Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund
Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund

Theatre Bay Area, in partnership with Dancers’ Group and InterMusic SF, launched the COVID-19: Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund on March 20, 2020 as a resource for performing arts workers who are facing a loss of income due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

  • The relief fund has raised over $358,453
  • Distributed $325,750 to 438 performing arts workers in the Bay Area

TBA is  grateful to have been able to provide some amount of relief to these grantees with the help of more than 493 individual donors and funders, but the immense need remains.

  • 302 applications remain on the waitlist to be funded
  • Approximately 15 new applications are submitted every week
arts workers need your support
During this first phase of the Relief Fund, our goal is to raise $500,000 by June 2020 in order to fund applications both on the waitlist and newly submitted applications. No donation is too small, and every bit of support will make an impact on the arts workers in our Bay Area community.



With the closure of arts venues and cancellation of shows, and with shelter-in-place orders due to COVID-19, workers in the performing arts have lost untold amounts of expected income. Many are losing secondary income (teaching jobs, restaurant/bar jobs, gig work) as well. Most of these artists were already living very close to the margin in our high-cost-of-living area, and have no emergency funds to fall back on. We want to make sure our Bay Area arts workers have the immediate relief they need to survive this crisis.

If you would like to join the artists and performing arts supporters who have made tax-deductible donations to the Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund, please click here to donate online or contact development officer Shannon Davis at Due to the current shelter-in-place orders, limited staff is in the physical office once a week to collect mail. Please send checks to Theatre Bay Area, 1119 Market St. 2nd Floor, San Francisco CA 94103.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and be well.

Unable to donate at this time? Lend support by spreading the word!

  1. DOWNLOAD the Marketing Toolkit for the Relief Fund
  2. POST to your social media and EBLAST your fellow arts workers and arts supporters

Want more information on the Relief Fund?

  • DOWNLOAD the Relief Fund one-sheet (coming soon!)
  • READ the full guidelines and information for the Relief Fund

Thank you to our generous donors!

See the full list of individual donors and institutional funders.

Partnering with the relief fund is a fantastic way to give back to our severely impacted performing arts community. Whether you are part of a non-arts-related business interested in donating a portion of your proceeds, a teacher interested in giving a percentage of your weekly classes, or an artist looking to support other artists through a live streamed show, we would love to partner with you! No donation is too small, and every bit of support will make an impact on the arts workers in our Bay Area community. 

If you are interested in partnering with the Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund, please contact Shannon Davis, development officer, at

Giving Saturday at ShadowOfaDancer

Theatre Bay Area is thrilled to partner with ShadowOfaDancer, the performing art and instruction service offered by Jessica Woodman. She has generously agreed to donate 10% of the proceeds from her "Giving Saturday" classes of  GYROKINESIS® Online:Flow to the Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund. You can register for a "Giving Saturday" class here.

Q: Who is eligible to apply to t he Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund?

“Performing arts workers” includes all aspects of the performing arts including actors, administrators, box office/event staff, carpenters, dancers, designers, directors, dramaturgs, musicians, playwrights, production staff, singers, teaching artists, technicians, etc.

Any resident of the San Francisco Bay Area who has worked professionally or vocationally in local performing arts, who has been an active participant in the arts community (those whose life’s work is the performing arts, regardless of the income derived from work in the performing arts) and has experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19  because of:

  • Cancelled performance/s
  • Loss of performing arts work
  • Loss of supplemental income/job

Q: How do I apply for the Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund?

Please know that all applications are important to us, and please keep in mind that the total number of grants given each week is entirely dependent upon the funds raised each week. Applications are funded in order of priority of need and availability of funds.

Panels are held to review applications on an ongoing basis, after approximately 50 new applications are submitted. Notifications of your application status will be sent to all applicants every Friday evening. At that time, you will be notified that you have received funding; that your application is waiting to be reviewed; or that your application is on the waitlist and will be reviewed the next week. The total number of grants given each week will be dependent upon the funds raised.


Learn more about applying from TBA's membership and events associate Mikah Johnson

Guidelines & Grant Information for the Relief Fund

Kim Cohan
Programs Manager

$50,000 and Up

Margaret Haas Family Fund
$30,000 to $49,999

Matthew Cohen
$10,000 to $29,999

Walter & Elise Haas Fund
Wendy vandenHeuval
$5,000 to $9,999

Kathy King & Gerald Cahill
David Cohan & Sharon Jacobs
$1,000 to $4,999

Anonymous Donor
Katherine Bukstein
Kathy Roberts & Aaron Loeb
John & Rose Henderson
Brady Lea
Anonymous Donor
John Warren & Ashley Boyd
John & Wynne Dobyns
Russell Nelson
Richard Merrill
$500 to $999
Christine P Macomber
Anne Hambly
Jessica Bird Beza
Pamela MacKinnon
Nancy Quinn
Anonymous Donor
Joe Mader
Erin Mei-Ling Stuart
Steve & Victoria Zatkin
Robina Riccitiello
Shannon Davis & Joshua Zatkin-Steres
Beverley Franklin Fund
Colleen McCarthy & Michael Economy
Russell Bartoli
Elizabeth Wright
Jill Matichak
Alger Ciabattoni
Ellen Geringer
Kim Williams
Gail Hillebrand
Julie Montanari & Dave Pearson
Kent Scott
Muriel Kaplan
$250 to $499

Luba Markoff
Emily Bold
Karl Pri bram
Harvey Wainapel
Saundra Lewis
Edward Miner
Cleavon Smith
Debbie Chinn
Cynthia Francis
Don Hoffman
Kristina Omari
Nancy B Ranney
Susan West
Jake Saper
Jerry Metzker
Rasika Kumar
Lisa Wymore
Charles Casey
Cory Combs
$100 to $249
Julia Peppard
Tina Rutsch
Allyce Kimerling
Jennifer Halsing
Annamarie Macleod
Karin Lea
Lauren Gunderson
Sheila Balter
Cathy Stonie
Carrie Blanding
Barbara Petterson
Gail MacGowan
Sofia Ahmad
Kristen Matia
Brad Erickson
Derek Kingley
Patricia Milton
Barbara Scrafford
Jaron Vesely
Deborah Black
Kevin Smokler
Michael Sterling
Michelle Mulholland
Ann Hopkins
Amy Potozkin
Christen Sottolano
Suzie Shepherd
Brian Thorstenson
Kimberly Hill
Rebecca Novick
Monica Howard
Kevin Hickey
May Allam
Freida de Lackner
Abigail Schrock
Mary Vogt
Thomas Owen
Chrisann Brennan
George Doeltz
Fawn Fitter
Paul Heller
Lynette Pang
Ken Caldeira
Ted Russell
Velina Brown
Darlene Popvic
Jack Nicolaus
Lauren Berman
Aliza Schnayer
Janet Berckefeldt
Michael Hays
Peter Whitehead
Robin Ball
Margery Eriksson
Patricia Reedy
Jan Lecklikner
Dexter Lowry
Sophia Naylor
Pete Shoemaker
Kevin Jimm
Dave Schweisguth
Charlotte Brockman
Michael Katz
Vivienne Hsu
Ellen Siegelman
Katherine Mills
TehShan Lee
Walter Leatherman
Janice Sager
Lily Yang
Anne Hallinan
$1 to $99
Gary Stanford
Everett Jacobs
Randy Girer
April Durrett
Jason Lai
Jessica Richards
Cecilia Espadas
Len Nathan
Alona Bach
Andy Chan Donald
Dale Albright
Leslie Dean
Tilda Kapuya
Nicole Lumetta
Deborah Adabachi
Leigh Henderson
Craig Raphael
Jane Lea
Margaret Robbins
John Levin
Vonn Bair
Molly Stewart-Cohn
Eowyn Mader
Kimberly Knowles
Elizabeth Marxen
Leah Tarlen
Robert Weiner & Karen Rhodes
Margaret Wu
Daniel Jewett
Joseph Stillwell
Richard Zevin
Anne Simons
Michael Mize
Elizabeth Carpenter
Philip Carberry
Bryan Pangilinan
Michelle Honchariw
Kris Vecere
Elizabeth Vega
Kathleen Gaines
Martin Rokeach
Joel Schaffer
Carla Lucero
Katherine Goldman
Myra Chachkin
William Cosgriff
Torange Yeghiazarian
Ruth Levin
Elizabeth Appell
Naomi Fa-Kaji
Noel Escobar
Robin Cavagnolo
Kevin Singer
Christian Schwarz
Christopher Fitzsimmons
Kate Robinson
Claudia Haas
Mario Moreno
Dan Herron
Jenn Poret
Julia Jackson
Gail Rubman
Nico Crisafulli
Hanna Schultheis-Gerry