Artist Relief and YoungArts Emergency Microgrants

Wednesday Apr 8th, 2020

Blog > Artist Relief and YoungArts Emergency Microgrants

The COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to prevent its spread have brought about changes in our lives we could not have imagined just a month ago. With performance spaces, galleries, libraries, theatres and studios closed and the temporary halting of most cultural production, artists are some of the hardest hit among the millions of Americans currently unemployed and facing financial hardships. We wanted you, our YoungArts family, to be among the first to learn about two efforts we’re working on to provide emergency support for working artists: Artist Relief and YoungArts Alumni Emergency Microgrants.

Artist Relief is an emergency, non-restricted $5,000 grant for individual professional artists to alleviate the financial hardships created by the current COVID-19 pandemic. With seed funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of $5 million, which matched $5 million provided by foundations nationwide, the fund launches today with $10 million in initial funding. Organized by a coalition of national arts funders—Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, United States Artists, and YoungArts—together we will continue to fundraise and offer resources to assist with the rapidly escalating needs of the country's artists. 

For more information about Artist Relief, or to apply if you are an artist in need, visit

In addition to Artist Relief, today YoungArts is launching an Alumni Emergency Microgrant program to support YoungArts alumni who are experiencing loss of income due to the cancellation of scheduled professional engagements or unexpected expenses related to COVID-19 precautionary measures. YoungArts Alumni Emergency Microgrants are unrestricted $1,000 grants, that will be distributed in three cycles over the next three months, from April through June 2020. Applications will be selected using a lottery system, with the goal of awarding more than 80 emergency microgrants each cycle. YoungArts alumni can apply for an emergency microgrant here

Thank you for helping us spread the word about these important opportunities, and for your continued support of and belief in our nation’s artists.