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COVID-19 Resources

As resources and funding opportunities come in, StageSource is here to bring them to you!

  • Wash your hands often with soap and WARM water for at least 20 seconds. Especially after using the restroom, coughing, or sneezing, and before eating
    • Hand sanitizer can be used when soap is not readily available, but does NOT entirely replace the use of soap
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cleanse things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, using a tissue or your inner elbow, do NOT use your hands
  • STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK and avoid close contact with others
    • Organizations, make plans for employees to be able to work remotely, and for artists to have stand-ins as needed
  • When possible, grant six feet of personal space between yourself and others

 

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCE LISTS

New England Foundation for the Arts 
NEFA has been monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and has assembled resources to make sure people in our community know where to seek reliable public health information as well as special considerations related to the arts and culture sector.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
An aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options specifically designed to serve freelance artists of all disciplines, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.

Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Resources
The Mass Cultural Council has pulled together information and resources to help cultural organizations in their planning and consideration amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

Philanthropy MA Disaster and Emergency Relief Resources
Philanthropy Massachusetts has compiled a list of COVID-19 related resources, updated weekly. 

Resources for MA LGBTQIA+ Youth During COVID-19
The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth compiled a list of resources based on submissions from partner organizations and the community, covering everything from financial relief to health to food and housing to activities.

Arts & Business Council COVID-19 Resources
The Arts & Business Council has created a page of resources to help artists, creative entrepreneurs, and nonprofits navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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GENERAL

Massachusetts info on COVID-19
Updates from The Massachusetts Department of Public Health & federal CDC on safety measures, emergency orders, press releases, and more.

World Health Organization's FAQs on Coronavirus

CDC Print Resources on Coronavirus

Webinar: Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres
TCG's Webinar provides a holistic take on preparedness for theatres, including: a deeper understanding of the virus from an epidemiologist's perspective; general preparedness strategies; how to forecast budget shifts should productions be cancelled; how to navigate insurance; and how the theatre field might take collective action to weather this crisis.

Howlround: In the Age of COVID-19
An ongoing collection of essays and events that response to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, including several webinars!

Panel: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic
Watch Howlround Theatre Commons plus a group of artists, arts administrators, and others from around the US discuss how COVID-19 is impacting freelance artists from all disciplines and where artists can look for support in this complicated moment.

Dramatists Guild Resource Directory
The Dramatists Guild is providing a number of members-only resources to the entire community for free, including their new online Resource Directory and Resource Calendar, and have access to past issues of The Dramatist.

CreativeGround
CreativeGround is expanding how they feature artists and art organizations on the site, Facebook, Twitter, and in CreativeGood communications. Update your profile today, then let them know at creativeground@nefa.org! 

All About Zoom Webinar
Zoom expert Raul Montes goes over all things Zoom, including features such as calendar integrations, recording, screen sharing, annotation, virtual backgrounds, and more!

How to Prevent "Zoombombing"
Reports of "Zoombombing," a reference to the popular video conferencing platform Zoom in which virtual meetings are disrupted by graphic or threatening messages or actions, often including those that contain hate speech or pornographic content, have quickly garnered attention across the country. The Anti-Defamation League reports on how to prevent "Zoombombing", and what to do if it happens to you.

Coronavirus Hotline - 617.724.7000
Mass General/Partners Healthcare have established a coronavirus hotline. Any patient or member of the public is encouraged to contact the call line with questions/concerns and for reliable, expert information. Call between 8am and 8pm.

 
FUNDING & FINANCES

Theatre Community Benevolent Fund
TCBF provides financial relief in a confidential, respectful manner to individual theater practitioners and non-profit theater organizations of Greater Boston and the surrounding areas, facing occurrences of a catastrophic nature and who have limited or no resources to handle such events.

Cambridge Artist Relief Fund
The Cambridge Artist Relief Fund will provide one-time relief to arts organizations and artists who live, work, create, and/or perform in Cambridge.

Unemployment Virtual Town Hall
In order to better meet the needs of customers whose employment has been affected by COVID-19, Mass DUA will be hosting daily town hall meetings where they will take constituents through a step by step process of achieving a successful unemployment claim and taking questions from claimants across the Commonwealth.

Tax Deadline Extension!
Did you know that the federal tax payment deadline was extended to July 15th? Learn more here!

How Creative Professionals Impacted by COVID-19 Can Access Government Relief
A helpful infographic on how creative professionals impacted by COVID-19 can access government aid.

MassCreative's Guide to the CARES Act
MassCreative breaks down some of the provisions within the CARES Act that artists, cultural workers, independent contractors, and both for-profit and non-profit businesses can access.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Q&A
The Department of Labor's question and answer page regarding the FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act).

 
LEGAL ISSUES

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
If artists have a COVID-19 related legal question, they can reach out to the VLA without needing to pay the VLA service fee! Reach out to them at VLA@artsandbusinesscouncil.org.

Contracts, Coronavirus, and Crises
Luke Blackadar (Director of Legal Services for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston) talks “Force Majeure” clauses, contracts, and other legal obligations re: COVID-19.

 

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FOR ARTISTS
 
ARTIST FUNDING

The Boston Artist Relief Fund
The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19.

Boston Music Maker Relief Fund
A fund established by The Record Co. to provide financial relief to Boston area music makers experiencing lost income as a result of performance cancellations related to COVID-19. Small grants of up to $200 will be paid rapidly on a first come, first serve basis to affected artists.

Boston Singers’ Relief Fund
Boston Singers’ Relief Fund is offering one-time grants to reimburse individual classical singers for some or all of the income they lost due to COVID-19 related cancellations.

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
The Arts Administrators of Color set up an Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund, which supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists & arts administrators impacted by COVID-19 through $200 microgrants. Apply for the fund here, and donate to the fund here!

Dramatists Guild Foundation - Emergency Grants
The Dramatists Guild Foundation provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness. Requests typically range between $500-$3000.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund
In light of the impact of COVID-19 on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or cancelled performances and exhibitions. The Foundation will disburse one-time $1000 grants.

Pen America Writers' Emergency Fund
Pen America will distribute grants of $500-$1000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. To be eligible, playwrights must have had a full-length play performed in a theater of more than 250 seats by a professional theater company. See the link for more details.

The Actors Fund
To help the community manage during this public health crisis, the Actors Fund has partnered with several industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those who have immediate financial needs. Emergency financial assistance is available for people who are unable to pay their basic living expenses (food, housing, healthcare, etc.) over the next two months.

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.

The Boston Dance Alliance Relief Fund
The Boston Dance Alliance Relief Fund will disburse stipends of $200 to freelance dancers, choreographers/dancemakers, dance teachers, and teaching artists in any dance genre who have lost income due to cancelled or postponed paid rehearsals, performances, and teaching engagements to assist with immediate basic needs, available on a first-come first-serve basis until April 15 or until all donations are exhausted.

Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals
The Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Relief Fund will award grants of $1000 to MA individual artists and teaching artists/humanists/scientists who have lost income derived from their work as a direct result of COVID-19 related cancellations and closures. Applications open April 8.

Powerful Pathways Artist Emergency Relief Fund
Powerful Pathways and its Boston's Black and Brown Creatives program have created a temporary emergency relief fund for artists and creatives that are most at-risk and impacted by systemic oppression, further compounded by the effects of COVID-19. This includes but ay not be limited to the displaced, homeless, disabled, undocumented, chronically ill, uninsured, queer, Trans, People of Color (PoC), cash-poor cultural organizations, or non-traditional status collectives and groups.

 

 
COMMUNITY CARE

Boston Theatre Community Care Directory
The Boston Theatre Community Care Directory connects members of the community who have immediate needs and members of the community who have something to share.

Boston COVID-19 Community Care
A list of resources geared toward the Boston community as whole, including resources for everything from advocacy to food to healthcare.

 

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FOR ORGANIZATIONS

What Nonprofits Should Do Right Now
The Nonprofit Finance Fund’s article on immediate steps nonprofits can take in response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Preparedness for the Cultural Sector
The Mass Cultural Council will offer a one-hour webinar at 3p on Thursday, March 19th led by staff from the Boston Public Health Commission. This session will provide you with strategies your organization can adopt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and manage incidences of racial stigma you may encounter.

Digital Marketing Recommendations For Our Arts Community During COVID-19 Outbreak
Capacity Interactive curated a list of specific digital marketing ideas to help with thinking long-term and maintaining a marketing presence so that, on the other side of this crisis, it will be easier to resume business as usual.

StageSource Weekly Community Check In
New England area Artistic Directors, Executive Directors, and other admin staff — join StageSource every Tuesday at 11am for a Zoom meeting to talk about planning and strategies during and after the COVID-19 outbreak. Email us at ed@stagesource.org to receive your link!

 
ORG FUNDING

Federal Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance
The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters.

COVID-19 Response Fund
Hosted by the Boston Foundation, the COVID-19 Response Fund will award one-time operating grants on a rolling basis to non-profits whose operations in support of elders and other vulnerable populations have been stressed by the outbreak.

What The Stimulus Package Means For Small Businesses & Nonprofits
On Tuesday 3/31 at 1p join a webinar to learn about the small business relief included in the latest coronavirus economic stimulus package passed by Congress this week.  

Endowments in the Time of Coronavirus
During the COVID-19 pandemic, nonprofits find themselves looking to remaining endowment funds to help supplement operating funds until things stabilize, but are appropriately nervous about violating state law by misusing endowments. Learn more about what extent nonprofits can activate their remaining endowments to keep themselves afloat here! 

SBA's Guide to the CARES Act
To help small business owners better understand the new programs that will soon be available to them, the Small Business Association has created a comprehensive guide to many of the small business provisions in the CARES Act that was just passed by Congress.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act: Summary of Major Provisions
Johnson O'Conner breaks down the CARES Act into a summary of major provisions, specifically regarding for-profit and non-profit organizations.

CARES Act and the Nonprofit Sector
The Bridgespan Group breaks down all things CARES Act and the nonprofit sector in a super informative power point!

Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Relief Effort for Organizations
Mass Cultural Council is providing a 3-pronged package of support for our cultural nonprofit sector to not only understand and access assistance offered through new Federal Acts, but to also deliver broad and high-touch capacity building services to help organizations in understanding their current financial challenges and crafting a strategy forward.

The CARES Act and Nonprofits
A summary of key provisions of the CARES Act that affect nonprofits.

CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds
This resource will help nonprofit organizations understand how the CARES Act will apply to them and how to proceed with filing for assistance, including the latest information on eligibility criteria, timelines, and application information.

Charities, Businesses, and Self-Employed Individuals Eligible for Forgivable Loans Under the CARES Act
The CARES Act includes the Paycheck Protection Program, a new initiative that makes it easier for eligible organizations to obtain loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA) in order to keep operations running and retain employees.

Guidance on SBA Disaster Loans and CARES Act
The CARES Act legislation creates two Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs available to businesses to prevent devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, including: The Economic Injury Loans (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Loans (PPL). AAFCPA breaks down the process to obtain a loan and other helpful info. 

 

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EDUCATORS & STUDENTS

Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19
As universities declare class cancelations and mandate a shift to online teaching, instructors have the opportunity to design online course materials to be as accessible as possible.

Resources for Moving Movement-Based Pedagogy Online
While liveness is often an integral part of performance-based curricula, here is a list of resources for moving teaching into the digital sphere.

Teaching Theatre Online
A Google Doc with references, ideas, and more regarding a shift in pedagogy for online teaching amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak.

COVID-19 Resources For Teaching Artists
T he Teaching Artist Guild has compiled a list of resources for teaching artists, including multiple webinars, podcasts, grants, distance learning activities and technology, and self-care/mental health tips.

FREE Lightwright 6 For Students
If you’re a current student who doesn’t have access to your school’s computers or Lightwright license, you can now access the software with an emergency Lightwright license through June 1st!

CYD Toolkit Series
If The National Guild for Community Arts Education and Creative Youth Development National Partnership's FREE CYD Toolkit Series is a virtual learning series featuring dynamic online conversations with you, experts, funders, and practitioners to explore new paths forward for supporting you through creative youth development practice.

National Guild For Community Arts Education Online Conversations & Workshops
Virtual conversation series, digital resources, and social platforms to support arts education providers in their response to the health crisis. Series include "Human-Centered Approaches in a Time of Crisis" (including a youth-only/under-24 event on 4/9), "Transitioning Arts Programming for Shelter in Place Audiences", and "Community Conversations". Some series require pre-registration, but all are free!

WGBH Distance Learning Center
As schools and students, families and educators adapt to the current health crisis, WGBH — in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementaryy and Secondary Education and WGBY/New England Public Media — is supporting them by gathering some of our free, trusted digital resource from PBS LearningMedia and their award-winning educational preschool programming.

 

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ADVOCACY

Contact Your Legislators
As Congress and the Administration consider new forms of federal assistance that may be targeted or widespread, artists and performing arts groups can join with others in the arts and nonprofit sector to speak up and ensure that relief will meet all community needs.

Petitions to Help The Working Class During COVID-19
Boston Hassle compiled a list of petitions to hep the working class during the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as mutual aide resources.

Reach Out To Your Legislators
Mass Creative encourages us to send unique messages to legislators regarding the impact of COVID-19 to the creative community. Talking points provided!

IATSE — Letters to Congress
Help our friends at IATSE fight for a special Emergency Coronavirus Economic Support Benefit geared to include entertainment workers who otherwise wouldn’t qualify.

Email Your Member of Congress TODAY
American for the Arts asks us to request your members of Congress to ensure that Congress will include $4 billion to be distributed about the National Endowment for the Arts to help offset the losses of the nonprofit arts industry.

 
SURVEYS

ORG SURVEY: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on The Arts and Cultural Sector
Take the American for the Arts economic impact survey, designed to collect information about the financial and human impacts that COVID-19 has had on arts and cultural organizations.

StageSource COVID-19 Freelance/Independent Contractor Impact Survey
Fill out the StageSource COVID-19 impact survey on the freelance/independent contractor community. The data we collect will be used to identify needed resources and advocate for our community with funders, the press, and the public.

 

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