Artist Emergency Fund

Artistik Approach at Artspace Lofts
photo: Alyssa Kelley

Artist Emergency Fund

ArtsMemphis, in partnership with Music Export Memphis, will provide another phase of Artist Emergency Funding.  Artists of all disciplines and employees laid off or furloughed by Memphis-based nonprofit arts and culture organizations after March 1, 2020, as a result of COVID-19, are eligible.

Available relief funds of up to $1000 per individual. 


The application is now open. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling deadline basis until funds are depleted. The next deadline will be at 12pm (noon) on Friday, October 9, 2020. Relief fund payments are distributed on the 15th and 31st of each month until funds are depleted.
Read below for eligibility, guidelines and how to apply.

Looking for the other City of Memphis CARES Funding partners?

  • Click here for MIFA's Relief Program for utility assistance and rent or mortgage assistance.
  • Click here for Welcome to Memphis' relief fund for hospitality service employees who have been furloughed or laid off.


Information Session - Learn more about the Artist Emergency Fund application.

View our recorded information session here

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Para artistas en el Condado de Shelby que solo hablan español y necesitan ayuda de con la traducción de la aplicación, por favor enviar un correo electrónico a [email protected] con el siguiente título de mensaje: “Spanish translation help needed”. ArtsMemphis los conectara con un voluntario que les ayudara con la aplicación en español.


Click here to be taken to the online application. 


If this is the first time you are using the ArtsMemphis Grant Platform, please visit our Grant Application Platform page for video and written tutorials on creating your account, applying for funding opportunities, understanding your applicant dashboard.



Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact the Artist Emergency Fund Line at ArtsMemphis (901) 341-0409 or email [email protected].

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