Monday, April 27, 2020

New Hampshire Artist Emergency Grants

The New Hampshire Artist Emergency Grant program will provide $500 grants to artists who have lost income due to the loss of jobs or cancellation/modification of specific, scheduled gigs or opportunities (e.g., commissions, performances, contracts, workshops, classes, etc.) because of COVID-19. This program is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Deadline: Sunday, May 3, 2020.  
Applications must be completed by 11:59PM Eastern Time on the deadline date.

Award: $500 

Who May Apply?
 Individual professional New Hampshire artists, 18 years of age or over, who devote a majority of their time to practicing, performing and/or teaching an arts discipline, who can document lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants must also have been New Hampshire residents for at least one full year and still be residents at the time grants are awarded. Due to limited funds, artists may receive only one Artist Emergency Grant.

Who May Not Apply?
  • Organizations or corporations 
  • Current undergraduate or graduate students 
  • Full-time Pre-K-12, college or university faculty are not eligible to apply. (Adjunct and part-time faculty are eligible.)

What Will This Grant Support?  
This grant will assist artists in recouping financial losses due to canceled or modified work/events since Governor Sununu’s declaration of the New Hampshire State of Emergency (Executive Order 2020-04) on March 13, 2020, including:   

  • Performances in all performing arts disciplines
  •  Readings, panels, and speaking opportunities
  • Classes, workshops or teaching artist residencies
  • Festivals, exhibitions or events
  • Non-refundable travel costs for attending conferences, meetings, events or festivals that have been canceled
  • Non-refundable travel costs for artist residencies
  • Non-refundable touring costs
Documentation of the losses, i.e., cancellation/modification notification(dated no earlier than March 13, 2020) is required.

This program does not support:
  • Creation of new work 
  • Equipment purchases
  • Costs associated with producing a music recording (CD or DVD) or the publication of a book
  • Costs for framing artwork
  • Subscriptions and memberships
  • Financial aid/tuition costs to pursue degree-granting opportunities
  • Previously incurred debts or deficits not related to COVID-19
  • Travel costs that exceed current state per diems (please use this tool to calculate travel per diems)
  • The presentation (e.g., exhibit) of artwork in a non-public venue
  • Costs associated with international travel
  • Research projects
  • Retreats
  • Apprenticeships
  • Please refer to the full list of ineligible expenses.

For more information, please visit the Artist Emergency Grants page HERE.

Monday, March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Resources for the Arts Sector

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The State of New Hampshire (NH) has been closely monitoring developments with COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health departments, including the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), are monitoring and continuously updating information.


Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, but only several types are known to commonly cause infections in people, with these common human coronaviruses usually causing mild to moderate respiratory illness. COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. The virus spreads similarly as the flu through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.


Per the CDC and NH DHHS DPHS communications, the current risk of this virus is considered low; guidance provided follows the same precautions and recommendations for avoiding the flu and colds. If you believe that you may have been exposed to Coronavirus, consult with your doctor or health care provider as soon as possible.


There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting sick from viral respiratory infections and to help prevent transmitting infections to others:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or who exhibit flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home from work or school if you have a fever or are not feeling well.
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands that are visibly soiled.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue and throw away used tissues immediately and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently.


Yes. This health concern presents special challenges for the arts sector, especially those hosting mass gatherings, such as performances, festivals, screenings, and the like. The following resources might be helpful:

Finally, as opportunities lessen for us to gather together to share our artforms, we are seeking alternative ways to connect the NH arts community. In that spirit, we encourage you to share your and/or your organization’s work on social media, using the hashtag #ArtsConnectNH. Most NH children will be home from school for the next few weeks, so we’d love to see their visual art, music, dances and plays shared as well. Let’s fill our social media feeds with New Hampshire arts!

Please feel free to reach out to NHSCA with your questions and concerns. We stand ready to help.

Stay well,

Ginnie Lupi, Director
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts