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Community and Internet Resources

Arts and Culture: Financial Assistance

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New Sign American Society of Journalists and Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund maintains a database of resources for writers in need. Writers Emergency Assistance Fund (WEAF) is to help established freelance writers who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant, however, applicants must establish a record of past professional freelance nonfiction writing over a sustained period of years, which means qualifications generally similar to those of ASJA members. WEAF was formerly the Llewellyn Miller Fund and is administered through the Charitable Trust of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. performing musicians and composers may be eligible for grants from these organizations.

New Sign Carnegie Fund for Authors offers grants to authors in need, including those with disabilities. Emergency assistance is to writers in financial need who have commercially published at least one book of reasonable length which has received reader acceptance. No website is available. For more information contact the Carnegie Fund for Authors, PO Box 409, Lenox Hill Station, New York, NY 10021 or call 516.877.2141, or mail to: Carnegie Fund for Authors, 1 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, NY 11514.

New Sign Haven Foundation gives financial assistance to provide temporary support needed to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists, writers and other members of the arts and art production communities who have suffered disabilities or experienced a career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or personal catastrophe. Grants are awarded and renewed at the discretion of the Haven Foundation Board.

New Sign Lester Petrillo Fund, started in 1951 with a $10,000 personal contribution from then-President James C. Petrillo in memory of his late son, the Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians is a charitable trust fund that provides financial aid to disabled members. This fund is not intended to replace health insurance or provide general loans, but does supply modest amounts of assistance to qualified applicants on an emergency basis. No benefits shall be paid to or on behalf of a person who is not physically or mentally disabled (as that term is defined by the Trustees) and who is not a member in good standing of the AFM. See the website for the eligibility form. For additional information, please contact the Federation at (212) 869-1330 ext. 224.

New Sign PEN American Center's Writer's Emergency Fund is an emergency fund for professional published or produced writers in acute, emergency financial crisis. No membership necessary. Depending on the situation, the Fund gives grants of up to $2,000. The maximum amount is given only under especially dire circumstances and when monies are available. It is the Fund's preference not to give repeated grants within a three-year period. For more information and a downloadable application visit the website above. Emergency Funds for writers page is a comprehensive listing of national and regional emergency grants available to writers in acute financial crisis. You will need to contact the organizations directly for more details. Self-published authors or those published by vanity presses are generally not eligible.

New Sign Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need. We all have received so much out of music, it's time to give a little back!

New Sign Women Arts: Emergency Funds - for Artists in All Art Forms have compiled a fairly comprehensive list of funding resources for artists in all art forms, plus Writers, Musicians and Visual Artists. Visit this page to find eligibility requirements and locations.

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State Listings


UCLA’s National Arts and Disabilities Center administers the California Art Council’s Arts and Accessibility Technical Assistance Program Grant will make available grants up to $500 for professional development and/or technical assistance activities. The funded activities are to support efforts in making arts programs and services accessible to people with disabilities. The activities and requests could include, but are not limited to:

Organizations and individuals in California are eligible to apply. There are limited funds available for this program. Artists may apply for grants of between $500 and $1,000 to further their professional development or increase the visibility of their work. The CAC does not fund capital expenditures or purchasing of equipment. You may apply up to two times a year for the 2003-2004 term. Send applications to:

Dr. Olivia Raynor, Director
The National Arts and Disability Center
University of California Los Angeles
300 UCLA Medical Plaza, St. 3310
Los Angeles, CA 90095-6967

Phone: (310) 794-1141
Fax: (310) 794-1143
e-mail: oraynor@mednet.ucla.edu

New York

Artists Fellowship, Inc. Yearly, between 65 and 75 professional fine artists in urgent situations receive aid from the Fellowship. Most of the emergencies involved health-related issues, accidents, financial crisis or bereavement. Some of their recipients receive aid one time only, while other infirmed artists receive continuing support, mostly in the New York area. The application for financial assistance form is designed to be printed from your web browser. You may also obtain the application directly from Artists' Fellowship, Inc. by writing to request a copy. The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc., 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003, or call 212-255-7740 (Salmagundi Club) dial ext. #216 for Artists’ Fellowship or send e-mail to info@artistsfellowship.org

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New Sign Ohio Arts Council offers grants to support professional development for artists with disabilities. The Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) Professional Development Support for Artists with Disabilities provides funding that gives individual artists with disabilities and organizations that serve them the resources they need to further their artistic development. Creative expression by artists of all abilities is essential to building dynamic and diverse communities throughout Ohio, and developing an artistic career is a long-term process. ADAP awards help artists with disabilities advance their artistic practices, making Ohio a more accessible and inclusive place to build an artistic career. Grants are awarded to individual artists at both the emerging artist level ($500) and professional artist level ($1,000), with no match required. Organizational applicants may request between $1,000 and $3,000. Grant deadlines are June 1 and December 1 respectively. For more information visit the pdf above.


New Sign Health Alliance for Austin Musicians offers medical, dental and mental health services for uninsured musicians. If you are an uninsured, professional musician in the Austin-area, you may be eligible for low-cost primary health care, basic dental care, mental health, hearing and vision health services through HAAM, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. For more information, visit the website.

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