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Reopening Dance in NYCadviceAs a collective effort between DanceNYC, Gibney, and multiple dance community members, these guidelines aim to help the dance community overcome the COVID-19 pandemic safely and equitably. Includes recommendations for scenarios for independent dance artists, dance company managers, studio managers, and other members of the dance performance workforce.NYC/ NYS
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Reopening NYC: What Workers Need to Know (PDF)adviceAs we look ahead to reopening our cultural spaces, the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection has published a guide for workers and employers on key dates per industry, workplace policies, and what to expect.NYC
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FAQ for Pandemic Unemployment BenefitadviceThe latest updates for NYC residents applying for unemployment benefits, per the Official website of the City of New York.NYC ONLY
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Thinking About Livestreaming as an Artist? Read This FirstadviceCreative Capital article with tips, best practices, and operative questions for artists considering livestreaming their work. Includes recommended platforms and tools to monetize livestreamed events.
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COVID-19 Food Hub NYCfoodlocation and industry-based directory of locations offering free food for children and families
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Invisible Hands DeliverfoodSafe, free deliveries for NYC’s most at-risk community members facing COVID-19.
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Comcast Internet Essentials Program for Eligible Householdsfree serviceComcast is offering free Internet Essentials service to all qualified low-income households for two months (normally $9.95/month plus tax). Apply by June 30, 2021.
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Actos de Confianza: Relief GrantsfundingNALAC will distribute $2,500 grants to Latinx artists and cultural workers and $5,000 grants to Latinx arts organizations facing critical financial emergencies, including those who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Open calls organized by geographic region will take place between January and May 2021; see site for deadlines and important dates specific for your area.LATINX, US and PUERTO RICO
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Artist Get Ready + COVID Career Resilience GrantsfundingCERF+’s Get Ready Grants award up to $500 to individual artists working in craft disciplines to conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers and prepare for emergencies. In response to the continuing changes that artists are making to the careers as a result of COVID-19, this program will also be supporting artists in acquiring career skills and business assets required in the current and post-pandemic creative economy.CRAFT
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Arts Leaders of Color Emergency FundfundingArts Administrators of Color Network has set up the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund which folks can donate directly to in support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19. If you fit this description and you are in need of short-term, immediate financial assistancefill out this form, and you will be contacted as needed. Funds will be disbursed in the amount of US $200 per person, on a first-come-first-served basis.ADMINS, ALL DISCIPLINES
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Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency GrantsfundingIn 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. Applicants must be individual artists, or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group; creating contemporary, experimental art. Curators, producers, workshop organizers, organizations, or arts presenters are not eligible to apply.ALL DISCIPLINES OF CONTEMPORARY ART
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Artist + Activist Relief Fund (Waitlist)fundingThe Soze Foundation, TaskForce and Invisible Hand, will support artists and activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19 by making $250 grants to selected applicants on an on-going basis. They currently have $35,000 total for this first round of grants. The application is very easy (takes less than 3 minutes). Any artist or activist can apply.ALL
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NYC Dancers Relief Fund (COVID-19)fundingThis Fund offers microgrants of $250 to freelance dance artist that have suffered financial losses in the dance field due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the government enforced social restrictions, on a weekly rolling basis! This fund was created with the intention of supporting dance artists in NYC who are facing financial struggles due to COVID-19, and whom larger relief funds from larger entities (local, state, federal, foundations, etc.) have systematically overlooked and do not offer support to prioritize care for those at the margins.DANCE
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Dance/NYC Coronavirus Dance Relief FundfundingThe purpose of the Fund is to mitigate the growing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on individual freelance dance workers and dance making organizations with budgets between $25,000 and $500,000 based in the metropolitan NYC area AND all 21 counties of New Jersey (as of May 2020), particularly with financial losses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Selected individual freelance dance workers will receive grant awards of $500 per month with a maximum of $1,500 across the grant period, through June 2020. Selected dance organizations will receive one-time general support grants between $2,500 and $5,000. The Fund will prioritize supporting communities most impacted by COVID-19 including African, Latina/o/x, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA), disabled, immigrant, and women-identifying artists, as well as those at high risk including elderly and immunosuppressed artists.DANCE
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Rauschenberg Emergency GrantfundingNYFA and the Rauschenberg Foundation have teamed up to offer visual and media artists and choreographers in the US grants of up to $5,000 for medical related emergencies.DANCE, MEDIA, VISUAL
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Musicians Foundation: Emergency Funds for MusiciansfundingHelps professional musicians who have worked five or more years in the U.S. by providing emergency financial assistance in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses. Applicants must be able to show that their music is or was their primary source of income.MUSIC
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Sweet Relief Musicians FundfundingProvides financial assistance to all styles of career musicians who demonstrate need. The applicant must be a musician who has regular public performances, or performed on at least three widely released recordings (audio or audiovisual), or written music that has been performed on three widely released recordings, or published on three occasions.MUSIC
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Wingspace Relief Fund (currently closed; sign up to be notified when applications reopen)fundingIf you are an NYC-based freelance theater designer who is not institutionally affiliated and do not have ready access to unemployment insurance, benefits or a financial safety net, this fund is for you. The fund will give out microgrants of $100 to $500, based on the number of people who apply. Also depending on funding levels and amount of requests, priority may given to designers from communities that have been historically and systemically economically disadvantaged in New York City: Black, Indigenous, People of Color, trans and non-binary, individuals over 60, low-income, individuals with disabilities and others who may be disproportionately impacted. NOTE: The application is currently at capcity but the crowdfunding page includes a link to be added to the waitlist while they continue to fundraise to attempt to meet the needs of the NYC freelance designer community. THEATRE / NYC
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Artists FellowshipfundingThe Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. Primarily serving artists in New York. As of October 20, 2020; relief and assistance applications are temporarily limited to qualified applicants who are dealing with IMMEDIATE MEDICAL EMERGENCIES and their aftermaths.VISUAL
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Carnegie Fund for AuthorsfundingThe grant applicant must be an American author who has published at least one full-length work — fiction or nonfiction — that has been published by a mainstream publisher in any format.WRITING
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PEN Writers FundfundingEmergency fund for professional–published or produced–writers with serious financial difficulties. Depending on the situation, the fund gives grants or loans of up to $2,000.WRITING
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American Society of Journalists & Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund (WEAF)fundingFunds for established freelance writers across the country who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis, are unable to work. Coronavirus-related WEAF funds are only available to those who cannot work because they are currently ill or caring for someone who is ill. Funds are not available to those who have lost work because publishers and/or clients are no longer assigning due of the pandemic. All other guidelines outlined below still apply. No grants to beginning freelancers seeking funding for writing projects; no grants to fund works-in-progress of any kind. Maximum grant: $3,500.WRITING
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Authors League FundfundingThe Fund gives open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans to professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income or other misfortune.WRITING
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Emergency GrantsfundingEmergency Grants from NYFA (original NYFA Source listing, now hosted directly on their main site to ensure ease of access)
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leveler.infofunding"a tool for salaried workers to distribute wealth evenly across a database of freelancers, service industry and gig economy folks who are impacted by COVID-19 health and safety restrictions (venue closures, shift/gig/commission cancellations etc)". Artists can sign up as a donee on the database through the leveler.info site.
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CERF+ Emergency Relief FundhealthcareCERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. They are currently focusing relief aid on those infected with Covid-19 who require intensive medical care.
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"Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During
COVID-19 Outbreak"
mental healthThe World Health Organization's (PDF) document sharing tips on tending to your mental health while social distancing.
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One-On-One Sessions in Core Energetics With Valerie Greenhealth & wellnessTrauma can persist throughout life, embodied in every muscle and organ of our bodies. One-On-One Sessions in Core Energetics With Valerie Green can help you get in touch with difficult feelings you may be experiencing — perhaps fear, grief, anger, shame, or even joy, that maybe held underneath the surface, struggling to break free. Working with movement, touch, breath, and vocal expression through physical and emotional exercises; Ms. Green will help guide you in a safe space to authentically express yourself and create a path to move forward on to live in your full vitality and life force. Hour-long sessions convene in Green Space In LIC, Queens and/or virtually on Zoom. Sliding scale pricing is available; call 718-956-3037 or email info@DanceEntropy.Org
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NYC Wellmental healthNYC Well is your connection to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.
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Mayor's Office of ThriveNYCmental healthPhone numbers and contact info for (free) Mental Health Support New Yorkers Can Access While Staying Home, with general support as well as agencies specializing in PEOPLE HARMED BY VIOLENCE, CRIME OR ABUSE, STUDENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE , VETERANS, and AGING NEW YORKERS.
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Financial Resourcesresource listingFinancial Resources via NYFA (original NYFA Source listing, now hosted directly on their main site to ensure ease of access)
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Health and Insurance Resourcesresource listingHealth and Insurance Resources via NYFA (original NYFA Source listing, now hosted directly on their main site to ensure ease of access)
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Housing Resourcesresource listingHousing Resources via NYFA (original NYFA Source listing, now hosted directly on their main site to ensure ease of access)
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Legal Resourcesresource listingLegal Resources via NYFA (original NYFA Source listing, now hosted directly on their main site to ensure ease of access)
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IAP Resource Directory for Immigrantsresource listingImmigrant Artist Program (IAP) NYFA listings connecting immigrant artists with a wealth of sources for advice, support, professional development, and networking.
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Public Assistanceresource listingPublic Assistance (original NYFA Source listing, now hosted directly on their main site to ensure ease of access)
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YMCA 360self-careRegular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and prevent illness. The YMCA streams a variety of at-home exercise options for members practicing social distancing.
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