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There are a myriad of resources available for artists, creative workers and nonprofit, for profit, educational and government entities. The following list includes many though certainly not all. If you have an additional recommendations, please forward it to

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NationalActors EquityActors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers nationwide. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors' Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions.
NationalActors Fund The Actors Fund offers a broad spectrum of programs, a calendar of workshops, support groups, online resources and emergency financial assistance to support the unique, essential needs of all who work in performing arts and entertainment.
InternationalAll She MakesWomen creatives continue to be underrepresented in the arts. We are here to change that. Offering a community membership, a magazine, a directory for women artists worldwide and more.
RegionalAlternate RootsAlternate ROOTS is a regional* arts service organization with 44 years of history.
As a member-driven national resource for artists and cultural organizers, they seek to champion social and economic justice and the work of people in the field.
NationalAmerican Alliance of Museums The American Alliance of Museums’ mission is to champion museums and nurture excellence in partnership with our members and allies. From art museums to science centers, arboretums to zoos, members of the diverse museum community share something in common—strong support, standards of excellence, knowledge sharing and professional networks provided by the American Alliance of Museums.
NationalAmerican Composers OrchestraACO supports composers at all levels in the creation of new orchestral works, from exploring the legacy of great artists to premiering new works by fresh voices. Join ACO’s network of partners in supporting the voices of the future.
NationalAmerican Council on Gift AnnuitiesAmerican Council on Gift Annuities is a national association of charitable organizations that offer charitable gift annuities. Includes an extensive summary of state laws relative to charitable gift annuities.
NationalAmerican Fundraising ProfessionalsSince 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP's nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members raise over $100 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world.
Southeast MIAmerican Fundraising Professionals, Greater Detroit Chapter MIAFP Greater Detroit, seeks to foster the professional development and growth of fundraising professionals, to preserve and enhance philanthropy and volunteerism and to promote the highest ethical standards in the fundraising profession worldwide. AFP Greater Detroit believes that diversity and inclusion create a strong, vital and unified force for the effective pursuit of an organization's mission and achieving philanthropic success. Through it's educational programs, AFP Greater Detroit acts as a resource to fundraising and nonprofit professionals throughout Southeastern Michigan. AFP Greater Detroit offers the best networking opportunities, an unwavering commitment to the highest ethical standards and the most exciting and cutting edge educational and professional advancement opportunities.
NationalAmerican Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund The American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund provides Financial assistance for rent, utilities, mental health and medical care, as well as other basic living expenses. Grants are made case-by-case, based on need. They also offer workshops, outreach and more.
NationalAmerican Institute of ArchitectsWe advocate for the value of architecture and give architects the resources they need to do their best work.
NationalAmerican Institute of PhilanthropyAmerican Institute of Philanthropy is a nationally prominent charity watchdog service whose purpose is to help donors make informed giving decisions. The Institute rates charities pursuant to a number of criteria, as well as publishes helpful articles about the charitable sector.
NationalAmerican Society of Interior DesignOur work drives positive change through the power of design. We collaborate with others to promote the value of interior design. We prepare our members to excel in a dynamic and evolving profession. We generate, collect and disseminate applied knowledge. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, we strive to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.
NationalAmerican Society of Journalists and AuthorsMembers are outstanding nonfiction freelance writers who meet ASJA’s exacting standards of professional achievement. ASJA serves the entire freelance and publishing communities, through a variety of programs and initiatives.
NationalAmerican Symphony Orchestra LeagueThe American Symphony Orchestra League provides leadership and service to American orchestras while communicating to the public the value and importance of orchestras and the music they perform.
NationalAmericana Music Association The Americana Museum Association offers COVID-19 resources to help both industry professionals and artists whose livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this crisis.
NationalAmericans for the ArtsAmericans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With more than 40 years of service, we are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. National service organizations for local and independent arts organizations Research Economic Impact Studies and training.
Greater New YorkAmerinda Inc.American Indian Artists Inc. (AMERINDA), established in 1987, is a community-based multi-arts organization that works to empower Native Americans, break down barriers and foster intercultural understanding and appreciation for Native culture through its arts programs and services to individual artists. AMERINDA‘s mission is to promote the indigenous perspective in the arts to a broad audience through the creation of new work in contemporary art forms—visual, performing, literary and media.
Washtenaw CountyAnn Arbor Center for Independent Living ProgramThe AACIL Virtual Art Class (VAC) and Art Program are all about YOU. Classes are conducted in a traditional instructive manner. Some are open-ended with no intentional outcome. Developed in March of 2020, the Art Program is currently centered around artistic exploration within a digital environment. The Virtual Art Class allows us to connect and create during the pandemic and beyond.
WashtenawAnn Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial FoundationThe Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation, Inc. was formed on November 12, 1981 by concerned leaders in the graphic communication industry to establish a non-profit, public, industry assisted corporation to develop and dispense scholarship grants to talented young people who are interested in graphic communication as a lifetime career.
Washtenaw CountyAnn Arbor SCOREAnn Arbor SCORE was founded in 2000 as Chapter 655. We are an active chapter and have more than 20 volunteer professionals. The counselors of Ann Arbor SCORE are experienced business owners and managers who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help potential and existing small business owners achieve success. Client service is the objective of Ann Arbor SCORE and our volunteer business counselors are dedicated to providing the best possible service. Face-to-face or online, the counselors of Ann Arbor SCORE are able and willing to aid in the success of small business. SCORE counselors provide you with in-depth, industry-specific business assistance to help evaluate a business idea or plan, stimulate business growth and ensure long-term stability.
Washtenaw CountyAnn Arbor Storytelling GuildOur mission is to promote, perpetuate, and celebrate the art of storytelling.
NationalArt EquityLaunched in 2015 as a national initiative, artEquity provides tools, resources, and training at the intersection of art and activism. With over 5,000 individuals trained, and a growing alumni community, artEquity is building a broad base of individuals and organizations who are strategically poised to create and sustain a culture of equity, inclusion, and justice through arts and culture.
NationalThe Arthouse ConvergenceThe Arthouse Convergence strives to reflect its core intention: to support community-based, mission-driven independent film and independent film exhibition arthouses in all its programs, seminars and conference.The idea of the Art House Convergence was born when a group of exhibitors were brought together at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the Sundance Institute’s Art House Project. For two years, this small group of exhibitors met at the Sundance Film Festival to discuss independent film and independent film exhibition. In 2008, the group expanded and hosted the first Art House Convergence conference in Salt Lake City, UT, with 25 attendees. Over the next several years, the conference attendance grew dramatically and it moved to the Zermatt & Homestead Resorts in Midway, UT. By 2018, the conference attendance reached 650, including several international art houses.  The Art House Convergence, having grown into a year-round organization, relies on several staff members and a huge number of volunteers to coordinate and plan all the events and programs. The organization is based out of and staffed by its founding institution, the Michigan Theater Foundation in Ann Arbor, MI.
NationalArtist Communities AllianceIn the event of an emergency, the Alliance can offer support for artists by connecting them with a diverse network of residency programs across the country.
NationalArtists at WorkInspired by the Depression-era Works Progress Administration, ARTISTS AT WORK (AAW) is a new program designed to give artists resources to continue to produce work during the immediate health and economic crisis brought by COVID, and to build new structures and partnerships that will help to sustain the creative sector in a post-pandemic America. Conceived by THE OFFICE performing arts + film in collaboration with the FreshGrass Foundation as a public/private partnership that combines government, corporate, and foundation support, AAW is a WPA for the arts reimagined into a modern context that is sensitive to the 21st century landscape (now drastically changed) of every artistic discipline’s place in the culture.
NationalArtists' Fellowship, Inc.The Artists' Fellowship, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) private charitable foundation that financially assists professional visual artists and their families in times of emergency, disability or bereavement. Assistance is given without expectation of repayment. One does not need to be a member of the Fellowship to receive assistance nor does membership in the Artists' Fellowship entitle one to assistance from the foundation.
NationalArts 5Free access to a complete guide of art related links. Search by country or region to find art and artist links. Find links to performing arts, art events and employment websites.
NationalArts Administrators of ColorFounded in July 2016, the Arts Administrators of Color Network (AAC) is a service organization that focuses on networking and community building through the arts. They are advocates who continue to fight for equity in the arts through collaborations, forums, and outlets that provide a voice for arts administrators and artists of color where there may not be one.
Washtenaw CountyThe Creative WashtenawThe Creative Washtenaw’s mission is to champion the arts & creative industries in Washtenaw County, MI—arts and creative individuals, organizations and businesses—to ensure that the greater Ann Arbor region remains a great place to create, live, work, learn, play and visit. The intrinsic value of the arts and creativity is and always will be foremost in our efforts. We work as diligently to demonstrate economic and educational value, the interconnectivity of the creative sector to all other sectors and the depth of skills and variety of career paths available to a creative person.
NationalArts ARE EducationArts ARE Education is a national campaign
in support of arts education for all students. They promote advocacy through an action center, petitions and more.
NationalArts Education PartnershpiIn response to the need for resources to help arts and education leaders navigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, AEP compiled relevant content to support the arts education field from 2020 through early 2021. AEP engaged partners in sharing resources that they created and compiled to help others as to navigate new ways of working.
NationalArts MidwestArts Midwest believes that creativity has the power to inspire and unite humanity. Based in Minneapolis, we grow, gather, and invest in creative organizations and communities throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, and beyond. One of six nonprofit United States Regional Arts Organizations, our history spans more than 35 years. We are guided by a mission that centers creativity, leadership, and Midwestern communities, and by a set of values that are rooted in equity, trust, and learning.
InternationalArtwork ArchiveThe Artwork Archive, like many other arts organizations, have compiled a list of emergency resources for artists as well an ongoing list of crowdfunding efforts to provide financial relief for artists. This is an evolving list that will be updated.
NationalASCAPA National PRO (performing rights organization.) ASCAP is a membership association of more than 800,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.
NationalAssociation of Fundraising ProfessionalsAssociation of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the primary professional association of fundraisers, offering training, publications, and other resources.
NationalAssociation of Governing BoardsAssociation of Governing Boards This organization offers excellent publications, seminars, specialized training and other materials to assist the effective management for boards of directors for colleges and universities and their related foundations.
NationalAssociation of Performing Arts Presenters The Association of Performing Arts Professionals is the national service, advocacy and membership organization for presenters of the performing arts. APAP is dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts industry and the professionals who work within it. §  APAP hosts the annual APAP|NYC conference - the world's leading convening for the performing arts industry. §  APAP is the industry's leading community for networking and knowledge. §  APAP is the industry's leading community for networking and knowledge. §  APAP strengthens and advances your career and the field through professional development, resource sharing, advocacy and civic engagement.
NationalAssociation of Performing Arts ProfessionalsThe Association of Performing Arts Professionals is the national service, advocacy and membership organization for the live performing arts field. APAP is dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting, booking and touring industry and the professionals who work within it.
NationalAssociation of Talent AgentsSince 1937, the Association of Talent Agents (ATA) has been the official trade association of talent agencies across the U.S., responsible for legislative advocacy and negotiating agency franchise agreements and regulations with the major entertainment guilds, including SAG-AFTRA, WGA, DGA, and AEA.
NationalAuthors League FundThe Authors League Fund helps authors, dramatists, journalists, critics, short story writers and poets.
NationalBacklineBackline is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that connects music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness resources. Backline strives to build a safer and more supportive music industry by helping our community access quality mental health care providers that understand this line of work.
NationalBartender Emergency Assistance ProgramBEAP grants seek to provide immediate financial assistance for those in the hospitality industry who encounter temporary, emergent, financial hardship due to unforeseen and/or catastrophic life events such as an accident, acute medical diagnosis, or localized wind, water, earth, or fire-related natural disasters.
NationalBetter Business Bureau Wise Giving AllianceBetter Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance This nonprofit organization is one the leading “watchdog” services attempting to stay current with best practices in the nonprofit field while providing information on other nonprofit organizations that may violate these standards.
Washtenaw CountyBig Sky RecordingLocal Ann Arbor-based recording studio.
NationalBlack Theatre NetworkThe Black Theatre Network is comprised of artists, educators, scholars, students and theatre lovers who are dedicated to the exploration and preservation of the theatrical visions of the African Diaspora. For 30 years, the Black Theatre Network has collected, processed and distributed information that supports the professional and personal development of its membership (comprised of individuals engaged in the full range of theatre professions, professional and community theatres and organizations, and academic institutions).
NationalBMIBMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music. BMI is the bridge between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that want to play their music publicly. As a global leader in music rights management, BMI serves as an advocate for the value of music, representing over 17 million musical works created and owned by more than 1.1 million songwriters, composers and music publishers.
NationalBoardsourceBoardsource (formerly National Center for Nonprofit Boards). This organization offers excellent publications, seminars, specialized training and other materials to assist the effective management for nonprofit boards of directors.
NationalBroadcasters Foundation of America Covid-19 GrantThe Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Emergency Grant for Coronavirus Assistance provides one-time grants of up to $1,000 to broadcasters who have faced extreme financial hardship due to the coronavirus and its effect on the broadcasting industry.
NationalBroadway CaresBroadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund is helping entertainment professionals meet coronavirus-related expenses and other challenges brought about by the pandemic.
NationalCandidCandid=Guidestar+Foundation Center: for a combined 88 years, Foundation Center and GuideStar each helped change the world by giving people the information they needed to do good.
NationalCarnegie Fund for AuthorsThe mission of Carnegie Fund for Authors is to award grants to published authors who are in need of emergency financial assistance as a result of illness or injury to self, spouse, or dependent child, or who has had some other misfortune that has placed the applicant in pressing and substantial pecuniary need.
NationalCenter for Craft Futures FundA new opportunity established by the Center for Craft will support the collective re-imagining of the future of craft, providing both economic relief as well as purpose and community-driven resolve in the wake of the coronavirus. The Craft Futures Fund will provide one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 to craft-based education projects that seed resilience, foster community, and amplify impact.
NationalCenter for Cultural InnovationThe Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) was founded in 2001 as a California 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Its mission is to support individuals in the arts—artists, culture bearers and creative entrepreneurs—to realize greater self determination so as to unfetter their productivity, free expression and social impact, which contributes to shaping our collective national identity in ways that reflect the diversity of society.
NationalCERF+ Emergency AssistanceIf you or someone you care for have:

1. Incurred significant medical expenses related to treatment and recovery from Covid-19


2. Experienced a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster

*Due to the high demand for emergency relief assistance and limited funding, cases based solely on economic losses due to Covid-19 are not eligible
NationalCharities Regulation and Oversight Project The Charities Regulation and Oversight Project is the oldest and most comprehensive initiative of Columbia Law School’s National State Attorney General Program.  Its mission is to foster a comprehensive approach by state attorneys general to protect charitable assets and ensure their lawful, highest and intended use in the public interest.
NationalCharity NavigatorCharity Navigator This organization offers an extensive database and research tool that aims to help donors, grantmakers, professional advisors and others in the evaluation of thousands of charitable organizations nationwide by providing detailed financial information and other analysis.
NationalChoruses of America - Choruses and COVID-19Chorus America continues to track news and collect information about the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from our members and partners. This page serves as our central hub of information to help you stay informed about reopening and advocacy developments as the choral field moves forward together.
NationalThe Chronicle of PhilanthropyThe Chronicle of Philanthropy is the leading national publication offering current and accurate information about the charitable sector.
NationalCommon Field - Open Document: COVID-19We invite members of the Common Field Network and the public to add knowledge to the open document COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field.

Common Field regularly sources and shares knowledge from the field. With that spirit in mind, we’re calling upon you to add resources, ideas, thinking and information surrounding best practices during pandemics and other emergencies.
MichiganThe Council of Michigan FoundationsWe lead, strengthen and support Michigan's community of philanthropy in the relentless pursuit of equitable systems and inclusive diversity.
NationalCouncil on FoundationsCouncil on Foundations: The Council on Foundations is a membership organization of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations (private foundations, community foundations, etc.) worldwide. COF provides leadership expertise, legal services, publications, seminars and networking opportunities, etc. to its members and to the general public.
National COVID-19 Financial Solidarity FundIf your income streams have been directly affected as a result of COVID-19, you can request emergency financial mutual aid here.
We are modeling these requests on microgrants. We recognize that these are emergency times and require an emergency response, and so there are many significant differences from traditional microgrant programs. That said, microgrants (small, one-time infusions of cash) have been demonstrated to have immense impacts on the lives of those who receive them.
NationalCreative Capital Arts ResourcesIn times of crisis, artists are often among those most affected. In addition to health concerns, this is a challenging moment for many in our community as we deal with cancelled income and trying to make plans during uncertain times. Creative Capital has always been anchored by a rich spirit of community and mutual generosity, and we believe that continuing communication and exchange are crucial for all of us. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, we have created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.
NationalThe Creative GenerationThe Creative Generation – or Gen C for short – is a term taken from consumer marketing, used to describe an intergenerational group of people share common creative capabilities:

creative thinking,

cultural consciousness,

connectivity, and

concern for community.

They employ their creative capabilities to catalyze social transformation towards the goal of thriving communities and a more just world.
InternationalCrew Nation - Global Relief Fund for Live Musician CrewsLive music inspires millions around the world, but the concerts we all enjoy wouldn’t be possible without the countless crew members working behind the scenes. As COVID-19 continues to put many concerts on pause, we are extending a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who are in great need of support.
Upper Midwest MICrosshatch Artists EmergencyWorking artists have been hit hard by the effect of the coronavirus on the arts economy. Canceled events mean loss of income, with no end in sight. Because we know that art is of the utmost importance in trying times, we’re looking out for our artists.

Crosshatch is part of the Upper Midwest Emergency Relief Fund coalition, in partnership with Arts South Dakota, Culturesource, ImagineMKE, Racking Magpie, Springboard for the Arts, and The Arts Partnership. Together, we are supporting artists throughout the region.
MichiganCultural Advocacy Network of MichiganThe Cultural Advocacy Network of Michigan strives to bring a collective voice for cultural organizations in Michigan. The organization will lead advocacy and education efforts to influence decision making at the highest levels of state and local government and ensure that cultural leaders have the tools they need to deliver the highest quality of service for the individuals they serve.
Southeast MICultureSource COVID-19 Resource PageIn light of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and economic volatility, we feel we must take action to support the Southeast Michigan arts and culture sector. To address the needs of our community, we are committed to offering support to both members and non-members. Read more about our COVID-19 crisis response below. Please use and share the following resources, and lean on CultureSource as the current crisis unfolds.
NationalDance USAEstablished in 1982 as the national service organization for the professional dance field, Dance/USA is a membership organization currently serving nearly 500 aerial, ballet, contemporary, modern, culturally specific, jazz and tap companies, dance service and presenting organizations, individuals and related organizations. Dance/USA occupies a unique position in the field as the only national service organization dedicated to serving a broad cross-section of professional dance.
NationalData ArtsDataArts, formerly the Cultural Data Project, was founded to bring the language and leverage of data to the business of culture. The Cultural Data Profile (CDP) is DataArts’ flagship service, which thousands of cultural nonprofits use annually to report their financial and programmatic information. DataArts seeks to be a catalyst for data-informed decision-making. DataArts empowers the nonprofit arts and cultural sector with high-quality data and resources in order to strengthen its vitality, performance and public impact. It accomplishes this mission in three ways: 1)Equipping arts and cultural organizations to collect, learn from and use data effectively; 2) Building critical infrastructure for the sector as a trusted source of high-quality data that advances cultural initiatives; and 3) Creating a national partnership and platform for cultural data, dedicated to collective learning, leadership and action.
NationalDomestic Workers AllianceThe National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) works for the respect, recognition, and rights for the nearly 2.5 million nannies, housecleaners, and home care workers who do the essential work of caring for our loved ones and our homes.
NationalThe Drama LeagueThe Drama League advances the American theater by providing a life-long artistic home for directors and a platform for dialogue with, and between, audiences.
NationalDramatist Guild Foundation - Emergency Grants*Se escoge el detalles en español en el wesbsitio* Applications will be processed based on severity of need. Please be advised: DGF cannot process grant requests for funds toward artistic projects through this application process. Funds are most often used for necessary life expenses like groceries, utility bills and medical expenses.
NationalThe Drucker InstituteA social enterprise whose purpose is strengthening organizations to strengthening society. Out of the Drucker Archives thus grew the Drucker Institute. Today, all of our work is built on a foundation of YESTERDAY/TODAY/MONDAY* “Yesterday” refers to the fact that our work is grounded in Peter Drucker’s timeless wisdom. “Today” speaks to the urgency that we know organizational leaders feel to successfully meet their greatest challenges and opportunities. And “Monday” points to our proven ability to help executives move quickly from ideas to action to results, just as Drucker urged his own consulting clients: “Don’t tell me you had a wonderful meeting with me. Tell me what you’re going to do on Monday that’s different.”
NationalEqual Sound - Corona Relief FundTo keep things fair and also manageable, we are going to pay out a maximum of $500 per gig on a first-come, first-served basis. This way someone who had a $20,000 gig cancelled doesn’t end up pulling too much from everyone else and we do our best to avoid a tragedy of the commons situation. People with more than one canceled gig can apply more than once, they just have to wait until they receive a payment to apply again.
NationalEvent Safety Alliance Reopening GuideReopening Guide addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers. Since there is still insufficient testing, no contact tracing, and no vaccine against COVID-19, this guidance is particularly detailed.
NationalExponent PhilanthropyExponent Philanthropy – (Formerly the Association of Small Foundations) is committed to building and strengthening small foundation philanthropy by providing quality programs, products, and services to foundations with few or no staff.
NationalFacebook Small Business Grants ProgramFacebook has provided $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help small businesses across over 30 countries through our Small Business Grants Program. With our application period now closed across all countries, grant applicants can come back here for updates and answers to common questions.
InternationalFilm Festival AllianceFilm Festival Alliance creates a collaborative global community for mission-driven film festivals. FFA works year-round to celebrate and support the art of film, filmmaking and film presentation by connecting festival professionals with one another, and with other industry stakeholders including the greater filmmaking community.
NationalFiscal Sponsor  was produced and is maintained by San Francisco Study Center Inc., tax-exempt since 1972, a fiscal sponsor since 1975. Study Center is a member of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors that is helping to professionalize the field by providing assistance to sponsors and projects alike, improve financial management and spark organizational development throughout the nonprofit sector. Study Center has been publisher of Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right from its first edition in 1993 to the second edition in 2005 and a Kindle version in 2015.
NationalFlicker Fun - Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous PeopleEmbodying the fast flight and power of a flicker – a good medicine bird, Flicker Fund responds to already vulnerable and stressed Indigenous communities on the frontlines of climate caused crisis and emergencies. It responds to critical needs ranging from the diverse and varying impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic and its rippling negative effects, to climate fires and drought, as well as other disasters that devastate Indigenous Peoples, communities and Nations and that impact their ability to live healthy, safe, and vibrant lives.
InternationalFolk Alliance InternationalFAI is an arts nonprofit founded in 1989 to connect folk music leaders aiming to sustain the community and genre worldwide. Folk Alliance International’s mission is to serve, strengthen, and engage the global folk music community through preservation, presentation, and promotion.
NationalFormat - The Photographer FundAt Format two of our core values are Care and Impact, alongside our mission to help photographers seamlessly run and grow their business. We’re driven by our passion to enable the success of every photographer—supporting them with the tools and resources to make their online portfolio and creativity stand out. That’s why we created a $25,000 fund to help photographers facing financial difficulties due to COVID-19.
NationalForum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, TheThe Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is a national philanthropic leader and a network of 33 regional associations of grantmakers. It supports philanthropy by strengthening the ability of all regional associations to fulfill their missions; these associations promote the growth and effectiveness of philanthropy in order to improve life in their communities.
NationalFoundation for Contemporary ArtsFoundation for Contemporary Arts encourages, sponsors, and promotes innovative work in the arts. FCA operates four distinctive programs that provide avenues of support for individual artists and their work. Foundation for Contemporary Arts announces the 2021 Grants to Artists awards, twenty $40,000 unrestricted grants to individual artists working in Dance, Music/Sound, Performance Art/Theater, Poetry, and Visual Arts.
National Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency GrantsEmergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad.
NationalFractured AtlasFractured Atlas empowers artists, arts organizations and other cultural sector stakeholders by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression, so as to foster a more agile and resilient cultural ecosystem.
NationalFreelance Artists & COVID-19This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.
NationalFuture of Music CoalitionFuture of Music Coalition (FMC) is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization supporting a musical ecosystem where artists flourish and are compensated fairly and transparently for their work.
NationalGiving Institute/Giving USA Foundation, an association of fundraising consultants, aims to enhance the professionalism of the fundraising field. It developed the Standards of Practice and Professional Code of Ethics, widely accepted as a model for professional ethics in the field. The Giving Institute publishes Giving USA in association with IU Center on Philanthropy, a leading source of charitable giving statistics.
NationalGospel Music Trust FundThe Trust Fund was founded in 1983 by the late Herman Harper former member of the Oak Ridge Boys and President of The Harper Agency, a major booking agency for gospel artists. It exists to provide financial assistance, in the event of an emergency or major catastrophe, terminal or severe illness, to individuals who have derived a substantial portion of their income from the field of Gospel music.
NationalGottlieb Foundation Emergency GrantThe Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.
NationalGRAMMY - Musicares Financial and Addiction Recovery AssistanceMusiCares may grant short-term financial assistance for personal or addiction needs that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances. Funding may be awarded for needs such as rent, car payments, insurance premiums, utilities, medical/dental expenses, psychotherapy, addiction treatment, sober living, and other personal expenses.
NationalGrantmakers in the Arts COVID-19 and Arts FundingGrantmakers in the Arts is sharing resources and guidance on COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) and encouraging grantmakers to support their grantees by treating their funding flexibly in these difficult and rapidly shifting circumstances.
NationalGrantsmanship CenterTGCI was founded in 1972 to offer grantsmanship training and low-cost publications to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Today TGCI conducts some 200 workshops annually in grantsmanship, enterprise development and fundraising. TGCI is also active in publishing. The Grantsmanship Center Magazine is mailed to the staff of 200,000 nonprofit and government agencies in the U.S. and 58 other countries., Inc. , a membership-based organization, offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process.
NationalGuidestarGuideStar is the leader in providing comprehensive data on more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations, connecting them with donors, foundations, businesses and governing agencies in a nationwide community of giving.
NationalHART Fund- Blues FoundationThe Blues Foundation preserves blues heritage, celebrates blues recording and performance, expands worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensures the future of the uniquely American art form. The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.
NationalHaven Foundation Emergency GrantsMembers of the fine arts community that have lost their work due to COVID-19 are encouraged to apply through the foundations listed above. Please check the External Links section of The Haven Foundation website for demographic information.
MichiganThe Historical Society of MichiganThe Historical Society of Michigan connects Michigan's stories to students, educators, historical organizations, and the public.
Washtenaw County and RegionalHuron River Art CollectiveWe are a fully volunteer run 501c3 nonprofit membership organization with over 300 members and growing. We support artists and those interested in the arts, providing opportunities to learn, teach, make, and collaborate. The Collective is open to all who are 18 years-old and up with an interest in the arts – professional artists, beginning artists, and those who appreciate and support the arts. Our members come from Washtenaw, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Wayne and beyond.
NationalI Like Your Work I Like Your Work is dedicated to supporting artists, creating community and providing resources. Our podcast interviews creative people from painters and artists to collectors and curators. People who are involved in a creative lifestyle and also in building community within the arts. I Like Your Work is hosted by artist and curator Erika b Hess. We are on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and GooglePlay.
NationalI Lost My Theatre GigsLog lost theatre gigs - The shutdown of Broadway, regional theatres, theme parks and more will undoubtedly cause financial strain on our community of artists. We are here to help share stories, help each other financially and create an environment where we continue to care for each other. If you're worried about your finances due to the COVID-19 closures, please fill out the form below. We will verify information and share on for others to review and donate.
InternationalIATSE InternationalThe global union behind entertainment for backstage workers.
NationalIndependent SectorIndependent Sector is one of the leading coalitions of nonprofit organizations, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs. Independent Sector conducts research, lobbies Congress, underwrites publications, and offers training opportunities to support and enhance the mission of the nonprofit sector.
NationalInstitute for Museum and Library ServicesThe Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent Federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners by helping libraries and museums serve their communities.
- IMLS Vision - A nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.
- IMLS Mission - The mission of IMLS is to advance, support and empower America’s museums, libraries and related organizations through grantmaking, research and policy development.
InternationalInternational Association of Lawyers for Creative IndustriesThe main goal of IALCI, the international association of lawyers for the creative industries, is to enhance the collective knowledge of the creative industries, by organising seminars, webinars and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS), talks, google hangouts, podcasts, TV programmes about, and by publishing articles, newsletters, blogs and books on, business and legal topics of critical importance to the creative industries and entertainment sector.
InternationalInternational Bluegrass Music AssociationThe IBMA is the non-profit music association that connects, educates and empowers bluegrass professionals and enthusiasts, honoring tradition and encouraging innovation in the bluegrass community worldwide.
InternationalInternational Ticket AssociationThe International Ticketing Association (INTIX) is a non-profit membership organization that connects entertainment professionals with the education, visionary thinking, innovation, tools and relationships they need to ignite and sustain success while delivering optimal customer experiences. The diverse and inclusive community is comprised of more than 1,000 members who work in ticketing, technology, marketing, fundraising, finance and sales across arts, sports and entertainment as well as a full range of public venues and institutions. INTIX members represent organizations from across the United States, Canada and 25 countries around the world.
37 States East of the Rocky Mountains (including D.C.)Japan Foundation of New York Grants for Arts & Cultural ExchangeThis program provides support to non-profit organizations in the U.S. that organize projects that will further the understanding of Japanese arts and culture within the 37 states east of the Rocky Mountains, plus Washington D.C.
NationalJazz Coalition Commission FundIn this current reality of live performance hiatus due to COVID-19 there is an immediate need to keep artists in our broad and global jazz community active and compensated to create new work. United behind the goal to support deserving artists and boost overall morale, Jazz Coalition is launching the Commission Fund.
NationalJazz Foundation of America Musicians' FundMusicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz, and roots music know they can call our office at any time or walk through our doors for help in solving an emergency. We average 30 individual musician emergency cases a day and approximately 9,000 assists every year. We prevent homelessness with housing assistance, keep artists healthy with pro bono medical care and provide financial support that keeps the lights on and food on the table.
NationalJoan Garry ConsultingJoan Garry began her career in 1981 as part of the management team that launched MTV. She followed this successful eight-year tenure with another successful run as an executive at Showtime Networks. Then, in 1997 while either having a midlife crisis or avoiding one, Garry was named the executive director of GLAAD, one of the largest gay rights organizations in the U.S. She joined GLAAD to find an organization in deep financial crisis (18 staff and yes, $360 in the bank), led it out of the depths to a place of prominence focusing on the power of the media to change hearts and minds.
She brings all of this experience to her work as the Principal of Joan Garry Consulting, a boutique firm that helps nonprofits across a wide variety of sectors to untangle strategic knots enabling them to have a clearer path in pursuit of their missions.
Her blog for board and staff leaders of nonprofits reaches 100,000 unique leaders monthly from over 150 countries and her podcast Nonprofits Are Messy is frequently the #1 nonprofit / government podcast on iTunes. Lastly, she is the founder of The Nonprofit Leadership Lab, a monthly online membership site for board and staff leaders of small nonprofits who can afford neither coaching nor consulting. Through a vast array of content and a community moderated by experts, Joan is reaching over 2,000 board and staff leaders worldwide.
NationalJohns Hopkins Center for Civil Society StudiesJohns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies seeks to improve understanding and the effective functioning of not-for-profit, philanthropic, or “civil society” organizations in the United States and throughout the world in order to enhance the contribution these organizations can make to democracy and the quality of human life. The center is part of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies and carries out its work through a combination of research, training, and information-sharing, both domestically and internationally.
NationalLawyers for Good GovernmentWe coordinate large scale pro bono programs and issue advocacy efforts, seeking not only to establish and enforce equality under the law, but to also create the social and economic conditions that lead to true equity.
NationalLawyers for the Creative ArtsLawyers for the Creative Arts provides free legal services to financially eligible clients in all areas of the arts—visual, music, dance, literary, digital media, arts education, and much more. We help individuals and organizations with business issues, contracts, copyrights, trademarks and many other legal areas.
NationalLeague of Historic American TheatresFounded in 1976, the League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT) is a non-profit organization with the main purpose of sustaining historic theatres across North America for the benefit of their communities and future generations. It has become the professional network for theatre owners and operators to connect with others who have faced the unique challenges of historic theatre ownership and operation.
NationalLeveler: Peer to Peer Wealth Distributionleveler is a tool that facilitates the redistribution of wealth.
NationalLifetime ArtsFounded in 2008, Lifetime Arts is a nonprofit arts service organization that offers a positive, modern, artistic and social lens through which to serve, inspire and engage America’s growing population of older adults. Our approach rejects outdated stereotypes that define older people as needy, incapable or frail. While we partner with and advocate for creative aging initiatives that serve all older adults (55+), our work focuses on serving independent adults interested in exploring creative expression in a social group setting. Our mission has 3 main components:
NationalMellon Foundation - Grants DatabaseWelcome to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s grants database. Explore our grantmaking history using the map with filters for program area, amount, date and keywords.
MichiganMichigan Actors and Theatre Connections Hub (MATCH)Welcome to MATCH! Originally theatreWATCH on yahoo! groups, this new group serves Michigan performing artists and institutions. We provide audition information, reviews, updates, entertainment listings and more for local theatre and film. Post your events on our Wall and by clicking on "Add an Event". Thanks for joining us
Michigan Michigan Alliance for Cultural AccessibilityTo empower cultural institutions in Michigan to become more accessible and inclusive for people of all abilities. By sharing resources and experiences, leveraging expertise, refining best practices, and building institutional capacity, we will increase accessibility for people with disabilities, therein increasing accessibility for all.
MichiganMichigan ArtistsSupporting the Arts in Michigan. Post Art and events. We love to visit and show off Michigan Artists. Facebook page.
MichiganMichigan Arts and Culture CouncilMichigan’s vibrant arts and cultural scene are important to the state’s communities, excellent quality-of-life and thriving economy. MACC is the state’s key conduit for arts and cultural information, grant funding and more.
MichiganMichigan Dance CouncilThe goal of Michigan Dance Council is to make dance an integral part of each citizen's life by supporting performance and educational opportunities, promoting audience development and building alliances. 

Membership in the organization is all-inclusive and multidisciplinary. Participation ranges from individual supporters to professional organizations.

MichiganMichigan Economic Development CorporationFind out what global manufacturers, tech start-ups and entrepreneurial innovators already know: Michigan is committed to your business success. With a top ranked business climate, six percent corporate tax and vast resources to support economic success, Michigan is Pure Business.
MichiganMichigan Festivals and EventsThe Michigan Festivals and Events Association is a statewide non-profit organization serving communities, events, festivals, fairs, businesses and volunteers throughout Michigan. We promote Festivals, Events, Tourism, Government Related Agencies, Main Attractions, Year-Round Fun Spots, Seasonal Fun Spots, Lodging, Students, and Vendors catering to Festivals and Events and provide technical assistance, training, and education.
MichiganMichigan Film ProductionMichigan Film Production is a film production services company comprised of Producers, line producers and production managers dedicated to help and guide you to Produce your film, television and new media project as a Michigan film. We find crew, locations, provide resources, and equipment for studios, filmmakers and production companies looking to film Michigan & to film Detroit.
MichiganMichigan Historic Preservation NetworkMichigan Historic Preservation Network advocates for Michigan’s historic places to contribute to the economic vitality, sense of place, and connection to the past.
MichiganMichigan Humanities CouncilAs one of 56 state (and territories) humanities councils in the country, Michigan Humanities was founded in 1974 as a result of federal legislation. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Michigan Humanities also actively seeks grants, sponsorships and individual donations to further support cultural programming for Michigan communities.
MichiganMichigan Independent Venue & Promoter AssociationMichigan Independent Venue and Promoter Association (MIVPA) was founded as a statewide collection of businesses committed to advocate for the future of its members as important economic and cultural drivers in our communities. MIVPA strives to foster communication and cooperation among members to develop best practices and encourage individual and collective excellence. MIVPA will use the strength of our collective voices to impact change for our individual members to preserve our unique event spaces and their roles in the continued development of local and touring artists.
MichiganMichigan Libraries AssociationThe Michigan Library Association is a collaborative network of libraries, library professionals, and supporters working together to protect and promote our libraries and advance the library profession in Michigan.
MichiganMichigan Museums AssociationMMA has been supporting the work of Michigan museums for over 60 years. Our members include the institutions, professionals and volunteers of the Michigan museum community who believe that strong museums help us better understand ourselves and our world.
MichiganMichigan Non-profit AssociationFounded in 1990, Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to nonprofits and the communities they serve by promoting anti-racism and social justice. MNA is a statewide membership organization that achieves its mission through advocacy, training, technology services and civic engagement.
MichiganMichigan Presenters NetworkThe Michigan Presenters Network (Michigan Presenters), founded in 1991, is a statewide coalition of presenting organizations, artists, managers, agents, and others that are committed to the advancement and presentation of the performing arts. Michigan Presenters nurtures organizational leadership, professional development, and knowledge exchange in the performing arts.
MichiganMichigan Screenwriters NetworksThe Michigan Entertainment Network is empowering the Creative Class in Michigan to invent what is next in entertainment. This group is to share Crew & Casting Calls, Educational Offerings and Networking Opportunities.
MichiganThe Michigan Traditional Arts ProgramThe Michigan Traditional Arts Program (MTAP) advances cross-cultural understanding and equity in a diverse society through the documentation, preservation and presentation of traditional arts, folklife and everyday culture in Michigan.
Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Washtenaw Counties in MichiganMichigan Works! SoutheastOur vision is a community which fosters and sustains a strong, diverse economy where people can live, work and prosper.
- Partnerships - We convene partners strategically to better meet the needs, leverage resources and more efficiently deliver workforce services to the community.
- Responsiveness to Employer Needs - We promote a demand-driven system that anticipates and responds to employer needs.
- Service with Respect - We serve jobseekers with integrity and dignity by delivering services with respect for cultural diversity, fairness and differences of opinion.
- Education - We value the importance of the education continuum of the K-12, postsecondary and lifelong learning, leading to the development of a sustainable workforce.
- Innovative Leadership - We foster innovation to maximize the economic impact of workforce funding and resources.
- Continuous Improvement and Accountability - We evaluate services and programs based on the meeting or exceeding customer satisfaction, tracking performance to core metrics and implementing continuous improvement processes to ensure a sound return-on-investment of taxpayer dollars.
MichiganMichigan Writers NetworkMichigan Writer’s is a blog that offers resources and articles about writing and copywriting for writers.
MichiganMichigan Youth ArtsMichigan Youth Arts is an alliance that develops, recognizes and advocates excellence in arts education for all.
NationalMission Asset FundEmergency Financial Relief For Immigrants, Students, and Workers Left Out
NationalMotion Picture & Television Fund - COVID-19We are administering a number of funds to aid the entertainment community during the pandemic and the adverse effects it has caused or complicated. Many of our industry’s workers have found themselves without steady income due to work stoppages caused by the pandemic. The funds below are set up to help with many issues our community is navigating.
NationalMusic Covid Relief Fundyou will find links to information  on:

How to receive unemployment as a result of losses from the COVID national emergency 
How to receive  small business loans, advances and loan forgiveness  related to the COVID national emergency 
Organizations providing relief and potential  grants  from the  National Endowment for the Arts 
Additional resources from other organizations
NationalMusic Workers AllianceMWA’s shared purpose is to empower music workers, by engaging in collective action to create a community where music is valued financially and culturally, and music workers benefit and achieve dignity in our lives.
NationalMusicians Foundation Emergency FundIn a time when artists experience more instability than ever before, Musicians Foundation serves as a vital safety net for those who have given their lives to music. If you are a professional musician in a specific time of need, please explore below to see if you might qualify for a grant to pay an essential bill.
NationalNational Alliance for Musical TheatreThe National Alliance for Musical Theatre, founded in 1985, is a not-for-profit organization serving the musical theatre community. Our 155 organizational members and 60 individual members, located throughout 33 states and abroad, are some of the leading producers of musical theatre in the world. They include theatres, presenting organizations, higher education programs and individual producers.
NationalNational Archive of Data on Arts & CultureThe National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture (NADAC) is a repository that facilitates research on arts and culture by acquiring data, particularly those funded by federal agencies and other organizations, and sharing those data with researchers, policymakers, people in the arts and culture field, and the general public.
NationalNational Arts Marketing ProjectThe National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP), a program of Americans for the Arts , is dedicated to serving arts professionals and artists who seek to market the arts, engage audiences and serve their communities. We believe the arts have the power to transform individuals, organizations and communities and we have seen that power at work across America. When arts professionals and artists are afforded the necessary skills to effectively market the arts and engage audiences, they have greater opportunities to not only strengthen their fiscal health and sustainability, but also create lasting impact in their communities. NAMP serves a broad group of arts professionals and individual artists of various skill levels who work to promote the arts as a vital part of both an enriched, healthy life and a strong community.
NationalNational Assembly of State Arts Agencies - COVID-19 ResourcesState arts agencies are essential facilitators of the arts field’s COVID-19 response. The resources below—tailored specifically to the needs and roles of state arts agencies—offer useful guidance for state arts agencies and other public arts funders as they develop more policies and practices to address the COVID-19 landscape.
NationalNational Association of Attorneys GeneralNational Association of Attorneys General NAAG facilitates interaction among attorneys general as peers and coordinates state-federal working groups on topics of mutual concern. The organization also plans and executes a continuing legal education (CLE) program for state lawyers, including more than 30 seminars, conferences, summits, emerging issue forums, and special events yearly, with attendance in the thousands. NAAG also publishes written reports, monographs, and more than a dozen newsletters on a wide range of substantive topics. These newsletters are available to the public by subscription. Site includes current news and contact information.
NationalThe National Association of Charitable Gift PlannersThe National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) is the leading organization setting standards for charitable gift planners. We bring members together to learn, connect and advocate. We provide education and resources that enrich and advance careers. We connect colleagues at all levels through our national network—including those who defined the field. We exist to serve our distinguished profession and bring to life the art and science of charitable gift planning.
NationalNational Association of Latino Arts and CulturesSince 1989, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures has delivered programs that stabilize and revitalize the US Latino arts and cultural sector via funding, leadership training, convenings, research, and advocacy.
NationalNational Association of State Charity OfficialsThe National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) is an association of state offices (attorneys general, secretaries of state and other offices) charged with the regulation and oversight of charitable organizations and charitable solicitation in the United States. NASCO provides a forum for states to share information and collaborate on matters of common interest related to charities oversight. NASCO also strives to provide a unified voice for state regulators to communicate with other regulatory and legislative agencies, the not-for-profit sector and its professional advisors. On a day-to-day level, we are a group of public servants committed to ensuring the integrity of the not-for-profit sector.
NationalNational Center for Charitable StatisticsNational Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) is the national repository of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. Its mission is to develop and disseminate high quality data on nonprofit organizations and their activities for use in research on the relationships between the nonprofit sector, government, the commercial sector, and the broader civil society. The center is a project of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy (CNP) at the Urban Institute.
NationalNational Center for Family PhilanthropyNational Center for Family Philanthropy The mission of the National Center for Family Philanthropy is to promote philanthropic values, vision, and excellence across generations of donors and donor families. The Center offers donors and advisors resources, publications, seminars, research and other services to promote effective philanthropic decisionmaking.
NationalNational Council of NonprofitsNational Council of Nonprofits The National Council of Nonprofits (NCN) is the nation’s largest nonprofit network of state and regional nonprofit associations serving over 22,000 members in 46 states and the District of Columbia. NCN links local organizations to a national audience through state associations and helps small and mid-sized nonprofits stay currrent with developing laws of importance; manage and lead more effectively; collaborate and exchange solutions; save money through group buying opportunities; engage in critical policy issues affecting the sector; and achieve greater impact in their communities.
NationalNational Endowment for the ArtsThe National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities and military bases.
NationalNational Independent Talent OrganizationThe National Independent Talent Organization (NITO) is a non-profit 501 (c) 6 organization that was founded by a group of like-minded US based independent talent agencies and independent management companies for the purpose of promoting the welfare of our members and their represented artists. NITO advocates for the direct benefit of our members as well as for the indirect benefit of associate members represented in a broad coalition of entities in the live touring ecosystem.
NationalNational Independent Venue AssociationThe National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) was the driving force behind lobbying and grassroots efforts to pass the bipartisan Save Our Stages Act, now officially named the Shuttered Venues Operators Grant Program, which was signed into law as part of the second COVID-19 Relief Bill on December 27, 2020. The program allocates $16 billion in federal emergency relief via the Small Business Administration, saving the industry from mass collapse.
NationalNational Storytelling NetworkThe National Storytelling Network is a membership organization made up of individuals and organizations involved in storytelling. Its mission is to advance all forms of storytelling within the community through promotion, advocacy, and education.
NationalNetwork for GoodNetwork for Good This nonprofit organization serves as an intermediary for donors to learn about other charitable organizations for the purpose of making wise decisions in the donation of their time, talents, and/or wealth. It includes a number of helpful links to other websites.
MichiganNEW CenterNEW’s Mission: We improve the impact and performance of fellow nonprofits by working alongside leaders to create high-quality strategic solutions that advance their missions in our communities. Since 1993, NEW has been helping nonprofits succeed by strengthening management and offering solutions to issues facing the nonprofit community. Today NEW and its partners provide educational, consultative and technological solutions to nonprofits across southeast Michigan and beyond.
NationalNew York Foundation for the Arts - Emergency GrantsA compilation of national emergency fund resources.
NationalNewport Festivals Musician Relief FundArtists are at the core of the Newport Festivals community. Their performances fill us with hope, bring us together in celebration and support us during the good times and the bad. Now it’s our turn to give back. The Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund was established in March 2020 to support musicians impacted by COVID. Since then, we have supported over 500 musicians. Although the pandemic is not as severe as it once was, most musicians are finding touring and making a living to be extremely challenging – therefore we remain as committed as ever to keeping our relief fund active.
NationalNonprofit AFVu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces and the executive director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There’s tons of humor in the nonprofit world and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms.
Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at, formerly
NationalNonprofit Career Resource GuideNonprofit Career Resource Guide offers tools for building a career in the nonprofit sector, from landing a job to starting your own nonprofit organization.
NationalNon Profit Learning Lab USAThe Nonprofit Learning Lab is a national nonprofit that connects, supports and trains individuals in the nonprofit sector.
​​They offer daily online nonprofit trainings, workshops that focus on fundraising, board development, social media, marketing, volunteer management, and organizational leadership.
NationalNorth American Performing Arts Managers and AgentsNAPAMA is a community for and by arts professionals to facilitate better business. We are a space where agents, managers, self-represented artists, presenters, and other arts workers can get informed about the performing arts industry, find support, and develop relationships that enhance our daily working lives, and collectively make our field better for all. Education, empowerment, and advocacy for change come from our members, and whether a solo or part of a team, we welcome your voice.
NationalOne Fair Wage Emergency Fund (Service Workers)Emergency Funding for service workers. *forma en español tambien*
NationalOpera AmericaOPERA America - the nonprofit service organization for opera - leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera.
NationalOpera America - COVID-19 ResourcesThe cancellation of performances and suspension of seasons deprives our communities of all that opera companies and artists contribute to the cultural fabric.

OPERA America is committed to supporting the industry as it overcomes the pandemic and lays the foundation for a new dimension of creativity into the future.
NationalPassim Emergency Artist Relief (PEAR) FundWhile we are encouraged that the worst of COVID-19 seems to be behind us, we are also reminded that this has been a difficult time for musicians (and those whose work supports them) to get new projects done. Touring income and merchandise sales have fallen off as people have gotten sick and shows have been canceled. To help address this challenge we are pleased to announce we are reopening the Passim Emergency Artist Relief (PEAR) fund for another round of artist grants.
NationalPEN America Writers Emergency FundThe PEN America Writers Emergency Fund supports writers in dire need in the U.S. and worldwide. The U.S. Writers Aid Initiative provides direct financial support to writers facing economic hardships in the U.S.; and the Writers at Risk Program shines a spotlight on the plight of writers globally, providing behind-the-scenes assistance and advocacy support for writers facing persecution.
NationalPerforming Arts ReadinessPerforming arts organizations are especially vulnerable to disasters and emergencies, which can damage an organization’s business operations and artistic legacy. Emergency readiness is the key to resiliency and recovery: the better prepared an organization is, the more quickly and effectively it can respond to emergencies and crises, re-open for performances and programs, and return to normal. The Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) project supports a variety of programs to increase knowledge and the ability of performing arts organizations to create and execute emergency recovery plans. The PAR project will offer free webinars and onsite training, conference presentations, grants, and tools to help build the field’s capacity for disaster preparedness.
NationalThe Philanthropic RoundtableThe Philanthropy Roundtable is a national association of more than 600 individual donors, corporate giving representatives, foundation staff and trustees, and trust and estate officers. The mission of the Roundtable is to offer opportunities for discussion and collaboration to improve philanthropic initiatives.
NationalPinetop Perkins Foundation - Emergency Funding for Elderly MusiciansThe Pinetop Perkins Foundation announces the The Pinetop Assistance League (PAL). The Pinetop Perkins Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career; and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career. The Pinetop Assistance League (PAL) fulfills the second part of this mission.
MidwestProject OnwardSince 2004, Project Onward has become a leader in the field of disability arts for its innovative blend of accuracy, artistic excellence and social engagement. We exist to give artists with disabilities a “visual voice” to tell their stories and change the perceptions of the world. Project Onward is a studio and gallery dedicated to the creative growth of adult artists whose lives are impacted by mental illness and developmental disabilities.
NationalPut Creative Workers to WorkThe Get Creative Workers Working coalition started meeting in April of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the creative economy. It is a coalition open to anyone within the creative economy who would like to join. The coalition meets once a month, and is focused on local, state, tribal, regional, and federal policy and practice solutions that will (1) incorporate creative workers into recovery efforts and put creative workers to work, (2) center equity and prioritize populations that have been systemically discriminated against and/or have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and (3) address the full breadth of the creative economy, from solo entrepreneurs to national companies, non-profit to for-profit and educational to commercial and everything in between.
Greater New YorkQueer ArtQUEER|ART was launched in 2009 to support a generation of LGBTQ+ artists that lost mentors to the AIDS Crisis of the 1980s. By fostering the confident expression of LGBTQ+ artists’ perspectives, stories, and identities, Queer|Art amplifies the voice of a population that has been historically suppressed, disenfranchised, and often overlooked by traditional institutional and economic support systems.
NationalThe Rand CorporationThe RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. RAND is dedicated to furthering and promoting scientific, educational and charitable purposes for the public welfare and security of the United States by uniquely blending scrupulous nonpartisanship with rigorous, fact-based analysis to tackle society's most pressing problems.
NationalRauschenberg Medical Emergency GrantsNew York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to partner with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants. Robert Rauschenberg was committed to assisting fellow artists in need of emergency medical aid, ultimately establishing the nonprofit foundation Change, Inc. in 1970. In this spirit, this program is designed to serve artists in financial need who otherwise may delay critical treatment or incur substantial and perhaps overwhelming debt. We recognize the urgency of caring for and helping one another and, while artists are famously self-sufficient, we encourage you to ask for support when needed.
NationalRestaurant Workers Community Foundation - COVID-19 ResourcesRWCF is working to collect information and links to resources that will help restaurants and workers deal most effectively with the COVID-19 Emergency.
InternationalSAG-AFTRASAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals.
NationalSAG-AFTRA Emergency Financial Assistance/COVID-19 ReliefThe SAG-AFTRA Foundation offers several Emergency Financial Assistance Programs to help SAG-AFTRA members who are in need of urgent help and unable to pay their basic living expenses (food/housing/health care).
These programs include Emergency Assistance, COVID-19 Relief Grants and a Disaster Relief Fund for SAG-AFTRA members affected by natural disasters.
NationalSelf-Employment in the ArtsSEA is a program geared towards helping emerging visual, performing, literary, and media artists gain the resources and connections they need to be a successful creative.​
InternationalShe is the MusicSITM is a nonprofit organization increasing the number of women working in music – songwriters, engineers, producers, artists and industry professionals. Programs include an all-women songwriting series, industry database of women creators and mentorship program, with more to come. Our initiatives serve women in the industry today while fostering the development of future generations.
InternationalShe Said is a global independent community of women and gender minorities in the music industry.
InternationalSing for HopeSing for Hope harnesses the power of the arts to create a better world. Our creative programs bring hope, healing and connection to millions of people in hospitals, care facilities, schools, refugee camps, transit hubs and community spaces worldwide. Founded in New York City in 2006, Sing for Hope partners with hundreds of community-based organizations, mobilizes thousands of artists in creative service and produces artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos across the US and around the world.
Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Washtenaw Counties in MichiganThe Michigan Small Business Development CenterThe Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) enhances Michigan’s economic wellbeing by providing counseling, training and research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies. The Region 9 office service Michigan Region 9: Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw.
NationalSociety of Corporate Secretaries and Governance ProfessionalsSociety of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals deals with public disclosure under the securities laws and matters affecting corporate governance, and, while much of the site requires membership to view, they comment regularly on pertinent issues, hold conferences, etc.
Washtenaw CountySolid Sound StudiosLocal Recording Studio. Designed by the famous acoustician George Augspurger, the Solid Sound studio offers an acoustical environment that is first rate. Located in a quiet, rural area of Ann Arbor, Michigan, the studio provides the relaxed and peaceful atmosphere that lets creative energy really flow.
NationalSouth ArtsHeadquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization empowering artists, organizations, and communities, and increasing access to arts and culture.
Regional - MidwestSpringboard for the ArtsSpringboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. From our offices in Fergus Falls and Saint Paul, MN, Springboard provides programs that help artists make a living and a life, and programs that help communities connect to the creative power of artists. Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life.
NationalStage Directors and Choreographers Society - Emergency AssistanceThe Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) maintains an Emergency Assistance Fund to aid Members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) who are experiencing financial hardship. The Fund was established in March 2020 when directors and choreographers sought to help fellow directors and choreographers meet their basic needs.
NationalState Education Agency Directors of Arts EducationState Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) consists of those persons at state education agencies whose responsibility is education in the arts.

Our Mission: To support the professional effectiveness of individual members and provide a collective voice for leadership on issues affecting arts education
NationalSteve Giovinco - Visual Artist Relief ResourcesWe’ve all been there as artists. We need money to sustain our art, but all kinds of things can get in the way–in some cases catastrophic ones.
But there is some help out there for visual artists who suffer a medical illness, a natural disaster, or a spell of bad luck. It works: I’ve won a few of the grants, and am grateful. Maybe you will find help too here.
NationalSweet Relief Musician FundSweet Relief is here to provide immediate assistance and we have created this DONOR-DIRECTED FUND with a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.
NationalThe Blues FoundationThe Blues Foundation demonstrated the strength of its commitment to its mission and to the blues community and matched words with action to quickly create The Blues Foundation’s COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund to help full-time blues musicians impacted by the pandemic. The COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund provides much needed financial assistance to full-time blues musicians and their families who found themselves with little or no work due to the pandemic.
InternationalThe Slants FoundationThe Slants Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to changing culture using arts and activism. We are working to amplify underrepresented voices, especially those within the Asian American community and those addressing controversial and timely issues through a social justice lens. Established by members of Asian American dance rock band, The Slants, the organization is entirely driven by volunteers. We’re building a network of musicians, filmmakers, playwrights, performers, and visual artists to build a community that is dedicated to providing unique perspectives to social issues – their own “slant” on the world.
NationalThe Third Wave FundThe Mobilize Power Fund is a rapid response fund that resources gender justice organizations to adapt or pivot their work when met with unanticipated, time-sensitive opportunities or threats to their movement building work and organizing conditions.
NationalU.S. Census Bureau ReportsThe Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. You can find specific reports by conducting a search for "arts."
NationalThe Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable StatisticsThe Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics is the national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States.
InternationalVisionary Art CollectiveWe provide contemporary artists and art educators with opportunities to share their work on an international platform.
Through exclusive interviews, online exhibitions, weekly highlights, and social media posts, we feature the work of emerging, mid-career, and established artists.
NationalWill Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers FundThe Pioneers Assistance Fund provides financial aid and supportive counseling to individuals who work in theatrical exhibition, distribution and vendors exclusive to either sector, who are encountering an illness, accident or injury.
NationalWomen in Arts and Media Coalition - Funding ResourcesHere you will find a glossary and links to many Resources.
Brought to you by the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition
with the assistance of WomenArts.
NationalWomen Photograph (Women+)Our mission is to shift the makeup of the photojournalism community and ensure that our industry's chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent. We believe that inclusion and equity work must be fully intersectional, and are committed to supporting and highlighting photographers across the spectrum of all identities. We are particularly committed to centering the voices of women and nonbinary photographers of color, and pledge that more than half of our funding and opportunities will go to BIPOC photographers.
NationalWorking Artists and the Greater EconomyWorking Artists and the Greater Economy is a New York-based activist organization founded in 2008. Our mission is to establish sustainable economic relationships between artists and the institutions that contract our labor, and to introduce mechanisms for self-regulation into the art field that collectively bring about a more equitable distribution of its economy.
MichiganYouth Creative WashtenawYouth Creative Washtenaw provides healing centered arts workshops to young people across Michigan. We consistently redefine what it means to invest in communities, by listening to and taking direction from the young people we serve. YAA’s cohort of teaching artists responds to the visions and creative aspirations of young people, meeting them where they are.

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