Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Expands Emergency Fund for Artists

The emergency fund’s scope now covers up to $500 from loss of income due to coronavirus-related closings and cancellations.


The life of an artist can be difficult. The COVID-19 outbreak has made it harder.

In response to event cancellations, businesses temporarily shutting their doors and restaurants moving to takeout- and delivery-only, The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council hopes to help by expanding the application guidelines of its Emergency Fund for Artists. 

“The widespread cancellation of events, gigs, and gatherings in Southwestern Pennsylvania has greatly impacted the livelihood of our region’s artists and creative workers,” the Arts Council said in a press release. “Most artists are working full- or part-time in their fields and rely on gigs or teaching as their main source of income.”

The emergency fund’s scope now covers up to $500 from loss of income due to coronavirus-related closings and cancellations for artists and creative workers who live in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, Lawrence, Indiana, Greene, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties. 

Eligible artists can complete the application form online and view full eligibility guidelines on the Arts Council’s website

There are no deadlines and each application is considered on a case-by-case basis. Funding is determined according to the individual’s need and case. The most critical, urgent situations will be given priority. Applications are reviewed anonymously by an advisory committee of professionals in emergency response, health, social services and the arts.

The fund was originally created to support artists that have experienced specific emergencies such as fire, flood, accident, theft that have impacted their ability to continue their artistic practice.

Since available emergency funds are limited, the Arts Council encourages individuals to make a donation to the emergency fund online. A Facebook fundraiser is also available to support the emergency fund. 

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