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.


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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.

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