Artists Rights Society

The COVID-19 crisis has hit the artistic community especially hard, and Artists Rights Society wants to help

Since 1987, Artist Rights Society has been a resource for artists, their families, foundations and rights holders, protecting the intellectual property rights interests of over 122,000 visual artists and their estates.

We are currently in discussions to provide other forms of support to our members, but in the meantime, we wanted to direct you to some of the more generous emergency funding currently being offered to artists. 

  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts: For artists who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates, $2,500 max

  • Max’s Kansas City Project: For New Yorkers in the creative arts, neediest cases prioritized $1,000 max 

  • Boston Artists Relief fund: For individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus 2019, $1,000 max

Additionally, you can find an up-to-date list of grants at NYFA, Creative Capital and CERF+.

We urge you to stay creative during these trying times. Although the current situation prevents us from being at our office in downtown New York, please rest assured that the entire ARS staff is working remotely. We can be reached most expediently through email by either directly contacting a known staff member or by emailing If you prefer to discuss by phone, simply email us with a number to call and we will get back to you.

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