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COVID-19 Related Resources for the Arts and Culture Field

COVID-19 Related Resources for the Arts and Culture Field

Author: William Johnson

April 2, 2020

The resource team at Americans for the Arts have compiled this expansive list of COVID-19 related resources for the arts and culture field.

Relief Funds and Financial Assistance

·   The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant is for painters, printmakers and sculptors

·   Actors Fund emergency financial assistance program helps eligible applicants in need. It is not income replacement, but limited funds for basic living necessities. The Actors Fund is also administering COVID19 Assistance programs for performing arts and entertainment unions including SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Actors Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists and Musicians Local 802.  Additionally, The Fund is administering the Jujamcyn Theatre Assistance Program

·   Arts Administrators of Color Network launched a relief fund to support BIPOC artists and administrators.

·   ArtsFund created the COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund for arts organizations.

·  Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19

·   Artwork Archives has compiled a list of emergency grants for artists.

·   Boston establishes an artist relief fund.

·   Dramatists Guild Foundation launches relief fund supporting individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and book writers.

·   East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for individuals in the Arts is for artists, teaching artists, culture bearers, and nonprofit arts workers who need financial help as a result of this federally recognized qualified disaster.

·   EqualSound launches relief fund supporting musicians who have lost gigs due to the pandemic.

·   Foundation for Contemporary Arts has a relief fund for artists who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.

·   Freelance Resources from the Freelance Artist Resource Producing Collective.

·   Frederick Arts Council (Maryland) launched a GoFundMe campaign for relief funding.

·   Greater Columbus Arts Council (Columbus, OH) announced a relief grant for artists.

·   Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (Pennsylvania) launches a relief fund for artists in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, Lawrence, Indiana, Greene, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.

·   Ijeoma Oluo has started a GoFundMe campaign to support artists in Seattle affected.

·   LGBTQ Funding Resources from LGBTQ Funders

·   Max’s Kansas City Project has emergency grants for New Yorkers in the creative arts

·   Mellon Foundation Joins Consortium Supporting Small and Mid-size Arts Organizations through $75-million NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund

·   Michigan Music Alliance’s Michigan Artist Relief Fund (in collaboration with Walk the Beat–a music nonprofit regularly raising funds to get musical instruments in kids’ hands)

·   MusiCares launched a relief fund to cover things such as lost income due to cancellations

·   Musicians Foundation is accepting aid applications.

·   NC Artist Fund Relief Fund: a collaboration between Artspace, PineCone, United Arts Council and VAE Raleigh

·   New York Foundation on the Arts launches relief fund resource page for several disciplines and geographic focus.

·   Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund (Portland, OR) organized by Portland’s Creative Laureate, Subashini Ganesan, and Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Kim Stafford.

·   Rauschenberg announced an Medical Emergency grant program for artists.

·   San Francisco Foundation (San Francisco, CA) released emergency fund for organizations.

·   Spokane Arts launched a relief fund for individual artists

·   Springboard for the Arts has several resources and relief funds.

·   Theatre Bay Area has set up the COVID-19 Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund.

·   WomenArts has a fund roundup on their website

Helpful articles

·   NPR story featuring Robert Lynch on the economic impact of the pandemic.

·   ArtNews reports that New York small art galleries and NPOs could be eligible for emergency funds.

·   Vulture article sharing some thing arts organizations can do to mitigate the disaster.

·   Seattle Times article reports $1.1M and rent relief to support arts organizations.

·   Variety article on how unions and studios are dealing with the shutdowns.

·   Billboard resource page on national and state by state funds to support artists.

·   Audio Assemble blog on short-term and long-term strategies for musicians dealing with income loss.

·   BroadwayWorld reports Met Opera off all union employees including musicians and chorus.

·   NPR reports Bandcamp Will Forfeit Its Share Of Sales Friday, Urges Direct Support Of Musicians

·   NY Times reports Straining From Shutdowns, Theaters Ask Playwrights to Return Payments

·   Live for Live Music reports on The True Impact Of COVID-19 On The Music Industry

Resources and Information

This is a small collection of the most relevant webinars available:

·   Recording available: Arts and Culture Sector and the Coronavirus: What we know and how to move forward? hosted by Americans for the Arts. 

·   Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak hosted by the Event Safety Alliance

·   Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres hosted by Theater Communications Group

·   Community Conversation on COVID19 hosted by the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

·   This event was produced by the Association of Teaching Artists, Teaching Artists Guild, Creative Generation, National Guild for Community Arts Education, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, and Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic.

·   Nonprofit HR and Independent Sector town hall recording with downloadable resources

·   Artist Office Hours is an opportunity for artists to gather virtually and talk, mourn, laugh and share music. The event takes place each day at 5pm PST. Download the meeting invite.

·   Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic hosted by Howlround Theatre Commons offers resources and inspiration to freelance artists.

·   Financial Strategies for Freelance Artists in a Time of Crisis hosted by HowlRound will livestream on Thursday, March 26 at 11a PDT/1p CDT/2p EDT

Service Organization Resource Pages


·   National Endowment for the Arts assembled a resource page and informative FAQ document.

·   NASAA published a resource page for State Arts Agencies.

·   APAP published a resource listing.

·   CERF+ published an update and resource listing geared for craft artists.

·   ArtsReady has great tools and resources to share.

·   Artist Thrive assembled a listing of helpful resources for artists.

·   Creative Capital artist resource page

· launched resources for rural civic leaders

·   The Conference Board has resources for the C-Suite with a 360° view of implications for business and insights on what’s ahead related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.


·   Maryland State Arts Council business resource page

·   Minnesota Theatre Alliance published a resource page.

·   Arizona Commission on the Arts resource page for Arizona artists and arts sector

·   South Carolina Office of Rural Health post touching on rural resources

·   CultureSource (Southeast Michigan) is updating their resource page regularly with information.


·   ArtsFairfax (Virginia) has a resource page

·   Arts and Science Council (Charlotte, NC) resource and response to Coronavirus


·   Arts Council of Indianapolis resource page is available

·   Houston Arts Alliance resoure page is available

·   RichmondCultureWorks (Virginia) has a resource page


·   Kickstarter published a page with resources for artists.

. A COVID-19 Arts Toolkit from the Vera List Center for Arts and Politics.

·   Wired Impact has assembled a extensive page with NPO resources. It has a rich variety of information and tools that cover topics including information about human resource management, fundraising, communications, event planning and more.

Digital Support:

·   Lemonly shares tools and tips for remote work (1:11 into the video)

·   Howlround has published a helpful blog with examples and resources.

·   CMX published a blog with guidance for digital events and event cancellation.

·   Medium article on accessibility and remote meetings.

Articles about Virtual Experiences Taking Place

·   Alley Theatre will stream their production of 1984 for ticketholders using password protected access.

·   BroadwayWorld article on the Met Opera offering nightly live streams

·   Seattle Symphony announces free video broadcasts and livestreams.

Fight the Stigma, be Kind to Each Other and Remember to Wash your Hands.

·   LA Times article decrying anti-Asian bigotry and misinformation amid the outbreak. (paywall present)

·   Fakequity released a blog focused on who needs extra attention right now.

·   The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention released a blog about mental health care.

·   LA Times article cites instances of Asian American bias and misinformation. (paywall present)

·   King County published a group of helpful anti-stigma resources

·   Medium article on recognizing your privilege during the outbreak.

·   The Atlantic article on tips for social distancing.

Creative Outlets

·   Dublin Art League (Ohio) launched a weekly “Coronavirus Art Challenge”

·   Are you a freelance artist? A great crowd sourced resource list is available

·   US Department of Arts and Culture‘s Community Care in the Time of Coronavirus resource page

·   Fresh Arts is hosting a series of Facebook Live Streams made for creative entrepreneurs on surviving this pandemic.

·   Art with Heart created a landing page with activities that would be helpful for children stuck at home, or who are impacted by the virus emotionally

·   Download free coloring books from 113 museums.

·   StayAtHomeFest features a calendar for online music events.

Updated on 5/18/2020

This list is updated weekly; check this link for a daily update.

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About: William Johnson

William Johnson is the Deputy Director of Lambda Literary.

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