Taking action to support American arts & culture.
Trivia Relief distributes funding to established non-profit cultural institutions and, through them, to individual artists across a broad creative spectrum. This includes writers, poets, dramatists, visual artists in a variety of media, musicians, actors, dancers and other performing artists.
Summaries of each of our principal beneficiaries are found below. We encourage you to use the links provided to learn more about each of these outstanding organizations.
Founded in 1882, The Actors Fund is a national human services organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the entertainment community. The fund serves thousands of individuals every year, not only actors, but all professionals in film, theatre, television, music and dance. Services include emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care, senior care and more.
Formed by several mid-sized national arts grantmakers in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Artist Relief provides $5,000 grants to practicing artists facing dire financial need. The fund serves artists in a comprehensive array of disciplines, with coalition partners including the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation and United States Artists.
Authors League Fund
Since 1917, the Authors League Fund has helped professional authors, journalists, poets and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.
As part of its commitment to theatre professionals throughout their careers, Dramatists Guild Foundation provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.
For over thirty years, the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) has been keeping jazz, blues, roots, and R&B alive by helping the musicians who have played with everyone from Duke Ellington to the Rolling Stones. JFA provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care and emergency financial support to more than 8,000 musicians annually across the country.
MusiCares is a charity established by the Recording Academy to provide critical assistance to music professionals facing a wide range of financial, personal and medical emergencies. Over the past thirty years, MusiCares has disbursed more than $60 million to those in need.
PEN America Writers’
Founded in 1922, PEN America works to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to access the views, ideas and literature of others. The Writers’ Emergency Fund provides grants of between $500 and $1,000 to members of the literary community who are unable to meet an acute financial need.
Keeping the cultural dialogue going.
In addition to the major national organizations and relief efforts described above, we dedicate a portion of our distributions to entities of cultural importance in geographic areas especially impacted by coronavirus, notably New York, and/or organizations that we believe have an especially vital role to play in supporting cultural dialogue in this crisis. These organizations include Dance/NYC, Poets House, the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Words Without Borders, and Music Maker Relief Foundation.