Community Resources

Resources for the Arts Community - COVID-19

Newton Cultural Development, along with NCA and the Newton Cultural Council, have compiled a list of resources geared toward the arts community. We hope you will find this list useful during this extraordinary time.

 

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Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant:

CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund)

Artists' Charitable Fund

Artists' Fellowship, Inc.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund– (USA)

Artist Relief Tree

Any artist can apply for a grant of $250. The fund has been exhausted for the moment but artists can sign up for the waitlist here to be notified when funds become available again. 

The Blues Foundation 

The HART (Handy Artists Relief Trust) Fund provides assistance for medical and dental care.

The Creator Fund

Creators can apply for grants of up to $500.

The Entertainment Assistance Program/The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund serves professionals in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio, and dance through its Entertainment Assistance Program which provides emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses or medical expenses.

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

Musicians who have had a performance/gig cancelled due to coronavirus may apply for support.

Grantsmakers in the Arts - COVID-19 & Arts Funding

Gospel Music Trust

This fund provides financial assistance in the event of an emergency or major catastrophe to individuals who have derived a substantial portion of their income from the field of Gospel Music. 

International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) 

Financial grants and loans are available to present and past professionals in bluegrass music in a time of emergency. Grants generally range from $500 to $5,000.

Jazz Foundation of America

This fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief and direct financial support for musicians in crisis. 

MusiCares

The Recording Academy and its charitable foundation MusiCares have committed $2 million in total to a COVID-19 Relief Fund, established to assist those in the music community who have been affected by the pandemic. Music industry professionals impacted by cancelled work may apply for an initial grant of up to $1,000 for basic living assistance (i.e. rent or mortgage). 

People can donate and apply for assistance by navigating to the fund’s officialweb page.

Patreon Artist Grant

Patreon is providing grants to artists impacted by coronavirus. Apply at the link above. 

SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Fund

Members of SAG-AFTRA can apply for emergency funding to cover basic expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities, medical bills and other essential needs. In order to be eligible you must be an active SAG-AFTRA member and current on your dues through October 2019. 

The Soze Agency Artist + Activist Relief Fund

Artists who have been impacted by coronavirus can apply for grants of $250.

Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund

Musicians or music industry workers impacted by coronavirus may apply for funds to cover medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses. Applicants must demonstrate that at least 50% of their income comes from working within the music community. Other eligibility criteria can be found at the link above.

Arts & Culture Resources

The City of Newton maintains numerous centers and resources that support and enhance cultural life for its residents, friends, and tourists. Get to know these valuable community resources:

Newton Community Preservation Program (Newton, MA)​

The Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA) provides local and state funds for affordable housing, historic resources, open space, and recreation land. Click the link to learn more about current Newton CPA proposals and projects.

Newton Farmers' Market

The Newton Farmers' Market, now in its 40th year, is one of the oldest farmers' markets in Massachusetts. The city holds two seasonal farmers' markets: one on Saturdays in West Newton Square from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., June to October, and the other on Tuesdays in Cold Spring Park from 1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., July to October. Markets are held rain or shine.

Massachusetts Cultural Council

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. The Council pursues this mission through a combination of grant programs, partnerships, and services for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.

MASSCreative

MASSCreative works to build a more vibrant, healthy and equitable Massachusetts. The organization works with artists, leaders, supporters, and partners of the arts, cultural, and creative community to advocate for the resources and support necessary for the sector to thrive.

Cultural Development/Arts in the Parks

The Cultural Development office of the City of Newton promotes the arts and artists, and sponsors year-round cultural programs and events working closely with Newton Community Pride.

Newton-Needham Regional Chamber

The mission of the chamber is to champion the communities' economic and cultural vitality through advocacy, education and networking. Newton Cultural Alliance is a member of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber.

Newton TAB

Newton's local news and happenings, via print and Newton Wicked Local online.

NewTV

NewTV is a nonprofit, Newton-based organization dedicated to providing the diverse Newton community with a platform for opinions, news, and local information. They also offer training, a media facility, and content distribution.

Newton Cultural Council

The Newton Cultural Council is the local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The mission of the NCC is to support public programs that promote excellence; and to distribute funds with a focus on developing and promoting an artistic, humanist, and scientific community and to help those individuals enrich Newton residents' lives with their work.

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