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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) has published information on federal assistance and how you can apply.

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

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.

Network for Good has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources for nonprofits.

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.

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

Get information on tax deductions for artists.

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.

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.

Webinars/Virtual Events

The Arts & Business Council of Great Nashville hosted a free webinar on what the CARES Act means for the artistic community. Speakers discussed new federal legislation, what parts relate to arts organizations, artists, and the creative economy, and what you should expect in the next few weeks. They hosted a follow up webinar with updated information on Friday, April 10.

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.

Network for Good is launching a FREE Financial Resilience Training Series for nonprofit organizations nationwide, delivered virtually via webinar technology over a two week period beginning Monday, April 13.


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