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Arts Emergency Relief Fund

Grants to California Artists and Ensembles in Eligible Areas
for Financial Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)

Deadline Date:

07/31/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $400 and grants of up to $1,200 to California individual artists and groups of artists in eligible locations for financial support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to assist artists who have been economically affected by the pandemic. Eligible artists and small art groups are those who have had canceled public programming in the City of Los Angeles between March 16 and August 2, 2020. Programs must have been canceled due to the current health crisis.

Eligible programming is within the following categories:

  • Category 1: Solo artists or 2 to 4-member ensemble groups in dance, music, or theater with canceled public presentations.
  • Category 2: Independent small-budget (under $300,000) filmmakers and videographers with canceled public screenings.
  • Category 3: Creative writers or spoken-word artists with canceled public readings or book-signings.
  • Category 4: Solo craft artists or 2 to 4 member ensemble folk groups with canceled public presentations.
  • Category 5: Teaching artists in any art form with canceled group classes or workshop series. In this category, workshops must have been open to the general public. Applications in this category may be ranked according to the price and capacity of the canceled enrollment.
  • Category 6: Design or visual artists with a canceled public exhibition in any type of museum, gallery, showroom, coffee house, or public business location.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189237

Estimated Size of Grant:

Solo artists may request up to $400, and ensembles may request up to $1,200.

Term of Contract:

The event must have been canceled or postponed until after September 7, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This third round of emergency relief grant support is open for artists and small ensembles with scheduled programming that were:
a) to take place between March 16 and August 2 within the City of Los Angeles;
b) were to be open to the general public;
c) were canceled due to COVID-19.

All applicants must:
- Reside within the City of Los Angeles
(Please visit to verify your home address is within the boundaries of the City of Los Angeles.)
- Demonstrate professional presenting experience over at least the past 3 years on an attached resume for the applying performing artist or group.

Professional visual, design, dance, music, and theater solo artists, as well as small ensembles who designate a single individual to represent the group, can apply.

Given the modest amount of funds, artists who were scheduled to teach private solo or group lessons, or perform at private functions for invite-only audiences are not eligible. In addition, artists who were to perform pieces within a festival may be eligible if marketing materials display their names. AER funds are prioritized for solo acts and 2- to 4-member groups who were to headline an entire event.

Applicants may not be high school or college students performing projects for school accreditation.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit your application (one per person, event, and venue) is Friday, July 31, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.

Once DCA receives 450 eligible proposals, a Round Three lottery will determine who is supported and the standard allocation for each grant. Applications received after the 450th submission, as well as proposals not supported in Rounds One or Two, may be rolled into any future rounds of this relief fund. Applicants who fulfill all program eligibility requirements will be placed in an eligible pool, from which proposed grantees will be selected via random lottery until all Round Three funding is exhausted.

A list of names and allocated grant amounts will be presented to the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission for review and final approval. Payments will come from the Community Partners who will solicit W-9 forms and disperse checks. DCA will notify applicants of their funding status before the end of August 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Department of Cultural Affairs
City of Los Angeles
201 North Figueroa Street, Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213 202 5500

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