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Recovery Resources for Craft Artists

Recovery Resources for Craft Artists

As arts organizations across the country like Tennessee Craft are compiling resources to help our artists who have been and continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are publishing this list of valuable resource links from our partner organizations and other trusted sources of information. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

Artist Resources

Access the latest information on the CARES Act from the Alliance of Artist Communities.

Americans for the Arts has created a hub of national resources available to artists.

Artist Relief, a coalition of national arts grantmakers, has launched a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville has compiled an extensive list of resources for national and Middle Tennessee residents, and they have announced the Greater Nashville Artist Relief Fund, which will begin accepting applications on Monday, April 27.

ArtsMemphis has launched their Artist Emergency Fund with support from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and the Assissi Foundation.

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) has published information on federal assistance and how you can apply.
**For craft artists in dire need, CERF+ is launching a new COVID-19 Relief Grant. Applications open July 9, and the first cycle closes July 29.**

Creative Capital has a list of resources for artists, including online workshops, national and local grants, and other information that is updated weekly.

From the Grace Foundation, any individual resident of Greater Knoxville who has worked at least two of the last five years (professionally or vocationally) in the local arts and culture community OR who has been an active participant in the local arts and culture community, regardless of the income derived from work in the arts and culture field, is eligible to apply for up to $2,000 at one time from the program.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announces additional $200 million grantmaking commitment to nonprofit arts & humanities.

Metro Arts Nashville has highlighted resources including foundations and freelance artist resources, including applications for THRIVE Grants for individual artists.

Rauschenberg Medical Grants are available to visual, media artists and choreographers. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 15.

The Red Backpack Fund will make at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis. Eligible applicants include majority women-owned and led businesses and nonprofits with annual revenues less than $5M, at least one additional paid employee, and fewer than 50 individuals on staff. Applications will be accepted during specific periods through August 2020.

The Tennessee Arts Commission has put together an extensive list of resources and information including emergency funding, health and mental health resources, and small business guidance.

On June 2, 2020, Governor Bill Lee announced the use of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to assist Tennessee small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.  Governor Lee has directed the Tennessee Department of Revenue to issue business relief payments through the Tennessee Business Relief Program to small businesses for costs incurred as a result of mandatory business closures.

Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper has published a list of COVID-19 resources (mostly Tennessee-specific) including testing information, food assistance, small business resources, and health insurance information.

The United Way of Greater Nashville has launched the COVID-19 Response Fund, which was created to assist individuals, families and nonprofits experiencing financial hardship due to this virus.

Self-employed Tennessee artists can get step-by-step instructions on filing for unemployment.

Get information on tax deductions for artists.

Get updates on federal loan programs.


Webinars/Virtual Events

American Craft Council is hosting a three-part forum to explore innovations in our craft communities in the face of adversities and challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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