Resources for Individual Creatives and Arts Organizations

Please let us know if you have something that can be added to the list by emailing the Arts Council here.

Financial Resources for Individuals and Organizations


PPP Extension

The deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan through a bank or online financial institution was officially extended from June 30 to August 8, 2020. Please note that this is only a deadline extension and not the opportunity to apply for a second PPP. There is still more than $125 billion available for first-time PPP borrowers who are self-employed, gig artists, contractors, or a corporation or nonprofit with W2 employees. 

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Arts Nonprofits Relief Fund

The Arts Nonprofit Relief Fund provides emergency funding for local arts nonprofits that have been directly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Grants will provide relief for the unexpected loss of revenue and/or unexpected increases in expenses resulting from COVID-19. Grants will be made on an ongoing basis, as funds are available.

Live Theatre League Relief Fund

The Covid-19 pandemic has closed most theaters in the Tarrant County, causing job losses for some 500 actors, directors, designers, technicians, carpenters, crew, and support staff. To address the hardships caused by closures, the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County created a relief fund, seeded by $15,000 of its own money. The goal is to raise additional funds from the community to help those who have lost work. Amount needed = $125,000! But any amount raised will be a help and will add to the number of those served.


COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

This website is a list 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.

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Artist Relief

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.

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Equal Sound 

Corona Relief Fund application

If you are a musician who has lost income due to a cancelled gig as a result of the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak, please fill out the form below to apply to receive support from Equal Sound's Corona Relief Fund.


Disaster Unemployment


The U.S Department of Labor has announced new guidance outlining flexibilities that states have in administering their unemployment insurance (UI) programs to assist Americans affected by the current outbreak of COVID-19. 

CERF+Emergency Assistance

CERF+ emergency assistance includes grants and/or brokered assistance, such as booth fee waivers and discounts or donations on supplies and equipment.

Artists interested in CERF+ emergency assistance must first complete an inquiry form.

CERF+Emergency Assistance

The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship to professional visual artists practicing in drawing, painting, sculpting, installations, graphics, fine art photography, and fine art ceramics.

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Open Call: Artist Relief Fund

In order to give back on a deeper level, AURORA has created an Artist Relief Fund to offer direct financial support to North Texas artists who are in dire need thereof due to COVID-19. Grants of $4,000.00 will be distributed to artists who are focusing on the future of the arts and the community that surrounds it, as long as funds are available.

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Creative Industry Relief Fund

A new initiative to support Fort Worth area artists. THE NEW NORMAL: An Artist’s Response to COVID-19 challenges local visual artists to create works that reflect their experience living through the pandemic as members of the Fort Worth area community.

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Creative Industry Relief Fund

A new initiative to support Fort Worth area artists. THE NEW NORMAL: An Artist’s Response to COVID-19 challenges local visual artists to create works that reflect their experience living through the pandemic as members of the Fort Worth area community.

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Creative Industry Relief Fund

Hear Fort Worth and Film Fort Worth with assistance from United Way of Tarrant County have established a creative industry relief fund to help support musicians, artists, performers and filmmakers who have lost work due to COVID-19.

The initiative spearheaded by Hear Fort Worth is an extension of Fort Worth musician Rachel Gollay’s Artist & Service Worker Relief Fund, which raised $10,000 and provided support of $200 per qualified applicant.


Emergency Artist Support League

Providing financial assistance since 1992 to North Texas visual artists and arts professionals in distress.

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Writers’ Emergency Fund

The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund is a small grants program for professional—published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crises. Depending on the situation and level of need, grants are in the range of $2,000.


Musicians' Fund

Founded in 1914, Musicians Foundation is the country’s oldest independent nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to musicians and their families in times of need, crisis or transition.

Recording Academy MusiCares

The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Entertainment Assitance Program

Our Entertainment Assistance Program functions as an entryway and guide through The Fund’s many programs when you’re facing personal or work-related problems. It is also a conduit for emergency financial assistance in times of pressing need or in response to catastrophic events.

National Coalition For Arts' Preparedness & Emergency Response:

Building Resiliency in the Arts Sector

Resources, articles, and tips for organizations and individuals.

Resources for Organizations

In It for the Long Haul: How Arts and Cultural Organizations Can Consider Adapting

Aimed at helping arts and cultural organizations consider key questions and variables as they plan for reopening and a post-COVID-19 future, this report estimates the pandemic’s effect on the nonprofit arts sector and identifies three critical propositions and four prompting questions for consideration.

Fundraising During a Pandemic

Texas Commission on the Arts presents this professional development webinar on raising funds during uncertain times.

Adapting to the Changing Pandemic Landscape

Texas Commission on the Arts presents this professional development webinar.

Digitizing the Cultural Experience for your Audience

Houston Arts Alliance is compiling resources to help the arts & cultural community remain resilient in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. One approach is to develop a way to make events digitally accessible to your audience.

Resources For Immediate Response

Disaster Distress Helpline

Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies.

Crisis Text Line
Text MHA to 741741 and you’ll be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line provides free, text-based support 24/7.

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Toll-Free: 1-800-985-5990 (English and español)

SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746

SMS (español): “Hablanos” al 66746

TTY: 1-800-846-8517


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio


Options For Deaf + Hard of Hearing


Veterans Crisis Line


Text 838255


Arts Council programs are made possible through gifts from local individuals, small businesses, corporations, foundations, the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County and Texas Commission on the Arts.


(817) 738-1938


1300 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107

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