Resources for Covid-19 Pandemic

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Tackling a Pandemic Together

The coronavirus (Covid-19) can present unique hardships for artists and organizations who rely on gatherings to both create and to make their living. Please find below some great resources for artists, arts and culture organizations, and all of our constituents who are looking to make informed decisions about their health and financial well being.

Start with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They have wider information about the situation as a whole, as well as info for specific situations. Stay healthy and wash your hands!

Pages with Multiple Resources

The National Endowment for the Arts has an array of resources for artists and arts organization. Also, read the NEA Chairman’s Message on Covid-19.

Our colleagues at SouthArts (another regional arts organization) specialize in disaster preparedness for the arts. Visit their hub, ArtsReady.

For Arts Organizations

Common Field is gathering resources for the artist organization field. See those here.

Performing Arts Readiness Project supports emergency recovery plans for organizations. Check out their loss calculator.

Basic info to share with any attendees or other constituents about prevention from Americans for the Arts.

Here is a short, common sense guide to hosting events. Here is information on how to keep your digital events accessible to all.

The National Endowment for the Arts had relief grants for arts organizations that they have funded in the last four years. Learn more.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has CARES Act grant funds for museums and libraries.

Arkansas organizations: Arkansas Arts Council CARES Act Grants will open May 28.

Oklahoma organizations: check out the Oklahoma Arts Council Oklahoma CARES Grants

For Individual Artists

Artist INC is doing a webinar series, Artist INC Cares. Visit the page for recordings, to sign up for upcoming sessions, and for other resource links.

This open-source list has a ton of information for freelance artists.

The Artist Relief fund will award $5,000 to 100 individual artists every week until September. Learn more.

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced a grant program for one-time medical emergencies.

Anonymous Was a Woman has a new emergency relief grant.

CERF+ has been supporting artists in times of emergency for years.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is for musicians and music industry workers who have lost more than 50% of their income.

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts is offering emergency relief grants for artists and performers with recently canceled events.

Change, Inc has $1k emergency grants for artists of all disciplines to help with rent and other bills to disaster recovery.

The Academy of American Poets has a page of resources for poets, writers, and poetry organizations.

Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) has funds designated for emergency relief for artists who have lost their livelihoods because of the crisis.

The Luminary, also of St. Louis, has emergency relief funds set up with The Futures Fund.

Leslie Kimiko Ward shares some perspective on mental health right now with Letter from a Starving Artist.

The Harvard Business Review published That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief, and it’s good for artists and all people.

Austin Artists Emergency Relief Fund

The Rocket Relief Fund is for artists in the Kansas City metro area and surrounding counties.

The Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund is housed with our friends at Harvester Arts.

For M-AAA Artistic Innovations and Regional Touring Program grantees

Read a note from program director Christine Bial about these M-AAA grant programs, including contact info for specific questions.


Artist INC hosted a webinar series, Artist INC Cares. Visit the page for recordings and other resource links.

HowlRound hosted a live streaming panel with open questions on March 16 for freelance artists and cultural workers in all discipines.

Grantmakers in the Arts hosted Emergency Preparedness and Response: Covid-19 and the arts ecosystem.

Americans for the Arts is hosting a series of pandemic-appropriate webinars. Visit their ArtsU. Don’t miss their webinar PPP Loan Forgiveness on May 29.

The American Association of State and Local History hosts many webinars, including Planning for an Uncertain Financial Future on April 2.

The Association of Performing Arts Professionals has an archive of free webinar content, including “Reopening the Performing Arts: Event Safety in the Covid-19 Era.”

Sign up for the upcoming Coronavirus Response: Building a future that reimagines systems for justice on June 16, hosted by Grantmakers in the Arts.