We recommend the following sites for obtaining financial or any other kind of assistance.

CERF: Craft Emergency Relief Fund The mission of CERF is to strengthen and sustain the careers of craft artists across the United States. CERF accomplishes its mission through direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists, including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance.

CERF: Craft Emergency Relief Fund
Actors Fund
Met Council On Jewish Poverty
Legal Survival
Artist Help Network
Musician Recovery Fund
Pen Writers Fund
The Dramatists Guild Fund
The National Music Foundation
The Rhythm & Blues Foundation
Screen Actors Guild Foundation
Society for Singers
The Authors League Fund
Motion Picture & Television Fund
Aid for AIDS
Career Transition for Dancers
Actors Fund of America
Aid to Artisans
American Society of Journalists
Mayer Foundation
NY Times Neediest Cases Fund
Musicians Assistance Program
Will Rogers Memorial Fund


Advertising Industry Emergency Fund

6404 Wilshire Blvd., #1111, Los Angeles, CA  90048; (323) 655-1951,

Emergency and medical aid available for Southern California ad/media employees who have worked in the industry for at least one year and have not been absent for the advertising industry for over a year.

Aid for Aids

8235 Santa Monica Blvd, #200, West Hollywood, CA  90046; (323) 656-1107, x105,

Provides grants for people with HIV who are disabled, cannot work, and have exhausted financial resources.

American Society of Journalists and Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund

1501 Broadway, Suite 302, New York, NY  10036; (212) 997-0947

Assists established freelance non-fiction writers across the country who are unable to work due to advancing age, disability, illness, or extreme circumstances.

Artist Trust

1835 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA  98122; (206) 467-8734, x9,

Supports and encourages Washington artists in all disciplines with financial aid project grants and fellowships.

Authors League Fund

31 East 32nd Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY  10016; (212) 268-1208,

Provides loans for professional writers in emergency situations.

Carnegie Fund for Authors

One Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY  11514

Provides grants for published writers in emergency situations.

Directors Guild Foundation

7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90046; (310) 289-2038,

Provides short-term interest-free loans to DGA members between jobs.

Dramatists Guild Fund

1501 Broadway, New York, NY  10036; (212) 398-9366, x14;

Provides interest-free loans to professional and published playwrights, composers, and lyricists during emergencies.

Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund

1640 Marengo Street, Suite 406, Los Angeles, CA  90033; (888) 994-3863

Provides aid for persons in the theatrical community (exhibition, distribution, and production). Aid excludes alcohol and substance abuse problems.

Pen Writers Fund

568 Broadway, New York, NY  10012; (212) 334-1660

Provides financial assistance to published writers.

Pen Fund for Writers and Editors with AIDS

568 Broadway, New York, NY  10012; (212) 334-1660

Offers emergency funds of up to $1,000 to professional writers, including screenwriters, within six weeks of application.

Poets in Need

Post Office 5411, Berkeley, CA  94705;;

Provides emergency assistance to poets who have an established presence in the literary community as innovators in the field and a substantive body of published work.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical and Legal Fund

1436, Altamont Avenue, PMB 292, Schenectady, NY  12303

Medical fund offers interest-free loans to members facing unexpected medical expenses.  Also makes loans available to authors who must take a writing-related dispute to court.

The Songwriters Guild Foundation

1500 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken, NJ  07087; (201) 867-7603

Emergency assistance for writers and widows.

Will Rogers Memorial Fund

1640 Marengo Street, Suite 406, Los Angeles, CA  90033; (323) 223-7773, x106

Therapeutic and rehabilitative financial aid to individuals employed by or retired from the entertainment industry.

Writers Guild of America West

7000 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA  90048; (323) 782-4568;

Provides loans for members.

Indian Artist Disaster Relief Fund

Tumacacacori, AZ
Provides funds for American Indian artists who have suffered losses through death, long term illness or other tragedy.


New York Artists Equity Association

Interest free loans for health insurance and emergency medical aid to visual artists living in the NY tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) Maximum loan: $2000 People to People Fund – (845) 343-1663 / Must reside in Orange, Ulster, Sullivan or Pike Counties – Helps individuals who are normally self sufficient but are unable to do so when a sudden financial emergency arises.


Artists Health Insurance Resource Center

Provides the art community with the information necessary to make informed choices about individual and small business group health insurance options.