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Artists take risks for all of us. Explore a global network that’s ready to help.

I am at risk

I am at risk

UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19: Please note that the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) is not a grantmaking program and is unable to assist artists financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, because we recognize the growing effect that the pandemic is having on artists, we have compiled a growing list of resources for artists affected by COVID-19 and hope that you may find assistance there. Please refer to the "Stories" page to find the list. If you are an artist or cultural practitioner otherwise at risk because of your creative practice, please follow the directions below to contact us.

Please fill out the form to get in touch with us. Submissions are encrypted and ARC understands that your communications are confidential. ARC does not provide direct services, but we will do our best to refer you to organizations that do. You can also find help by exploring our network of resources.

Your message is end-to-end encrypted and will be marked as urgent. You have the option to write this message in Arabic, English, French, Mandarin, Russian or Spanish. Expect a reply within 72 hours.

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PEN’s protection work includes research & advice, direct assistance to writers at risk, solidarity actions, international campaigns & advocacy. In partnership with other organizations, PEN can provide small emergency grants & support asylum requests.


PEN International promotes literature and freedom of expression and is governed by the PEN Charter and the principles it embodies: unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations. Our campaigns, events, and programs connect writers and readers, strengthen freedom of expression, defend linguistic rights, and promote quality education at the national, regional, and international level across the globe. In 2014, PEN International’s WiPC team documented over 900 cases of attacks, killings, arrests, and imprisonments of writers across the globe, running targeted international campaigns for persecuted writers and promoting the right to free expression.

Last updated Sep 12, 2019
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