From small shops and studios to world-class restaurants and music venues, Philly artists are at home in the River Wards.
Help for Philly artists during Covid
A long list of organizations stepped forward with help for Philly artists and entrepreneurs affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Please tell us if you know of others.
- Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund intends to support artists or art administrators who identify as a person of color whose income has been directly impacted by COVID-19.
- Artist Relief is an initiative by Creative Capital and several national grantmakers for immediate, unrestricted emergency funding of $5,000 for individual artists of all disciplines.
- Artist Relief Project is an initiative of Artly World to assist artists, musicians, and performers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with a short-term relief cash stipend or long-term assistance such as programs and resources.
- COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL provides grants up to $500 for individual artists and up to $1,000 for small arts and culture organizations.
- Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) has a dedicated emergency response fund for artists dealing with health impacts from the coronavirus.
- Emergency Gap Relief Fund for Philly’s Black Working Artists is from the Village of Arts and Humanities and does what it says.
- Foundation for Contemporary Artists is providing relief for a canceled performance or exhibition due to COVID-19.
- MusicCares Foundation provides short-term financial assistance for personal or addiction needs that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances.
- Musicians Foundation Emergency Aid is temporarily closed due to a high volume of applicants, but will reopen.
- The NDN COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide rapid response resources to Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs and small businesses.
- PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund provides small grants to published or produced writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis.
- Philadelphia Performing Artists’ Emergency Fund was created to assist Philly performing artists whose income has been impacted by show cancellations, slowing ticket sales, or low turnout during the pandemic.
- Rauschenberg Emergency Grants provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies.
- Authors League Fund publishes a list of emergency resources, and helps career authors, dramatists, journalists, and poets in emergency circumstances.
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource is a clearinghouse for financial, legal and health assistance.
- Creative Capital is compiling a a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists and arts professionals.
Philly artists, art lovers and businesses celebrate the creative spirit of the River Wards on the first Friday of every month. Businesses and galleries open their doors to art lovers of all kinds with food and drink specials, performances, and unique exhibitions.
Frankford Ave Arts
NKCDC formed Frankford Ave Arts in 2005 to foster the creative economy and revitalize the Frankford Avenue corridor. Today, we promote the thriving arts and creative business scene across the River Wards by connecting Philly artists with resources and promoting arts events through our networks.