COVID-19: Info & Resources for Artists/Arts Orgs
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves we want you to know that the Idaho Commission on the Arts is coordinating with government officials and closely monitoring the effect on our arts community. Many of you are up against uncharted challenges, facing interruptions in business and operations, and making difficult decisions about event and program postponements and cancellations.
We are nearing completion of this year’s grant funding cycle. At this time, advisory review panels for grant application reviews are continuing as scheduled through remote panel meetings. We realize that many of you might be concerned about current or pending grant funding from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Please feel at ease on that point—we are here to help and will be as flexible as possible with changes in the schedule and scope of grant-funded projects and programs.
The safety and well-being of our constituents and staff, and our ability to ensure the continuity of our services to you, are our top priorities. So, regardless of whether our staff are in the office or working remotely, we are available and will respond to your questions and concerns. Please don’t hesitate to reach out via email or phone.
General Preparedness Guidelines
- ArtsReady and NCAPER (National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response)
- CDC interim guidelines for community organizations
- CDC interim guidelines for mass events
- COVID-19/Coronavirus Resources & Information for the Museum Field, from the American Alliance of Museums
- Performing arts: Theatre Communications Group’s Coronavirus Preparedness Webinar and the Event Safety Alliance’s Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak, the League of American Orchestras coronavirus resources page
- Americans for the Arts basic individual prevention measures
Americans for the Arts is gathering data and impact stories. The survey will capture a broad spectrum of data and stories that will demonstrate how the arts and culture workers survived this crisis as well as the effect of the outbreak on operations through cancelled events, lost wages, and additional expenses. AFTA asks you to respond and encourages you to share this survey with your communities.
Federal relief for the non-profit arts sector
Congress and the Administration are approving new forms of federal economic assistance. Artists, arts organizations and arts supporters can join with others in the arts and nonprofit sector to speak up to ensure that relief will meet all community needs. Learn how you can help the arts get critical support.
How Dancers and Dance Organizations [and other performing arts] Can Prepare for the Financial Fallout of COVID-19. This interview with Jan Newcomb, executive director of NCAPER (the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response), addresses things artists and organizations can be doing today to mitigate your situation and become more informed.
The Event Safety Alliance is making several key resources available for free or at reduced cost, including the Event Safety Guide, and Event Safety Access core safety training.
Resources for Individual and Teaching Artists
- Creative Capital is continually updating its list of resources for artists including emergency grants and guides for web-conferencing and live-streaming events.
- Freelance Artists Resources offers an ever-growing, crowdsourced list of resources for freelance artists, including emergency funding opportunities, mental health resources, and online meeting platforms.
- Originally created by Dr. Daphnie Sicre of Loyola University, “Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak” provides practical advice and resources to help theatre and/or dance teaching artists to move their classes online.
- CERF+, which provides education programs, advocacy, network building, and emergency relief for artists, offers Coronavirus: Protect Yourself and Your Career
National Grants/Relief Funds from 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organizations & Unions
- List of Funding Opportunities from 3Arts
- List of Funding Opportunities from Women Arts
- List of Emergency Funding Opportunities for Visual Artists
- Emergency Grants – Foundation for Contemporary Arts
- Emergency Grants – New York Foundation for the Arts (visual arts focus)
- Emergency Grants – Rauschenberg Foundation
- Emergency Relief Programs – Alliance of Artist Communities
- Emergency Grants – Haven Foundation
- Emergency Grants – Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant (visual arts)
- Emergency Grants – Dramatists Guild Foundation
- Emergency Funding – CERF + The Artists Safety Net
- Emergency Financial Assistance-Actors Fund (not just for actors)
- AGMA Relief Fund
- Freelancers Union
- Springboard for the Arts
- The National Writers Union Freelance Solidarity Project
- PEN America Writers Emergency Fund
- Authors League Fund
- American Society of Journalism and Authors
- Authors League Fund
- Carnegie Fund for Authors
- Shade Literary Arts Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund