The task of arriving at a fair approach to distributing a finite fund to an ever-expanding lists of artists in need has been an extremely challenging proposition.

In the last four days, we reviewed 555 applications that were received within the first week of the fund going online.

Of these, 245 applicants were immediately identified as our first round of recipients. The collective need of the 245 recipients totals $680,047.00 and we have $95,000 of our donations in hand.  We are sending out award letters out today, to these 245 artists.

This week we are reviewing the rest of the applications that came through till Sunday, March 29th. IF you applied last week and you do not hear from us today, please know that we will email you with 1) questions OR 2) a note explaining that your request was beyond the scope of this fund and other resources that can serve you better.

We are also working to gather ample resources to fund the next round of requests. But until we do so, the application process is currently paused.

Meanwhile, please DONATE if you are able. Click HERE for more information. 

Subashini Ganesan, Portland Creative Laureate

Kim Stafford, Oregon Poet Laureate



Portland's Creative Laureate, Subashini Ganesan, and Oregon's Poet Laureate, Kim Stafford, have launched this emergency relief fund to meet the growing needs for independent/freelance artists in our tri-county area, in the face of COVID-19. 

Supporting Kim and Suba is a growing consortium of organizations listed below.  They are providing critical IN-KIND administrative, advocacy, and publicity resources to assure that we are meeting the needs of diverse independent artists in our region. ​



IMPT: The first 245 fund recipients have been identified and are being informed of their award. We are working to gather ample financial resources to fund the next round of requests.

Until we do so, the application process is currently paused.  

1. This fund is currently for freelance/independent artists residing in the Portland tri- county area only. The counties are Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington. This fund is not for arts organizations or nonprofits. 

2. This fund aims to assist those who are facing guaranteed lost income in the next 90 days (March 18th - June 10th) due to:- 

A. Cancelling your artistic events (think gallery openings, performances, classes) AND/OR

B. Receiving cancellation notices for scheduled artistic "gigs." 

3. We are aware that there are variations to define the term "freelance/independent artist." So, if don't see your particular situation below and you identify as a freelance/independent artist please apply. Some of the ways we see this term defined:-

A. A practicing artist who tends to not be affiliated a full-time employee with an artistic organization consistently for income.

B. Often, at the end of the year, you have many 1099s because you do many, many gigs. You don’t have access to employee benefits (including unemployment).

We have come to see that Freelance/Independent artists tend to be paid in these ways:

-You are contracted for hourly work that is not consistent year-round (Eg. teaching artist at a school)

-You have paying students for workshops/classes

-You self-produce artistic events and sell tickets

-You get presented by arts venues based on competitive selection and therefore receive a one-time payment for your artistic work.

4. This fund will provide equal opportunity to all qualified individual artists regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion. 

5. Our goal is to make disbursements once a week depending on funds received, starting the week of March 30th.

6. We want to help as many people as possible, this means that we will more than likely be unable to provide the full amount of larger requests. The amount we can provide is based on our donations received and the amount of requests we have.



The first 245 awardees have been identified and are being notified today (March 30th, 2020).

We are currently securing ample resources to fund the next round of requests.

Until we do so, the application process is currently paused.


Donate to the emergency relief fund.




Lead Gift:

Ronni Lacroute

Major Donor

Ellyn Bye


Regional Arts and Culture Council

Kristin Timken

John and Happy Barnes-Light

Musicians Union Local 99

Community Supported Seed Fund:

Beaverton Arts Foundation :: Fernanda D'Agostino :: Yoko Greeney :: Susan Olson

Suzanne Bonamici :: Christine Bourdette :: Cary Clarke :: Juliane Fry :: Mary Haake :: Sabina Haque :: Richard Hollway :: Giyen Kim :: Len and Susan Magazine :: New Expressive Works :: Laura Paul :: Martha & Dave Richards :: Katie Szrom

Nathaniel Allen :: Paul Andrews :: Scott Ray Becker :: Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson :: Richard Clucas :: Marilyn Crilley :: Courtney Dailey :: Krista Garver :: Angela Hult :: Elizabeth LaFrance :: Huynh Le :: Dana Luceron :: Lindsey Mantoan :: Ellen Margolis :: Laurel McLaughlin :: Elise Morris :: Mike Murawski :: Martha Pellegrino :: Karen Springer :: SE Uplift :: Students of Body Home Fat-Centric Dance Classes :: Paul Susi :: Catherine Thompson :: Joanne Wakeland

Howard Aaron :: Carl Abbott :: Mary Abplanalp :: Laura Alexander :: Sarah Allan :: Sarah Ames :: Roya Amirsoleymani :: Linda Anderson :: Lisa Arakelian :: Karen Wippich Art :: Meagan Atiyeh :: Chris Ayzoukian :: Sarah-Luella Baker :: Mike Barber :: Lydia Barclay :: Michael Barrows :: Deepa Barve :: Orna Berkowitz :: Bethany Bick :: Heather Birdsong :: Judy Blankenship :: Orion Bradshaw :: Brooke Bonanomi :: Diana Boss :: Deborah A Bouchette :: Celine Bouly :: Kate Bredeson :: Kathryn Brimm :: Cassidy Brown :: Diana Bustos :: Belly Dance Network :: Karen Cambareri :: Ingrid Carlson :: Casey and Natasha Forrester Campbell :: Ellen Cantwell :: Michael Chambers :: Renee Chauvin :: Harriet Chessman :: Pete Chism :: Jenny Chu :: Hallie Clark :: Alice Corbin :: Linda J Crum :: Kaitlyn Cummings :: Helen Daltoso :: Christine T D’Arcy :: Jennifer Alexis Day :: Tamara Dean :: Therese Debolock :: MaryAnn Deffenbaugh :: Maribel Deleon :: Mizu Desierto :: Jackelen Diaz :: Daniel B. Dickason :: Nancy Doll :: Ann F Dudley :: Steven Duckworth :: Zachary Dundas :: Dalton Dyer :: Teri Edwards :: Alison Ellsworth :: Yaakov Epstein :: Lani Faith :: Ivy Farrell :: Lisa Farwood :: Julie Piper Finley :: Carolyn Flanagan :: Suba and Scott Forbes :: Antoinette Foster :: Jennie Fremont :: Cynthia Fuhrman :: Roland Furrow :: Curtis Frye :: Zahra Garret :: Chad Gearin :: Anne W Gilbert :: Tim Gillespie :: Ian Gillingham :: Margaret Gilmore :: Katherine & John Goff :: Phil Goldsmith :: Kathryn Grantz :: Michael A Griggs :: Ann Griffin :: Jeff Guardalabene :: Julia Hack-Davie :: Barbara Hart :: Deborah Hawkins :: Matthew Haynes ::  Jeff Hawthorne :: Kohel Haver :: Neha Hewitt :: Laura B Hillis :: Kathleen Holt :: Elizabeth Hosokawa :: Alanna Hoyman-Browe :: Beth Hutchins :: The Idea Store LLC :: Jacqueline Kamins :: Whitney Kemper :: Mary Keyser :: Robert Kingdom :: Josephine Kostylo :: Grace Kook-Anderson :: Sara Krajewski :: Adam Kuby :: Katie Kusmaul :: Scott Langen :: Hana Layson :: Kelly L Lenox :: Joan Levers :: Laurel and Gene Leverton :: Christine Lewis :: Richard Lewis :: Michelle LiaBraaten :: Judith Lindley :: Michele Lish :: Jacquelyn Lobelle :: Sitara Lones :: Una Loughran :: Mack McFarland :: Robin McGillveray :: Moriah McGrath :: Mary McHutchison :: Kristina Mast :: Thomas Mazur :: August Miller :: Derek Miller :: Jenifer Mitas :: Larry Moiola :: James Mooney :: Mariangelica Munoz-Tobon :: Kathleen Murney :: Xi Jie Ng :: Shoshanah Oppenheim :: Lisa Orr :: Susan Paradis :: Rebecca Parker :: Trude Parkinson :: Stephanie Parrish :: Joel Pearson :: Julia Peattie :: Performance Works NW :: Julia Perini :: Van Pham :: Stacey Philipps :: Daniel Pollack-Pelzner :: Sandra Polishuk :: Jennifer Porn :: Sara Posada :: Ellen Pullen :: Jennifer Rabin :: Kathryn Rafter :: Wendy Redfern :: Patricia Reed :: Prudence F Roberts :: Laurie Ross :: Donna Ruiz :: Emily Running :: Devani Scheidler :: Cassandra Scholte :: Evan Shales :: Manya Shapiro :: Jeanette Shortley :: Reed Scott-Schwalbach :: simplicity consulting :: Dresden Skees-Gregory :: Carol Smith :: Richard B Solomon & Alyce Flitcraft :: Meredith Speer :: Ezra Spier :: Emily Squires :: Kim Stafford :: Ellen Stearns :: Noelle Stiles :: Cynthia Stowell :: Kim Strelchun :: Dao Strom :: Hope Svenson :: Tom Tiernan :: Jeremiah Tischleder ::  Garima Thakur :: Eileen Threefoot :: Thrive Family Support :: Daniel Viens :: Bridget Volk :: Lisa Volle :: Washougal Festival of Trees ::  Jenna Watanabe :: Benjamin Waterhouse :: Theodore Watler :: Amy and Manuel Watts-Padilla :: Christopher Weathers :: Clare Weber :: Nancy J Pole Wilhite ::  Kernan Willis :: Marissa Wolf :: Geoffrey Wren :: Rose Writing :: Takahiro Yamamoto



IMPT: We are currently reviewing applications that were submitted through Wednesday (March 25th) night. We are aiming to contact recipients by Monday March 30th.