Dance Artist Emergency Funding Sources

Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and self isolation mandates, the freelance dance community has been hit especially hard. Below is a growing list of details on performing artist emergency funding sources to help professional dancers through this tough time.

Department of Cultural Affairs Arts Emergency Relief Fund

  • Eligibility:
    • City of Los Angeles resident
    • Demonstrate 3+ years professional work
    • Letter of cancellation and marketing material of cancelled event
    • not eligible if you have received funding from other emergency funding sources
  • Compensation: $400 for individual artists $1,200 for ensembles
  • Source: Department of Cultural Affairs

Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance

  • Eligibility:
    • have earned $2K per year for 3 years in dance performance
    • < $15k savings
  • Compensation: Up to $1k to pay rent bills for dancers and dance makers affected by quarantines
  • Source: Actors Fund

League of Experiential and Immersive Artists Emergency Grant

Simple survey

  • Compensation: $250 weekly lottery
  • Source: Leia

Creator Fund

Short survey, they can only assist 100-150 artists

Foundation for Contemporary Arts - COVID-19 Relief Fund Application

  • Eligibility: For experimental contemporary creator / leader of organization like Choreographers, ADs ED, Company Directors (Not performers). Include work samples, cv, etc, and proof of cancelled shows
  • Compensation: Around of $1k funding if awarded
  • Source: Foundation fo Contemporary Arts

Dance Resource Center

  • Eligibility: Must have documentation of cancelled shows / contracts / work
  • Compensation: Up to $500 in funding if awarded, priority given to DRC members
  • Source: Dance Resource Center

The Soze Agency

Short survey

  • Eligibility: For artists and activists affected by Covid-19
  • Compensation: $250-$750 in relief fund if chosen
  • Source: The Soze Agency

Artist Relief Project

  • Eligibility: Have to share the fundraiser on social media
  • Compensation: $200 if chosen
  • Source: Artist Relief Project

Cultural Relief Fund

Opens April 1st
Source: 4 Culture

Freelancers Relief Fund

Opens April 2nd​​​​​​​
Source: Freelancers Union

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks

Currently closed but may reopen
​​​​​​​Source: GoFundMe COVID-19 Mutual Aid

Thank you to the Los Angeles Dance Festival and Brockus Project Dance for compiling this list.