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Disaster Aid

Disaster Resources, Creative Respite, and Support for Artists and Arts & Cultural Organizations in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne Counties.

Artists affected by disasters, including economic disasters that are associated with COVID-19, check out these resources below and reach out to Amador County Arts Council for support. Californians For The Arts Resources Freelance Artist Resources Information for Cultural/Arts Organizations FREE Webinar recording: AIDFORARTS Emergency GRANTS for ARTISTS

  • Women Small Business Grants
  • BIPOC Small Business Grants
  • Annuity Artist Grants
  • New Grant for Female Artists over 40
  • Actors Fund: national human services organization (with a Chicago office) that provides emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care and insurance counseling, senior care, secondary career development. These services are designed for performing arts and entertainment professionals.
  • Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant: intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.
  • AGMA Relief Fund: The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need.
  • Alliance of Artists Communities: offers a list of emergency relief programs.
  • Artists’ Charitable Fund: assists American artists living anywhere in the United States by paying a portion of their medical / dental / eye-care bills.
  • Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.: provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.
  • CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund): provides rapid relief and career recovery loans through their own grants (for artists working in craft disciplines) as well as a list of emergency resources for artists in other disciplines.
  • Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund If you are a musician who has lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak, this new grant provides monetary support to musicians who have lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant: provides grants to visual or 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, or incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.
  • Joan Mitchell Foundation: provides emergency support to US-based visual artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing, who have suffered significant losses after natural or man-made disasters that have affected their community.
  • Musicians Foundation: provides one-time assistance to professional musicians in the US for periods of acute need (e.g. medical crisis, crime victimization, catastrophic events, etc.)
  • National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER): a voluntary task force of national, regional, state, and local arts organizations, public agencies, and foundations, NCAPER helps ensure that artists, arts/cultural organizations, cultural funders, and arts businesses have the capacity and ability to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies affecting the arts and culture sector.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA): offers a list of emergency relief resources.
  • Rauschenberg Emergency Grants: beginning in May 2020, in partnership with New York Foundation for the Arts, this national program will provide visual and media artists and choreographers with one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies.
  • Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards supporting artists and writers with families with up to $6,000.
  • The Dancers Fund: provides financial assistance to dance professionals dealing with critical health issues creating a significant financial, emergency, or catastrophic hardship.
  • The Haven Foundation: provides financial assistance to artists who have a health crisis; grants are one-year, and the financial amount provided is to the discretion of the Foundation.
  • WomenArts: offers a list of emergency funding for artists working in all art forms.

The Central Sierra Disaster Preparedness Network is a collection of citizens, artists, leaders, museums, libraries, and organizations working collectively to protect the cultural and artistic assets of our region.

Network Goals:

  • To establish a team of “Secondary Responders” who will provide arts, entertainment, and respite activities during disasters.
  • To prepare cultural and community centers to act as evacuation centers.
  • To bring disaster training and resources into our region.
  • To secure grant money that supports disaster planning for local arts and cultural assets.
  • To assess and map regional cultural assets.
  • To connect local artists with disaster relief funds.

The Central Sierra Disaster Preparedness Network is open to anyone.  Our next meeting will be at Amador County Arts Council on February 10 at 10am. 617 South CA-49, Jackson CA 95642.

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