Resources for Artists and Organizations Navigating COVID-19

The Small Business Association (SBA) is administering the SOS Act (Save Our Stages) AKA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program supporting eligible live venue operators, producers, promoters, or talent representatives to address the economic effects of the pandemic on certain live venues. Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million.

WEBINAR: Coping with Covid: Strategies for Mid-Atlantic Artists
*Takes you to MAAF’s You Tube channel.
Click on the three dots next to “SAVE” below the video to open the closed captioning transcript.

This webinar, featuring Elaine Luttrull of Minerva Financial Arts, walked artists and gig workers in the region through some of the resources and opportunities available during this challenging time. The webinar highlighted unemployment assistance in states and territories served by MAAF, emergency assistance opportunities provided by regional partners and the Small Business Administration (SBA), and reviewed financial planning tips for individuals to use as they navigate this crisis. The webinar is also available as PowerPoint slides here.

Individual artists and gig workers, please check in with your state’s unemployment bureau on available benefit programs.

State Partner and Regional Resources
Artists and organizations in DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, USVI, VA, and WV can find links to their state/territory/jurisdiction agency resources below. Those in states outside of the mid-Atlantic region, should check in with their state agency or the Regional Arts Agency that serves their area below.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has posted information and links to resources for artists and organizations in the District and DMV area.

The Delaware Division of the Arts has a list of resources specific to the state along with national grant opportunities and technical assistance.

The Maryland State Arts Council has posted resources specific to MD organizations, artists, and businesses as well as links to national resources.

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts is sending a weekly newsletter and posting resources to their website.

The New York State Council on the Arts has a resource list for NY-based artists and organizations that includes funding as well as preparedness, legal, and other technical support. Many of the resources are national as well.

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts provides resource links for artists, organizations, creative entrepreneurs, arts workers, and arts administrators.

The Virgin Islands Council on the Arts posts opportunities and grant information to their home page.

The Virginia Commission on the Arts has put together a great list of resources for VA artists and organizations. The list also includes national resources and resources for audiences.

The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History has information for grantees and applicants, as well as a resource list, on the arts home page.

Our Sister Regional Arts Organizations also have great resources available both regionally and nationally.

Arts Midwest (IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, ND, OH, SD, WI)
Mid-America Arts Alliance (AR, KS, MO, NE, OK, TX)
New England Foundation for the Arts (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
South Arts (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN)

Virtual Events and Online Tools

The Alliance of Performing Arts Conferences has posted a webinar on “The Legal Landscape of Live Streaming.”

ArtsWA, in partnership with Oregon Arts Commission and the Idaho Commission on the Arts, hosted a webinar on Creative Borrowing for Your COVID 19 Comeback. The webinar provides information about how nonprofit organizations can use fully secured borrowing to help them through a financial crisis.

Ensuring Virtual Events Are Accessible for All, a toolkit created by RespectAbility, includes steps to take before, during and after an event to ensure it is as accessible as possible for all people. Many of the tips do not cost any money to implement.

Looking Glass Creative has pulled together a great list of online tools and resources for hosting online events. The list allows you to compare features and pricing and includes links to products and demos.

The National Endowment for the Arts Office of Accessibility has a number of resources to help ensure accessibility of your virtual events for people with disabilities.

The Peale Center has put together a webinar about making online events accessible.

Reopening Resources

Baker Donelson prepared COVID-19: Important Considerations for Companies Returning to Work to highlight categories of key considerations for companies developing and implementing back-to-work strategies.

The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide is a collective work by event industry professionals to help with planning to reopen during COVID-19 pandemic.

JLL has a number of online resources for reopening including informational guides and checklists.

The National Endowment for the the Arts has published several documents, including: The Art of Reopening: A Guide to Current Practices Among Arts Organizations During COVID-19, The Road Forward: Best Practices Tip Sheet for Arts Organizations Re-engaging with Audiences or Visitors, and Reopening 101 with tips for moving forward.

Service Organizations and Other Resources

The American Alliance of Museums has compiled a guide to help museums prepare internally and externally for outbreaks in their communities.

The American Folklore Society has a list of resources for folklorists and other working in the traditional arts field.

Americans for the Arts is posting info on COVID-19 on their home page as well as asking arts organizations and creatives to provide data and stories for an impact survey.

Artist Relief is a coalition of national arts grantmakers that have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.

ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, is adding updates daily. ArtsReady and the Performing Arts Readiness project have released the Pocket Response Resource (“PRR”). The PRR is a document which prompts organizations to collect critical contact information on one side, and critical action steps such as evacuation, crisis communications, situational assessment, and prioritizing assets to be protected or salvaged on the other. It neatly folds down into a credit card-sized document piece for all staff, crew and volunteers to carry on their person – or have available to view on a device – so they have immediate access to information they’ll need in the first minutes and hours of any type of emergency. Download the PRR and Instructions, and see a schedule of free webinars, at and

The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) has pulled together resources to help you and your team prepare for and respond to the potential impact of the Coronavirus.

Billboard has a state-by-state listing of resources for professional musicians.

The Center for Folklore Studies at The Ohio State University has put together a list of resources for folklorists nationwide.

CERF+ has a list of emergency funding, resources, and webinars for those working in the craft field.  

This COVID-19 & Freelance Artists list contains general resources, advocacy links, and a growing list of funding opportunities.  

Creative Capital has a comprehensive list for artists working in all disciplines, organizations trying to steady the boat, and anyone working to create the new normal.

DC’s Capital Bop has posted a list of resources for DC jazz artists and audiences.

Dance/USA has a comprehensive list of information and resources regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the dance field.

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland is offering pro bono consultations to any U.S.-based non-profit arts or culture organization between March and June 2020, as a response to the mounting effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Jazz Philadelphia has shared a list of national resources for musicians and other resources that are specific to Philadelphia and PA.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation has posted a COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Visual Artists listing that breaks opportunities out by regions as well as nationally.

Maryland Citizens for the Arts has a great list of resources for artists and organizations including grants, relief funds, and info on MD’s small business relief programs.

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center has compiled a list of links from Federal agencies and other organizations applicable to individuals with disabilities, older adults, educators, employers, businesses and more.

NAPAMA (North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents) has posted a list of resources including information related to airfare refund and/or cancellation policies, emergency fund and relief programs, sample communications, and more.

The National Endowment for the Arts has posted a comprehensive list of national resources for artists and arts organizations.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is posting regular updates with information on their programs as well as other links to support.

The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to their peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.