Create your arts organization's business continuity plan, because the
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A readiness plan is a combination of documents, processes, policies, and
trainings/drills to build your organization’s sustainability
What is ArtsReady?
ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized readiness plans for business continuity and post-crisis sustainability. ArtsReady 2.0 is being rolled out in two phases:
Pocket Response Resource: Available now, this free customizable emergency document puts critical emergency information in the pocket (or device) of staff, crew and volunteers, ensuring immediate access to information they’ll need in the first minutes and hours of any type of emergency. Download your customizable template and instructions here.
Online Planning Tool: Rolling out in 2021, this updated online tool provides a readiness assessment, guidance on updating/creating your readiness plan, and Guides and Resources to use and adapt for your organization’s customized plan. Your information will be securely stored, and you will be able to generate reports, training documents, templates, plan elements and more. Designed as an annual subscription, fee waivers for the first year will be offered.
ArtsReady 2.0 also offers Guides and Resources, an evolving inventory of publications, examples, and free resources to make sure you have access to current information to incorporate into your planning.
Why do readiness planning?
- To be able to get up and running after crisis.
- To protect community and cultural assets.
- To demonstrate sustainability to funders and stakeholders.
- To be prepared for any type of crisis, whether within your own organization or facility, in your local area, or a widespread disaster.
Federal Stimulus Assistance for the Arts
Shuttered Venue Opportunity GrantsWe thank our colleagues at Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund for their ongoing advocacy for, and information about, the Shuttered Venues Opportunity Grant. Visit their SVOG Update page.
Federal emergency grants for eligible arts and cultural venues are available through the Small Business Administration. Eligible entities include:
- Live venue operators or promoters
- Theatrical producers
- Live performing arts organization operators
- Museum operators
- Motion picture theater operators (including owners)
- Talent representative
UPDATE: May 11, 2021
The Arts Action Fund offers this update on SVOG. Important notes include:
- SBA stated that there are still ample funds available
- It’s advisable to submit your application by the end of May, though there is no deadline currently
- Please double check that your application was officially submitted
For organizations and artists not eligible for SVOG, additional federal COVID-19 economic assistance will be administered soon through the federal cultural agencies, state, regional and local arts and humanities agencies, and state and local government block grants. South Arts will regrant these assistance funds for the Southeast region; details will be announced soon. Sign up/follow South Arts to receive notifications!
Read the full update here.
The Arts Action Funds offers Zoom Office Hours with Nina Ozlu Tunceli each Friday at 11:00am ET to ask any questions related to federal COVID relief funds.
New Event Reopening GuideNIVA and The Event Safety Alliance Announce the free Safe in Sound: A Reopening Checklist for the Live Entertainment Industry.
Plan for 2021 Hurricane Season
View the webinar Learn How to Prepare Your Building and Collections for the 2021 hurricane season.
Announcing the free Pocket Response Resource
ArtsReady and the Performing Arts Readiness project have released the Pocket Response Resource (“PRR”). The PRR is a free document which prompts organizations to collect critical contact information on one side, and critical action steps such as evacuation, crisis communications, situational assessment, and prioritizing assets to be protected or salvaged on the other. It neatly folds down into a credit card-sized document piece for all staff, crew and volunteers to carry on their person – or have available to view on a device – so they have immediate access to information they’ll need in the first minutes and hours of any type of emergency. Download the PRR and Instructions here.
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ArtsReady works in partnership with these organizations to provide free resources and training for arts organizations and artists to increase their readiness, as well as respond and recover from crises.
- dPlan/ArtsReady 2.0 is a partnership of South Arts and NEDCC
- NCAPER – National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response
- CERF+/The Artists Safety Net
- Performing Arts Readiness, a community served by LYRASIS. The PAR project is made possible through generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.