Covid – 19 Resources for Southern Filmmakers/Artists

Regional Resources – Southern States

We have compiled a list of the websites, emergency funds and resource listings for Covid-19 response to artists and freelancers from the twelve Southern states that SDF serves.  Visit the sites regularly as new relief funds and resources are added daily.

South Arts

“We recognize the impact that this virus and the necessary reactions may cause. Artists, technicians, administrators, and everyone involved in the arts community are facing an unprecedented situation as events get canceled or postponed. But, ultimately, we believe that the arts are about bringing people together. We share emotions and ideas. These connections strengthen us. And, looking forward as we work our way collectively through this pandemic, we are hopeful that the artists, organizations, and everyone who make up our arts community will come together and be stronger for it.” Suzette M. Surkamer   Executive Director, South Arts


The Atlanta Artist Lost Gig Fund 

The Atlanta Artist Lost Gig Fund is designed to provide financial assistance to Atlanta area who have unmet needs due to lost revenue from cancelled upcoming events and gigs. NOTE: priority will be given to current C4 Atlanta members. Who Can Apply?  This fund is open to arts workers of ANY discipline including arts administrators, visual artists, craft artisans, performing artists of all kinds, musicians, writers, and all others. You must have documentation of your agreement for work (contract, email agreement, etc.) and documentation of the cancellation in order to apply (email stating such from contractor, etc.)

North Carolina

NC Artist Relief Fund
A collaboration between Artspace, PineCone, Theatre Raleigh, United Arts Council, and VAE Raleigh
This fund has been created to support creative individuals who have been financially impacted by gig cancellations due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 100% of donated funds will go directly to artists and arts presenters in North Carolina. Musicians, visual artists, actors, DJ’s, dancers, teaching artists, filmmakers, comedians, and other creative individuals and arts presenters are experiencing widespread cancellations due to this global pandemic. Many North Carolina artists rely on markets, performances, classes, and exhibitions in order to pay the bills directly aligned with their costs of living.

Donate to the Fund           Apply to the Fund

Greensboro Artists Emergency Relief Fund  

ArtsGreensboro launches the Greensboro Artist Emergency Relief Fund directed toward working artists in the Greater Greensboro area who have lost fees, commissions, sales, and other incoming generating activities.  The Greensboro Artist Emergency Relief Fund is separate from the ArtsFund. 100% of funds (less processing fees) raised through this effort will be distributed out on a weekly basis, but it is a FUNDS IN/FUNDS OUT process. Funds distributed are directly correlated to dollars raised 

Donate to the Fund     Apply to the Fund    


New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) – COVID-19 Relief Grant

As a result of the anticipated local economic impact of COVID-19, the New Orleans Business Alliance is standing up a relief fund to meet the needs of gig economy workers who have been directly impacted via loss of income. NOLABA is committing $100,000 to initiate the fund, with a goal of increasing the fund assets to a minimum of $500,000. We have issued a charge across the community to encourage business leaders, philanthropy, and concerned New Orleanians to contribute to increase the potential reach and impact of this relief effort

South Carolina

The SC Arts Alliance and the SC Arts Commission

The SC Arts Alliance and the SC Arts Commission are working together to provide resources and advocacy for the creative sector’s response to COVID-19. The SC Arts Commission is handling the collection and organization of various digital resources for artists, organizations, and educators. The SCAA is taking the lead on advocacy / policy related issues impacted or driven by COVID-19.


Oolite Arts Relief Fund – Miami Based

We are heartbroken by the stories we are hearing from Miami-based artists on the impact of COVID-19, which has caused the closing of exhibitions, galleries and lay-offs in the cultural community and beyond.  To help, we have launched the Oolite Arts Relief Fund for COVID-19, which offers up to $500 to cover lost income due to the novel Coronavirus.

West Virginia

Tamarack Foundation for the Arts Emergency Relief Fund

The foundation offers grants and bridge loans of up to $5,000 for artist businesses on a rolling basis to help with these events. These funds are available to artists juried into the Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia retail facility in Beckley, WV.  Priority for grants will be given by an external committee to those most severely affected by career threatening occasions that could result in the closure of business. Requests in excess of $5,000 are eligible for request, but the application must show significant need.


Made in Alabama COVID-19 Resources

In these challenging times triggered by the novel coronavirus, the Alabama Department of Commerce wants you to stay informed. In collaboration with our state and federal partners, we have assembled a comprehensive list of resources related to the COVID-19 response to assist Alabama employers and workers. This page will be updated periodically, and important developments will be shared on the Made in Alabama web site and its social media channels.


Mississippi Arts Commission

As coronavirus COVID-19 spreads across the U.S., we recognize that this health concern presents special challenges for the arts sector, especially those hosting mass gatherings, such as performances, festivals, screenings, and the like. If out of an abundance of caution you have chosen to alter, postpone, or cancel your planned grant activities in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, complete this COVID-19  MAC Grant Change Form. Submit the completed form to Kristen Brandt, or mail the form to MAC offices at 501 North West Street Suite 1101A, Jackson, MS 39201.000


Arkansas Arts Council Resource Toolbox for Arkansas Artists impacted by COVID-19

Artists and arts organizations in Arkansas are already feeling the financial impact of COVID-19. As venues close, everyone from musicians to comedians are being hurt financially.  The Arkansas Arts Council has compiled a list of resources to help arts communities statewide.  More information will be added as more information becomes available.


The Kentucky Arts Council Emergency Resources

The Kentucky Arts Council is committed to assisting artists, arts organizations and other creatives, freelancers and creative industry stakeholders in accessing information to help navigate this time of uncertainty caused by COVID-19. The arts council has compiled these links to resources that offer valuable information and may be of use as the arts community moves forward. Arts council staff will update this page as more information becomes available.


Virginia Commission for the Arts – Grant Opportunities

The Virginia Arts Commission continues to assess current and future potential impacts of COVID-19 on operations and  the Arts industry. The primary concern is for the health and public safety of everyone. With regard to the sector and impacts in communities across the Commonwealth, the Commission remains engaged in conversations at numerous levels to ascertain and determine the most effective support and guidance.  Many of the grants for art and individual artists have open deadlines through April.  The Virginia Arts Commission answers important questions regarding deadlines and requirements for grants.


Tennessee Arts Commission Resources for the Tennessee Arts Community

The arts sector is susceptible to the challenges of this time and we stand with you as you make incredibly difficult decisions about your programming and services. For resources for the arts and culture community, we have created a webpage featuring many helpful links and will continue to update as more information comes in.

National Resources

Please also check out these national  resources for filmmakers, freelancers and artists impacted by COVID-19

American Documentary Artist Emergency Fund for Independent Documentary Community Affected by COVID-19 

American Documentary (AmDoc), the nonprofit organization behind the PBS series POV, is launching a COVID-19 Artist Emergency Fund to support the independent documentary community. This adapted fund will provide rapid response grants up to $500 to assist artists with basic needs including food, immediate health needs and insurance premiums. Applications are now open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the fund is expired. For more information about eligibility, criteria and the application process, visit or contact

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

NYFA has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new medical emergency grant program called Rauschenberg Emergency Grants. Beginning in late May/early June 2020, the program will provide visual and media artists and choreographers with one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies including but not limited to: hospital and doctor bills (including insurance co-pays), tests, physical/occupational therapy, prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition, and emergency dental work

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). We will disburse funds in the amount of US $200 per person, on a first-come-first-served basis. We will be accepting funds indefinitely.

Women Make Movies Resources for Filmmakers and Artists During COVID-19

This is a growing list of resources for filmmakers and freelance artists who are experiencing a loss or reduction of wages due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Women Make Movies (WMM) Production Assistance Program will update the list as more information becomes available

Freelance Artist Resources

The Freelancers Union and Hub created a comprehensive rundown of the many resources for freelance workers hit hard during this time

Creative Capital

A growing list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. 


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