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Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

Artists, arts organizations, and many others help create the cultural treasures of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. During this challenging time, we are working hard to share resources and lift each other up.

Arts Information During COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis

Artist Resources

  • Americans for the Arts and a consortium of funders have announced a new $10 million Artist Relief Fund for artists facing dire financial circumstances due to COVID-19. The fund launches with $5 million in seed funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation matched with $5 million in initial contributions from an array of foundations across the United States. Each week through September, Artist Relief will provide grants to 100 artists from multiple disciplines. Applications are now open, and the deadline to apply for the first funding cycle is April 23 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Subsequent deadlines are: Cycle II: April 24-May 21 (closes 11:59 p.m. ET); Cycle III: May 22-June 18 (closes 11:59 p.m. ET); Cycle IV: June 19-July 23 (closes 11:59 p.m. ET); Cycle V: July 24-August 20 (closes 11:59 p.m. ET). Artists in need can apply for assistance here, and those who are able may donate to the fund here. Source: NC Arts Council
  • NC Artist Relief Fund has been established to support artists and arts presenters across North Carolina. The Visual Arts Exchange, Artspace, PineCone and the United Arts Council of Raleigh are working together to ease the financial impact of creatives in our state. https://vaeraleigh.org/artist-relief-fund
  • Creative Capital has joined forces with several national arts grant makers to form Artist Relief—an initiative that includes immediate, unrestricted emergency funding of $5,000 for individual artists of all disciplines, and resources to help those in need due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Go to www.artistrelief.org to learn more and apply.
  • The Buncombe County Tourism Jobs Recovery Fund’s mission is to preserve and safely reopen the region’s unique and diverse small business ecosystem and protect tourism-related jobs. The Tourism Fund helps tourism-related small businesses and nonprofit organizations reopen through:
    • Simple and streamlined micro-grants of $500 – 5,000
    • Full grants of $5,001 – $50,000

Applications must be completed and submitted no later than 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 31. Learn More and Apply

  • Guide to Reopening the Arts in North Carolina: North Carolina cultural leaders have released a “Guide to Reopening the Arts in North Carolina” to keep patrons, workers, and artists as safe as possible in response to COVID-19.
  • Self -employed and independent contractors can now file claims with the NC Department of Employment Security (NCDES). NCDES is expected to start processing these claims the week of April 25. https://des.nc.gov/need-help/covid-19-information/federal-unemployment-assistance
  • Craft Futures Fund: One-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 support craft communities throughout the United States. They are disbursed to craft-based education projects. Learn more at https://www.centerforcraft.org/grants-and-fellowships/craft-futures-fund

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