Arts Emergency Relief Fund, Round Two
for Artists and Small Ensembles


$400 to $1,200


Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs


Jun 1, 2020 - 12:00 am




Please contact the DCA Grants Staff via email at with questions.

COVID-19 has had an unanticipated impact on Los Angeles artists and small arts groups who had planned public performances, only to have those events canceled in a city-wide effort to slow the spread of the virus. The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and Community Partners aim to provide relief to this spectrum of LA-based performing artists who were financially affected by this disruption through Round Two of this emergency grant relief opportunity.

“Community Partners, a prestigious local incubator of public-benefit enterprises, and the Department of Cultural Affairs recognize the tremendous impact COVID-19 is having on artists who live and work in our City and are working together on the thoughtful reallocation of funds to assist local entrepreneurs,” said Danielle Brazell, DCA General Manager. “We hope that funding through this micro granting process will allow artists to recoup a portion of their lost wages and find relief and support during this crisis.”




This second round of emergency relief grant support is open for City of Los Angeles-based artists and small ensembles with scheduled programming that were:

a) to take place between March 16 and June 30 within the City of Los Angeles;

b) open to the general public;

c) canceled due to COVID-19;


d) are within the following categories:

Category 1: Solo artists or 2 to 4-member ensemble groups in dance, music, or theater with canceled public presentations.

Category 2: Independent small-budget (under $300,000) filmmakers and videographers with canceled public screenings.

Category 3: Literary artists with canceled public readings or book-signings.

Category 4: Solo craft artists or 2 to 4 member ensemble folk groups with canceled public presentations.

Category 5: Teaching artists in any art form with canceled group classes or workshop series. In this category, workshops must have been open to the general public (and workshops inside a school setting for tuition-paying-students are not eligible). Applications in this category may be ranked according to the price and capacity of the canceled enrollment.

Given the modest amount of funds, artists who were scheduled to perform pieces at a festival, or at a private engagement, or who were to teach private, solo, or group lessons setting are not eligible.

Funding in Round Two is focused on a broad category of artists and groups.

Artists in the fields of design and the visual arts, who present their craft in galleries, coffee shops, and similar public settings will be addressed in a forthcoming Round Three in approximately 15-20 days.




Solo artists may request up to $400, and ensembles may request up to $1,200.

Small ensembles must consist of no more than 4 members should designate a single individual to represent the group. Only one application is allowable per eligible individual or group, and Individuals may apply only once, as either a solo artist or as a member of a small ensemble.

 All applicants must:

  • Reside within the City of Los Angeles
    • (Please visit to verify your home address is within the boundaries of the City of Los Angeles. Addresses falling outside of the City of Los Angeles would yield a ‘Nothing Found’ result via this online tool.)
  • Demonstrate professional presenting experience over at least the past 3 years on an attached resume for the applying performing artist or group

Eligible events should have been publically advertised and scheduled to take place between March 16, 2020, and June 30, 2020, at an address within the City of Los Angeles. The event must have been canceled or postponed until after September 30, 2020.

DCA is working to identify additional resources to benefit as many different artists as possible. Professional dance, music, and theater solo artists, as well as small ensembles who designate a single individual to represent the group, can apply. Applicants may not be high school or college students performing projects for school accreditation.

Artists who are currently getting assistance from the Actors Fund, Behind the Scenes, Dance Resource Center, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Community Services AFL-CIO, Motion Picture & Television Fund, SAG/AFTRA, or Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation may not request DCA funding relief.


Application Process and Timeline


Please access and submit your one-page application via the following link:

DCA will accept applications until approximately 450 eligible applications are received or until 11:59 PM, Monday, June 1, 2020, whichever comes first.

Applicants who are found to fulfill all program eligibility requirements will be placed in an eligible pool, from which proposed grantees will be selected by lottery until funding is exhausted. Any eligible applicants not selected for funding in the current round would automatically be rolled-over for consideration in additional rounds of this relief program. All applications received after the first 450 eligible proposals will also be rolled-over into any future rounds.

A list of the names and allocated amount will be presented to the City of LA’s Cultural Affairs Commission for review and final approval in early June 2020. All applicants will be notified of their funding status before June 30, 2020. These processes of consideration and approval will continue monthly based upon the ability to replenish the Relief Fund.

 Applicants selected for funding will be connected with DCA’s collaborating agency, Community Partners that will collect W-9 forms and process payments in approximately 30 days. Thank you in advance for timely submission of W-9 forms with the same address listed in your proposal.


Application Requirements


If you are eligible for this relief, please proceed to submit a one-page application including three attachments (resume, venue letter, event marketing) via the weblink indicated above. For reference, completed applications will include the following:

  • Applicant & Event Information:
    • Name and contact information
    • Physical mailing address (must be within the City of Los Angeles)
    • Indication of whether applicant is a solo performer or representing a group
    • Date, time, and location of cancelled event (must be between 3/16-6/30/2020, within the City of Los Angeles)
    • Name, title, and contact information of venue manager who is providing a letter of cancellation
  • Attachments:
    • Resume/CV for demonstrating solo artist’s or ensemble’s three or more years professional presenting history
    • Signed letter (or verifiable email) from the original scheduled venue that confirms, date, time, location of the cancelled event
    • Sample of marketing material that was released demonstrating the event was advertised to the general public. Sample marketing must clearly indicate the exact date, time, and location applying solo performer or ensemble was due on stage. Marketing materials for all cancelled events needs to match the name of the applicant or ensemble leader. Acceptable examples include press releases, social media posts, website screenshots, and flyers.
  • Digitally signed applicant statement:
    • Statement from applicant confirming accuracy of submitted details under penalty of perjury, including confirmation applicant has suffered a loss in time and/or materials of approximately $400 (solo artists) or $1,200 (ensembles) as a result of the cancelled event, and assurance applicant is not receiving assistance from the Actors Fund, Behind the Scenes, Dance Resource Center, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Community Services AFL-CIO, Motion Picture & Television Fund, SAG/AFTRA, or the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation.


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