Create your arts organization's business

continuity plan, because the

unexpected, won't-happen-to-me,

actually does happen.

A readiness plan is a combination of

documents, processes, policies, and

trainings/drills to build your

organization’s sustainability
and resilience.

Be ArtsReady.

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


The National Endowment for the Arts has released guidelines and application materials for two programs to distribute American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds as well as resources for applicants. These programs are open to nonprofit arts and culture organizations and local arts agencies, regardless of whether they have received NEA funding in the past. This is a change from previous emergency funding requirements at the NEA and significantly expands access to federal funds for the arts and culture sector.


Watch the July 13th webinar with the National Endowment for the Arts team and South Arts to explore these new programs, learn how to register your organization to be eligible for federal funding, gain other resources, and participate in a Q&A session. First-time applicants are encouraged to apply, and this workshop provides content for first-timers as well as previous NEA applicants.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program


This is a special notice from the National Endowment for the Arts.


The arts and culture sector was hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with high unemployment rates for artists and members of the creative industries. Many in our sector are experiencing housing insecurity and challenges with mortgages or paying the rent. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has and will continue to work to get information out to the creative community to assist in their effort to recover and rebuild.


President Biden is committed to assisting homeowners and renters and preventing a wave of evictions once the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) eviction moratorium expires on August 1st. American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding of $21.6 billion in emergency rental and mortgage assistance is available through state and local programs.


The NEA wants to ensure that artists and arts organizations are aware of the existing resources through the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program, and how they can best be used to keep people in their homes. We believe this could provide real aid to members of the arts and creative industries during this very challenging time.


Arts practitioners and artists who have been experiencing housing instability, or are having trouble making rent or mortgage payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic should know that they are not alone. Federal, state, and local governments are offering help with housing expenses and avoiding eviction. Information is available at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s mortgage and housing assistance site on available resources.


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The Small Business Administration (SBA) has shared important news regarding the Shuttered Venue Operator Grants (SVOG) program.


Our colleagues at the Performing Arts Alliance have passed this along: As you may be aware, the opportunity to apply for an initial SVOG award will close on August 20, 2021. If your organization is considering applying for an award, please visit the SBA SVOG FAQ's page for eligibility and application requirements. If your organization has been preparing an application and has not yet submitted, please note this deadline for completion! The SBA will continue to process initial grant applications received by August 20, as the agency begins to open the appeal, reconsideration, and supplemental processes.


Other reminders include:

  • If you have already submitted an application and were denied, an invitation to appeal the decision was sent on August 2. Invitations to have your approved grant amount reconsidered will be issued beginning on August 4.

  • All SVOG applicants will be given an opportunity to update their Q1 calendar 2021 earned revenue figures before August 23, to better inform the SBA process for determining eligibility for supplemental awards.

  • During the week of August 23, the SBA will invite all applicants eligible for a supplemental award to accept a second SVOG grant.


For additional information, please refer to the SBA SVOG webpages or contact your PAA Member Group.


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.

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