The COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19. With events, performances, and conferences across the country canceled, the hospitality industry closure, growing travel restrictions, significant health threats, cross-sector lay-offs, and social distancing recommendations, Washington State artists are facing severe career disruption and loss.
These unrestricted cash grants are intended to support working artists with:
- Lost wages and earnings;
- Loss from event, performance, and conference cancellations and school / community-based education closures;
- Reimbursement for travel loss;
- Medical expenses;
- Rent and mortgage payments, food, utilities, and other living expenses.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and selected weekly. Grants range from $500-$5,000 based on artists’ needs.
To create this critical program, Artist Trust is building a coalition of people, organizations, and corporations who will join in supporting artists now. To join in support of artists’ urgent needs, visit www.artisttrust.org/donate.
This effort was seeded with funding from the Artist Trust Board of Trustees, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Chris and Alida Latham, Alison and Glen Milliman, Raj and Jill Singh, Helen Gamble, The Roberts Family Foundation, Shari and John Behnke, Phyllis Hatfield, Cathy Sarkowsky, Paula Stokes and John Sullivan, Nicole Stellner and Peter Eberhardy, and Lauren Goldman Marshall, and many more who came together to create the initial $250,000 available for Washington State artists in need.