COVID-19 Resources & Information


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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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:


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

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.

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.