects performers with jobs and has a resource page with links to help actors and entertainers find financial, healthcare, and industry resources, and is constantly being updated.
  • Craft Emergency Relief Fund
    CERF provides emergency grants and loans to craft artists and maintains resources for emergency readiness and recovery for artists in all disciplines.
  • Craft Futures Fund
    The Craft Futures Fund will support craft communities throughout the United States and their creative responses to COVID-19. These one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 will be disbursed to craft-based education projects that seed resilience, foster community, and amplify impact.
  • CERF+ Studio Protector 
    This site offers a variety of resources for artists, including tips on how to obtain assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration.
  • ​The Creator Fund
    Supported by ConverKit, this fund provides financial assistance to active creators who are experiencing financial hardship because of COVID-19.
  • Emergency Funds from WomenArts
    This volunteer organization lists resources for women working in all art forms.
  • Equal Sound’s Corono Relief Fund for Musicians
    Equal Sound will provide funds for musicians who have been impacted by canceled shows.
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts
    The foundation provides emergency grants ranging from $200 to $2,000. The grants are not limited to natural disaster relief.
  • ​​Freelance Artist Resources
    This is a compilation of resources for advocacy, emergency funding options, etc. (Please note that some of these resources are also listed here.)
  • Gottlieb Foundation
    Funding is available to painters, printmakers, or sculptors who have been working for at least 10 years and have recently undergone an unforeseen catastrophic event, such as a fire, flood, or medical emergency.
  • National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response
    Formed in 2006, NCAPER offers preparedness information and emergency response for arts organizations to achieve recovery for the creative industry, including resources for artists.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts
    NYFA provides a variety of emergency grants for artists living and working in the U.S.

Resources for Organizations