Artist Emergency Relief Funds

Augusta, GA – Artist Emergency Relief Fund Available for Gig-Artists

A new Artist Emergency Relief Fund was initiated by representatives of a special consortium

of local arts non-profits, who met to discuss the impact of Covid-19 and its negative effect

upon local Gig-Artists, contracted, or self-employed artists of all disciplines including visual,

musical, literary, performance, etc. The grants will allow artists to recover income lost due to

the cancellation of a specified scheduled gig or business opportunity (commission,

performance, contract) due to mandated Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Artists are encouraged to apply for up to $500 compensation for work that was scheduled and

lost, due to Covid-19 shutdowns.


The Community Foundation of the CSRA has awarded the consortium a COVID-19

Emergency Grant in the amount of $50,000 to support local ‘gig-artists’ or contract artists who

have suffered financial setbacks due to the Coronavirus quarantine. Applications will be

reviewed on a rolling basis. All applications submitted prior to 2:00 pm each Wednesday will

be reviewed the following day. If approved, a check will be issued that Friday.


The Artist Relief Fund is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of the

CSRA and The United Way of the CSRA. The Fund is overseen by the Augusta Cultural Arts

Consortium, a consortium of local arts non-profits: Augusta University Department of Art &

Design, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Greater Augusta Arts Council, Jessye Norman

School of the Arts, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, Sacred Heart Cultural Center,

The Augusta Players, The Morris Museum of Art and Westobou.

The Artist Emergency Relief Fund Application is available starting Monday, May 18, 2020. The

application can be found here: