What Can I Do Today?:
- Start your application for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) available programs and specifically for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
- File an Employment Development Department (EDD) UI Online Application - the fastest and most convenient way to file or reopen your claim, certify for benefits, and get up-to-date claim and payment information. Self-employed and independent contractors now qualify.
- Take the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Survey here designed to collect information about the financial and human impacts that the spread of the coronavirus has had on arts and cultural organizations since that date.
- If you are an individual such as a practicing artist/hobby artist/creative worker/culture bearer, an educator/teaching artist, and/or a creative entrepreneur, click here to complete the AFTA separate survey for individuals.
Programs initiated to-date:
Federal Relief Resources
- On March 27, the US House of Representatives passed, and President Trump signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), an unprecedented and historic $2 Trillion pandemic relief package with many provisions that will help arts nonprofits who are struggling as well as artists and arts workers who are unemployed as a result of COVID-19. For additional information about provisions in the CARES Act that effect nonprofits click here.
- The CARES Act offers many funding opportunities for small businesses, non-profits, sole proprietorships, freelancers, contract workers, and gig economy workers. Here is a breakdown of key opportunities compiled by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
State Relief Resources
- All independent contractors and the self-employed professionals qualify for the expanded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. For more information, visit the California Employment Development Department (EDD) at edd.ca.gov.
City Relief Resources
- Apply for the City of Los Angeles Emergency Microloan Program: https://ewddlacity.com/index.php/microloan-program.
- Small business owners may view the Los Angeles County Commercial Rental / Eviction Moratorium here.
- The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) issued the Arts Emergency Relief Fund to provide relief to a spectrum of LA-based performing artists who were financially affected by the unanticipated disruption caused by COVID-19. Applications deadline is May 1st.
- DCA has developed a list of resources to provide opportunities for art instruction, art experiences, and creative pursuits during this period of social distancing here.
Relief Funds & Financial Assistance For Individuals
- Actors Fund emergency financial assistance program helps eligible applicants in need. The Actors Fund is also administering COVID19 Assistance programs for performing arts and entertainment unions including SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Actors Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists and Musicians Local 802. Additionally, The Fund is administering the Jujamcyn Theatre Assistance Program.
- Artly World launched the Artist Relief Project supporting artist with $200 grants.
- Dramatists Guild Foundation launches relief fund supporting individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters.
- Forecast has launched a national initiative to support public artists and public art programs during this pandemic. They will immediately begin to offer pro bono consultations and technical support to any public artist or public art administrator based in the U.S. and the Native nations that share the same geography from now until May 31.
- 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.
- In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Women's Center for Creative Work is currently distributing $1,000 grants to support individual artists. They are opting for a short form application and rolling weekly deadline for $1,000 grants. Applicants who qualify* can submit an application by the Friday deadline each week here.
Additional Arts Relief Programs:
Help for Public Arts Spaces
- Project for Public Spaces created a blog post to help public space managers help fight COVID-19: https://www.pps.org/article/you-asked-we-answered-how-can-public-space-managers-help-fight-covid-19
- Americans for the Arts has a blog post on resources, stories and information for implementing community engagement events virtually here: https://blog.americansforthearts.org/2020/03/25/community-engagement-in-the-time-of-covid-19
Americans for the Arts: Coronavirus Webinars
- How CARES Act Supports The Art Sector: https://artsu.americansforthearts.org/products/how-the-cares-act-supports-the-arts-sector
- Setting Up an Emergency Fund: https://artsu.americansforthearts.org/products/setting-up-an-emergency-relief-fund
- Arts and Culture Sector and the Coronavirus: What we know and how to move forward? : https://artsu.americansforthearts.org/products/arts-and-culture-sector-and-the-coronavirus-what-we-know-and-how-to-move-forward#tab-product_tab_overview
- We Are Stronger Together: Navigating Crises and Sustaining Healthy Relationships in the Era of Coronavirus: https://artsu.americansforthearts.org/products/we-are-stronger-together-navigating-crises-and-sustaining-healthy-relationships-in-the-era-of-coronavirus