Partnerships Come Together to Form Financial Relief Fund for Artists


The Oregon Arts Commission, in partnership with Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, is offering relief funding to professional Oregon artists in specific disciplines who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Artist Relief Program supports professional artists who have experienced – or anticipate experiencing – loss of revenue of $1,000 or more between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Artistic disciplines supported include the following:

  • Literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, play writing and poetry)
  • Dance (including choreography)
  • Music (composition and music performance)
  • Theatre and Performance Art
  • Folk and Traditional Arts
  • Visual Arts (crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and new media)
  • Design Arts
  • Media Arts

Artists from underserved communities, including (but not limited to) rural communities and communities of color, as well as artists with disabilities, are especially encouraged to apply.

Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 and must be spent by July 31, 2021.

The application deadline is Nov. 10. For more information, including links to grant guidelines and the application form, visit the Oregon Arts Commission website.