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Artist Relief Fund Application




The Portland Artists Relief Fund was created to help artists in Portland, Maine recover from income loss and personal emergencies by awarding small grants for unanticipated financial hardship during the Covid-19 pandemic. Local artists who are able to complete the requirement checklist for eligibility will be able to apply via Google Form for a $500 cash stipend to help make ends meet due to cancelled work that was previously scheduled and/or lost. Creative Portland, the City’s nonprofit arts agency will award $500 stipends for artists in dire need. 


Eligible applicants for Portland Artists Relief Fund include Portland-area professional artists (this includes working actors, performing artists, visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers, dancers, etc.) who can prove direct loss of income due to cancelled events during COVID-19 pandemic.
Priority will be given to first time applicants, Portland-area residents, and those who specify and indicate hardship. The Creative Portland staff, the Creative Portland Board of Directors, and Portland-area municipal workers will not be eligible to apply for these awards themselves. This Artist Relief Fund is targeted to working artists, with an emphasis on performing artists and artists in the gig economy. 


Check off the following requirements to assess your eligibility:
  • Must prove “working artist” status in 2020 through website links, flyers, documents, reviews etc. 
  • Must be a Portland or Greater Portland  Resident (South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Yarmouth, Falmouth, Westbrook, Gorham)
  • Must be at least 21 years old 
  • Must be able to prove income loss. This includes but is not limited to: emails, screenshots, cancelled event posts on social media, and webpages. Document proof of loss with uploads in the application form.
  • Only one artist per household/band may apply to the Portland Artist Relief Fund 
  • Must provide a personal statement with a compelling argument on why the applicant has been adversely affected by covid-19. An honor system is at play here, as each applicant must be mindful that other applicants may be in more extreme need.
*Note: The review committee may ask or suggest that you consider the possibility of “giving back” in some capacity, in FY21, whether you serve as a volunteer or provide an in-kind donation or a potential artwork donation/discount for a future community-wide arts auction fundraiser. If unable, you can present a waiver request & explanation. Guidelines will be specified in award recipients’ agreement, following notification. 


With limited funds to disburse, created by a caring community of Portland stakeholders, the review committee will operate in a stringent manner, using a rubric system with the following criteria checklist to determine award recipients. Applications are rolling
Review committee represents: Running with Scissors, Indigo Arts Alliance, Maine College of Art, Maine Music Alliance, Office of Creative Portland, and Damnationland/Storyboard.


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