COVID-19 Mutual Aid and Resources

As the new coronavirus continues to spread, we recognize that freelance visual journalists and artists are losing significant income for the immediate future, and that many folks in this position will be facing this shortfall without a financial buffer. Volunteers — mainly other photographers who have the capacity — have offered to donate money to those who need it.

With that in mind, Authority Collective is organizing mutual aid to connect donors with artists and journalists who need it. We can't guarantee any particular amount of funding, but we believe every bit counts when it comes to supporting each other. We will be prioritizing requests from freelance visual creators of color.

If you are in need of funds to pay for things like groceries, rent, childcare, self-care, or anything else, please sign up using this form. Requests will be paired with donors every weekend, and distribution will vary depending on donations pledged at that time.

If you are willing to donate funds to fellow community members, please sign up using this form. Members of Authority Collective will pair you directly with folks requesting aid. There is no set amount required.

If you are interested in donating through purchasing a print, photographers Jared Soares and Justin Cook are both running flash print sales to benefit AC's mutual aid project. More information here:

Jared Soares print sale (ends March 27, 2020)
Justin Cook print sale (ends March 27, 2020)

Additional Financial Support (updated March 30, 2020)

COVID-19 Freelance Artists Resources

Women Photograph Emergency Fund

IWMF Journalism Relief Fund for female-identifying journalists who urgently need assistance to avoid severe, irreversible outcomes

Freelancers Relief Fund from the Freelancers Union (applications open April 2, 2020)

National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities. This fund will place particular emphasis on delivering news to underserved populations (ongoing deadline)

Rory Peck Trust COVID-19 Hardship Fund for freelance journalists

Women's Center for Creative Work's COVID-19 Emergency Health Grant for Artists (first application deadline is April 1, following weekly deadlines are Fridays weekly)

PhotoShelter Coronavirus Resources for Photographers (funding + wellness)

KQED's List of Emergency Funds for Freelancers

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) [ongoing deadline]

Creative Capital Resource list

NYC Small Business Financial Assistance

Lenfest Institute for Journalism: grants to support coronavirus coverage

Seed Grants for grassroots groups responding to local needs and building resilience in their community in response to the COVID19 pandemic and associated events [ongoing deadline]

NY Foundation for the Arts Emergency Grants list

Format's Photographer Fund [ongoing deadline]

Freelance Co-op Emergency Fund

The Creator Fund [tapped out as of March 26]

Public Statements + Community Calls to Action

Juntos Photo Co-op's open letter on safety for freelancers covering COVID-19

Science For The People's Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Care in the time of Coronavirus: A collaborative zine from the Asian American Feminist Collective + Bluestockings NYC

Resources + Reading

The Everyday Project's COVID-19 Guide for Visual Journalists (but also wear a basic mask when you're reporting)

NPPA's Guidance on Working Safely

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma's series of online conversations about the challenges of reporting amid the coronavirus pandemic

The Creative Independent: A growing resource of emotional and practical guidance for creative people, published by Kickstarter — a lot of great reads/zines on living a creative life

Resources for Restaurants and Workers coping with the COVID-19 Emergency

NYC Survey of lost income for workers, performers, contractors & businesses from COVID-19-related closures and event cancellations

Freelancers affected by COVID restrictions distribution of wealth database

While At Home, a resource hub for anyone impacted by COVID-19

Field of Vision's virtual mentorship + consultation service for documentary filmmakers [through May 1]

For folks with kids

COVID-19 Educational Resource

Poynter on working from home with kids

Wendy McNaughton’s 10am Drawing Lessons (great for parents with kids at home)

CBC's Article on Indigenous Educators Volunteering to Teach Online Lessons for K-8 Kids

Shapiro School: Ari Shapiro's YouTube series for kids

For self-care + community

BUFU x China Residencies CLOUD: Collective Love On Ur Desktop Festival - free online programs

Denizen: list of proactive things to do when business is slow by the talented Haruka Sakaguchi

The Social Distancing Festival: an online artists community to celebrate and showcase the work of artists around the world who have been affected by the spread of coronavirus

Two-Week Meal Plan from Chicago Improv Performer Nina Slesinger

Headspace COVID resources for meditation + anxiety

Trans Lifeline, a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources

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