Updated Resources for Artists during COVID – 19

April 2020

Congress Passes Third Covid-19 Emergency Bill that Includes Provisions Impacting the Arts and Nonprofits


Methow Arts: free one-on-one assistance to artists, makers, non-profit organizations and creative sector workers. Free marketing workshops, resources, referrals and grant assistance. info@methowartsalliance.org (email preferred,) 509-997-4004

TwispWorks: measuring business + economic impact in the Methow Valley, and connecting with small businesses, non-profits, sole proprietors and independent contractors to provide resources, training and materials to help them secure state and federal assistance. To find out more, contact businesssupport@twispworks.org.

Room One: assistance in social services, unemployment filing, and more. info@roomone.org

WorkSource Okanogan: our local employment services branch can help navigate Unemployment. Benefits are now expanded to include self-employed, independent contractors, and those who need to care for sick family or take care of children at home. Contact kroneill@esd.wa.gov to connect.

Economic Alliance of Okanogan County: assistance with business loans, emergency assistance and advice. Contact Roni Holderdiefenbach @ rholderdiefenbach@economic-alliance.com or website:

Methow Housing Trust: Find all the information you need on mortgages, renting, and housing instability here.

The Cove Food Bank: Still open on Thursdays! Find out more here about food assistance. Reach The Cove by phone 509.997.0227 

Reopening Guidelines

The Governor’s Office Reopening Guidelines

The Governor’s Office Reopening Guidelines by Industry

WFEA’s Resource Page for Reopening Events

General Relief Grants

NDN Collective stands in solidarity with Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs and small businesses who are uniquely affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic—health crisis. The NDN COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide rapid response resources to Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs and small businesses bracing from economic contractions and stresses to their daily business operations, solvency and future growth. The Artist and Entrepreneur Fund will provide grants of up to $5,000 to ease these current hardships in this time of economic uncertainty.

*NEW* Methow Valley Small Business Emergency Grant
In partnership with the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization (MVLTRO), TwispWorks is pleased to announce the Methow Valley Small Business Emergency Grant opportunity for small businesses in the Methow Valley. The Small Business Emergency Grant is a $1500 grant to be used for immediate relief (rent payments, utilities and other fixed business expenses) or recovery purposes (projects to help your business pivot to new markets, such as developing a web presence, eCommerce site, or any other idea to make your business more successful). The first funding cycle will take place between May 11 – May 20th, with grant awards determined on May 21st. Initially we plan to give out 10 business grants, with the hope of opening a second funding cycle as additional funds allow.

Artly World’s Artist Relief Project Artists in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance from this relief fund.

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to any artists, nationwide 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. You must reapply for each cycle.

ArtistTrust  is now offering rapid-relief grants for all Washington artists. These unrestricted cash grants are intended to support working artists with lost wages, medical expenses, lost teaching opportunities, travel reimbursement, rent and mortgage payments, food, utilities, and other living expenses. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and selected weekly, but it may take several weeks for a response. Grants range from $500-$5,000 based on artists’ needs, with a very simple application.

MadArt Seattle  is launching a new ARTIST RELIEF PROGRAM. We are paying artists to share a virtual peek into their creative processes by providing us with a short video and/or images of their studio practice. When possible, we will share this documentation online through our website and social media platforms. This opportunity is available to regional artists of all disciplines and MadArt is committed to offering a total of $50,000 in support. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. If you’re interested, please contact us at info@madartseattle.com for more information.

MusiCares. Music industry professionals (3 years in the industry or 6 albums) may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage) to compensate for cancelled/ scheduled work.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund: COVID-19 Fund. Funding for musicians with documentation proving 50% of all income comes from working within music community, proof of cancelled and any relevant medical documentation bookings.

PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund. Help for fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators and journalists. Writers do not have to be Members of PEN America to receive a grant. Applicants must be professional writers and demonstrate that a small, one-time grant will be meaningful in helping them to address an emergency situation.

Medical Emergency Grants

Cerf CERF+ ‘s emergency relief grants for visual artists related to COVID-19 focuses on those infected with the virus that require intensive medical care.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grant NYFA and the Rauschenberg Foundation have teamed up to offer visual and media artists and choreographers in the US grants of up to $5,000 for medical-related emergencies. 

The Artist Fellowship offers grants to professional visual artists practicing in drawing, painting, sculpting, installations, graphics, fine art photography and fine art ceramics financial aid for current (not anticipated) medical needs and their aftermath. The application is extensive so be sure that you qualify.

Tell Your Story: Advocate for the Arts

from ArtistTrust

During the COVID-19 crisis, it’s essential that we keep artists front of mind for legislators and decision-makers who can steward government resources. Our friends at Inspire Washington have 3 easy ways you can act now in support Washington State’s cultural sector:

1. Sign Inspire Washington’s letter to Governor Inslee. It’s very likely there will be a special state legislative session by summer to address coronavirus impacts.  Now is the time to tell our story and position the sector within this critical decision-making. Sign Inspire Washington’s letter to Governor Inslee urging him to support the state’s cultural sector. 

2. Support ArtsWA’s proposal for Emergency Relief Funding and Technical Support  To support the sector at this vital time, please request that Governor Inslee approve $10 million for Washington’s Cultural Sector and its workers to help offset the losses of the nonprofit cultural industry, providing initial economic relief for the duration of the COVID-19 shutdowns. 

3. Fill out the American’s for the Arts and Arts Washington Surveys To secure federal and state relief funding, we need facts and figures that articulate a clear story of the economic losses and programmatic impact. There are a number of surveys out there that are capturing the data. You can fill out the Americans for the Arts survey, click here and contribute your organization’s financial losses to articulate your hardships and the ArtsWA Survey here . These surveys drive federal and state advocacy. 

CDC COVID-19 Updates

Native American Community Response Fund

CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED: COVID-19 Response Resources Nation wide and by state

Creative Capital List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Interactive Performance Fundraiser for Gig Artists

Emergency Funds for Writers.

League of American Orchestras Coronavirus Resources

DeVOS Institute Partners with 6 Arts Organizations in Rural Communities

NACEDA COVID-19 Resources for Community Developers


Okanogan County Emergency Management Services: https://www.okanogandem.org/novel-coronavirus19-covid19

Okanogan County Public Health:  https://okanogancounty.org/ocph/

Okanogan County Community Action Council:  http://occac.com/

Northwest Native Development Fund: https://thenndf.org/

CCT Emergency Management:  https://www.colvilletribes.com/emergency-management

Colville Tribal Credit:  https://www.colvilletribalcredit.com/

Central Washington Homebuilder’s Association:   https://cwhba.org/covid-19-emergency-response-page/

TwispWorks: http://twispwa.com/covid/