ArtsReady Alert April 3, 2020

Guide to Government Relief for Arts Organizations and Individual Artists 

Nonprofits, and self-employed individuals, have opportunities for relief funding through the federal stimulus legislation. LOOK INTO THIS IMMEDIATELY. The process and regulations are still in development, so your bank and government do not have all of the answers today. However, a number of these resources will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so BEGIN THE PROCESS NOW. Our colleagues at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals have gathered information here.

Thanks to our colleagues at The Alliance and 20 Degrees for this information: 

Time is of the essence to prepare and submit your application for the SBA Paycheck Protection COVID-19 relief loan program, as these dollars will go quickly and nonprofits are eligible but potentially disadvantaged. Getting your application in as early as possible is one of the best things you can do. 

Small businesses and sole proprietorships can begin applying for loans on April 3, 2020.  

Independent contractors and those who are self-employed can begin applying on April 10, 2020. In the meantime, begin assembling the documents you’ll need such as earnings statements, work history, and documentation of work disruptions or cancellations.

Talk to a lender who already knows you. They need to be approved to do 7a loans in order to process this loan. Here is a list of the top most active 100 SBA lenders. As you are applying for these new loans, be sure to read current loan documents and keep in touch with current lenders. 

Need guidance on small business relief, including applying for SBA loans? This is a very useful article

Have your different scenarios ready for cost containment and new revenue generation. Here is the 20 Degrees Nonprofit COVID-19 toolkit that can help with that. 

Federal Funds: As part of the CARES Act, the National Endowment for the Arts received an additional $75M for regranting. The grant programs are currently in development, and funding will flow through the state arts agencies, regional arts organizations, as well as potential direct funding.

Through their new initiative ARTS FWD, EmcArts is offering arts leaders guidance in navigating these times and adapting their organizations. Virtual office hours, online workshops and weekly articles are among these free resources.

Creative Capital has resources and online workshops for artists and creatives.

Film and Media Artists: State-specific and national resources, gathered by Southern Documentary Fund.


Upcoming Webinars 

The CARES Act Becomes Law: What It Means for Media Artists and the Entertainment Industry, presented by the Raben Impact Entertainment.

Tuesday, April 7, 10:30am PT/1:30pm ET  

Learn about and discuss how the largest emergency aid package in U.S. history — the CARES Act — can support artists, content creators, and talent.


Americans for the Arts will present a webinar on navigating the arts relief funding.

Tuesday, April 8, time TBD.


Your Orchestra and COVID-19 Federal Relief 

Wednesday, April 8, 1:00pm ET (recording of April 2 presentation available)

Speakers: LaKeisha Caton and Kyle Miller, Pryor Cashman, LLP; Susan Nelson, TDC  

Join this free webinar for a topline overview of what is known as of now about paid leave requirements and relief, economic injury loans, payroll relief, and expanded unemployment benefits available for employees and independent contractors – and more. We will also explore how immediate forms of COVID-19 relief relate to the new need for crisis management through mid- and longer-term financial planning and strategic thinking.


Managing Stress from Home, presented by LYRASIS and the Performing Arts Readiness Project.

Wednesday, April 8, 2:00pm ET

THIS WEBINAR IS AT CAPACITY. It will be recorded and posted on April 9.


Crisis Engagement: 12 Tasks to Sustain Donors in Turbulent Times, presented by the Performing Arts Readiness Project, ArtsReady and NCAPER 

April 16, 2:00pm ET; Instructor: Matt Lehrman 

Amidst a still-unfolding public health and economic crisis, leaders of nonprofit organizations are profoundly challenged to sustain the support of their donors, members, volunteers, and other stakeholders. This 24-minute webinar (presented live, with additional time for open Q&A) offers an espresso shot of substantive & actionable recommendations designed to help you protect the relationships upon which your organization depends. Topics include Taking Care of Yourself & Your Team, 3 Relevant Questions to Ask your Largest Donors and Now What? What Needs to Change/What Must Stay the Same?


Three-Part Series Innovation in the Face of Adversity, presented by the American Craft Forum.

Part I: Friday, April 3, 3:00pm ET.  


Tracking the Impact 

For ongoing advocacy and relief/recovery resources, it’s critical that our field has real data on the impacts of COVID-19. If your organization has not yet participated, please complete this five-minute survey from Americans for the Arts. You can also find recent research on the subject from SMU/DataArts.

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Additional Information and Resources

The Performing Arts Readiness Project (PAR) offers free webinars on many aspects of arts preparedness. More are scheduled, and previous webinars have been recorded and are available on demand.

CERF+ offers the new Studio Safety Guide, in addition to its longstanding resource The Studio Protector.

Watch for the rollout of ArtsReady 2.0 later this spring!

Sign up for a free ArtsReady Basic Membership!

If you have questions or additional suggestions for your colleagues, please send them to

Be safe! 

Team ArtsReady 



Mollie Quinlan-Hayes



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