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International Women’s Day: Resources For Women-Identifying Artists & Musicians

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global celebration of women’s achievements in their momentous fight for equal rights – and a recognition of the challenges and struggles they continue to face head-on.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, women have accounted for 55% of the job loss seen in the U.S., and freelance artists and independent musicians have been impacted greatly.

We have compiled an updated list of resources for all women-identifying artists and musicians that we hope will help as we enter a more optimistic path to returning art to the real world again.

Residencies, Workshops, & Fellowships

Featured Opportunity
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Residents explore the creative potential of industrial materials and techniques during three months spent at either the Kohler Co. Pottery or Foundry to develop work in ceramic, cast iron, and brass. Read more on Hyperallergic.
Deadline: March 14, 2021 | artsindustry.org

Featured Opportunity
Velvetpark Media
Summer/Fall Visual Arts Residency
The application is open to LGBTQ+ visual artists working in a variety of forms ranging from digital and new media to traditional mediums. The resident will be awarded a Brooklyn studio for six months to complete a project or series of works.
Application Fee: $25
Deadline: April 30, 2021 | velvetparkmedia.com

Creative Residency
This program gives creative individuals the opportunity to explore their passion and process by focusing on a personal project for one year. Residents receive a full salary, health benefits, and more. Artists can also apply to Adobe’s Community Fund for the chance to receive grants or paid commissions of up to $5,000.
Deadline: March 14, 2021 | adobe.com

Bethany Arts Community
Fall 2021 Residencies
BAC offers 12-day residencies to emerging and established artists for the development of both new works and works in progress. Artists working across most disciplines are eligible to apply.
Deadline: April 15, 2021 | bethanyarts.org

Brown University Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America
Spring 2022 Practitioner Fellows
Artists, media makers, and writers whose work focuses on race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity in the US can apply for this virtual fellowship, which includes a $10,000 stipend plus up to $1,500 each in research/project funds.
Deadline: March 31, 2021 | brown.edu

Fire Island Artist Residency
Poetry and Visual Arts Residencies
Five emerging artists who identify as LGBTQ+ will share a live/work space in Cherry Grove, Fire Island, for a four-week program in which leaders in contemporary art provide mentorship and public lectures.
Application Fee: $40
Deadline: April 2, 2021 | fireislandartistresidency.org

James Gallery at CUNY
Ethics and Labor in Art History Workshop
Art history graduate students can apply to join this two-day convening on the state of the field, employment conditions, and the ethical transgressions and future directions of the discipline. Participants will receive a $100 stipend.
Deadline: March 15, 2021 | centerforthehumanities.org

PEN America
Emerging Voices Fellowship
Twelve fellows will receive an honorarium of $1,000 as part of a five-month immersive mentorship program for early-career writers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the publishing world. 
Application Fee: $25
Deadline: March 17, 2021 | pen.org

Studio Museum in Harlem
Three emerging artists of African or Afro-Latinx descent working in any media will receive institutional guidance, professional development, research support, and a $20,000 stipend paid biweekly over the eleven-month residency. 
Deadline: April 19, 2021 | studiomuseum.org

Exhibition & Writing Opportunities

CUE Art Foundation
2022 Solo Exhibition Open Call
Emerging and under-recognized artists will receive resources to present an exhibition at CUE in 2022, including a $5,000 honorarium, mentor support from an established artist or curator on the jury, and more.
Application Fee: $15/Free for members
Deadline: March 12, 2021 | cueartfoundation.org 

Imagine 2200
Fix, Grist’s solutions lab, is looking to publish 12 climate-fiction short stories that envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress by writers from anywhere in the world. $8,700 in prizes is available.
Deadline: April 12, 2021 | grist.org/fix

Session Open Call
Selected artists will receive a project stipend, artist’s fee, mentorship, and approximately two months to transform Recess into a hybrid of a productive studio space and dynamic exhibition platform.
Deadline: April 10, 2021 | recessart.org

Emergency Grants & Resources

Hyundai Motor Group
VH Award for Emerging Asian Media Artists
Five shortlisted artists will each receive a $25,000 production grant and the opportunity to participate in online residency programs with Eyebeam. The Grand Prix winner will receive an additional $25,000. Read more on Hyperallergic.
Deadline: March 18, 2021 (midnight March 19 KST) | vhaward.com

516 Arts
Fulcrum Fund COVID Relief Grants
New Mexico-based visual artists can apply for $1,000 grants to pay for essentials. Artist-run or alternative art spaces focused on visual arts can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to support their operations.
Deadline: April 2, 2021 | 516arts.org


  • For black women artists
  • Offering monthly awards starting at $1,000 from April 2020 to August 2020 and may continue into January 2021
  • The application must be received by the 1st of every month

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant 

  • For qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors who are able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work
  • One-time assistance for a specific emergency 
  • The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical
  • This program has no deadlines

Artist + Activist Relief Fund

  • For artists and activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19 
  • Grants of $250 awarded to selected applicants on an on-going basis dependent upon available funds
  • Join the waiting list

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

  • For those who BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists and arts administrators
  • A one-time micro-grant of $200

Artists Fellowship Emergency Aid

  • For professional fine artists and their families dealing with immediate medical emergencies and their aftermaths
  • Year-round opportunity, except in the months of July and August
  • Best time to apply in at the beginning of the month

Artist Relief Project

  • For any artist in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures
  • Stipends and support were given on a first-come, first-serve basis with a one-time emergency stipend of $200 and free resources and support to pursue alternative economic opportunities
  • Alternative needs-based opportunity was also available
  • Sign up for their newsletter to stay informed on future opportunities

Artist Relief Fund

  • For working artists in dire financial hardship due to COVID-19
  • Grants of up to $5,000 
  • Deadline not specified

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource

  • For freelance artists looking for funding opportunities, wellness support, job opportunities, or information on how to take action to advocate for the arts

Crews Nation Global Relief Fund for Live Music Crews

  • For live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19
  • Accepting applications in phases based on when shows were originally scheduled to play

Emerging Artist Initiative

  • For 30 young creatives and arts professionals
  • Providing a one-time relief donation of $500
  • The application window has closed
  • Check their website for updates about other resources

Freelancers Relief Fund

  • For freelancers who primarily reside in the United States and experiencing a sudden decrease of at least 50% of income as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Assistance of up to $1,000 per household 
  • Applications may be temporarily closed, check their website for updates

Foundation of Contemporary Arts, Artist Relief Fund

  • For artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 virus
  • Grants of $1,500 will be awarded to select applicants
  • Deadline is December 1, 2020

The Haven Foundation

  • For freelance professional artists who have experienced a recent, unforeseen emergency or triggering event that has significantly and adversely affected the qualified person’s ability to produce, perform and/or market his/her work and, thus, creates the need for immediate relief funds and/or assistance
  • All work must be done in the United States

The Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund

  • For musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz, and roots music
  • Support programs include housing and emergency assistance, pro-bono medical, disaster relief, and COVID-19 emergency funding

Musicians Foundation Fund

  • For musicians of any genre in a time of acute need, due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation
  • Grants typically range in amount from approximately $500-$3000

PEN America, Writers’ Emergency Fund

  • For professional writers
  • Grants of $500 to $1,000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Applications are currently paused, but an update will be provided on their website in mid-September

The Photographer Fund 

  • For photographers who are facing financial hardships
  • No longer accepting submissions
  • Check their website for updates on future deadlines and programs

The Recording Academy and MusiCares Relief Fund

  • For music professionals affected by the Coronavirus pandemic
  • COVID-19 emergency fund has closed
  • Other resources are still available for artists

Relief Fund for Muslim Artists and Activists

  • The application window is temporarily closed, please check their website for updates

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

  • For musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus
  • A donor-directed fund

Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

  • For queer writers of color only
  • Grants of $100 to $500 based on need
  • Applications have been paused, please check their website for updates

Boston Artist Relief Fund

  • For individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Grants of $500 to $1,000
  • The application window will be open on a rolling basis 

Boston Music Maker Relief Fund

  • For Boston-area music makers experiencing lost income as the result of performance cancellations related to COVID-19
  • grants of up to $200 will be paid rapidly on a first-come, first-served basis to affected artists and groups
  • The application window closed on April 30, 2020
  • Other resources are available on their website

Cambridge Artist Relief Fund

  • For arts organizations and artists who live, work, create, and/or perform in Cambridge
  • This fund has been closed, check their website for other local resources

Cambridge COVID-19 Emergency Fund

  • For Cambridge residents – or people whose main source of income emanates from Cambridge, MA
  • One-time grants ranging from $200 to $1,000 will be made available on a rolling basis until funds are depleted
  • This fund has been closed

COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL

  • For individual artists whose operations, work and livelihood have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Up to $500 for working artists and up to $1,000 for small arts and culture organizations in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties
  • This fund has been closed

Erie Arts & Culture’s Emergency Financial Assistance Fund

  • For creative or cultural professionals in the Erie region
  • Apply for grants of up to $500

Greater Pittsburgh Emergency Fund for Artists

  • For artists and creative workers living in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, Lawrence, Indiana, Greene, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties
  • Apply for grants of up to $500
  • This fund has been closed to new applicants

Theatre Community Benevolent Fund

  • For active individual theater practitioners and all operational non-profit organizations of Greater Boston and the surrounding areas
  • Individual funding will be between $500 and $1,500 based on individual circumstances and documentation of specific COVID 19 losses

Mass Cultural Council Relief Fund for Individuals

  • For individual artists and independent teaching artists/humanists/scientists who have lost income derived from their work
  • Grants of up to $1,000
  • Applications closed on April 22, 2020
  • Visit their website to learn more about other opportunities for support

New York, Max’s Kansas City Project

  • For professionals in the creative arts living in New York or who have been affiliated with Max’s Kansas City
  • Funding is determined according to the individual’s need and is disbursed in the form of a grant not to exceed $1000
  • Deadline not specified 

NYC Dancers Relief Fund (COVID-19)

  • For freelance dance artists who have suffered financial losses due to the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the government enforced social restrictions
  • Funds will be distributed in increments of up to $500 and will not exceed $1,000
  • Closed until further notice, visit their website to learn more

NYC Indie Theater Fund

  • For individuals working in NYC independent theater (Off-Off-Broadway in theater houses of 99 seats or less), operating with budgets under $250,000
  • Grants will be awarded on an on-going basis until funds run out

Tri-State Relief Fund

  • For tri-state non-salaried workers in the visual artists
  • Applicants may apply for cash grants of up to $2,000
  • Application window was open on a rolling basis and has since closed

The Vermont Community Foundation 

  • For artists and arts and cultural organizations located in the state of Vermont
  • Multiple opportunities available
  • Some grant deadlines have changed, visit their website to find details

Vermont Rapid Response Artist Relief

  • For artists who have lost income due to the loss of a job or cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (e.g., commissions, performances, contracts, workshops, classes, etc.) because of COVID-19
  • Applications are now closed
  • Visit their website to learn more about awardees

The Arts Commission Artist Relief Fund, Toledo

  • For individual artists and artist collectives with a residence or a creative studio within 25 miles of downtown Toledo
  • Application window has closed
  • Visit their website to learn more about awardees

Chicago Theatre Workers Relief Fund

  • For Chicago-area theatre professionals 
  • Grants of up to $500 on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Deadline not specified

Chicago Dancers’ Fund

  • For dance professionals based in Chicago
  • May provide up to $4,000 annually to a dance professional facing a critical health need
  • Deadline is not specified

Chippewa Valley Artist Relief Fund

  • For artists/creatives, living in the Chippewa Valley, in need of support due to event/gig cancellations, the inability to sell your work/book shows, and/or lost revenue from your day job being eliminated from the coronavirus outbreak
  • Individual distributions are capped at $500
  • Deadline is not specified

Crosshatch Artist Emergency Fund

  • For individual artists (not non-profits or institutions) who earn 33% or more of their income from their art, who have lost income because of COVID-19 related cancellations, and who live in the 5-county area of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau, MI
  • Maximum request of $500
  • Deadline is not specified

Greater Columbus COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grants for Artists

  • For professional, working artists (age 18 and older) who live in Franklin County
  • Grants of up to $1,000, with priority being given to those with the direst needs of shelter, food and other essentials
  • Application window will be open on a rolling basis

Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

  • For individuals working in the arts sector and impacted by the current public health crisis, specifically independent artists and staff working for small-to-midsize nonprofit arts and cultural organizations
  • Rapid response grants of $500
  • The application window will be open on a rolling basis

Season of Concern Chicago

  • For any member of the Chicago theater community who is dealing with serious medical issues, including those that may result from COVID-19 infection
  • Proof of testing positive for the virus is required
  • Deadline not specified

Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund

  • For artists in Minnesota
  • Request up to $500 to compensate for canceled work that was scheduled and lost
  • The application window will open on a rolling basis dependent upon available funds

ArtsGreensboro Artist Emergency Relief Fund

  • For artists of Greater Greensboro
  • ArtsGreensboro will disperse funds weekly, based on available funds

Atlanta Artist Relief Fund

  • For artists who are unable to leave their home or out of work
  • Delivering free home-cooked, nutritious meals to doorsteps 

Charlottesville Emergency Relief Fund for Artists

  • For artists living in the Charlottesville area including the city of Charlottesville or the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, or Nelson
  • Deadline not specified

Durham Artist Relief Fund

  • For artists and arts presenters in Durham, NC who have been financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19
  • Priority given to BIPOC artists, transgender & nonbinary artists, and disabled artists
  • Grants will be disbursed once per month depending on available funds


  • For visual artists located in North Texas
  • Deadline not specified

Houston Arts Alliance

  • For artists and arts organizations headquartered within Houston city limits
  • All city-funded grant programs are currently closed
  • Sign up to receive information about future deadlines and programs

New Orleans Business Alliance Relief Fund for Gig Workers

  • For gig economy workers who have been directly impacted via loss of income
  • Awards of $500 – $1,000 dependent on a determination of need
  • The application window is temporarily suspended, visit their website to learn more

North Carolina Artist Relief Fund

  • For artists and arts presenters in North Carolina who have been financially impacted by gig cancellations due to the outbreak of COVID-19
  • The application window is temporarily closed, please check their website for updates

Oolite Arts Relief Fund for COVID-19

  • For visual artists who live in Miami-Dade County
  • Request up to $500 to cover lost income due to the novel Coronavirus
  • Application window closed on April 16, 2020
  • Visit their website to learn more

Red Dirt Relief Fund

  • For individuals currently residing in Oklahoma and has been working in the music industry for at least 5 years
  • Each recipient is eligible for up to $3,000 annually, or $10,000 maximum in a lifetime, depending on circumstances
  • Deadline not specified

United Way of Greater Houston

  • For artists based in the Greater Houston area
  • Call 2-1-1 to get a personalized list of help available for you. No obligations or sign up required. You can also access their resources online by clicking the link above.

4 Culture Cultural Relief Fund

  • For artists and arts groups in King County, Washington
  • Grants up to $2,000 for COVID-19-related emergencies
  • This fund has closed, please visit their website for other resources

Black Cube Video Project

  • For Colorado-based artists
  • Awarding 10 artists $200 each for selected video submissions
  • The application window closed April 10, 2020
  • Visit their website to learn more

California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners

  • For more than 900 California-based individual artists and cultural practitioners statewide
  • Offering unrestricted $1,000 rapid-relief grants
  • The application window will close on August 18, 2020, at 3 P.M. 

COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund

  • For individual artists of all disciplines residing in Washington State
  • Grants range from $500-$5,000 based on artists’ needs
  • Account required

Fulcrum Fund, New Mexico

  • For 60 artists based within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque who have lost income as a result of cancellations due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic
  • Awarding $60,000 in emergency relief grants
  • This fund has closed, please visit their website to learn more about other resources

IMAGINE 2020 Artist Assistance Fund

  • For individual artists who live in Denver and within an 80-mile radius of Denver (including Colorado Springs and Fort Collins) 
  • Grants of up to $1,000
  • The application window is temporarily closed, visit their website to learn more

Laguna Beach Artists’ Benevolence Fund

  • For working artists living in Laguna Beach, CA
  • $1000 maximum monthly grant amount
  • Deadline not specified

Los Angeles Arts Emergency Relief Fund

  • For City of Los Angeles-based dance, music, and theatre artists, as well as small ensembles who have had their public performances, shows, or concerts canceled
  • Solo artists are eligible for up to $400 and ensembles up to $1,200
  • The deadline to apply was June 1, 2020

The Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists

  • For artists located in Boulder County, CO
  • Grants of up to $3,000 on a rolling basis
  • Visit their website to find details

The Safety Net Fund

  • For artists located in the Bay Area
  • The maximum grant is $500 per person per month, and the number of grants per month is dependent upon the funds raised

The San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund

  • For individuals (artists, teaching artists, cultural producers, etc.) living full-time in San Francisco
  • Grants of up to $2,000 may be used however awardee sees fit
  • This fund has closed, please visit their website for updates

Seattle Artist Relief Fund Amid COVID-19

  • For the greater Seattle arts community who have been financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19
  • Applications have been temporarily suspended, please check their website for updates

UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund

  • For artists who have graduated from a Bay Area institution or have lived in the Bay Area for two years as a working artist
  • Funds of $250 per member of a household
  • Application deadline was March 31, 2020

Washington State Relief Fund

  • For individual artists of all disciplines residing in Washington State
  • Grants range from $500-$5,000 based on artists’ needs
  • Account required

Illustration by the amazing Tyler Feder.

Happy Women’s Day!