COVID-19 Resources

for the Artist Organization Field

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National Emergency Library

List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

American Alliance of Museums Resource Guide

The American Alliance of Museum has compiled this guide to help museums prepare internally and externally for outbreaks in their communities. AAM will continue to monitor this evolving situation and update this guidance as needed. These recommendations are not to be taken as legal advice or a definitive answer for any particular museum, but rather as a guide for preparedness for the field.

The Commonsense Guide to Coronavirus for Events and Conferences

COVID19 Effect Preparation Worksheet

National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response

Arts Ready Alert - Preparing for the Potential Impact of Coronavirus

COVID-19 Resources from the New England Foundation for the Arts

Alliance of Artist Communities | COVID-19 Preparedness for Residencies

Freelance Artists Resources

A comprehensive list of tips and tools and examples for event organizers during the coronavirus

National Performance Network (NPN) Resources
We are grateful to our peers whose expertise in emergency management are a guide for us in these uncertain times. Below we share links to resources others have created. We will continue to gather and update these resources on this page.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

CERF+ - Voluntary task force supplying temporary relief to artists.

Principles for Ethical Cancellation - Springboard for the Arts

Google Drive of resources for Remote Studio Instruction

Webinar + Slides - Event Safety Alliance -

Web-based artist residency - work from a social distance or self quarantine to adapt our practices and build community in isolation // OVERLAND ARTWORKS

Artists, Culture Workers, Freelancers, Gig_Event Economy Losses Due to Covid-19 Cancellations


National Funds

Rbhu Gives Back - COVID-19 Artists Relief Program

  • We have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the uncertainty and the anxiety brought with it, sadness for what we have lost, and grief for those who have suffered. At Rbhu, we believe that art plays a key role in lifting the human spirit; it ignites our imagination with possibilities, it helps us process and express our feelings, and it brings people together for a collective cause. We believe that monumental sculptures have the power to help heal wounds. That is why we want to do our part and support our artist community by offering $30k worth of engineering services, so artists can again create and help lift the human spirit. As we pick-up the pieces from this crisis, let’s build something beautiful from it. Rbhu is a small engineering company that is driven by creativity and positive impact. Please help us spread the word about this opportunity so we can get in touch with many artists who are affected by this crisis.

 Applications will be accepted at until June 1st

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants - COVID 19 F

  • In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic 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 canceled performances and exhibitions. For as long as our Board of Directors determines it is necessary and prudent to do so, the Foundation will disburse one-time $1,500 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic. 

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

NYFA has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new medical emergency grant program called Rauschenberg Emergency Grants. Beginning in late May/early June 2020, the program will provide visual and media artists and choreographers with one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies including but not limited to: hospital and doctor bills (including insurance co-pays), tests, physical/occupational therapy, prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition, and emergency dental work.

Emergency Relief Programs - Alliance of Artist Communities

Emergency Grants - Women Arts

The Haven - Assistance for artists facing career-threatening emergencies.

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc
Typically-$5,000 award to artists facing unexpected disasters

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants  
$200-$2500 in funding for artists dealing with har

dship or who incur unexpected expenses for projects close to completion date.

Kinkade Family Foundation (for curators)

Artist Relief Project 

Creator Fund

Artist Relief Tree

Actor's Fund Disability Support
upportive services for entertainment professionals and their families when they are coping with a short- or long-term illness or disability.

Actor's Fund Funeral & Burial Assistance 

For entertainment professionals

Actorʻs Fund Entertainment Assistance Program

When you’re facing personal or work-related problems.

Joan Mitchell  Foundation Emergency Grants for 2020

To help artists get back to work, the Joan Mitchell Foundation provides grants of up to $6,000 to US-based visual artists who have suffered significant physical losses after natural or man-made disasters.

The Musicians Foundation 

Gives grants, up to $3,000, for medical and allied living expenses in emergencies, and pay these debts on behalf of the musicians we help.

The Blues Foundationʻs HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust)

For Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.

The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund
A small grants program for professionals—published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis.

The Authors League Fund
elps professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.

CERF+ Emergency Assistance
Is for an artist, experiencing a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster.

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund (link to donate) - LINK TO APPLY

The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). We will disburse funds in the amount of US $200 per person, on a first-come-first-served basis. We will be accepting funds indefinitely.

Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.

The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. Apply here

Sustainable Arts Foundation

Awards supporting artists and writers with families with up to $6,000.

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

This new grant provides monetary support to musicians who have lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

New Music Solidarity Fund

The New Music Solidarity Fund is designed to help new/creative/improvised music freelancers whose livelihood has been threatened as a result of performances which have been canceled during the COVID-19 crisis. Applications accepted March 31-April 30.

2020 Black Spatial Relics Micro Grants for Community Care and Collective Research

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, Black artists have lost crucial financial support for their work. Nevertheless, Black artists and cultural workers are still offering critical artistic and spiritual content toward our collective healing. These 5 micro grants of $550.00 will support projects doing one or both of the following:communities in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.         

  • Collective research efforts centering Black communal and familial inquiry, transmission and documentation.
  • Digital gatherings that center community care, affirmation, mutual aid and joy for Black
  • Individuals, families and collectives are welcome to apply.



ArtBridge COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund (NY)

New England

Boston Artist Relief Fund (MA)

Cambridge Artist Relief Fund (MA)

Maine Visual Artist Emergency Grants/The Kindling Fund (ME)


Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Emergency Fund (PA)

Erie Arts & Culture, Emergency Financial Assistance Fund (PA) 

Wherewithal Recovery Grants (DC and inside the beltway VA & MD)


Artists of Color Emergency Grants (IL)

Chicago Artist Relief Fund (IL)

Crosshatch Artist Emergency Fund (MI)

Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund (IN)

Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund (IA)

Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund (MN)

Greater Columbus Arts Council Emergency Relief Funds (Franklin County, OH)  


Artists Benevolence Fund (Laguna Beach, CA)

Safety Net Fund Bay Area (CA)

Imagine 2020 Artists Assistance Fund (Denver, CO)

Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists Grant, Boulder County Arts Alliance (CO)

Black Cube Open Call (CO) This open call is project-based.

Seattle Artist Relief Fund Amid COVID-19 (WA)  

South West

Culture Connects Coalition Artist Relief Fund/Santa Fe (NM)

Artist Medical Fund/SFCF (NM)


Artist Emergency Relief Fund, Greensboro (NC)

Durham Artist Relief Fund (NC)

North Carolina Artist Relief Fund (NC)

Orange County Arts Support Fund (NC)

New Orleans Business Alliance Relief Fund for Gig Workers (LA)

Tamarack Foundation for the Arts (WV)


WHO's website

CDC's website

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools

I thought I knew how to wash my hands. I was wrong.

How to make your own hand sanitizer

EPA List of Effective Disinfectants

Guide to Local Production: WHO-recommended Handrub Formulations

Helpful advice about the Coronavirus

Common Health Insurance Terminology

International OCD Foundation - Covid-19 Resources

Mutual Aid:
Support for immunocompromised people in need
For independent artists

For Caregivers and Kids:
Coronavirus quarantine resources
Giant List of Ideas for Being Home with Kids

Health Signage

Stop the Spread of Germs (Poster Download)

Handwashing Signage (Print, Download, Order)

Handwashing Resources (Stickers, Posters, Videos)



Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption

Online Art & Design Studio Instruction in the Age of "Social Distancing"

Online Studio Visit List

Association for Teaching Artists - Webinar (Live 3/13/2020 @ 2:00 EST)

Remote Sr Thesis/BFA Exhibition Platform for Students

Making Do and Getting By - Examples (for students)

Please do a bad job of putting your courses online

Social Distance Learning (Original Lesson Plans & Links for Creating/Viewing/Presenting Art remotely)

For Students:
The Student Relief Fund
Free self-storage for college students


Arts Ready: Updated lists of COVID-19 resources for artists, managers/agents, funders, and arts organizations to help you operate within an unknown and constantly-changing environment managed by SouthArts, a member of the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response (N-CAPER).

Sundance: Full list of resources for artists during COVID-19.

Film Festival Alliance: Ongoing virtual roundtable for festival staff navigating postponements and cancellations, join the next call  or access recordings of previous meetings.

Growing List of Resources in Response to COVID-19 Artist Trust: Full list of resources for COVID-19.

Art House Convergence: Field related COVID-19 resources for independent art house theaters, including template letters educating legislators about the impact of COVID-19 and value of economic relief and stimulus packages for the arts and cultural sector.

Common Field has an ongoing crowd-sourced spreadsheet of resources.

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists: Specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community, this is an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.


Film Education

Indie Film Hustle

NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)



Enoch Pratt Free Library

Online Courses:

Future Learn


CourseraFilm Inquiry

Tutorials:Film Blocking: Techniques for Directors

Ava DuVernay Array Launches Stay At Home

Film Series

Directing Techniques & Tips: Best of Sundance Directors

A Master’s Input: Inspiring Advice for Aspiring Filmmakers

Top 20 Filmmaking YouTube Channels To Follow in 2020


Celtx - Screenwriting software



Vocal.Media 12 Free Resources to Learn Photography provided by Vocal Media

B&H Photo & Video Store presents B&H Photography Podcast

Online Courses:


10 Best Free Online Photography Courses

Future Learn

Joel Grimes Photography - Online Course


Photography Tutorials: ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed

Top 10 Composition TIps, with photographer Chris Bray

Lighting: Type, Direction, Flash, White Balance, Filters, with Chris Bray


10 Best Photo Editing Software



A hat tip to our friends at Common Field, we've created this collaborative guide for virtual meetings. We do not have all the answers, but collectively we can share links/resources/guides/best practices to holding better and more accessible virtual events.

Ways of Gathering in the Age of COVID-19: A Guide to Livestreaming on HowlRound TV

As COVID-19 continues to spread, we know many theatre organizations are thinking carefully about their planned gatherings and events. Many colleges and universities across the world are choosing to move their classes online, and we here at HowlRound want to remind you that going digital may be an option for your theatre and performance events as well.

Live Streaming for artists by Yara Travieso and Brighid Greene on Creative Capital.


Breakout rooms

Stream to YouTube Live from Zoom

Warning: ZoomBombing

Zoom security issues

How to protect your callvictim of Zoombombing

s from Zoombombing

Avoid being a Tools for remote work

Microsoft OfficeWorking in a coronavirus world: Strategies and tools for staying productive programs

Student access to Creative Cloud during campus closures

Coronavirus Tech Handbook
rowdsourced; also involves MANY tools and sublinks


Social Justice in a Time of Social Distancing (downloadable PDF) by By ds4si: the design studio for social intervention, Kenneth Bailey and Lori Lobenstine

Coronavirus offers a new Beginning 

Street Survival in the Age of Coronavirus by Kaia Sand for Portland’s Street Roots

Stop Using The Coronavirus As An Excuse To Be Racist

“The frenzy that the coronavirus has caused has unsurprisingly sparked more xenophobia and racism...Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that bigotry and bias has followed the spread of a virus.”

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, by Alice Walker

I have to get this book!  I found it in a list of “Strange Pages: 15 books for uncertain times

Please do a bad job of putting your courses online

“3. Students who did not sign up for an online course have no obligation to have a computer, high-speed wifi, a printer/scanner, or a camera. Do not even survey them to ask if they have it. Even if they do, they are not required to tell you this. And if they do now, that doesn’t mean that they will when something breaks and they can’t afford to fix it because they just lost their job at the ski resort or off-campus bookstore…
9. Social isolation contributes to mental health problems...”


CDC - Guidance for Public Health Communications

Crisis + Emergency Risk Communication 

Periodic Table for High Concern Communication by Dr. Vincent Covello

33 Item Risk and Crisis Communication Checklist by Dr. Vincent Covello

Message Template: Message Development for Emergency Communication (Source: CDC CERC Manual)

The Communications Network - Coronavirus Communications Crisis Triage Kit


Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) Emergency Resources for Artists & Freelancers Guide

Covid Freelance Artists Resources

This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.

Freelancers & Community Resources 2020

Extensive resources centered for artists and those impacted by gigs being canceled/postponed.
Campaigns to support:

List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak | Creative Capital
In times of crisis, artists are often among those most affected. In addition to health concerns, this is a challenging moment for many in our community as we deal with cancelled income and trying to make plans during uncertain times. Creative Capital has always been anchored by a rich spirit of community and mutual generosity, and we believe that continuing communication and exchange are crucial for all of us. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, we have created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. We will continue to update this list as the outbreak continues to affect the arts community.

Collective Care is our Best Weapon | Anarchist Agency
In hopes of helping folks find and join in a mutual aid effort where they live, offering inspiration to start your own, and/or simply lifting your spirits, below is a growing list of mutual aid pandemic disaster care, in alphabetical order (with the acknowledgment that place-names are a colonial imposition). Note: these links are all public; be wary of putting info on them that you don’t want to be public too. (Text by Cindy Milstein; compilation by Anarchist Agency + CM. To add to this list, please email us at

Young Space “Distantly Connected” COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Art Workers

A living document for virtual exhibition spaces and opportunities, especially emphasizing those interrupted, cancelled or indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19, along with information on fundraisers and grants, remote teaching and admin resources, as well as additional social and developmental opportunities that have moved online, such as studio visits, reading groups, etc. Updated several times daily. Compiled by Kate Mothes, founder/curator of Young Space. To add to list, fill out form here:

Black Girl Magik COVID-19 Global Resource Guide

The goal of this creation is to share resources, recommendations and leads that help us access funding, receive rooted information, experience relief, spark curiosity and overall elevate our connection to one another. It is our hope that this experience nourishes social bonding, relieves tension, diminishes emotional isolation and establishes a greater sense of trust - in each other.

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics COVID-19 Resource Toolkit

COVID-19 Mutual Aid & Advocacy Resources

Coronavirus Resource Kit - great list for political actions

List of Mutual Aid Projects Around USA and Canada (separated out by region)

#ArtistHotline | How to Look for Emergency Grants and Resources

GYOPO: COVID 19 Response: Ways to Report (reporting Anti-Asian Racism), Toolkits, and Webinars