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Artist Relief Fund

Please note: Applications to the Artist Relief Fund closed on May 15, and donations to the fund closed on May 31.

At Boston Center for the Arts, we live by our commitment to support Boston’s working visual and performing artists. The City-wide event, program, and performance cancellations are having devastating and immediate effects on artists’ livelihoods. In this spirit, we are excited to partner with the City of Boston to create an Artist Relief Fund to facilitate individual and organizational support of our cultural workforce.

About the Fund

The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1,000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

With events of all types being canceled to reduce the 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, 2020, 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 through June 30, 2020. Any questions about the Artist Relief Fund should be directed to


The City of Boston welcomes 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, including performances in all performing arts disciplines, readings, and speaking opportunities

Reimbursement for travel expenses related to your artistic discipline that you paid for yourself. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Residencies
  • Conferences that have been canceled
  • Touring

Offsetting loss of income for teaching artists who could not teach during this time because of canceled 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 artistic practices.

The Record Co. has also established a Boston Music Maker Relief Fund to provide financial relief to Boston-area music makers experiencing lost income as the result of performance cancellations related to COVID-19. Small grants of up to $200 will be paid rapidly on a first-come, first-served basis to affected artists and groups.

100% of all COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund donations go directly to artists.