Friday, December 8, 2023

If You Need A Hand…

There is still a long road ahead and many people are just beginning to feel the fallout from the pandemic that continues to unfold. Job losses are at record high and many artists are experiencing an emergency situation like never before. If you are one of those artists, know that there is relief available to you. Many organizations offer emergency funds to artists and other independently employed people – and some new ones have begun as a result of our present circumstances. Here are three emergency grant organizations to explore, and they’re just the tip of the iceberg.

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant fund provides funds of up to $15,000 to artists experiencing emergencies. The fund focuses on illness, fires, natural disasters and similar occurrences. If you are an artist experiencing a financial emergency due to one of these factors, this grant might be right for you. For more information, visit the website. Deadlines are rolling.

Leveler is a peer-to-peer wealth distribution organization. Those in need submit a form explaining their circumstances and others in a better financial position at the moment pool resources to help. Visit the website to check out the form and submit – or to consider helping if you’re in a position to. Rolling deadline.

Freelancers Relief Fund offers grants of up to $1000 to freelance workers to cover costs like utility bills, food and supplies and to help make up lost income if their work has been impacted. This is another grant that runs on donations so if you are in a position to help, right now or down the road, be sure to check them out. And if you are in need of some help, visit the website and apply for emergency relief. Rolling deadlines.

Praxis Center is made up of those who know what it’s like to be an independent worker. We understand the precarious nature of being a freelancer during difficult times. We know this because we are right there in the trenches with you. Our community of artists as well as our experts all come from a place of understanding what it’s like to build a career of your own. We are a united force and we have your back.

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In these uncertain times, our first responsibility is assuring staff, their families and our entire art community is safe. We hope to turn the page on this devastating virus and return to normalcy soon. In the meantime, we continue sharing educational resources and have developed new Facebook Live events, providing an informal and intimate opportunity to meet artists and engage in topics we all love. Follow the GOLDEN Facebook page to join!

Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.


Cover photo: abstract art by Adolph Gottlieb

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