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Resources for Responding to COVID-19 in New York City

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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 Communications Manager Bo Suh at [email protected].

A.R.T./New York Alternative Programming:
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:
 12:00pm on June 1, 2020. 


Advocacy

Advocacy Alerts & Updates from Executive Director Ginny Louloudes


COVID-19 Impact Surveys

The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York conducted a survey to collect the initial financial impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and associated programmatic changes. As the City and State responded to the COVID-19 virus, A.R.T./New York used this data on the effects on our Membership to advocate for emergency funding. You can view the results of our survey here »


If you were planning to attend the 2020 Theatre Intern Fair and are facing challenges finding internship opportunities due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please fill out this survey. This will help us identify alternative solutions in lieu of the fair.

 

DanceNYC is also conducting an impact survey. Click here to fill it out.

Immigrant Accompaniment Networks & COVID-19
A skill-share for immigrant justice. 

No Neighbors in Need
A quick guide for New Yorkers to: i) contribute to the fight against the Coronavirus and; ii) do our best to ensure that no neighbors remain in need in NYC during this crisis.

New York State Youth Leadership Council Resources
The New York State Youth Leadership Council is compiling this live document of resources in NYC around COVID-19 support efforts. They are prioritizing resources open to undocumented people. 

Resources for Undocumented Communities
This list of nationwide resources for undocumented communities comes in English and Spanish.

Survey for Nightlife Workers, Freelancers, and Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 (CLOSED) 
The Office of Nightlife is gathering information on the impacts for workers, performers, contractors, and businesses from COVID-19-related business closures and event cancellations. Please note that this survey is no longer collecting responses. 

TCG and PAA Advocacy Alert: Request for Economic Assistance for Nonprofit Theatres and Artists Impacted by Coronavirus
This advocacy alert urges you to contact your elected officials and share how COVID-19 has impacted your finances as a nonprofit theatre company and/or artist.

TCG and PAA Advocacy Alert: Contact Elected Representatives About COVID-19 Relief Bill
In order to support the sector at this vital time, please contact your Members of Congress immediately to request that they include $4 billion—to be distributed though the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)—to help offset the losses of the nonprofit arts industry, and expand eligibility through additional federal programs to ensure artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in the creative economy can utilize business interruption relief.

 

Education

Anti-Oppressive/Anti-Racist Home School Options During Quarantine
A small collection of anti-oppressive, anti-racist homeschool curriculum ideas and resources for families impacted by closures caused by the coronavirus.

Community Care in the Time of Coronavirus - US Department of Arts and Culture
This resource addresses the question, "How do we connect, organize, and deepen community amidst the necessary public health practice of physical distancing?"

COVID-19 in Charts and Maps
This infographic breaks down the COVID-19 pandemic in facts and figures.

Livestreaming Panel: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (ASL & Captioned)
For US-Based freelance artists and cultural workers in all disciplines. March 16 @ 8:00pm EST.

Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak
An extensive guide on teaching theatre and the performing arts online created by Dr. Daphnie Sicre, an Assistant Professor in the Theatre Arts Program at Loyola Marymount University.

Transmissions: Gone Viral
If you are responsible for communicating to young people or families about the coronavirus, this comic book mystery is a well-researched resource about viral transmission.

 

Financial Assistance & Funding

Actors Fund Emergency Assistance
The Entertainment Assistance Program functions as an entryway and guide through The Fund’s many programs when you’re facing personal or work-related problems.

ArtBridge COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund
ArtBridge is rewarding grants from $250 to $500 on a weekly basis to NYC-based emerging visual artists via an ongoing fundraiser.

Artist Relief Fund
To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
The Arts Administrators of Color Network is currently raising funds for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists and arts administrators who have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 nationally. You can read more here and donate here. 

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Emergency funding for bartenders who are unable to work due to the coronavirus.

The Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation Emergency Grant (CLOSED)
Playwrights, composers, librettists and lyricistss who have had a full professional show cancelled, closed, or indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19 are eligible for a $2,500 emergency grant. Please note that this program is no longer accepting applications.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund
This fund will help entertainment professionals meet coronavirus-related expenses and other challenges brought about by the evolving pandemic. 

Casting Agencies Directory Donation Pool
Casting Agencies Directory has created a donate page to provide direct payments (via Paypal) to entertainment industry professionals financially impacted by COVID-19, including actors, models and production crew.

CARES Act Table of Loan, Grant, and Compensation Opportunities for the Arts
Arts Action Fund compiled a list of federal funding opportunities for nonprofit artists organizations and individual artists. 

CERF+ Emergency Assistance
Artists who have suffered from a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster, can apply for funding.

Cerini & Associates: PPP Loan Forgiveness Updates & Application
Meredith Lynsey Schade (HERE) shared this Powerpoint from a May 18th webinar on PPP Loan Forgiveness.

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Stimulus Bill Provides Nonprofit Loans, Grants, and One-Year ‘Universal Deduction’
This article details how the new stimulus bill will affect nonprofit organizations.

DGF Emergency Grants for Writers
DGF is processing Emergency Grants based on severity of need, especially as it relates to COVID-19. DGF is sensitive to the inherent economic challenges that will arise in relation to CDC recommendations for social distancing. 

Directors Emergency Relief Fund (CLOSED)
The Drama League has created this temporary fund to meet the needs of stage directors who have suffered lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For as long as The Drama League determines it is necessary, prudent, and able to do so, DERF will provide emergency grants of up to $599 for stage directors who have lost wages from the voiding of directing agreements and/or other opportunities resulting from theatrical productions canceled and/or postponed as a result of the pandemic. Please note that this program is no longer accepting applications.

Disables Creatives & Activists Relief Fund
The Crip Camp impact campaign in partnership with Color of Change has established an emergency relief fund for disabled creatives and activists. Many have lost all or most of their income, and—as freelancers or independent contractors—they don’t qualify for unemployment benefits. The fund will ensure that activists, storytellers and cultural influencers of the future can continue the vital work that Crip Camp champions.

Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers & tip-based workers
Glad Day has set up an emergency fund to help LGBTQ2S artists, performers & tip-based workers. This fund is not meant to help people recover lost income.

Financial Urgent Care
In response to a prevalent need in the community for immediate and comprehensive financial relief for arts nonprofits and individual artists, Financial Urgent Care will now offer pro bono financial assistance for artistic entities with annual operating budgets under $125,000.

FMA's Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Toolbox
The FMA released a list of resources to help organizations navigate the federal PPP application.

Foundations for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants
Created in 1993 to further FCA's mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists

Fractured Atlas: Emergency Resources for Artists
This resource list includes information on both regional and national relief efforts. 

Gottlieb Emergency Grants
The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.

How to Apply for the Coronavirus Business Loan
Fundera offers this guide on how to apply for the Small Business Association's loan program.

Idea Awards COVID-19 Response Grant Lottery (CLOSED)
You are eligible to enter the lottery for a grant of $2500 from the Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation if you are: 1) A playwright, composer, lyricist, or librettist, or 2) Have had a full professional production (defined for these purposes as a LORT, Off-Broadway, or Broadway full production, not a reading or workshop) of which you are a writer that was cancelled, closed, or indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 closures. Please note that this program is no longer accepting applications.

Indie Theater Fund COVID-19 Emergency Grant (CLOSED)
The Indie Theater Fund is offering unrestricted rapid relief grants of up to $500 to indie theater companies and individual artists in need due to the financial strain of closings, etc. related to COVID-19. Please note that this program is no longer accepting applications.

The Indie Theater Fund Rapid Relief Emergency Fund
The Indie Theater Fund is launching this fundraising campaign to provide direct support and emergency relief to independent theaters and artists in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

League of Professional Theatre Women Emergency Loan Fund
The League of Professional Theatre Women is offering full members of the League, in good standing, access to an emergency loan fund.

Musicians Foundation
The Musicians Foundation provides grants to U.S. musicians in any genre in a time of acute need due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.

NEA CARES Grants (CLOSED)
The National Endowment for the Arts will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. Please note that this program is no longer accepting applications.

NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund
The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund was created to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the health and economic effects of the coronavirus. It will give grants and loans to NYC-based nonprofits that are trying to meet the new and urgent needs that are hitting the city. Priority will be given to nonprofits addressing essential healthcare and food insecurity as well as arts and culture.

NYC Employee Retention Grant Program (CLOSED)
To help small businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19, the City has launched the Employee Retention Grant Program to help retain employees as businesses face decreased revenue. Please note that this program is no longer accepting applications.

NYFA Emergency Grants List
NYFA has compiled a list of emergency grants for artists in all disciplines.

NYC Small Business Continuity Fund
Businesses with fewer than 100 employees who have seen sales decreases of 25% or more will be eligible for zero interest loans of up to $75,000 to help mitigate losses in profit. UPDATE: The fund is not accepting applications at the moment, but a new grant and loan program will be available in the future. In the meantime, you may fill out this COVID-19 Business Assistance Survey.

NYS Unemployment Application
NYS is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines.

One Fair Wage — Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund
One Fair Wage is providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.

PAAL Emergency Fund for Artists with Families
All donations made to PAAL will go to artists with families in need of financial support.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants (CLOSED)
Expected to roll out in late May or early June, these will provide visual artists, media artists, and choreographers up to $5,000 worth of assistance for medical emergencies. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Please note that this program is no longer accepting applications.

SAG-AFTRA Disaster Relief Fund
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the SAG-AFTRA Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (MPPWF) have a COVID-19 Disaster Fund to provide urgent financial support to SAG-AFTRA members and families affected by this global pandemic.

Save Small Business Fund (CLOSED)
The Save Small Business Fund is a grantmaking initiative offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States and its territories. Please note that this program is no longer accepting applications.

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance
Federal disaster loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters.

Wingspace Theater Designer Microgrants
Wingspace is currently collecting donations for a microgrant for NYC-based theater designers. The application for the microgrant will open on Wednesday, April 8, at 10:00am.

 

Online Tools for Arts & Culture Engagement

A.R.T./New York Alternative Programming: 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!

Culturebot: An Inventory of Lost and Delayed Art
Submit your postponed or cancelled show here.

Fundraising During the Time of Coronavirus (Free Webinar)
CharityHowTo is offering a free webinar which will answer questions like h
ow to assess your organization’s response to the crisis—and how to communicate that to your donors in a compelling way—and how to make up for revenue lost due to cancellations (canceling events, selling tickets etc).

Great Performances' Catalog of Online Performances
To help us all stay connected—and perhaps experience new cultural experiences—Great Performances has rounded up some of their favorite digital resources from across New York City.

The Social Distancing Festival
A site for celebrating artists and the work that has been cancelled/delayed/disrupted.

Trickle Up
A subscription platform for viewing new content that also directly supports artists.

Virtual Concerts to Watch During the Coronavirus Shutdown
NPR Music is compiling a list of live audio and video streams from around the world, categorized by date and genre, with links out to streaming platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Some will require registration or a subscription, but most will be free, often with digital tip jars and opportunities to directly support artists by buying music and merchandise.

Virtual Museum Tours For People Stuck at Home
If you've exhausted your Netflix watchlist and are feeling restless, take a virtual tour of a museum!

Virtual NYC
NYCgo gathered online resources from museums, galleries, comedy clubs, theaters and other venues so that you can experience the best of New York City virtually. 

 

Preparation & Response

Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts closely monitors recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal and D.C. governments as developments evolve concerning the coronavirus.

COVID-19: What Nonprofits Should Do Right Now
In response to the coronavirus, the Nonprofit Finance Fund provides guidance for organizations by attempting to answer the questions: “What would be the most useful first step for the widest possible group of nonprofits?” and “What could every nonprofit do in a few hours?”   

CultureAID NYC Resources for COVID-19
CultureAID aims to ensure that resources about disaster preparedness, recovery, and response for artists and arts organizations are distributed to the field in a manner that is up to date, easy to find, and without redundancy.

Force Majeure Under the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
Force majeure clauses excuse a party’s nonperformance under a contract when extraordinary events prevent a party from fulfilling its contractual obligations. Learn more about how this could affect your insurance policies and claims.

Immigrant Accompaniment Networks & Covid-19
A skill-share for immigrant justice. 

Notify NYC: Short Code Terms & Conditions
Receive official updates on COVID-19 directly via text message.

NYC United Against Coronavirus — Resources and Information
This document contains information and resources to help New Yorkers respond to the coronavirus.

Principles for Ethical Cancellation
If you are considering cancelling an upcoming event or gathering but worry about the repercussions on artists, freelancers, and contractors, read these principles to help you make an informed decision.

TCG Webinar on Preparedness for Theatres
A webinar that provides a holistic take on preparedness for theatres. 

Top Takeaways for Employers
Recommended practices for employers in response to the coronavirus.

 

Remote Working

12 Ways to Stream the Stage
Observer provides different ways to bring your performances online.

Epic Players Ensemble: Train Your Students for Zoom Rehearsal
This two-page primer teaches you how to get a large group, especially youth but also adult artists, quickly familiar with Zoom.

Fractured Atlas: How to Transition to a Virtual Workplace Overnight
If your organization was not prepared to move virtually so urgently, this guide will help you make that transition quickly.

Fractured Atlas: Tools to Make Remote Work Less Remote
This extensive list includes online tools for communication and organization. 

Guidelines for Holding Digital Readings/Rehearsals via Video Conferencing Platforms
A guide on bringing your readings/rehearsal online. 

Harvard Business School Online: 5 Tips for Working from Home
To help you make a smooth transition and stay engaged, here are five steps you can take to start working from home more effectively.

Higher Logic Free Virtual Conferencing
Higher Logic is offering Event Engagement to assist organizations in driving engagement and connection around virtual events.

Howlround: Ways of Gathering in the Age of COVID-19
A guide to livestreaming with resources to help you move your programming online. 

Intro to Zoom
Work from home like a pro! Our Education & Access Coordinator, Kirsten Sweeney, walks people through the basics of Zoom meetings in this online workshop.

Livestreaming Panel: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (ASL & Captioned)
For US-Based freelance artists and cultural workers in all disciplines. March 16 @ 8:00pm EST.

Meet Me Accessibly — A Guide to Zoom Cloud Meetings from a Blindness Perspective
A free audio guide on how to use Zoom, by and for users who are blind or low vision.

PAAL HR Health: For Work in the Arts Workshop
This webinar provides information on seeking employment and working from home, covering essential mindsets, space prep, and resources that can help support you as you engage in new ways.

Remote Rehearsal Tips & Tricks
In light of recent events, it might be useful or necessary to hold remote rehearsals. This is a collaborative resource meant for extreme circumstances. 

Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak
An extensive guide on teaching theatre and the performing arts online created by Dr. Daphnie Sicre, an Assistant Professor in the Theatre Arts Program at Loyola Marymount University.

TechSoup: Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Free, online resources that are quick to implement to help you adjust to working remotely.

Zippia: A Guide To Find Work During The Coronavirus Pandemic
Zippa is a job research site and they are offering a free resource to help people dealing with unemployment from the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Resources for Artists, Arts Organizations, and Freelancers

Abrons Arts Center COVID-19 Relief Resources
Abrons Arts Center provides important resources ranging from mutual aid funds for individuals to grants for small arts organizations.

Advance NYC Pro Bono Office Hours
Advance NYC has been hosting pro bono office hours sessions open to anyone and everyone. Session topics have included virtual events, emergency grant opportunities and preparation, response fund campaign timing, etc. 

Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Resource and Response Center
Up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field.

Annuity's Guide to COVID-19 and Your Finances
Annuity is providing free financial content on the novel coronavirus's impact on the economy, small businesses, federal benefits, and more. 

Brooklyn Arts Council Resources for Artists
The Brooklyn Arts Council created a digital booklet of resources on healthcare, newly available funding, organizing tips, and entertainment resources all with their borough’s artists in mind.

The Civilians' List of Resources for Freelance Artists
The Civilians has pulled together lists of resources for artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including emergency grants, job opportunities, and more.

Community Care in the Time of CoronaVirus — US Department of Arts and Culture
This resource addresses the question, "How do we connect, organize, and deepen community amidst the necessary public health practice of physical distancing?"

COVID-19 Freelance Artists Resources
This is a crowd-sourced, shared Google Doc with resources on preparation, emergency funding, health and mental health resources, and more.

Creative Capital: List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Creative Capital has created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.

CultureAID NYC Resources for COVID-19
CultureAID aims to ensure that resources about disaster preparedness, recovery, and response for artists and arts organizations are distributed to the field in a manner that is up to date, easy to find, and without redundancy.

Culturebot: An Inventory of Lost and Delayed Art
Submit your postponed or cancelled show here.

Dealhack's List of Free Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic
A compilation of websites, educational institutions, and other businesses that offer free services and programs not just for home-based learning but also for your general well-being throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Force Majeure Under the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
Force majeure clauses excuse a party’s nonperformance under a contract when extraordinary events prevent a party from fulfilling its contractual obligations. Learn more about how this could affect your insurance policies and claims.

Fractured Atlas: Emergency Resources for Artists
This resource list includes information on both regional and national relief efforts. 

Lawyers Alliance — Coronavirus Information
Lawyers Alliance provides legal assistance and information to strengthen nonprofits that are providing critical human and social services throughout New York City during this unusual time.

Livestreaming Panel: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (ASL & Captioned)
For US-Based freelance artists and cultural workers in all disciplines. March 16 @ 8:00pm EST.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation COVID-19 Resources
The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has compiled a list of arts service organizations who are also providing resources in response to the coronavirus.

Mental Health Resources
From the New York State Office of Mental Health, learn about m
anaging anxiety in difficult times, coronavirus-related guidance for healthcare providers, and how you can volunteer to help.

National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response: Resources for COVID-19
NCAPER is a voluntary task force of national, regional, state, and local arts organizations, public agencies, and foundations. The Coalition helps ensure that artists, arts/cultural organizations, cultural funders, and arts businesses have the capacity and ability to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies affecting the arts and culture sector.

NEA Guide to Virtual Accessibility
Since the start of the current COVID-19 crisis, artists and arts and culture organizations have been proactive in reaching out to their audiences and communities through webinars, livestreamed performances, virtual classes, and virtual visual art collections and museum tours. Here are some ways to create an inclusive and accessible experience for your virtual and digital events.

NEA Resource List for Artists and Organizations
This list includes information on arts service organizations who are providing frequently updated news and resources for artists and arts organizations (including A.R.T./New York!).

New York State Resources for Arts and Culture
NYSCA's resource page for COVID-19.

NYC COVID Care
All essential workers, their families, and any uninsured individuals in the New York City Metro area are eligible to receive support from NYC Covid Care, a mutual aid network of 3,000+ mental, emotional, and spiritual support professionals.

NYS Unemployment Application
NYS is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines.

Playwright's Horizons Resources for Artists
This list includes resources for remote work, emergency funding, and more.

The Recovery Village Teletherapy 
In order to continue to assist those in recovery and decrease the spread of COVID-19, The Recovery Village has launched a Teletherapy Program. Those is need now have access to one-on-one counseling, group therapy, and various online services virtually with a licensed professional, improving their chances of a successful recovery. 

Resources for Remote Work — COVID 19 2020
A crowd-sourced Google Doc with resources for finding remote work.

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) Resource List
This extensive resource page includes information on emergency funding, health and safety, as well as region-specific resources.

Sunshine Behavioral Health Telehealth and Online Mental Health Resources
This resource discusses how people in recovery can still receive treatment and support during quarantine and shelter-in-place orders.  

Theatre Resources for Isolation
A list of things to read, watch, listen, write, and more during isolation.

 

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