+Financial Aid, Funding, Loans etc. for freelance artists, individuals, etc.

Independent contractors, freelancers, and gig workers can now also apply to receive Unemployment Insurance through the state because of the expansions made under the CARES Act. Learn more or apply:


Artist Relief Fund webpage this is a $5000 grant towards artists and creative workers - no strings attached. The application is super easy and only takes about 15-20 minutes.

SBA Loans (there are two) that small business owners and independent contractors can apply for. These include the Emergency Disaster Loan or the Paycheck Protection Program. For additional information or to apply:


The Utah Division of Arts & Museums and the Salt Lake City Arts Council have partnered to provide Utah Individual Artist Emergency Funding to support Utah artists who have experience financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Focused on lost income, these one-time relief funds of $500 will be provided to artists for as long as the fund can sustain requests. Funding will be made available for artists practicing in various disciplines including visual, digital, folk/traditional, film, music, performing, literary, craft artists, etc.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 28, at midnight.

More info and the application can be found at https://artsandmuseums.utah.gov/uam-covid-19-emergency-funding/

Please reach out to Kelsey Ellis at kelsey.ellis@slcgov.com or Laurel Cannon Alder at lalder@utah.gov with questions.