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.
- City of Newton - Newton COVID-19 Care Fund
- Mass Cultural Council - COVID-19 Resources
- WBUR, The ARTery - Grants & Resources For Artists & Nonprofits
- MA Small Business Recovery Loan Fund - provides emergency capital up to $75,000 to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by COVID-19 with fewer than 50 full- and part-time employees, including nonprofits
- The Record Co.'s Boston Music Makers Relief Fund - for musicians in Greater Boston
- Theatre Community Benevolent Fund - for individual practitioners & nonprofit theatre orgs. of Greater boston
- Passim Emergency Artist Relief Fund - for artists who “have played a gig for Passim (or taught in the School of Music) in the last 10 years.”
- Boston Center for the Arts - Artists Relief Fund - for individual artists who live in Boston
CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund)
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.
- Artwork Archive – Financial Relief Resources for Artists during COVID-19
The HART (Handy Artists Relief Trust) Fund provides assistance for medical and dental care.
Creators can apply for grants of up to $500.
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.
Musicians who have had a performance/gig cancelled due to coronavirus may apply for support.
Grantsmakers in the Arts - COVID-19 & Arts Funding
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.
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.
This fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief and direct financial support for musicians in crisis.
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 is providing grants to artists impacted by coronavirus. Apply at the link above.
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.
Artists who have been impacted by coronavirus can apply for grants of $250.
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.