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Greater Cincinnati Artist Relief Fund

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***Many thanks to the generous funders who contributed to this cause. The money collected provided relief to over 30 artists in the Greater Cincinnati area with grants from $100-$500 before unemployment and stimulus became available. Currently, all funds have been exhausted. If you are an artist in need, please read on for information about the Cincinnati Arts Access Fund and how you can apply: "The Cincinnati Arts Access Fund (CAAF), established by the City of Cincinnati and administered by ArtsWave, is still accepting applications! CAAF recipients will receive a grant of $1,000, which can be used to reimburse living expenses or to find new ways to generate income. All artists who live and work in Cincinnati are welcome to apply, from singers and sculptors to spoken word performers. The deadline to apply is this Friday at 5 PM. For more information, please visit” We will continue our fundraising efforts as the need arises. May you be healthy and well.*** As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, we want to create a platform to support local artists and freelance workers who keep our culture and community vibrant and find themselves out of work due to the crisis.

We're a diverse group of low-income artists in Cincinnati raising money to support other artists and freelancers like us who are taking financial hits as a result of closures and lost income from COVID-19.  Our intention is to collectively raise funds to provide emergency and preventative resources to those at financial risk.

In an effort to provide relief during this crisis, we hope to give our artists a chance to recover and to aid in the resilience of our thriving arts culture and to sustain it far beyond this time of need.  Whether it's from cancelled gigs, lost jobs, or a lack of business due to coronavirus scares, we hope to orchestrate an egalitarian approach to crowdsourcing.  The more funding we receive, the more money we can provide to more people.

If you are in need, you can "apply" by filling out this short survey.  Please include all payment and contact info so that we can pay you as quickly as possible.  All information shared remains confidential.

For logistics and transparency:  Ian Timothy Forsgren will withdraw the funds as results from the survey come in and send the funds to the individual artist requesting them (the beneficiary).  Funds will go directly to the artists to counter any lost income incurred as a result of cancelled jobs, gigs, and illnesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the area.

For more resources, please visit this database serving artists and freelancers of various disciplines.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.


  • Naomi Scott
    • $10 
    • 4 yrs


Ian Timothy Forsgren
Cincinnati, OH

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