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Arts Grantmakers Launch National COVID-19 Relief Fund 6

A national coalition of arts funders have launched a $10 million fund to help artists struggling financially during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Artists in North Texas and across the United States and U.S. territories can apply now for an unrestricted emergency $5,000 grant from Artist Relief.

Applicants must be 21 years or older and have lived in the U.S. for the past two years or more. 

Other organizations in D-FW have recently launched similar relief funds for artists. 

Artist Relief says the fund will be open in five cycles and run through September 2020.

Cycle I: April 8 – April 23 (closes 10:59pm CT)

Cycle II: April 24 – May 21 (closes 10:59pm CT)

Cycle III: May 22 – June 18 (closes 10:59pm CT)

Cycle IV: June 19 – July 23 (closes 10:59pm CT)

Cycle V: July 24 – August 20 (closes 10:59pm CT)

100 percent of donations to the fund will go to aid, but the coalition warns it won’t be able to grant every applicant due to anticipated demand. 

Major participating funders include the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists

The group secured a $5 million seed gift from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to match $5 million raised by more than 20 other groups. 

Artist Relief is also conducting an impact survey to collect data from artists. 

Here’s the full list of funders: 

7|G Foundation

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation

Amazon Literary Partnership 

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Arison Arts Foundation

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

Ford Foundation

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation COVID-19 Relief Effort

Jerome Foundation

Joan Mitchell Foundation

Kraus Family Foundation

LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation

Metabolic Studio

Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts

Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation

Richard Salomon Family Foundation

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

The Sue Hostetler and Beau Wrigley Family Foundation

Teiger Foundation

The Wallace Foundation

The Willem de Kooning Foundation