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Boston Artist Relief Fund
The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). 

With events of all types being cancelled to reduce spread of COVID-19, people who make income partially or fully through gigs and freelance work are losing critical opportunities to support their well-being in our city.

The Boston Artist Relief Fund will open for applications on Thursday March 12 for artists who have lost or anticipate losing income. The Boston Artist Relief Fund will be open on a rolling basis and will replace the Opportunity Fund for the rest of our fiscal year, ending June 30, 2020. The Opportunity Fund will reopen for applications after July 1. Opportunity Fund applications that were already received in this application cycle will be considered for funding. 

We welcome applications from all artists living in Boston, but will prioritize lower income artists and artists who have not been funded through City-led grants during this fiscal year (July 1, 2019-present). The fund will be open for but not limited to the following uses:

  • Recouping financial losses due to cancelled events. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Performances in all performing arts disciplines
    • Readings, panels, and speaking opportunities
  • Reimbursement for travel expenses related to creative work that you paid for yourself. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Attending conferences and convenings that have been cancelled
    • Artist Residencies
    • Touring
  • Offsetting loss of income for teaching artist who could not teach during this time because of cancelled classes and school closures
  • Support for artists working full or part-time in the service industry who have lost supplemental income used to support their creative practices.

Application Cycle

The application will open on Monday March 16 and is anticipated to close on April 30. The application may be closed sooner depending on how many applications we receive. We will review applications in the following increments:

  • Starting on April 1 we will begin reviewing applications we received between March 16-March 31.
  • Starting on April 15 we will begin reviewing applications we received between April 1-April 14.
  • Starting on May 1 we will begin reviewing applications we received between April 15-April 30

Please note that following the grant deadline it will take the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture time to review applications, award applicants, and have payments processed. We cannot make funding immediately available through this relief fund. We hope after applying artists will have to wait no more than six weeks to receive funding and will do our best to move quickly. Applicants will be required to submit a completed W9 and must register with the City of Boston as vendors.

Reporting Requirements
Grantees are encouraged to keep all receipts in case the City of Boston requests them.

Who can apply? 

All individual artists living in the City of Boston can apply.

What other resources are out there for me?

There are a few other relief funds that you might be eligible for:

Find more resources on our website.


Through a partnership with Boston Center for the Arts, individuals can donate to the Artist Relief Fund here

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