Artists

Resources for Arts Organizations

The City of San Antonio understands the impact COVID-19 has on every corner of San Antonio, including our arts community. The Department of Arts & Culture is continuously adding its list of information and resources available to the San Antonio arts community during this time of crisis. If you have any additional and relevant information, please email arts@sanantonio.gov.

Important Thing to Remember: These services and programs may not be applicable or available to everyone – and due to the large number of applications, criteria may change. You are encouraged to connect with these organizations directly with any questions.

Financial Resources

Informational Resources

 

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Resources for Individual Artists

The City of San Antonio understands the impact COVID-19 has on every corner of San Antonio, including our arts community. The Department of Arts & Culture is continuously adding its list of information and resources available to the San Antonio arts community during this time of crisis. If you have any additional and relevant information, please email arts@sanantonio.gov.

Important Thing to Remember: These services and programs may not be applicable or available to everyone – and due to the large number of applications, criteria may change. You are encouraged to connect with these organizations directly with any questions.

Financial Resources

Texas Workforce Commission - Disaster Unemployment Assistance
If you lost your job or work because of this disaster, you may be able to apply for unemployment benefits.
Artist Relief Grant
$5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19
Artist Relief Project
A one-time emergency stipend of $200 for anyone pursuing arts as a career (any discipline or level of experience).
CERF+ Emergency Relief Grants
Grants up to $3,000 for artists that have experienced a recent, career threatening emergency.
Corona Arts Relief Program
Developed by the Department of Arts & Culture and Luminaria Artist Foundation, provides grants up to $600 for artists with lost revenues due to COVID-19
Foundation for the Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund
$1,500 grants for artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.
NDN Collective Grant
Grants of up to $5,000 for Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs, small businesses uniquely affected by COVID-19.
PEN America
Grants up to $2,000 for professional—published or produced—writers in acute, emergency financial crisis.
Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund
Funds for musicians and music industry workers affected by COVID-19

Informational Resources

Create & Promote Your Online Event

Examples of Online Events

  • Music Performance (including Special Requests by Viewers for a Donation)
  • Dance Performance
  • Reading Event (Poets, Authors, etc.)
  • Theatrical Performance
  • Workshops (How Tos, Drum Circles, Cooking Demo, Dance Instruction, etc.)
  • Meet-and-Greets/Q&As
  • Live Painting
  • Docent-Led Gallery Tour

Tips to Drive Revenue/Donations via Your Online Event

Before developing your live-streamed or pre-recorded work through digital platforms, we encourage you to plan for connecting this event to a payment or donation capability (i.e. Venmo, PayPal, an existing Donate Link, etc.). Sample language you can use includes:

Individual Artist
COVID-19 might have halted in-person events, but it can’t stop the art! Help me bring more art to your home by donating here! [Add your link]
Organization
As COVID-19 impacts our organization through closures and event cancellations, we need you more than ever. Please consider donating to our organization today, to ensure we can bring arts to the San Antonio community now and beyond: DONATE NOW. [Add your link]

Don’t forget to thank your viewers/donors during the livestream, in comments or following the livestream through email or more personal communication.

Tips for Promoting Your Event

Be sure to create a Facebook event for your online event and promote via all social media platforms available (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Tag any arts related handles, including @getcreativesa, fellow artists/organizations, and any relevant media outlets.

The following calendars are also avenues to help you promote your event:

Department of Arts & Culture Online Events

There are plenty of ways to experience and create art from home. Use the Department of Arts & Culture’s Events Calendar to find or list online events, workshops, initiatives, etc.