Financial Help for Artists During COVID-19

It’s no secret that, due to the spread of COVID-19, millions of Americans have filed for unemployment recently (a record 6.65 million people filed a new jobless claim in the week that ended March 28 [source: Washington Post]). As part of our continued effort to help the art community, we’d like to share with you some avenues of financial help.

Financial Help for Artists

1. Covid-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application

From the U.S. Small Business Administration / Disaster Loan Assistance

The eligibility list includes options such as “Applicant is an individual who operates under a sole proprietorship, with or without employees, or as an independent contractor” and others that might apply to you and your art business.

Click here to learn more about the disaster loan and apply here. Find additional options through the SBA here.

2. The Artists’ Fellowship Fund

The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.

Note: Due to the overwhelming requests for aid from the COVID-19 pandemic they are temporarily limiting relief and assistance applications to those qualified applicants who are dealing with IMMEDIATE MEDICAL EMERGENCIES and their aftermaths. This restriction will be revisited periodically as conditions change.

Click here to learn about eligibility.

3. There are additional resources listed at, a website for our extended family of artists, photographers. Please research the resources at Smug Mug before applying and submitting your personal information.

It’s Not All Bad News

The good news is that, although this is an incredibly difficult time in our lives – no matter where we are on the globe – this will be over eventually. For some optimistic insights, I’d like to share with you a few more resources that I think you’ll find helpful.

Watch: Survival Strategies For Artists and Galleries with B. Eric Rhoads and Jay Abraham






Watch: Art Historian Jean Stern of UC Irvine interviews Eric Rhoads on how artists can survive the COVID-19 period (click here to watch the interview)

Do you know of additional legitimate financial resources for artists? If so, please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

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Kelly Kane
PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.


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