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The Colorado Artist Relief Fund is a collaboration between multiple arts organizations and funders working at state, regional, and local levels. The fund will pool private and public funding to be administered through RedLine. Current partners in this developing initiative include Arts & Venues through the IMAGINE 2020 Artist Assistance Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Colorado Creative Industries, and RedLine. Individuals, foundations or organizations will be able to contribute to the Colorado Artist Relief Fund at:  https://www.redlineart.org/colorado-artist-relief-fund.

Foundations or corporations interested in partnering on this initiative should contact  louise.martorano@redlineart.org

The fund will continue to provide grants of up to $1,000 to individual artists who live in Colorado who are experiencing immediate unforeseen emergency needs due to COVID-19, and whose incomes are being adversely affected due to cancellation of events, classes, performances, and other creative work. Grants will be made on a rolling basis. 

Funding will be made available for artists that have ongoing creative endeavors through multiple disciplines including visual, digital, film, music, performing, teaching, etc. This program will prioritize lower-income artists and artists who have no other source of income.

Grants are open to artists who need assistance with basic expenses such as food, rent, medical costs, childcare; or who need additional funding to develop skills, applications, or equipment that will allow them to transition their income-generating practices to online or virtual platforms and practices. These grants can be used for, but are not limited to:

1. Recouping financial losses due to cancelled events:

  • Performances in all performing arts disciplines
  • Work in creative disciplines
  • Readings, panels, and speaking opportunities

2. Reimbursement for travel expenses related to creative work that was paid for by the artist including:

  • Attending conferences and convenings that have been cancelled
  • Artist Residencies
  • Touring

3. Offsetting loss of income for teaching artists who could not teach during this time because of cancelled classes and school closures

4. Offsetting the cost of transitioning in-person income-generating artistic endeavors to virtual or online platforms (eg. the purchase of equipment or software that would allow teaching artists to provide lessons online).


  • Supporting documentation will be required on the application


  • Denver Arts & Venues in partnership with the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs, RedLine and Colorado Creative Industries will review applications on a rolling basis, each week
  • Once an application is received, you will receive notification once your application has been reviewed and processed. 
  • A personal W-9 from the grantee will be required to process payment

    For questions, please contact Louise Martorano, Executive Director, RedLine, louise.martorano@redlineart.org
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