COVID-19 Resources & Information


For a WESTAF general update on trends, resources, and data across the West and the nation.

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Explore hospital bed use, need for intensive care beds, and ventilator use due to COVID-19 based on projected deaths for all 50 US states and the District of Columbia.

The Centers for Disease Control
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offer information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19, what to do if you are sick, resources for the community, and more.

World Health Organization
Rolling updates on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)  provided by the World Health Organization.

Emergency Funding 

Alaska COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants
The Alaska Community Foundation is now accepting applications from eligible charitable organizations 501(c)(3) nonprofits, or equivalent, organizations located in the state of Alaska. Individual grant amounts will be awarded from $5,000 to $20,000.

Americans for the Arts’ Table of Information on COVID-19 Federal Relief Fund
This table provides information on accessing CARES Act funds from the perspective of a nonprofit arts organization, a governmental arts agency, a commercial arts company, a self-employed individual artist, and as a taxpayer. 

CARES Act Funding Reporting Tips
This new resource from NASAA is intended to help with questions surrounding tracking and maintaining CARES Act grant records.

CA CARES Funding
The California Arts Council will distribute the $710,400 of State Arts Agency CARES Act funding awarded by the National Endowment from the Arts to the 54 Arts Council’s State-Local Partner grantees on an opt-in basis. 

Colorado Nonprofit Association
COVID-19 updates and resources for Colorado nonprofit organizations.

COVID-19 Epidemic Nonprofit Relief
Information to help Colorado nonprofit organizations file for loans under federal legislation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund – Metro Denver
An emergency fund aimed at helping small and mid-sized arts & culture organizations in metro Denver survive the COVID-19 crisis.

Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts CARES Act Relief Fund
The SFCA CARES Act Relief Fund is a one-time grant open to nonprofit organizations that have been reviewed and recommended for award by the SFCA through its Biennium Grant FY2020 and FY2021 panels. Qualifying organizations will be notified individually and will receive a login to the application.

Phoenix Microbusiness Resiliency Grants
The City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department has launched a grant program for local microbusinesses. Microbusiness owners, solo practitioners, and entrepreneurs with fewer than five employees may be eligible for $5,000. Eligible businesses include individual artists, galleries, venues, and other small for-profit arts businesses that meet the grant criteria. 

Reopen Fund for Cultural Organizations + Landmarks in King County, WA
The Reopen fund provides support for the training, protective equipment, infrastructure improvements, systems upgrades, additional personnel and other measures needed for cultural organizations and the owners/stewards of designated landmarks to provide programming under and to adapt to COVID-19 public health restrictions.

The Alaska COVID-19 Response Fund
The Alaska COVID-19 Response Fund supports nonprofits that provide critical services to communities, families, and individuals throughout Alaska who are struggling with health and economic issues related to COVID-19 pandemic, and those that are essential for the quality of life in Alaskan communities.

National Arts Organizations

Alliance of Artists’ Communities
You can find a wide array of COVID-19 resources for artists and artist residencies on the Alliance of Artists’ Communities website, including:

American Alliance of Museums
COVID-19 resources and information for the museum field are available on the American Alliance of Museums’ website.

Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts (AFTA) offers up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field. The organization’s resources include a webinar featuring current information about the virus and advice for how the arts and culture sector can move forward.

ArtsReady is an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits.

Grantmakers in the Arts
An update and action items regarding COVID-19 and arts funding from Grantmakers in the Arts.

National Coalition of Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER)
NCAPER helps ensure that artists, arts/cultural organizations, cultural funders, and arts businesses have the capacity and ability to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies affecting the arts and culture sector.

National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts (the Arts Endowment) offers COVID-19 resources for artists and arts organizations.

Resources for Artists

Artist + Activist Relief Fund
The Artist + Activist Relief Fund supports artists and activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Up to $200 to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CERF + Artist Safety Net
CERF+ created the COVID-19 Response Fund to support artists working in craft disciplines.

COVID-19 Freelance Artists Resources
A COVID-19 resources list specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. 

COVID-19 Resources for Artists of Color – Fractured Atlas
Artists and cultural innovators are uniquely positioned to move the needle of public opinion and disrupt prevailing narratives around race and equity in the context of the pandemic. These resources are meant to provide a point of departure to this effort, and include fundraisers, financial support, and mutual aid networks, among other tools, for these difficult times.

Financial Relief for Artists During COVID-19
A list of emergency resources for artists compiled by Artwork Archive.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Fund
Immediate assistance to artists living and working anywhere in the United States for projects occurring in the US and abroad. Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500.

Freelancers Relief Fund
Freelancers Relief Fund will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
The new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides up to 39 weeks of federally funded unemployment benefits to individuals who are self-employed, part-time workers, independent contractors, and workers otherwise ineligible for state unemployment benefits. 

The Creator Fund
The Creator Fund from the email marketing company ConvertKit is offering financial assistance of up to $500 for artists and small business owners—the term “creator” is loosely defined. The mini grants can be used for groceries, childcare, rent, mortgage or medical expenses.

The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project
The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide immediate relief to some of the most underserved communities in the country.

The Photographer Fund
A $25,000 fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19. 

The South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund
The South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund is a direct response by the India Center Foundation to offer support to South Asian arts workers impacted by COVID-19.

Twenty Summers’ Emergency Arts Fund
The Emergency Arts Fund is the first nationwide initiative that supports both artists and arts organizations, gives artists a chance to promote their work from home, and stimulates and connects art lovers during a time of social isolation.


  • Alaska Small Business Development Center
    The Alaska Small Business Development Center is here to support and prepare small businesses in the days, weeks, and months to come. Here you will find guidance, updates, and resources to help adapt in an unpredictable situation.
  • Small Business Association Disaster Assistance Loans
    The Small Business Association provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.



  • Alliance for California Traditional Arts
    Resources for traditional artists affected by COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Resources for San Jose Arts Community
    Compiled by the City of San Jose
  • Intersection for the Arts’ Artist Resources
    Tools for Bay Area artists grappling with the repercussions of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Bay Area Emergency Fund: Artists/Event Production
    This fund for artists and event producers who make their living from live events is accepting donations, but so far doesn’t have an application process available. When the application goes live, it will require bank statements and proof of an event cancellation that resulted in loss of income.

  • Theatre Bay Area’s Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund
    The COVID-19: Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund is a resource for performing arts workers who are facing a loss of income due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Theatre Bay Area has launched this fund with the generous donations from individual donors, many of them fellow artists.
  • COVID-19 News and Resources
    The California Arts Council’s COVID-19 News and Resources page includes the latest updates from the agency, emergency funding opportunities, emergency preparedness best practices, and webinars featuring arts leaders and artists from the national arts community.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
    As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic.


  • Arts through it all
    A coalition of cultural organizations in the state united to develop this powerful, simple, and consistent messaging around how Coloradans who care about arts and culture can support the sector.
  • CARES Act Unemployment Benefit Applications
    The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced effective Monday, April 20th, it will begin taking unemployment benefit applications under the CARES Act, paying the additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits and launch other new points of access for unemployed workers to obtain information.
  • Colorado Artist Relief Fund
    The Colorado Artist Relief Fund supports artists experiencing economic distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Denver Actors Fund
    The Denver Actor Fund is accepting applications from theatre artists struggling with anxiety, depression and prolonged stress as the unprecedented COVID-19 shutdown. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Denver Small Business Emergency Relief Fund
    Providing up to a $7,500 in cash grants to our most vulnerable, this program is designed to assist eligible small businesses that may have had to temporarily close, have difficulty with paying their rent and utilities, or have had to lay off staff.
  • NoCo Music Relief Fund
    Bohemian Foundation’s NoCo Music Relief Fund provides assistance for individuals in the Northern Colorado Music Community who are severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Guide
    Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is a program established by the CARES Act that temporarily expands unemployment insurance eligibility to self-employed workers, freelancers, independent contractors, and part-time workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
  • Resources to Support the Arts During Coronavirus
    A list of emergency and relief funds for artists and organizations compiled by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts. 


  • Resources for Independent Contractors
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provide resources for independent contractors to help them cover their financial needs during the public health emergency. 
  • Small Business Association Disaster Assistance Loans
    The Small Business Association provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.



  • Montana COVID-19 Fund
    This statewide fund will provide safety-net funding for Montana’s rural and tribal communities adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.



  • New Mexico Musicians’ Relief Fund
    The New Mexico Musicians’ Relief Fund helps New Mexico-based musicians of all genres who are financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19.


  • Lane County Artist Relief Fund
    Lane Arts Council created the Lane County Artist Relief Fund to aid individual artists who have lost work during the pandemic. Funding will be distributed to as many qualifying artists as possible, including visual artists, performing artists, literary artists, and event production workers. 
  • RACC’s Emergency Fund for Artists and Creative Workers
    The Regional Arts & Culture Council’s Emergency Fund for Artists and Creative Workers supports creative professionals who have experienced a financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. RACC will make awards up to $500 in order to support as many individual artists as possible, prioritizing those without access to other COVID-19 relief funds.
  • Gimme Shelter Emergency Fund
    The fund is open to any Oregon based performers from any discipline who have lost wages due to the COVID-19. Grants of $100-$500 will be dispersed for housing costs based on need. 
  • Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund
    This fund is currently for freelance/independent artists residing in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington. This fund is not for arts organizations or nonprofits. 
  • Valentine Fund
    The Valentine Fund was initiated in 1987 to provide financial assistance to members of the Portland-area theatre community in times of medical or personal emergency.


  • COVID-19 Cultural Resources
    A regularly updated list of resources for Utah’s cultural community compiled by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.



Performing Arts

Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP)
APAP is monitoring the spread and impact of the coronavirus on a daily basis and working with other field leadership organizations to gather information, share resources, and advocate for the field. 

COVID-19 Emergency Support Grants for Individual Artists
COVID-19 Emergency Support Grants for Performing Artists are for individual artists across all performing arts disciplines who are struggling to have their basic needs met due to loss of artistic income from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Resources for the Performing Arts
A list compiled by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Arts Program consisting of resources for arts organizations and artists contending with the impacts of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Resources List
Compiled by the Actors Fund, this list is being updated as needed.

Dramatists Guild Foundation Emergency Relief Grants
Emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund
If you are a musician who has lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak, 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. 

How Dancers and Dance Organizations Can Prepare for the Financial Fallout of COVID-19
In this unprecedented situation, many of us are reeling. Here’s what a dancer or dance organization can do to brace for the financial impact of coronavirus, no matter the degree of preparedness.

Jazz Road Quick Assist Fund
The Jazz Road Quick Assist Fund is a new, temporary emergency relief fund for jazz artists around the country who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response. Through this fund, Jazz Road is offering a limited number of $1,000 grants to artists whose tours and gigs in March, April, or May 2020 have been cancelled. The process will close when funds are depleted; artists are encouraged to submit as soon as possible.

Music COVID Relief
A resource to help music professionals access information and applications to receive benefits made available by the CARES Act. 

National Alliance for Musical Theatre COVID-19 Resources
Resources for theaters during the COVID-19 crisis.

New Music Solidarity Fund
The New Music Solidarity Fund is an artist-led initiative that aims to grant emergency funding to musicians impacted by COVID-19. 

OPERA America COVID-19 Resource Hub
Links to resources with current information and access to assistance.

The Actors Fund
The Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those in immediate financial need. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts. Remember, you may be eligible for more than one fund.

The League of American Orchestras
The League of American Orchestras’ resources page includes examples of sample audience communications as well as other readiness recommendations.

The Performing Arts Readiness Project
The Performing Arts Readiness Project offers significant resources for performing arts (and multidisciplinary) organizations. Grants of up to $7250 for 42 performing arts organizations for the creation of individual institutional emergency preparedness or Continuity of Operations (CoOP) plans. Grants of $5,000 – $25,000 each will be awarded for 10 projects to support both the development of new or emerging disaster preparedness networks that include performing arts and culture organizations, and the expansion of existing networks to increase participation among performing arts organizations. Five Emergency Preparedness Consultant/Circuit Riders to work directly with performing arts organizations on a local level, providing expertise, training, consulting and mentoring to staffs and Boards regarding effective emergency preparedness. Art of Mass Gatherings symposia that focuses on emergency preparedness for festivals and other outdoor events that feature performing arts.

PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund
PLUS1 is working with a collection of nonprofit organizations around the country to provide immediate assistance to musicians, music industry workers whose physical health, mental health, safety, and well being are most at risk to the impacts of the pandemic.

A resource website with ideas contributed by TechSoup and many community members with links to more information about philanthropies using technology to tackle the challenges of suddenly working remotely. The resources shared on the site include:

Guidance on Reopening

American Alliance for Museums Considerations for Museum Reopenings
Guidance and considerations for museum reopenings.

Best Practices Tip Sheet for Arts Organizations Re-engaging with Audiences or Visitors
The National Endowment for the Arts’ guidance based on a review and compilation of promising measures that arts organizations are taking to address COVID-19 to date.

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
Addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers.

Event Safety Guide and Webinar for Live Music Presenters
Guidance on how small events and venues can reopen as safely as possible. 

Guide to Reopening Theatrical Venues
A roadmap to reopening with a “menu” of mitigation measures that may or
may not be appropriate for any particular venue.

How Arts and Cultural Organizations Can Consider Adapting
A report aimed at helping arts and cultural organizations consider key questions and variables as they plan for reopening and a post-COVID-19 future.

Museums and Social Distancing: A Planning Toolkit
Considerations for reopening from CCD x Smartify. 

Precautions for Museums during COVID-19 Pandemic
This document is based on the examples of the National Gallery Singapore, M+ Hong Kong, and Mori Art Museum in March in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Reopening Guidance for Museums, Bowling and Agritourism
Governor Jay Inslee issued updated guidance as part of Washington state’s Safe Start phased reopening plan.

Reopening Starter Kit for Museums
American Alliance of Museums has created a Reopening Starter Kit for Museums, including customizable health and safety posters and decals, messaging templates, and checklists, in one convenient $15 package.

Reopening the Cultural Sector in U.S. Cities (PowerPoint)
Industry-specific guidance from Bloomberg Philanthropies on reopening cultural, community or entertainment venues. 

Reopen Every Venue Safely
Music Cities Together’s national campaign to develop and disseminate action plans and budgets rooted in a hyper-pragmatic understanding of the challenges ahead.

Reopening Resources: Ideas from the field for Colorado Arts & Culture
Examples and recommendations to inform Colorado arts and cultural organizations’ plans for reopening to the public.

Recommendations for Arts Education as North Carolina Reopens Schools
The Arts Education Leadership Coalition, in partnership with ArtsNC, has created this well-researched document to support Arts Education and it’s continued programming as North Carolina schools open later this summer. 

Roadmap for Recovery and Resilience for Theater
An ongoing study on how to reopen theater spaces as safely as possible. 

Tips and Resources for Reopening Safely
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ list of tips and resources for arts and cultural organizations navigating the process of reopening to the public in accordance with the guidelines of state and federal government.

What Could Reopening Arts And Culture Venues Look Like?
As different parts of the economy move to reopen, many arts and culture groups are discussing what reopening could look like for museums, theaters and music venues. 


16 Important Considerations for Branding During a Crisis
Professionals from Forbes Agency Council look at key elements likely to affect branding during a crisis and ways companies can adjust their marketing.

A Communication Check List during Times of Crisis
A check list for development and marketing professionals to communicate effectively with stakeholders beyond the first wave of a crisis.

Arts: Loans and Funding Information Webinar
The Georgia Council for the Arts and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits provide nonprofit cultural organizations with how-to guidance for Economic Injury Disaster Loans and applications for the Payroll Protection Program. 

Best Practices for Marketing During and After COVID-19
Marketing during these times requires sensitivity to what’s going on in people’s lives and the flexibility to keep up with swift and swooping changes.

Chairman’s Corner
Weekly podcast featuring National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter.

Common Field
Common Field’s list of COVID-19 resources for the artist organization field. 

Coronavirus Relief Options
In addition to traditional Small Business Association funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coronavirus Small Business Issues and Solutions Guide
A comprehensive guide to coronavirus issues and solutions for owners of small businesses compiled by the Chamber of Commerce. 

COVID-19 Resource Center for Nonprofits
Donorbox shares resources for nonprofits as they navigate the implications of the unfolding public health crisis.

COVID-19 Reveals the Urgency of Rethinking Revenue-Based Arts Funding
he nature of artistic production demands a different relationship to time and resources, and if we value the arts as a culture, we have to do more than pay lip service to that—we have to act on it.

Creative Capital
A comprehensive list of arts resources during the COVID-19 outbreak from Creative Capital. 

Disaster Philanthropy Funding Map
A list of foundations that have helped in past disasters and the grants they may have available. Find your state and click on details to see a list of funders. 

How Nonprofits and Board Members Can Respond to COVID-19
Board Source’s compilation of the sector’s most common questions answered by its Ask-an-Expert team, along with some helpful resources.

How to Support the COVID-19 Relief Effort Through Buying Art
Galerie Magazine shares some commercial art-based initiatives raising funds to support organizations that are struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Can I Contribute?
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, museum director and activist Nina Simon asks, “How can I contribute?” and tells us how she is figuring it out.

How the CARES Act Supports the Arts Sector
This Americans for the Arts webinar helps arts groups understand the loan and grant opportunities made possible through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. (A member login is required.)

Managing Nonprofit Finances During the Coronavirus Crisis
Financial management expert Hilda Polanco suggests key considerations for nonprofits.

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Overview Webinar
Nonprofit consulting firm Fiscal Management Associates (FMA) reviews step-by-step tips for nonprofit organizations considering applying for Paycheck Protection Program loans.

News and current information from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.

  • Philanthropy’s Role in Responding to COVID-19
    As the nonprofit arts sector and self-employed arts workers reel from the financial devastation of COVID-19, institutional funders, at this very moment, are left holding a very hot potato. At this precise moment–literally in the next few weeks–philanthropy will be forced to make difficult choices that it has not had to make before.
  • Sustaining Public Engagement During COVID-19
    To help artists and arts organizations facilitate arts engagement despite widespread COVID-19 lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, many state arts agencies are promoting virtual arts events that allow individuals and families to experience the arts online.
  • Virtual Marketplaces and COVID-19
    The COVID-19 pandemic is placing severe restrictions on public gatherings and physical interactions. To help the arts sector address this new reality, state arts agencies are establishing virtual marketplaces and helping artists develop new platforms for online retail.

Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Loan Program
SBA’s loan program for nonprofit organizations. If you are a small business, you should contact your local district SBA office to determine your eligibility. 

Why Marketing Matters During COVID-19 Closures
If your cultural organization is closed to the public due to COVID-19, don’t disregard marketing efforts. Here’s data to inform what to do instead.