COVID-19 Information & Relief for Arts
Resources, Grants, and Short-term Relief
Special Arts Action News from Americans for the Arts — March 26, 2020
Late last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed (96-0) the third phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) response relief package. The $2 trillion emergency stimulus package included important provisions supporting the arts sector and creative workforce. The nation's arts and culture industry is experiencing devastating economic losses with closed venues and cancelled performances, exhibitions, and events as a result of the pandemic.
The U.S. House plans to vote on the bill tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. ET and President Trump, who has already signaled his support of the legislation, is expected to sign it into law shortly thereafter.
This vital piece of legislation includes direct support for both nonprofit cultural organizations and state and local arts and humanities agencies, as well as economic relief provisions for independent contractors, "gig economy" workers and artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses working in the creative economy. READ MORE HERE
A special Arts Action Alert from Americans for the Arts — March 23, 2020
Negotiations are ongoing in the Senate on what is being called "Phase Three" of the COVID-19 response relief package. As you unfortunately know, the coronavirus has already had a devastating economic impact on America’s nonprofit arts sector—financial losses to date are estimated to be $3.6 billion.
The U.S. Senate legislation under consideration today has several items we've been asking for—your advocacy has been working! For example, there is some funding for the NEA, but it's not enough. Self-employed artists, creative workers, and nonprofits appear to be included in the Paycheck Protection and Small Business Administration disaster loan provisions, but we need to ensure they are included in the final bill version. More advocacy is needed. READ MORE HERE.
Here is more information to review during this COVID-19 quarantine:
Alliance of Artists Communities: Resources
Creative Capital: Arts Resources
Lawyers Alliance for New York: ”Protecting Your Nonprofit from COVID-19”
National Endowment for the Arts: COVID-19 FAQ Response
NYCON: Nonprofit Resources