Department of Cultural Affairs Grants


Arts Emergency Relief Fund, Round Three for Artists and Small Ensembles



Due to restrictions resulting from the onset of COVID-19, a number of planned arts projects were abruptly cancelled. The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), The Durfee Foundation and Community Partners aim to provide relief to LA-based performing artists who were financially affected by this disruption. The Department is making available an emergency relief grant to performing artists and small ensembles in dance, music, and theater who planned performances, shows, or concerts within the City of Los Angeles and open to the general public that had to be later canceled due to COVID-19. For more information, please visit

Through an expansion of the eligibility requirements, and through a generous $20,000 donation from the Durfee Foundation, Round Three of this emergency grant relief opportunity enables artists who are residents of Los Angeles to recoup lost funds from canceled events that were to take place not only within the City of Los Angeles, but also within the County of Los Angeles.

“We are pleased to partner with the Department of Cultural Affairs to provide relief to artists who have lost income during this period of crisis. We believe that art and artists are essential to our collective ability to process grief, loss, joy, and hope — the cornerstones of our humanity,” said Claire Peeps, Executive Director of the Durfee Foundation.

“We are grateful for the support from the Durfee Foundation and for our continued collaboration with Community Partners, and we remain steadfast in our efforts to provide economic relief to these Los Angeles entrepreneurs to minimize the impact of COVID-19,” said Danielle Brazell, DCA General Manager.

Funding in Round Three expands eligibility to artists who reside in the City of Los Angeles and have canceled events that were to have taken place anywhere throughout the County of Los Angeles.


This third round of emergency relief grant support is open for artists and small ensembles with scheduled programming that were:

a) To take place between March 16 and August 2 within the City of Los Angeles or County of Los Angeles;
b) Open to the general public;
c) Canceled due to COVID-19;
d) May be described as falling within any of the following categories:
Category 1: Solo artists or 2 to 4-member ensemble groups in dance, music, or theater with canceled public presentations.
Category 2: Independent small-budget (under $300,000) filmmakers and videographers with canceled public screenings.
Category 3: Creative writers or spoken-word artists with canceled public readings or book-signings.
Category 4: Solo craft artists or 2 to 4-member ensemble folk groups with canceled public presentations.
Category 5: Teaching artists in any art form with canceled group classes or workshop series. In this category, workshops must have been open to the general public (and workshops inside a school setting for tuition-paying-students are not eligible). Applications in this category may be ranked according to the price and capacity of the canceled enrollment.
Category 6: Design or visual artists with a canceled public exhibition in any type of museum, gallery, showroom, coffee house, or public business location.
Given the modest amount of funds, artists who were scheduled to teach private solo or group lessons, or perform at private functions for invite-only audiences are not eligible. In addition, artists who were to perform pieces within a festival may be eligible if marketing materials display their names. AER funds are prioritized for solo acts and 2- to 4-member groups who were to headline an entire event.


Please contact the DCA Grants Staff via email at with questions.

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