Artist Emergency Relief Fund

Inspired by our friends at Springboard for the Arts in Minneapolis, New City Arts and The Bridge are together launching an Emergency Relief Fund for Charlottesville-area artists, seed funded by The FUNd at CACF and program support from each organization.

In the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, artists as independent workers and creative people engaged in travel and exchange may be especially affected. This Fund supports Charlottesville-area artists who have lost income due to the cancellation of specific, scheduled gigs or opportunities (commissions, performances, contracts, other jobs/loss of income) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. 

  • Artists can request up to $300 to compensate for scheduled work that was scheduled and lost.
  • Artists are eligible to apply for loss of income regardless of whether the income was from art or other jobs.
  • Artists must live in the Charlottesville area including the city of Charlottesville or the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, or Nelson.

Update: June 16, 2020

As of this week, we have over $51,000 committed and have supported over 145 Charlottesville-area artists. 92 donors including The FUNd at CACF, The Bridge, New City Arts, The Seven Society, the photographers and participants of Cville Porch Portraits, and individuals have given generously to make this possible (see below for acknowledgements).

We continue to receive applications to the Fund and will continue to disburse funds as we are able. 

You can meet some of the recipients here.


Expanding the Pool of Funds

If you would like to donate to expand the pool, you can:

  • Give here and designate “Emergency Relief Fund for Artists” in the memo line.
  • If you would like to contribute to the Emergency Relief Fund for Artists through bank draft or check, please contact Maureen at maureen [at]

Neither The Bridge nor New City Arts are keeping a percentage for administrative costs; all funds will be given to artists in need.

THANK YOU to our Charlottesville Emergency Relief Fund for Artists Donors!

  • Alexi Garrett
  • Andrew and Chloe Alwood
  • Anonymous x 41
  • Bernard D. Beitman, MD
  • Billy Hunt
  • Bobbi Dunn
  • The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative
  • Christine and Hunter Hollins
  • Christopher Michel
  • Cville Porchraits(ongoing) 50% of the proceeds from this project benefit the Charlottesville Emergency Relief Fund for Artists
  • Dianna and Chris Poe
  • Dhara Goradia
  • Eileen French
  • Ellen Contini-Morava
  • Ellie and Richard Wilson
  • Elyse and Graham Everett
  • FarAway (Brian Franke & Sara Davenport)
  • Gregory Weavor
  • Hildy Simmons
  • Jordan Taylor
  • Kara and Chris Burke
  • Kevin Quirk & Krista Weih
  • Kim Beard
  • Kittie Cooper
  • Kristin Jensen
  • Landry Major
  • Lisa M. Draine
  • Maggie van Ekeren
  • Mairin and Justin Smith
  • Marida Binsted
  • Matthew McLendon
  • Megan Donovan
  • Michael Brittingham
  • Michael Goetz
  • Michael Hennigar
  • Mike Henrietta
  • Rebecca Muller Music, LLC
  • Robert and Joan Forrest
  • Robert Fudge and Steven Kretzmann
  • Roy Cadoff & Debbie White
  • Saphira M. Baker
  • Susan Fleischmann
  • The Front Porch
  • The FUNd at CACF
  • The Seven Society
  • The Susen Family
  • Tom and Ann West
  • Turtle Zwadlo
  • Warren Craghead
  • Will and Mittie Harvey