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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.
COVID19 Effect Preparation Worksheet
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
Rbhu Gives Back - COVID-19 Artists Relief Program
Applications will be accepted at www.rbhu.org/apply until June 1st
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.
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.
Actor's Fund Disability Support
Supportive services for entertainment professionals and their families when they are coping with a short- or long-term illness or disability.
For entertainment professionals
When you’re facing personal or work-related problems.
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.
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.
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
Helps 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.
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.
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
Awards supporting artists and writers with families with up to $6,000.
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.
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.
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.
I thought I knew how to wash my hands. I was wrong.
Stop the Spread of Germs (Poster Download)
Handwashing Signage (Print, Download, Order)
Handwashing Resources (Stickers, Posters, Videos)
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.
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.
Tutorials:Film Blocking: Techniques for Directors
Ava DuVernay Array Launches Stay At Home
Vocal.Media 12 Free Resources to Learn Photography provided by Vocal Media
B&H Photo & Video Store presents B&H Photography Podcast
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.
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.
Coronavirus Tech Handbook
Crowdsourced; 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
Street Survival in the Age of Coronavirus by Kaia Sand for Portland’s Street Roots
“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”
“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
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
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.
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 email@example.com).
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: https://forms.gle/oVjFGbvyKpcP23gq8
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.
Coronavirus Resource Kit - great list for political actions
List of Mutual Aid Projects Around USA and Canada (separated out by region)
GYOPO: COVID 19 Response: Ways to Report (reporting Anti-Asian Racism), Toolkits, and Webinars