RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS Print


ADVOCACY 

Join Arts Action Fund
Stand up for the arts! Join the
Americans for the Arts Action Fund, America's Voice for the Arts. Mobilizing one million arts activists-the Arts Action Fund helps persuade our elected officials to support policies and funding for arts, culture and arts education and provides action alerts on a variety of arts-related issues.

Online Tool Kit
Americans for the Arts has developed an online toolkit to help arts organizations respond effectively in times of crisis. The
Arts Funding Response and Readiness Kit at provides current information, key messaging, communications and advocacy strategies, and the research needed to make the case for keeping the arts in your community.


EMERGENCY FUNDING


GENERAL ARTISTS

Craft Emergency Relief Fund
The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) emergency relief assistance includes small grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment.
 
Mayer Foundation
The Mayer Foundation makes economic relief grants to individuals who are distressed or suffering as a result of poverty, low income or lack of financial resources. Proposals will be considered by the Foundation's selection committee, which meets quarterly.
 

Pollock-Krasner Foundation
The
Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. has dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation‘s mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time.

Actors Fund
The
Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone - on stage and those behind the scenes - who work in entertainment and performing arts. As a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition, The Actors Fund provides comprehensive social services including counseling, crisis intervention and connections to local resources for personal, family or work related problems as well as emergency financial assistance for basic living necessities.

FINE ARTS - PAINTERS, GRAPHIC ARTISTS & SCULPTORS

Artists' Fellowship, Inc
The
Artists' Fellowship, Inc. is a private, charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, sculptors) and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement. The Artists' Fellowship's Board of Trustees and Officers all serve as volunteers in service to our community of artists. Assistance is given without expectation of repayment. One does not need to be a Member of the Fellowship to receive assistance; neither does membership in the Artists' Fellowship entitle one to assistance from the foundation.

MUSICIANS / SINGERS

MusiCares Foundation
The
MusiCares Foundation provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.

Musicians Foundation
The
Musicians Foundation helps professional musicians by providing emergency financial assistance in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses.

Society of Singers
Society of Singers helps singers who have financial needs resulting from personal, family, or medical crises. Charitable grants may be provided for basic needs including rent, utilities, medical/dental expenses, substance abuse rehab, psychotherapy and HIV/AIDS treatment. Grants are always paid directly to creditors. SOS is unable to provide assistance for credit card debts, tax debts, loans, voice lessons, demos, head-shots and other music projects.

WRITERS

Authors League Fund
Authors League Fund helps professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income or other misfortune. The Fund gives open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans. These loans are not grants or scholarships meant to subsidize personal writing projects. It should be kept in mind that the Fund's resources come from other professional writers.

PEN Writers' Fund
The PEN Writers' Fund is an emergency fund for professional-published or produced-writers in acute, emergency financial crisis. Depending on the situation, the Fund gives grants of up to $2,000. The maximum amount is given only under especially dire circumstances and when monies are available.


FUNDING & FOUNDATIONS


The Arts Deadline List
The Arts Deadline List features a list of contests and competitions, art jobs and internships, art scholarships and grants and fellowships, art festivals, calls for entries/proposals/projects, and other opportunities, in all disciplines, for art students, art teachers, and artists of all ages.

The Foundation Center
The best single source of arts funding information on the web is the online library of the Foundation Center. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.

The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
Guggenheim fellowships are currently the most prestigious and well-funded artist fellowship program. The Foundation offers fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the most autonomous possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
One of the best foundations for funding individual artists at the national level is the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. It certainly awards more fellowships than any other visual arts-oriented program. The Foundation provides support exclusively to visual artists--painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmakers.

Creative Capital
Creative Capital is a national non-profit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all disciplines. Creative Capital uses a pioneering approach that combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster sustainable practices for grantees.

Kickstarter
Projects are big and small, serious and whimsical, traditional, and experimental. They are inspiring, entertaining, and unbelievably diverse. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project.

Art Production Fund
Art Production Fund (APF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping artists realize difficult-to-produce works, reaching new audiences, and expanding public participation and understanding of contemporary art. APF assists with projects that might otherwise remain unrealized in order to support artists' visions and at the same time bring pivotal works to diverse communities.

Fractured Atlas
Fractured Atlas is a non-profit organization that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations. Their programs and services facilitate the creation of art by offering vital support to the artists who produce it. Fractured Atlas helps artists and arts organizations function more effectively as businesses by providing access to funding, healthcare, education, and more, all in a context that honors their individuality and independent spirit.

AIM | Hatchfund
USA Projects has found a new home with AIM and has re-branded as Hatchfund. AIM’s focus on technology will provide Hatchfund with the necessary resources to quickly and efficiently respond to the needs of those seeking funds for creative projects. Hatchfund is where accomplished artists can post projects, art supporters can help fund projects, and partner organizations can join in with matching funds — a place where art communities connect and turn artistic visions into reality. The Hatchfund platform supports artists by helping them connect with and cultivate donors to fund their projects.


LINKS TO ARTS ORGANIZATIONS


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NAC RESOURCES 


NAC Publication: Serving Nevada’s Artists, Conversations From Oasis 2010 Arts Conference, Las Vegas

Nevada Writer's Resource List is a listing of literary resources in Nevada and in the region.

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