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2021 Disaster Resources for Nashville Artists, Creatives and Arts Organizations

After the tornadoes and storms that tore through Tennessee and surrounding states in the early hours of December 11, 2021, Metro Arts is gathering disaster and recovery resources for Nashville-area artists, creatives and partner organizations.

We will continue to edit and add to this list. If you have a resource to suggest, please email

Above: Resilience, Kimiko Sakai. Part of the Metro Arts Lending Library Collection.

PAR: Performing Arts Readiness

CERF+: Craft Emergency Relief Fund, “The Artists’ Safety Net,”: Emergency Relief Grants

Rauschenberg Foundation Emergency Medical Grants

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Individual Application for Disaster Assistance

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Assistance for Non-Profits After a Disaster

Small Business Administration (SBA) - disaster assistance: low-interest loans for businesses and nonprofits

The Artists’ Fellowship - “The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.”

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation “The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need.” Maximum award is $15,000; the average is $5,000.”

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