RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS & ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
As arts organizations, nonprofits, and small businesses are impacted by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we look to share resources to support our community. This is a non-comprehensive list of emergency relief funds and resources as we navigate this moment together.
This page is an evolving list of resources for information, exchange, and support in this time. Accuracy at any given point cannot be guaranteed as this is a fast-moving and evolving situation. Please be in touch with updates or resources to add.
NYSCA offers a Reopening and Recovery resource page featuring NYS and federal guideline links plus a variety of alliance and consortium industry guideline resources. NYSCA's website also includes a NYSArts Now Reopening page with a list of NYS cultural organization venues now open or opening soon.
New York Forward - Phase 4 information
To view full guidelines, click here.
Arts, culture and heritage agencies and groups that are planning events and activities should refer to the New York Forward Business Reopening LookUp tool for guidance on Eligibility to reopen, restrictions, industry-specific public health and safety guidelines, an affirmation form and business safety plan.
Low risk outdoor includes outdoor zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks, grounds of historic sites and cultural institutions, outdoor museums, outdoor agritourism, local agricultural demonstrations and exhibitions; and other similar institutions/activities.
Low risk indoor includes indoor museums, historical sites, aquariums and other related institutions
Agencies that these guidelines apply to must go to the link and view the summary guidelines, read and affirm the guidelines and then prepare a safety plan that they will keep at their place of business.
Preparing to Reopen, American Alliance of Museums — sample reopening plans, resource guides, recommendations and more, especially applicable to museums and other cultural venues
Reopening the Cultural Sector in U.S. Cities, Bloomberg Philanthropies — international practices, venue considerations, results of patron surveys, best-practice checklists, case studies
Reopening Plan Guidance, Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts — tips on drafting a plan, how to involve boards, waivers, examples of plans and more
In It for the Long Haul: How Arts and Culture Organizations Can Consider Adapting, SMU Data Arts — key questions and variables for arts organizations as they plan for reopening, bolstered by data on the pandemic’s effect on the nonprofit arts sector
State-by-State Business Reopening Guidance (from the US Chamber of Commerce)
Museum Association of New York - Building Capacity, Creating Sustainability, Growing Accessibility
Long Island Community Foundation- COVID-19 Philanthropic Response Fund
- Artspace Consulting Pro Bono Services
- Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts – (New York Chapter)
- A Guide to COVID-19 and Your Finances: What You Need to Know (Annuity.org)
- The COVID-19 Fundraising Template Kit for Nonprofits- Donor Perfect
- NEA Announces CARES Act Funding to Support Arts Jobs and Help Sustain Arts Organizations (April 8, 2020)
- What Happens When We Lose the Art that Brings Us Together? (March 20, 2020)
- AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS: Urge Congress to Designate $4B in Arts Relief Funding to the National Endowment for the Arts and Expand Relief Eligibility to the Creative EconomyThrough Other Federal Programs
- Tell your legislators to include arts nonprofits in COVID-19 economic relief and stimulus packages. Find your legislators here.
- Performing Arts Readiness
- Art House Convergence list of resources for art house cinemas and theaters, including template letters to educate legislators about the impact of COVID-19 and value of economic relief and stimulus packages for the arts and cultural sector.
- ArtsReady- an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits
- Association of Performing Arts Professionals: Emergency Reposnse Page
- Common Field: COVID-19 Resources for Arts Organizations (crowdsourced document, always evolving)
- Americans for the Arts: Real Time Analysis of National Impact Survey Data
- National Coalition of Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER)
- New York Foundation for the Arts- Emergency Resources - includes national level resources
- National Endowment for the Arts’ resource list
- How to Successfully Host a Live Music Event From Home, CBC/Radio-Canada — key online platforms and how to use them
- Live Streaming for the Arts: Low-Fi and Low Cost Options, The Space by Arts Council England and BBC — choosing the best option, platforms, privacy and security, technical considerations and more
- Online Broadcasting: Why It’s a Great Idea and How You Can Do It, Theatre Projects — 13-minute video on the basics of integrating video streaming into your venue and performances
CANCELLING OR REFORMATTING EVENTS
- Principles for Ethical Cancellation | Springboard for the Arts
- CMX: A Comprehensive List of Tips, Tools, and Examples for Event Organizers During the Coronavirus Outbreak
GOVERNMENT RESPONSE and RESOURCES
- New York State Department of Health- Up to date COVID-19 info
- Suffolk County Information
- Nassau County Information
- HR6201: (Federal) Families First Coronavirus Response Act--evolving situation
- National “Share Your Story” effort
- Freelancer Artist Guide to Coronavirus
- Creative Capital list of artist resources
UNEMPLOYMENT and DISASTER RELIEF
- Filing for unemployment Insurance in New York
- Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance for Self Employed and Freelance Workers
- Federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans
OPPORTUNITIES FOR INCOME REPLACEMENT
- The Big Artist Opportunities List (community sourced)
- Artist Opportunities with Deadlines in March and April
- Missed Tour: site aggregating merch for sale from bands whose tour gigs got cancelled
- Sustainable Arts Foundation: grants supporting artists with families
DOING YOUR WORK VIRTUALLY