Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resource for Artists, Creatives, and Small Businesses
This page is a being updated daily to share current resources, opportunities, support and information for creative professionals affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Please get in touch if you have updates or resources to add.
Emergency Funding and Grants for Artists and Creatives
In the event of an emergency, the Alliance of Artists Communities can offer support for artists by connecting them with our diverse network of residency programs across the country. By providing the time, space, and support that residencies offer, artists can focus on their work, reflect, and renew their creative practice during an, especially challenging time.
Twenty Summers is launching an Emergency Arts Fund (EAF) for artists and arts organizations suffering from unexpected and unmanageable financial loss as a result of the Coronavirus.
Up to $500 for artists, $1,000 for Arts Organizations
KIND OF ARTIST:
Visual artist, musician, actor, author, etc.
KIND OF ARTS ORGANIZATION:
Nonprofit performance venues, arts events series, publishers, theaters, and supporting arts orgs
LINK TO NOMINATE ARTIST (INCLUDING SELF):
LINK TO NOMINATE ARTS ORG (INCLUDING OWN):
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. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need.
The Musicians Foundation offers grants for medical and allied living expenses in emergencies, and pay these debts on behalf of the musicians. Grants typically range in amount from approximately $500-$3000.
The Bartender Emergency Assistance Program is meant to aid service industry personnel experiencing financial difficulties as a direct result of the outbreak. Eligible applicants can receive a grant, in undisclosed sums, to help pay their bills.
Applicants must be either a bartender or a spouse/child of a bartender and must provide proof of their immediate need.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund emergency assistance includes grants and/or brokered assistance, such as booth fee waivers and discounts or donations on supplies and equipment. CERF+ ‘s emergency relief grants related to Covid-19 will focus on those infected with the virus that require intensive medical care.
Local initiatives to help small businesses and creatives
[ New York ] The New York City Department of Small Business Services will offer financial assistance to roughly 2,600 businesses. Businesses with fewer than 100 employees that have a 25% drop in sales are eligible for interest-free loans up to $75,000. And businesses with five employees or less may qualify for a cash grant to cover 40% of their payroll costs for up to two months.
[ Durham, North Carolina ] Funds donated go directly to artists and arts presenters in Durham, North Carolina who have been financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19, with priority given to to BIPOC artists, transgender & nonbinary artists, and disabled artists.
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For its couriers, Postmates has created a fund that will credit Postmates for the costs of doctors appointments and medical expenses related to COVID-19’s impact in over 22 states. For merchants, Postmates will waive restaurant commission fees for new merchants in impacted markets, giving small business owners access to on-demand delivery at no additional cost. Both programs will launch early March, 2020.
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Can you collect unemployment if you are working as a freelancer, independent contractor, or self-employed individual running your own business? It’s worth looking into, as you may be eligible depending on your circumstances.
COVID-19 (coronavirus) update: The federal government is allowing new options for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits related to COVID-19. For example, federal law allows states to pay benefits where:
- An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;
- An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
- An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.
In addition, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.
What financial help you are entitled to if you get sick with COVID-19 or if you are unable to work through self isolation as a freelancer/self-employed worker.