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Resources for Responding to COVID-19 in New York City

JUMP TO: Stimulus Bill Updates | Financial Assistance & Funding | Advocacy | Impact Surveys & Results | Education | Online Tools | Remote WorkingResources for Artists, Arts Organizations, and Freelancers

A.R.T./New York is compiling resources for theatre companies, independent producers, freelance artists, and the general public in light of the spread of COVID-19 in New York City. We will update this page regularly with resources from the City and peer institutions, as well as with pertinent news developments. If you have a resource you would like to add to this page, please email [email protected].

To see closed programs and previously shared materials, please visit the Archived Coronavirus Resource page.

A.R.T./New York Virtual Theatre Base:
Online Performances, Classes, & Events

A.R.T./New York is compiling all of the ways the nonprofit theatre community is still cultivating connection and sharing art online. Browse our catalog of online and alternative programming here, including but not limited to: Live-streamed and Pre-recorded performances, classes, and more!

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Last updated:
 May 7, 2021


illustration of a ticket Stimulus Bill Updates

The second stimulus bill passed in December 2020 included a second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP2) that is open to new and previous borrowers who meet the eligibility criteria, and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG) previously known as the Save Our Stages Act. Further information about both programs and resources are included below.

Understanding New Federal COVID Relief Funding
This webinar includes an overview of relevant components of the new relief legislation specifically for the theatrical industry, including the second round of PPP funding and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG). Hosted by A.R.T./New York with Karen Kowgios of Withum, Smith+Brown and PC (Practice Leader, Theatre, Entertainment and the Arts). Recorded on January 26, 2021.

Accessing PPP, SVOG, and More Webinar
TCG hosted a webinar for all theatres with a cross-sector group of arts leaders focused on the current PPP and SOS opportunities, as well as newly expanded Employee Retention Tax Credits (ERTC), and  additional advocacy opportunities with the new administration. Released January 19, 2021.

Cross Program Eligibility Chart
A summary of criteria that must be met when considering different funding options.

Payment Protection Program (PPP) Resources

Your Potential Refund Under the Employee Retention Tax Credit
National Council of Nonprofits has a summary of the Employee Retention Tax Credit, and the changes to that program in the most recent stimulus bill - including the ability to claim that tax credit if you also received a PPP loan.

SBA & Treasury Official PPP Reopening Press Release
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced on January 8, 2021 that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. Last updated January 8, 2021. 

Dime Community Bank Loan Assistance
We are pleased to share that Dime Community Bank is accepting applications from eligible A.R.T./New York member theatres who did not apply to the last round of the Paycheck Protection Program. You should complete an application as soon as possible through this portal. If it requests a referral code, please reach out to Corinne Woods for that information.

How Does the New PPP Law Impact Nonprofits?
Fiscal Strength for Nonprofits provides a brief overview of the new PPP law, including retroactive changes to the forgiveness process, eligibility requirements, special rules, and exclusions. Last updated January 9, 2021.

SBA’s Second Draw PPP Loans
Small Business Administration’s landing page for PPP Loan details, qualifications, and links to apply.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grants Program (SVOG)

SVOG Application Portal - Apply Here

SVOG Application Webinar
This archived informational webinar highlights the opening of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application which is scheduled for Thursday, April 8, 2021. It covers what documentation eligible entities will need to apply for a SVOG, insight on what the SVOG application process will look like and more. This webinar originally aired on March 30, 2021.

FAQ for Shuttered Venue Operators Grants Program
A PDF of frequently asked questions (FAQs) relating to the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant (SVOG) Program. Last updated on April 23, 2021. Withum also shares some helpful insights gleaned from them here.

Save our Stages Act – Impact for Theatrical Productions
While the application for the SVOG program is not yet available, Withum provides suggestions of steps to take now while awaiting the application. Published on January 8, 2021.

Curtains Up NYC: Free Application Assistance
Curtains Up NYC is a City of New York program that offers free application assistance for NYC businesses and nonprofits connected to live performance applying for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program of the federal government.

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Header: Blessed Unrest's Production of The Snow Queen. Photo by Maria Barinova.