COVID-19 Resources

To our Gray Area Family,
During this unprecedented time of challenges and changes, we’ve also witnessed a deepening of connection in our communities. We’ve seen artists, musicians, educators, cultural workers, and arts organizations come together, collaboratively conceiving mutual aid strategies and forging ways to connect deeply at a distance.
At Gray Area, we have compiled a selection from the many online lists and guides in response to COVID-19. Some are for those seeking art and inspiration, others are for those seeking relief. While certainly not all-encompassing, we hope that this list can direct you to inspiring art, useful resources, and more.

We’ll continue to update this list weekly, and please feel free to submit more resources, we would love to hear from you. Thank you for your support of our community.

Resources for Artists

If you are seeking emergency funding, consider this comprehensive list for freelance artists as a starting point:
COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
Artist Resources via Creative Capital
Arts Resources via Center for Cultural Innovation

Emergency Funds & Grants For Artists

Artist Relief Fund: Apply to receive financial assistance of up to $5,000.
Artists Now Fund: Apply to receive financial assistance of up to $500.
The Creator Fund: Apply to receive financial assistance of up to $500.
CERF+ Artists' Safety Net: Artists can apply for emergency grants of up to $3,000.
Foundation For Contemporary Art: Artists can apply for emergency grants of up to $1,000.
Kinkade Grant for Curators: Apply as a curator for $5,000 by April 12.
Leveler: Apply for funds or donate to this peer to peer distributed wealth platform.
Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund: Performing arts workers can apply for up to $1,500.
Rauschenberg Emergency Grants: Apply as an artist for up to $5,000.
San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund: Apply as an artist or non-profit for up to $2,000.
Untitled, Art Emergency Fund: Artists in the Bay Area can apply for $250.

Emergency Funds & Grants For Musicians & Live Performers

The Beat Goes On Fund: Supporting Bay Area DJs.
The SF Queer Nightlife Fund: Supporting workers in SF’s nightlife scene.
Equal Sounds Corona Relief Fund: Supporting musicians with event cancellations.
MusiCares Relief Fund: Supporting artists and live professionals.
Music Foundation: Emergency grant for musicians.

Videos + Live Streaming

Gray Area Festival: View videos of past talks.
Algorithmic Art Assembly: View videos of past talks.
Quarantime!: Weekly video conversations moderated by Gray Area Chairman Peter Hirshberg.

Fault Radio Relief Sessions: Live sessions with artists every Thursday through Saturday.

Recommended Reading

Open Access Creative Software

VCV Rack
KORG will provide Kaossilator for iOS and Android for free for a limited time.