COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS AND ART OWNERS
This list was compiled with the help of valuable platforms who are equally passionate about helping artists, art workers, and organizations. We will continue our search for resources and add to this list. We'd like to give special credit and thanks to Creative Capital and The Freelance Artist Resource Producing Collective for being such crucial references in our research. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have some you'd like to share.
In case you find yourself wondering, where do I start? Here is a short guide below. Click the bolded text in each listing to skip to its corresponding section.
Last update: 04/13/2020
Assess your situation -- calculate the economic impact for cancelled work and other financial opportunities.
Browse our list of emergency funding and grants. If you are feeling overwhelmed: start with looking for your discipline or your city.
Share your stories through completing surveys and sharing with publications. Aiding research on the impact of COVID-19 on artists will help you receive the compensation you and others deserve.
If you have the time, check out our compilation of online classes, webinars and write-ups to pick up new tips and tools.
And if you are able, browse our list of fundraisers and ways to help to support those most vulnerable during these uncertain times.
If you didn't find what you were looking for, or you have some questions on applying, feel free to contact us and we'll help you out.
Calculating Economic Impact
Calculating your estimated economic impact is essential in making your case when applying for funding and completing surveys. Here is a quick checklist on things to keep a record of:
Original date of engagement
Client information (email, phone number, location of engagement)
Description of engagement
Date of cancellation or postponement, when it was notified and if applicable, when it was postponed to
Numerical value or forecasted revenue to cancelled or postponed engagement
Expenses incurred as related to the engagement
Keep taxes in mind
If possible, try to keep a record of all communication with the client
Click below to open a Tracking Your Financial Losses template spreadsheet by The Freelance Artist Resource Producing Collective.
Emergency Funding & Grants
Fundings and grants are national unless marked with a specific city or state. All funding and grants are for those in the US.
All Artists and Non-Profit Art Organizations
All Visual Artists
All Performing Artists
Art Organizations (Non-Profit)
Surveys and Publications
Completing surveys are very important in: one, aiding organizations in determining how to best support the needs of artists during this unprecedented time; two, communicating with funders the extent of which certain groups have been impacted, which would support the likelihood of increased funds; and and three, to create an evolving, historical record of the crisis and its repercussions. Furthermore, sharing your story to publications will help advance the voice of those struggling in the art world as a result of COVID-19 to the general public, mainstream media and to its place in history.
Surveys are national unless marked with a specific city or state.
Online Resources and Opportunities
Art Newspaper has gathered information about grants and loans in the US and Europe to help self-employed artists and small businesses in the arts community get through the COVID-19 crisis.
WAGE provides some basic guidelines that can be used by artists and non-profit institutions as we begin to navigate the future of work in the arts field during the pandemic.
This is an evolving map that shows where United States officials have passed, or where tenants are working to pass, emergency tenant protections during the COVID-19 crisis.
The National Endowment for the Arts lists organizations which frequently update news and resources for artists and arts organizations.
Howlround theatre commons and The Freelance Artist Resource Producing Collective hosts an analysis on the impact of COVID-19 on US-based Freelance Artists and advice on how to move forward.
The CAC is committed to sharing opportunities for artists across disciplines. Their calls board features new posts regularly.
With Facebook's Watch Party feature, you can watch tons of videos and shows with members of groups you're in on Facebook. This could be helpful for film-makers or other artists whose screenings had to be cancelled.
Vimeo's live production team offers advice on how schools, event coordinators, marketers, and more are evolving their event strategies to optimise engaging live streaming experiences.
This spreadsheet compiled by Rachel Meade Smith of Words of Mouth includes resources for seeking remote work, starting with a growing list of interdisciplinary remote-friendly employers.
This webinar by the Event Safety Alliance provides some helpful information around planning and crisis management.
This webinar by the Theatre Communications Group provides a holistic take on preparedness for theatres, including, general preparedness strategies, how to forecast budget shifts should productions be cancelled, how to navigate insurance, and more.
Support, Charities, and Fundraisers