As part of our response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, KCRep has created a list of resources that may be helpful to local artists, actors, and theatre professionals. This list was created with the assistance of Seattle Rep, Actors Fund, & ArtsKC resource guides. While we have made our best efforts to ensure the accuracy of the information provided on this page, the list is not comprehensive and may not be up to date.

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NameType of ReliefDescription AreaFocusLink
4-part series on finding financial help by Mid-America Arts AllianceWebinar, ResourceLearn what financial relief is available to you as an artist, how to navigate the system and what actions you can take to help stabilize your finances. Artist & Arts and Business Strategist, Chris Dahlquist, shares the opportunities that are available to artists and the steps they must quickly take to be able to navigate and capitalize on the relief being offered, as well as to help create a strategy to move forward in both the short and long term.NationalArtistsClick here
Actors Fund GrantTo help our community during this public health crisis The Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those in immediate financial need. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts. Remember, you may be eligible for more than one fund.NationalArtistsClick here
Actors ReliefGrantAs such, Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward.NationalArtistsClick here
Artists, Culture Workers, Freelance, Gig Event Losses due to COVID19 Cancellations - Google Sheet DataThe COVID-19 pandemic has shown in very short order how fragile the economic existence of the precariat is. If you are an artist, cultural worker, freelance content creator, or creative gig worker, you have likely already seen work opportunities disappear, and are likely anticipating more. Organizations and individuals trying to respond in solidarity and support need information on just what the scale of the situation is. Please fill in below your own experience of lost work, cancellations, and economic uncertainty. Be as accurate as you can; this is intended to be a snapshot that can be shared with relief orgs to ensure that their response is proportional. It is not necessary to identify yourself. Share this sheet with your networks of similarly-affected workers.NationalArtists, Freelance/Gig, Culture WorkersClick here
Arts Advocacy in Action Email ListResourceUpdates on SBA, PPP, and anything/everything Artists & CoronaNationalArtistsClick here
Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency FundGrantThis fund is for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators. This is a ONE-TIME micro grant of $200.NationalBIPOC ArtistsClick here
CERF+ Grant, ResourceHave you or an artist you know experienced a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster? CERF+ emergency assistance includes grants and/or brokered assistance, such as booth fee waivers and discounts or donations on supplies and equipment.NationalArtistsClick here
Coronavirus 2020 Artist Relief Fund DatabaseResourceThis is a (growing) database of some of the funding available to artists to seek relief from cancelled gigs due to Covid-19. Please check back often to see additions. Most RECENT entries are at the bottom.NationalArtistsClick here
COVID19 Freelance Artist ResourceResource, DatabaseHuge resource for all things freelance/covidNationalArtistsClick here
Dramatists Guild FoundationGrantIt is vital to support writers in times of need so that they can get back to doing what they do best. DGF provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.NationalPlaywrightsClick here
Equal Sound Corona ReliefGrantMusician relief fund for those with cancelled gigs due to COVIDNationalMusiciansClick here
Foundation for Contemporary ArtsGrantFCA is focusing its efforts on addressing the extraordinary need in the arts community as a result of COVID-19 and will not be accepting project-based applications until that need has abated. If you are an artist who has suffered financial losses as the result of a project cancelation or postponement due to COVID-19 you can apply for relief through our FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund. If you were hoping to apply for project-based funds, we recommend checking back in August.NationalArtistsClick here
Glad Day FundGrantGlad Day has set up a emergency fund to help LGBTQ2S artists, performers & tip-based workers. This fund is not meant to help people recover lost income. This is a fund to SWIFTLY HELP LGBTQ2S PEOPLE WHO CANNOT PAY FOR FOOD, MEDICINE, RENT AND NECESSITIES because most of their income doesn't come from an employer. We anticipate that we will be overwhelmed with requests - we will help as many people as we can, based on need and our available funds.NationalLGBTQ+ FolxClick here
Harvesters KCResource, Database, Food AssistanceHarvesters provides food to its network of member agencies who in turn provide help to individuals and families at risk of hunger throughout the community. Our service locator only provides information for services within our 26-county area. Find days and times for Harvesters’ mobile pantries in Missouri and Kansas. Kids Cafe provides free, nutritious meals for any child ages 1 to 18.Greater KCClick here
HowlRound - Financial Strategies for Freelance Artists in a Time of Crisis (ASL & Captioned)ResourceThis is the second in a series of online events that's focused on serving the needs of individual and freelance U.S.-based artists and culture makers in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.NationalFreelance/GigClick here
KC Gig Workers Support Group - FacebookResource, CommunityThis is a group for gig workers, small business owners, performers, artists, musicians and anyone else who needs some monetary support during this time, and those super heroes that want to support them. Let's really come together and make sure that we're all okay.Greater KCArtists, Gig workersClick here
Live Nation Crew Relief FundGrantThe Crew Nation fund is here to help support live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19. You can apply for financial assistance from the Crew Nation fund below. Crew like you are essential to the fabric of live touring. You work behind the scenes to help artists and fans connect with the magic of live music, and Live Nation wants to ensure you are taken care of during this time.NationalTouring or Venue Crew Member Click here
Max's KC ProjectGrantThe max’s kansas city project provides emergency funding & resources to professionals in the creative arts. Individuals who have made their living through their art form either professionally or personally and demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid or housing.Greater KCArtistsClick here
Musicians FoundationGrantPlease help us continue to support professional musicians during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Many thousands of performers, educators, and composers have been left with no work. As most do not have a safety net, they turn to Musicians Foundation for support.NationalMusicianClick here
Paul Hastings Fact SheetResourceFederal and State Unemployment Insurance for Independent Contractors and Freelancers - Please note that this fact sheet gives general information about COVID-19 resources and emerging laws for independent contractors and is not legal advice. This Fact Sheet is current as of 12:00 P.M. on April 3, 2020. All organizations and individuals are encouraged to review federal resources and contact attorneys for up to date information. The information is not, and should not be interpreted as, legal advice.NationalFreelance/GigClick here
Queer Writers of Color Relief FundGrantThis fund is for queer writers of color only, not organizations or nonprofits, who are in need of financial assistance right now. The amount we can provide is based off how much we receive. We will do the best we can to help everyone. At this time, we are able to give the minimum of $100 and a maximum of $500.NationalQueer Writers of ColorClick here
Remote Work DocumentResourceA Google doc listing any and all opportunities for Remote Work, as well as other resources. NationalClick here
Restaurant Employee Relief FundGrantThrough the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, we will provide grants to restaurant industry employees who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 financially, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment that results in a lack of resources to pay for essential expenses.NationalRestaurant EmployeesClick here
Rocket Relief Fund via Charlotte Street FoundationGrantThe Rocket Relief program aims to provide emergency support to individual artists in the Kansas City regional bi-state (or Missouri/Kansas bi-state) region within 80 miles of Kansas City. This grant is intended to help artists whose income has been impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic and who need assistance with basic expenses such as food, housing, medical costs, and child care. This fund is open to all self-identifying visual, multi-disciplinary, and performing artists within an 80-mile radius of Kansas City. Grant amounts are available as flat stipends of $1000. Rocket Relief utilizes a lottery method that is weighted to prioritize applications based on emergency needs.Greater KCArtistsClick here
SDC EAFGrantThe Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) announces the creation of an Emergency Assistance Fund to aid Members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis. Combined with SDC’s relief program, the Fund—which will be administered by a designated Task Force —will provide more than $300,000 in aid to affected SDC Members.NationalSDC DirectorsClick here
Sweet And Mutual Aid FundMutual AidThe Sweet And [Queer Solidarity] Fund recognizes that many Missouri Trans and Queer Folks face systemic marginalization daily, and that during this global pandemic it will only be heightened. To help those queer and trans people in Missouri who are out of work or have little to no income at this time, this Fund will operate as a type of mutual aid project in order to provide funds directly to individuals from around Missouri. Handlers of this fund come from Music Freedom Dreams, the ACLU of Missouri Trans Justice Program, Metro Trans Umbrella Group, and the experienced organizers behind the St. Louis Covid Mutual Aid Fund. The funds are traveling through Metropolitan Community Church in St. Louis.MissouriTrans & Queer Folx or parents/caregivers of those folxClick here
The Pitch KC - Unemployed in KC? ArticleResourceIt is rough out there. It’s not so great in here either. Everyone needs a little help right now. So in working with some local businesses, we’ve put together some very handy links and resources for those of you whose jobs have been affected by the COVID-19 fallout.Greater KCClick here
The Quarantine Concerts - FacebookFree marketing, ResourceThe Quarantine Concerts are a response to the many musicians in Kansas City who have lost their income from the necessary social distancing brought about by the Coronavirus. This page is for both their musicians, their patrons, supporters and fans.Greater KCMusiciansClick here
United Way of Greater KCResource, DatabaseIf you need help in the 23-county area covered by United Way of Greater Kansas City, you can get it from United Way 2-1-1. This free service provides access to thousands of resources. Call 2-1-1 and you'll reach a trained, caring professional seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Website includes searchable resources categorized into options like basic needs, criminal justice & legal services, education, health care, and more. Greater KCClick here
Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsResourceIn this time of financial upheaval, many freelancers, gig workers, and independent contracts are now able to file for unemployment insurance, when they have never been able to do so before. This is a class to assist you with understanding the new CARES Act and the benefits that may be available to you, along with information about where to find further guidance.NationalFreelance/GigClick here
Writers Emergency FundGrantPEN America is expanding its long-standing Writers’ Emergency Fund as part of our efforts to support the literary community at a time when the health and livelihoods of so many are at risk. We recognize that there are writers who no longer have access to any of the ways in which they have supported themselves, and that this has happened very suddenly and will last for a period none of us can predict. In response, PEN America will distribute grants of $500 to $1,000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.NationalWritersClick here