These are unprecedented times, and the whole world is suffering. Bay Area arts workers are among the most financially vulnerable, with incomes cut drastically as events, shows, and gigs cancel, theaters darken, studios close, and a wide variety of arts programs and opportunities vanish.
The region’s arts service organizations are uniting to establish emergency funds to assist arts workers through this crisis. The Bay Area Arts Worker Relief Funds embrace two sources of support: one for workers in the performing and musical arts and one for workers in visual, literary, media, film and video arts. Our aim is to establish a transparent and efficient system that can equitably disperse funds to Bay Area arts workers in need.
The Bay Area Arts Worker Relief Funds are a program for and by Bay Area arts practitioners, and we are only able to distribute funds to those in need because of the generosity of the arts community. If you would like to join the artists and other supporters who have made tax-deductible donations to the Bay Area Arts Worker Relief Funds, please click on either of the links below or contact IAM Executive Director Lisa Burger at [email protected]. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
To support workers in the performing and musical arts – DONATE HERE
To support workers in visual, literary, media, film and video arts – DONATE HERE
All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
What are the Bay Area Arts Worker Relief Funds?
A resource for arts workers who are facing a loss of income due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Depending on which type of art your work involves – performing, musical, visual, literary, media, film and video arts – you will either be awarded a grant from Theatre Bay Area or Independent Arts & Media.
Who is eligible to apply to the Bay Area Arts Worker Relief Funds?
Any resident of the San Francisco Bay Area who has worked professionally or vocationally in the arts community, who has been an active participant in the arts community (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 performance/s and/or arts-related events
- Loss of arts-related work
- Loss of supplemental income/job
“Arts workers” includes all aspects of the performing, musical, visual, literary, media, interdisciplinary, film and video arts, including but not limited to actors, musicians, dancers, singers, writers, teaching artists, designers, administrators, box office/event staff, carpenters, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, production staff and crew, technicians, etc.
If you work within the performing or musical arts, you should apply for a grant from Theatre Bay Area.
The Bay Area Arts Worker Relief Fund for workers in the visual, literary, media, film and video arts is no longer accepting applications.
The Bay Area Arts Worker Relief Funds are a collaborative effort of the following Bay Area arts organizations: