The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.

 
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Eligibility

The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.

“Professional” is defined as those visual artists who make their livelihood through sales as reported on a Schedule C with Federal tax returns. An active exhibition history is also an important part of documenting “professional.”

“Fine Artists” are defined as those who create images for sale through galleries, private commission or reproduction in mass media.  Art photography as defined above is considered “Fine Art.”  All media such as clay, sculpture, digital, traditional is considered “Fine Art” as defined above. 

“Sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship” can be documented through paid or unpaid invoices or contracts.

The “need” must be current and documented, not anticipated. 

“Sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship” can be documented through paid or unpaid invoices or contracts.

The “need” must be current and documented, not anticipated.

NOT eligible

Hobbyists, flea market brokers, agents and other creators of art with no record of sales as documented by a Schedule C are NOT eligible.

Performance artists and filmmakers are NOT eligible.

The Artists’ Fellowship does NOT provide aid for scholarships, residencies, study, art projects, exhibitions, art supplies, schooling or travel.

How to Apply for Financial Assistance

  1. Click here to go to the online application

  2. Or download the PDF application from the website. Complete and mail with all necessary supporting documents. 

  3. If you are unable to fill it out online or download and print, contact the office by phone (answering machine) 212-255-7740 x 216; or Email with a valid mailing address to have the application mailed to you.

When to apply

Meeting monthly from September to June, the Board of Trustees reviews all applications to determine if they have been properly submitted and if they are eligible.  Applicants are encouraged to do this early in the month.  The Board does not meet in July and August.

Board Determinations

All activities of the Relief and Assistance Committee and the Board of Trustees are kept in the strictest confidence. All applicants will be contacted by US Mail with the Board’s determination.

 

“The help I got enabled me to get back on my feet.”

sculptor, sanfrancisco |  April 2016