Disaster Relief resources


This page allows access to organizations that provide resources, medical aid, financial aid, supplies, and much more to artists and communities who have been affected by a natural disasters in California.

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Government and volunteer organizations

Cal Fire

The California department of forestry and fire protection is an up-to-date informative website on information about wildfires and resources.

federal individual disaster assistance program

Fire management assistance declarations have been made for the woosley, hill, camp fires, creek, klamathon, pawnee, west, holiday, carr, Cranston, Mendocino complex, and holy fires. for up-to-date information and assistance go to their website.

American red cross

General information about disaster services, health and safety services, and emergency preparation can be a great resource for disaster relief.

federal emergency management agency

FEMA explains what sort of assistance they provide, who qualifies, and other services. on their website, they offer application directions, and allows users to check their status of their application.

salvation army

Among the Salvation Army's disaster response and recovery programs are counseling and support programs, financial assistance, shelter provision, and the distribution of water, food, furniture, building materials, sanitary, infant and child care products, medicines, bedding and other items for which an immediate need exists.

Employment development department

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a variety of services to individuals and businesses impacted by disasters in California. These range from assistance for those who may have lost a job due to the disaster, to employers who are forced to shut down operations.

Arts specific

the actors fund

 the actors fund offers a wide variety of opportunities and resources specifically for people in the entertainment industry.

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Assistance Program

This Grant program provides interim financial assistance to qualified printmakers, painters, and sculptors whose needs are a result of an unforeseen natural disaster. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need.

Artists at risk connection

They serve assistance to visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, performance artists, writers, and other individuals who produce significant creative output in any medium.

Jazz foundation of America

they offer Emergency assistance to jazz and blues musicians. Email info@jazzfoundation.org or call (212) 245-3999.

the Joan Mitchell Foundation

The Joan Mitchell Foundation's Emergency Grant Program is available for visual artists who, due to a natural disaster, has suffered a physical trauma that presents as a limitation to their artistic practice


MusiCares provides needed assistance to any music person. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality.

Music Rising

Music Rising is a natural disaster reserve fund for schools that lose musical instruments that cannot be replaced via insurance or FEMA.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Emergency Relief Fund

Deeply concerned for the welfare of artists affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as the California wildfires, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation gives grants to artists who have suffered a deep loss via natural disaster and is in need of assistance.

CERF+ Studio Protector

CERF is a go-to resource for artists impacted by emergencies and has tips, tools and information to help you recover. The Craft Emergency Relief Fund provides $3,000 in financial assistance to artists working in craft disciplines who have suffered a recent, career-threatening emergency. To contact CERF+ directly, email relief@cerfplus.org. 

Actors Equity Association

Actors' Equity provides grants through The Actors Fund to current paid members with earnings of three years. The grants are intended to help with living expenses and are given once per 12-month period.

American Federation Of Musicians: The Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund

The Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund is for disabled musicians who are in need of assistance.

American Guild Of Variety Artists

AGVA members who have completed initiation and paid dues for one year can apply for emergency aid for basic needs or medical expenses.

Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund

this fund serves veterans who are involved with the theatrical life and are in need of basic medical needs and resources.

Layne Staley Fund

The Layne Staley Fund provides support and treatment funds in the Seattle music industry for heroin recovery.

Motown/Universal Music Group Fund

The Fund provides grants for assistance to R&B recording artists formerly affiliated with Universal Music Group and any of its labels to ensure that artists in need have access to financial resources for health, welfare and medical needs.

Music Maker Relief Foundation

People of 55 years or older rooted in the southern musical tradition may apply for a grant for basic life needs and emergency relief

Musicians Foundation

Musicians Foundation helps professional musicians by providing emergency financial assistance in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses. All professional musicians are eligible to apply.

Opry Trust Fund

The opry trust fund gives financial aid to any person that is employed full time in the country music industry.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Sweet Relief provides financial assistance to career musicians who are facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.