Boston Artist Relief Funds Explained

Learn how you can support artists during the COVID-19 health crisis to ensure a vibrant and robust recovery when we can finally gather in our community galleries, concert halls, and theaters.

You can still support artists in the meantime to ensure a vibrant and robust recovery when we can finally gather in our community galleries, concert halls, and theaters.  If you’re looking for ways to support the Boston-area arts scene, consider donating to one of these local or national relief funds.

Social distancing protects our community and loved ones from the spread of COVID-19, but these measures have created an immediate financial obstacle for local artists in Greater Boston. Shuttered theaters and venues, restrictive limits on gathering sizes, and abrupt closures of restaurants and retailers have cut tours short and limited sources of vital income.

Artist Relief

Artist Relief is a national fund that provides $5,000 grants for practicing U.S. artists experiencing financial emergencies. The fund also serves as an ongoing informational resource and works to identify and address the needs of artists moving forward. Donate Now. 

Massachusetts Mutual Aid Networks

Massachusetts Jobs for Justice hosts a list of mutual aid networks in Massachusetts by town and neighborhood. You can donate to these networks individually by clicking through each town on the list, or make a donation to Massachusetts Jobs for Justice here.

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

This national fund is for BIPOC artists and arts administrators financially impacted by COVID-19 and is organized by Arts Administrators of Color (AAC) Network. Donate Now.

Boston Music Maker Relief Fund

So far, the Boston Music Maker Relief Fund has funded 732 applications so far and are leaving donations open indefinitely with a goal to fund every eligible remaining request to aid music makers experiencing lost income as the result of performance cancellations related to COVID-19. Donate Now.

Boston Dance Alliance Relief Fund

In their first round of grants, the Boston Dance Alliance was able to support 61 members of our dance community with emergency stipends of $250 — over $15,000 in relief funds. You can continue to donate here

Theatre Community Benevolent Fund

This fund provides confidential financial relief for individual theatre practitioners and nonprofit organizations in and around Greater Boston. Donate Now.

Boston Singers’ Relief Fund

Established by Boston Singers Resource, this emergency fund has provided grants up to $500 for New England-based singers whose classical performances were canceled due to concerns over COVID-19. The first round of grant-making assisted 22 singers with over $10,000 in grants. Donate Now. 

Elena Morris (she/her/hers) is ArtsBoston’s Community Outreach and Marketing Manager. She is a dramaturg and arts administrator passionate about forward thinking in the arts. Elena holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University, focusing her studies on dramatic literature and movement. twitter-4-512 @elena_pearl
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