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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your link!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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