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Application for Workers in the Visual, Literary, Media, Film and Video Arts

Based on the number of applications we have already received, our current fund will be exhausted well before we can get to everyone.

First round grants will be sent in May 2020. We will continue to fundraise in order to award more grants.

In the meantime, we encourage you to apply for the City of San Francisco’s new round of Individual Artist Emergency Relief Grants.

If you work within the performing or musical arts, you should apply for a grant from Theatre Bay Area


What are the Bay Area Arts Worker Relief Funds?

The Bay Area Arts Worker Relief Funds are resources for arts workers who are facing a loss of income due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This application is specifically for people working within the visual, literary, media, film and video arts.

If you work within the performing or musical arts, you should apply for a grant from Theatre Bay Area.

Who is Eligible?

Any individual resident of the San Francisco Bay Area who has worked professionally or vocationally in the arts community for at least one year, who has been an active participant in the arts ecosystem (those whose life’s work is the arts, regardless of the income derived from work in the arts), and has experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19 because of:

  • Cancelled arts-related events
  • Loss of arts-related work
  • Loss of supplemental income/job

“Arts workers” includes all aspects of the visual, literary, media, interdisciplinary, film and video arts, including but not limited to visual artists; film, video, and media producers; writers; teaching artists; administrators; designers; curators; art handlers, preparators, and figure drawing / still-life models, among others.  This application and relief fund is intended for individuals, not organizations.

Application Process

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, and are subject to approval and the availability of funds. If approved, the amount received may fluctuate according to how much is available within the Fund.

Priority will be given to arts workers within the following communities: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color); Disability community, including immunocompromised; and/or LGBTQIA+.

Again, if you are a worker supporting the performing and musical arts, please apply with Theatre Bay Area.