COVID-19 RESOURCES

As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues, ArtsBoston continues to monitor developments and has assembled resources to share with Greater Boston’s arts and cultural communtiy.

As we work through and mitigate COVID-19’s devastating effect on our sector, we look forward to better times ahead and are preparing for recovery. We are also aware of how a crisis like this can often have a disparate and inequitable impact on marginalized communities. Know that our dedication to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility will guide us as we respond and will share resources as they become available.

CARES Act

MassCreative

  • Economic Relief Summary for Creative Economy

Americans For The Arts

  • COVID-19 Resource & Response Center

Nonprofit Organizations 

Arts Ready

  • ArtsReady is a national online emergency preparedness service for and by arts and cultural nonprofits pulling together resources, information, and on-going list of sector webinars

Mass Cultural Council’s Safe Harbors Program

  • For Existing Grantees: Financial supplement and capacity-building coaching
  • For All: Webinar Instructional Series technical training on understanding both the CARES and Family First Acts

Nonprofit Finance Fund

  • COVID-19 Tools and Resources for Nonprofits

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

  • A program of the Greater Boston Arts & Business Council, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) is offering free counseling services for arts organizations and individuals experiencing financial hardship. 15-minute introductory calls are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays to discuss the CARES Act, including SBA loans and expanded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

For-profit Organizations

City of Boston Small Business Relief Fund

  • Organizations with under 35 employees and $1.5 million in annual revenue, can apply for a relief grant

Panel: Ensuring Small & Minority-Owned Businesses Aren’t Left Behind

  • The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce panel focuses on inequities that emerge during crises, and detail the efforts being made by financial and government institutions to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, and how we can collectively support our region’s small and minority business enterprises

Artists and Administators

Artist Relief Fund

  • A national fund to provide $5,000 grants for practicing U.S. artists experiencing financial emergencies

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

  • A national fund for BIPOC artists and arts administrators, financially impacted by COVID-19 organized by Arts Administrators of Color (AAC) Network

Boston Artist Relief Fund

  • Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture and the Boston Center for the Arts are collecting & distributing funds for artists living in Boston whose income or creative process has been impacted by COVID-19

Boston Dance Alliance Dance Relief Fund

  • Boston Dance Alliance is providing emergency stipends of $250 to freelance dancers, choreographers, and dance teachers in any dance genre to assist with immediate basic needs. Applications currently closed, accepting donations only at this time

Boston Singers’ Relief Fund

  • This fund grants up to $500 for New England resident singers who own at least 15% of their income through singing. Applications currently closed (but may re-open later); accepting donations only at this time

Cambridge Artist Relief Fund

  • Focused on lost income, current and into the foreseeable future, this fund will provide one-time relief to arts organizations and artists who live, work, create, or perform in Cambridge

Club Passim Emergency Artist Relief Fund (PEAR)

  • This relief funds up to $500 for musicians willing to participate in Club Passim’s KEEP YOUR DISTANCE Fest

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

  • Resources put together by the Freelance Artist Resource Producing Collective

Powerful Pathways Emergency Mini-Relief Fund for At-Risk Creatives

  • This fund focuses on supporting marginalized creatives in Greater Boston. Applications currently closed, accepting donations only at this time.

Theatre Community Benevolent Fund

  • This fund provides confidential financial relief for individual theatre practitioners & nonprofit organizations in and around Greater Boston

The Theatre Offensive QTPOC Artists and Youth Relief Fund

  • Rapid grants of up to $200 will be made to qualifying applicants weekly through May 8, 2020 or until funds are exhausted.

NAAC Boston

The Network For Arts Administrators of Color Virtual Socials

  • Each Tuesday, NAAC Boston will be holding a virtual social, open to self-identifying POC arts workers in order to commiserate, heal, and celebrate

Advocacy Tools

Americans for the Arts Action Center

  • Urge Support for the Arts During COVID-19 Outbreak by writing to your U.S. senators and representative with this easy online tool

The Arts Factor Report

  • The Arts Factor remains the most recent and comprehensive assessment of what’s at risk for the regional cultural economy as the coronavirus pandemic continues taking its economic toll

MassCreative COVID-19 Advocacy Page

  • Information on how to reach out to your state legislators & share your economic impact story

U.S. Census

  • Make sure your household has filled out the 2020 Census to help determine political representation and federal funding for the next decade.