For Artists
Discover the many ways the Arts Commission supports artists in San Francisco.

No matter if you are a painter, dancer, musician, filmmaker or poet, we can help you reach your goals.

Local artist: Paz de la Calzada. Photo by Lydia Gonzales.

If you are interested in exploring other ways of turning your art into a business or forming a business partnership with other artists, the City's Office of Small Business has a wealth of resources (many of them free) to assist small business owners.

We also want to make sure you are aware of other local funding resources available to individual artists.

San Francisco is home to several artist service providers that offer a variety of resources and assistance to help individual artists thrive.


The City and County of San Francisco offers a variety of services designed to provide relief to low income residents struggling to stay in the City. Please refer to our Quick Guide for more information.


We have compiled a list of Bay Area municipal and national funding sources to help you find support for your work. Other funding resources include:

Public/Private Funding

Local Artist Residencies (list not comprehensive)


California Lawyers for the Arts
California Lawyers for the Arts empowers the creative community by providing education, representation and dispute resolution.

California Art Preservation Act
CAPA states that physical alteration or destruction of fine art is detrimental to the artist’ s reputation, and artists therefore have an interest in protecting their works of fine art.

Visual Artists Rights Act
VARA states the artist of a work of visual art has the right to claim authorship of that work. It prevents the use of his or her name as the author of any work of visual art which he or she did not create; prevents the modification of the work, and prevents any destruction of a work without reasonable allotments of time to contact the artist.

What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Executive Committee Meeting

December 18
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Hybrid: 401 Van Ness | Rm 125 and Online
Public Meeting

Visual Arts Committee Meeting

December 16
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 408 and Online
Public Meeting

Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

December 11
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 408 and Online
Public Meeting

Community Investments Committee Meeting

December 09
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online