Resources for Artists During Covid-19

By Mayuran Tiruchelvam

Tens of thousands of film workers lost their jobs as Covid-19 became a global pandemic. In addition to current productions that shut down, upcoming shoots postponed, financiers pulled out of independent films, and all the movie theaters closed.  Some of us might be able to access state unemployment services, but for a vast number of us, massive economic insecurity lies ahead.

It is uncertain when the film and television industry will be back up and running, putting people at risk of food insecurity or homelessness. People ineligible for unemployment, lacking health care, or union protections may be questioning how to survive this pandemic. They’re not alone.

Those of us who need support should not be afraid or ashamed to ask. Those of us privileged with time, money, health, or a lack of caretaking responsibilities must contribute to folks who need help. 

Community organizers have established mutual aid networks to help us care for one another during the pandemic. Mutual aid projects include contributing food to those who need it, providing digital companionship, taking care of children and the elderly, and specific funds for vulnerable populations (disabled people, folks with housing insecurity, the LGBTQI community, people of color, sex workers, or undocumented immigrants).

We can get through this by helping each other. 

A list of Mutual Aid and disaster care networks by state, city, and nation HERE

Organizing resources and news, including a list of victories (like eviction moratoriums in various states and cities) HERE

Resources for freelance artists, including emergency funds HERE

List of arts resources during the COVID-19 outbreak compiled by Creative Capital HERE

Resources for Artists in the COVID-19 Crisis complied by Kickstarter HERE

Women Make Movies Resources for Artists with Lost or Reduced Wages HERE

Financial Relief Resources for Artists During COVID-19 compiled by Artwork Archive HERE

A Coronavirus resource kit, including guides for artists HERE

Cinema Worker Solidarity Fund HERE

Alamo Drafthouse relief fund for furloughed staff members HERE

IATSE petition to tell Congress to include displaced entertainment workers in relief package HERE

Relief Fund for Hollywood Support Staff HERE

SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund HERE

Emergency Fund for independent women and non-binary photographers who have been impacted by COVID-19 HERE

RollingStone’s list of how you can support independent musicians HERE

Recording Academy’s MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund Apply for Assistance HERE

Humanity in times of COVID-19: How to help each other properly HERE

Canadian artists and freelancers can find help during COVID-19 shutdowns HERE

QueerDOC Slack Channel for queer filmmakers HERE

PGA Producers Guild of America Members Relief Fund HERE

POV Fund for Documentary Filmmakers HERE

PEN America Applications for Writers’ Emergency Fund HERE

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

Canadian artists and freelancers can find help during COVID-19 shutdowns HERE

Field of Vision and Topic Studios Documentary Freelancer Relief Fund HERE

Takes Our Village to #SupportOurCrews HERE

Documentary Producers Alliance Covid-19 Resources HERE

IDA COVID-19 Grants Directory HERE

Film Independent Emergency Filmmaker Support Fund HERE

Artist Relief Fund HERE

Lastly, as much as we need to meet our basic economic needs, isolation causes tremendous harm to our emotional health. HERE is 88 Ways to Not Freak the F*ck Out During Isolation, including excellent resources for mindfulness, time management, and other forms of self-care. 

We will continue to update this list as new resources come in. If you have seen a resource you think should be added to this list, please email it to