Emergency Funds for Artists in All Disciplines

Max’s Kansas City Project

Max’s Kansas City Project provides emergency funding and resources to professionals in the creative arts who live in New York state. Individuals who have made their living through their art form, either professionally or personally, and demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid, or housing. The maximum grant is $1,000.

Max’s Kansas City Project
PO Box 4431
KIngston, NY 12402

Phone: (845) 481-3416


The Entertainment Community Fund

Provides a list of health insurance and medical emergency resources for artists in all disciplines, organized by state. Website:

Provides a list of emergency resources for artists in all disciplines. Website:

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

Offers lists of emergency funds for artists in a variety of disciplines affected by recent natural disasters. Go to, click on the “For Artists” tab near the top of the page, and then click on Emergency Resources.

While you’re visiting the NYFA website, please note the other free information resources NYFA offers, such as the NYFA Source (a searchable online database of opportunities for artists), the NYFA Current magazine, and the NYFA Classifieds opportunity listings. is a worldwide community of artists and allies that works for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility for women artists. Created in 1994 by Martha Richards, the organization has raised over 4 million and created a website that provides free networking, fundraising and advocacy services. We thank them for the use of their funding resources pages, and please visit their site for more helpful resources.

Emergency Funds for Writers

Carnegie Fund for Authors

Emergency assistance to needy writers who have commercially published at least one book of reasonable length which has received reader acceptance.

Carnegie Fund for Authors
Post Office Box 409
Lenox Hill Station
New York, NY 10021


Authors League Fund

The Fund gives open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans to professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income or other misfortune.

The Authors League Fund
155 Water Street, #206
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (212) 268-1208
Fax: (212) 564-5363

The PEN Writers Fund

Emergency fund for professional–published or produced–writers with serious financial difficulties. Depending on the situation, the fund gives grants or loans of up to $2,000.

PEN American Center
588 Broadway, Suite 303
New York , NY 10012
Phone: (212) 334-1660 x102
Fax: (212) 334-2181

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Offers interest-free loans to members facing unexpected medical expenses.

Emergency Medical Fund
SFWA, Inc.
PO Box 877
Chestertown, MD 21620

American Society of Journalists & Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund

Helping established freelance writers across the country who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis, are unable to work. Membership in ASJA not required. No grants to beginning freelancers seeking funding for writing projects; no grants to fund works-in-progress of any kind. Maximum grant: $3,500.

1501 Broadway, Suite 302
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 997-0947
Fax: (212) 937-2315

Emergency Funds for Visual Artists

Artists Fellowship

Grants for emergency aid to visual artists and their families nationwide.

Artists Fellowship
47 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 255-7740 x216

Visual Aid

Encourages San Francisco Bay Area artists with life-threatening diseases to continue their creative work. Grants take the form of vouchers for art supplies. Other assistance is also available.

Visual Aid
57 Post St, Ste. 905
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 777-8242
Fax: (415) 777-8240

Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Inc.

Immediate support to professional craftspeople facing career-threatening emergencies such as fire, theft, illness, and natural disasters.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 838
Montpelier, VT 05601-0838
Phone: (802) 229-2306
Fax: (802) 223-6484

J. Happy Delpech Foundation

Grants of up to $250 to artists in the Midwest with AIDS or serious illness.

J. Happy Delpech Foundation
1579 North Milwaukee, Suite 211
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (312) 342-1359

Photographers & Friends United Against AIDS

Apply to the Critical Needs Fund.

Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS
594 Broadway, Suite 508
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 219-2672
Fax: (212) 219-2676

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation

Emergency Grants program provides financial assistance to painters, sculptors, or printmakers facing an unforeseen, catastrophic incident. Grants given on one-time basis for specific emergencies such as flood, fire, or emergency medical need. Maximum grant is $10,000; typical grant amount is $4,000. Applicants must be able to demonstrate minimum of 10-year period of involvement in a mature phase of work in order to be eligible. Program does not consider requests for dental work, chronic situations, capital improvements, or projects of any kind; nor can it consider situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment.

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation
Emergency Grants
380 West Broadway
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 226-0581
Fax: (212) 226-0584

The Joan Mitchell Foundation

The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support to US based visual artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing, who have suffered significant losses after natural or manmade disasters that have affected their community. Artists who have been negatively impacted due to catastrophic situations of this nature can apply to the Foundation for funding. Please contact the Joan Mitchell Foundation for additional information at

The Foundation’s emergency funding is specific to natural or man-made disasters, and usually those that have affected a community on a broad scale. While we acknowledge the tremendous need for support following personal emergencies, we regret that the Foundation is currently unable to provide this type of emergency funding.

As part of the Foundation’s efforts to address this area we are part of a national initiative: the National Coalition for Artists Preparedness and Emergency Response. For more information on this work please visit:

See more at:

Emergency Funds for Musicians

Musicians Foundation

Helps professional musicians by providing emergency financial assistance in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses.

Musicians Foundation
875 6th Avenue, Suite 2303
New York, NY  10001
Phone: (212) 239-9137
Fax: (212) 239-9138

Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund

The JMEF is committed to helping jazz professionals, especially older musicians, overcome their hard times and to help them get back on their feet, making emergency funds available for immediate needs.

Jazz Foundation of America
322 West 48th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 245-3999

MusicCares Foundation

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. With offices in New York, Nashville, Chicago, Austin, and Santa Monica and Hollywood, CA.

MusicCares Foundation
Each region has its own toll-free help line:
West Coast: (800) 687-4227
Central: (877) 626-2748
Northeast: (877) 303-6962

Society of Singers Financial Aid

The Society helps singers meet financial needs resulting from crises or other circumstances. Charitable grants may be provided toward basic necessities of life such as food, shelter, utilities, medical/dental assistance, HIV/AIDS treatment, substance abuse rehab, psychotherapy and other basic expenses.

Society of Singers
26500 W. AgouraRd., 102-554
Calabasas, CA 91302
Phone: (818) 995-7100
FAX: (818) 995-7466

The Rhythm and Blues Foundation

Provides emergency financial assistance and career recognition awards to artists and practitioners of rhythm and blues music who worked and/or recorded rhythm and blues music in the 1940′s, 50′s, and 60′s.

Rhythm and Blues Foundation
PO Box 22438
Philadelphia, PA  19110
Phone: (215) 772-1514
Fax: (215) 985-1195

Music Maker Relief Foundation

Helps the pioneers and forgotten heroes of Southern musical traditions gain recognition and meet their day to day needs. Criteria for recipients is they be rooted in a Southern musical tradition, be 55 years or older and have an annual income less than $18,000. Life Maintenance – Grants for necessities such as food, medical needs, housing. Emergency Relief – Substantial one-time grants to recipients in crisis (medical, fire, theft, etc.).

Music Maker Relief Foundation
224 W. Corbin St.
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone: (919) 643-2456
Fax: (888) 238-8592

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. The applicant must be a musician who has regular public performances, or performed on at least three widely released recordings (audio or audiovisual), or written music that has been performed on three widely released recordings, or published on three occasions.

Sweet Relief
4952 Warner Ave., #100
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Phone: (714) 846-3030
Fax: (714) 846-3636
Toll Free: (888) 955-7880

Local 802 Musicians Emergency Relief Fund (ERF)

1308, 322 W 48th ST
NY, NY 10036

The Local 802 Musicians Relief Fund is a 501C3 not for profit aid for musicians who have experienced catastrophic illness, family, relative crisis, loss of wages, and/or other health issues. The local has social workers who provide confidential and monetary counseling under the auspices of The Actors Fund.

Blues Foundation

421 S Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Non-profit HART Fund assists the Blues community with medical assistance.

Music Maker Relief Foundation

PO Box 1358
Hillsborough, NC 27278


Music Health Alliance

2737 Larmon Dr
Nashville, TN 37204
Fax 800-934-1977

Non-profit organization providing the music industry with healthcare insurance, healthcare resources and confidential guidance.

Tatum Allsep, while working with Vanderbilt Medical Center in 2006, began documenting the music industry’s need for healthcare support. Along, with Kix Brooks (Brooks & Dunn) and the Country Music Association she worked to fund healthcare as a way to bring insurance to the music industry. MHA has served 8,200 music industry professionals and their families and secured 30 million in health care cost reduction to HEAL the Music.

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