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Emergency Preparedness and Recovery

Unexpected events happen. Make a plan for disaster preparedness and be ready for unforeseen circumstances like hurricanes and break-ins. The Division has compiled preparedness tools and recovery resources for individuals and organizations. Visit the links below for more information and to begin making your disaster preparedness plan.

*Current Important Resources for Artists and Organizations



Arts Preparedness Resources

Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness 

Individual Artists

  • The Actors Fund
    • Has emergency financial assistance and resources available to everyone who works in performing arts (actors, dancers, musicians, stagehands, playwrights, tech crew, and many more).  Contact:  323-933-9244, ext. 455 or  [email protected]
  • Alliance for Artists Communities - Emergency Relief Programs
    • In the event of a natural disaster, the Alliance contacts its network of more than 150 residency programs to identify immediate and short-term availability of residencies. They work with affected artists (painter or sculptor) to take advantage of these residency opportunities, including grants of up to $1,000.
  • Artists’ Fellowship Financial Assistance
    • The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of natural disaster or unexpected extreme hardship. Here is the application form.
  • CERF+ Emergency Relief for Artists Working In Craft Disciplines
    • Contact CERF+ at [email protected] to see if you are eligible for grants up to $6,000, no-interest loans upt to $9,000, and other assistance.
  • Change, Inc. - 2020 Emergency Grants (anywhere)
    • Emergency grants of up to $1,000 for artists in all disciplines in need of emergency aid. Evidence of established professional status is required. For detail on how to apply, call 212-473-3742 for recorded instructions.  Send applications to: PO Box 1818, Sanibel, Florida 33957
  • Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grants
    • The Foundation provides grants to tenured professional visual artists working in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, or printmaking. The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical.
  • Haven Foundation Grants
    • The Foundation grants to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists, writers and other members of the arts and art production communities during times of difficulty.
  • Hero Initiative - Helping Comic Creators in Need
    • Applicants must have been working as a comic book writer, penciler, inker, colorist, or letterer on a work-for-hire basis for no less than 10 years to be eligible.
  • Jazz Foundation of America
    • The Foundation’s Housing and Emergency Assistance program provides jazz and blues artists with an experienced social worker to assess his/her situation and provide rapid assistance, including financial assistance. Contact: [email protected] or  212-245-3999
  • Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Support to Artists
    • The Foundation provides grants of up to $6,000 to artists impacted by natural and man-made disasters.  Here is the emergency grant application.
  • PEN America
    • The PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund is an emergency fund for professional—published or produced—writers in acute, emergency financial crisis. Depending on the situation, the Fund gives grants of up to $2,000.

*Note:  If you are a member of a professional service organization or guild, reach out to those organizations to see if they offer any type of support.

Disaster Recovery Resources