The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The Boston Artist Relief Fund will be open on a rolling basis. We will continue to make grants as more funds become available.

Amount: $500
Deadline: May 15, 2020
Status: Closed
Funding Types: Grant
Creative Categories: Acting, Beauty, Craft, Dance, Fashion, Film, Music, Painting, Performing Arts, Photography, Tech, Visual Art, Writing
Locations: Boston


The Boston Artist Relief Fund will open for applications on Thursday March 12 for artists who have lost or anticipate losing income. The Boston Artist Relief Fund will close on May 15, 2020 and will replace the Opportunity Fund for the rest of our fiscal year, ending June 30, 2020. The Opportunity Fund will reopen for applications after July 1. Opportunity Fund applications that were already received in this application cycle will be considered for funding. We welcome applications from all individual artists living in Boston, but will prioritize lower income artists and artists who have not been funded through City-led grants during this fiscal year (July 1, 2019-present). The fund will be open for but not limited to the following uses: Recouping financial losses due to cancelled events. This includes but is not limited to: Performances in all performing arts disciplines, Readings, panels, and speaking opportunities, Reimbursement for travel expenses related to creative work that you paid for yourself. This includes but is not limited to: Attending conferences and convenings that have been cancelled, Artist Residencies, Touring, Offsetting loss of income for teaching artist who could not teach during this time because of cancelled classes and school closures, Support for artists working full or part-time in the service industry who have lost supplemental income used to support their creative practices.

Organization: City of Boston Arts and Culture