NYSCA COVID-19 Resources


NYSCA is compiling and daily updating resources to support New York State's artists and arts organizations as we navigate the challenges of COVID-19 together. See below for Emergency FundsSmall Business SupportLearning Opportunities; Management Support; and Discipline-Specific Resources.

Featured Resources

NYSArts Online

Experience NYS' globally recognized culture from the comfort of your home through our new menu NYSArts Online, including Family fare, Visual Art, Film and Media, Movement/Dance, Theater, Opera/Classical Music, Jazz/World/Pop, and Spoken Word from our grantees across the state.

NYSCA PRESENTS: Moving your Content into the Digital World: Legal Guide for Individual Artists and Arts Organizations

Join us Wednesday, June 3 at 1PM for NYSCA PRESENTS - Moving your Content into the Digital World: Legal Guide for Individual Artists and Arts Organizations, presented in partnership with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

NYSCA Presents Arts Online: COVID Communications and Beyond

Our NYSCA PRESENTS webinar, "Arts Online: COVID Communications and Beyond" is now live for viewing! Watch for immediate and longer-term digital messaging strategies and practices for websites, email, and social media.

ATTN Artists: Keep NYS Creating Opportunity!

NYFA will award $1,000 project grants to support artists in Western New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Hudson Valley, and Long Island who previously applied for NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships in 2018, 2019, and/or 2020. 

Roadmap for Recovery and Resilience for Theater

Navigate reopening challenges with a roadmap from A.R.T. and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to guide policy about facility safety, staff protection, rehearsal and production protocol, strategies for minimizing audience risk, and online and outdoor models.

NYSCA Presents: Debunking the Top 5 Fundraising Myths in the Time of COVID-19

Watch now for essential info on how to communicate with supporters, virtual fundraisers, and topical fundraising strategies in partnership with Advance NYC!

Coping with Covid: Strategies for Mid-Atlantic Artists

Learn how to navigate unemployment enrollment, emergency assistance opportunities, and review financial planning tips in a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation webinar.

Resources to Help Ensure Accessibility of Your Virtual Events for People with Disabilities

The National Endowment for the Arts provides guidance on creating accessible streaming events, virtual exhibitions, and online learning and convening.

Oklahoma Museum Association: Museum Reopening Guide

See recommended cleaning procedures; distancing, mask, and elevator protocol; exhibition visitor flow; collections care; and best practices for stores and cafes.

New York Forward Loan Fund

New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) supports New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE.

Emergency Funds

NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund

This $75 million fund, created by the New York Community Trust and a consortium of foundations, will provide grants and zero-interest loans to small and mid-size nonprofits.

The Indie Theater Fund Rapid Relief Grants

Rapid relief grants of up to $500 will be awarded, prioritizing companies, venues, and individuals working in NYC independent theater operating with budgets under $250,000.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

Beginning in May 2020, the program will provide visual and media artists and choreographers with one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies.

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grants

These grants support experienced painters, printmakers, and sculptors facing catastrophic events. Awards are up to $15,000 and typically $5,000.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts: COVID-19 RELIEF FUND

The Foundation will disburse one-time $1,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of COVID-19.

Dance/NYC: Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund

Dance/NYC and foundation partners are providing support for NYC area freelance dance workers ($500-$1,500) and dance making organizations ($2,500-$5,000).

New Music USA: New Music Solidarity Fund

The New Music USA Solidarity Fund is an artist-led initiative granting emergency awards of $500 to freelance musicians impacted by COVID-19.

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Artists and administrators identifying as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) are eligible for $200 grants on a first-come-first-served basis.

Format: The Photographer Fund

Self-employed photographers who are facing financial hardships are invited to apply for grants of up to $500.

Soze Artist + Activist Relief Fund

Artists and activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19 will be eligible for $250-$750 grants.

Max’s Kansas City Project Emergency Grants

Up to $1,000 is available for arts professionals with a demonstrated need for medical aid, legal aid, or housing.

Drama League Directors Emergency Relief Fund

Beginning in mid-April, The Drama League launches DERF to provide emergency grants of $500-1,000 on a rolling basis to stage directors suffering financial hardship due to COVID-19. 

Dramatists Guild Foundation Emergency Grants

DGF provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness. Requests typically range from $500 to $3,000. 

Arts Council of Rockland Artist’s Support Fund

The Arts Council of Rockland (ACOR) and the Rockland Community Foundation have established a fund to provide grants of $250-$500 directly to Rockland County artists in need. Grants will be dispersed twice a year to artists selected through a review process.

Pen America Writers' Emergency Fund

PEN America will distribute grants of $500 to $1,000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

American Documentary COVID-19 Artist Emergency Fund

This fund supports the independent documentary community through rapid response grants up to $500 to assist artists with basic needs including food, immediate health needs and insurance premiums. 

Anonymous Was A Woman COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant

AWAW will distribute $250,000 in grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States and territories who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis. 

Artist Relief

Artist Relief is an emergency initiative organized by the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists to distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.

The Maurice Sendak Emergency Relief Fund

The fund provides up to $2,500 grants for children’s picture book artists and writers who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19.

The Louis Armstrong Emergency Fund for Jazz Musicians

The fund has allocated $1 million to award $1,000 one-time grants to assist freelance jazz musicians that live and/or work regularity in NYC.

The Pomeroy Fund for NYS History

This new fund will assist 501(c)(3) history-related organizations in NYS with operating budgets under $100,000 that have been forced to close in response to COVID-19. Grants of $1,000-$2,000 will assist with immediate needs of sustainability and/or technology. A total of $50,000 will be distributed.

NEA CARES Act Funding

$75 million has been appropriated to the National Endowment for the Arts through the CARES Act, including funding for nonprofit arts organizations and state and local arts agencies.

WNY Emergency Arts Relief Fund
Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations may request up to $5,000 and individual artists up to $1,000 starting May 1. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis based on: need for funding; urgency of request; impact of funding; and efforts to continue art and creative practice beyond COVID-19. 
The Creative Impact: Capital Region Artist Fund

Individual artists from Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties suffering financial losses due to canceled events and projects because of the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for $100 Visa Gift Cards and the opportunity to sell their artwork on the Albany Barn’s website, and/or be a part of Collectiveffort’s TV live stream.

NDN Collective COVID 19 Response Grants

The Artist and Entrepreneur Fund will provide grants of up to $5,000 to provide rapid response resources to Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs and small businesses bracing from economic contractions and stresses to daily business operations, solvency and future growth.

New York Foundation for the Arts: Tri-State Relief Fund

This new emergency relief grant program will provide $1,250,000 in unrestricted cash grants of $2,000 to Tri-State non-salaried workers in the visual arts who have experienced financial hardship from lack of income or opportunity as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. 

The Actors Fund

Emergency financial assistance is available for union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts who are unable to pay basic living expenses (food/housing/health care) for the next two months. 

Small Business and Legal Support

U.S. Small Business Association: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

The U.S. S.B.A. provides information about loans and business development and guidance for employers.

NYC Small Business Services

NYC's S.B.S. page has an employee retention grant program, zero interest loan information, and guidance and FAQs for business owners.

Lawyers Alliance for New York

Visit Lawyers Alliance for up-to-date legal information, guidance on topics such as contracts and board relations, and resources for non-profits.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts NY provides free or low-fee legal services to protect and educate individuals and arts organizations across the state.

Nonprofit Finance Fund Loan

The NFF is providing no-interest loans ranging from $100,000 to $3M to NYC nonprofits supporting arts and culture, essential healthcare, food delivery, homeless services, workforce development, and more.

New York Council on Nonprofits

NYCON provides free PPP and EIDL consulting and webinars on funding resources and sustainability. NYSCA grantees are also given free membership to NYCON that includes access to one-on-one consultations and services.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Find resources for quantifying economic impact of canceled work; advocacy, legal, and financial information; working and teaching online;  maintaining health; and combating racism.

Pentacle: Financial Urgent Care

Artistic entities with annual operating budgets under $125,000 can now access pro bono financial assistance. Entities with budget sizes over $125,000 will also have access to the program at significantly subsidized rates.

NYCON: Leveraging Your PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar

Learn how to make the most of your PPP loan and the 8-week forgiveness window, and find answers to FAQs.

Learning Opportunities

Film Festival Alliance Virtual Roundtables

All festivals are welcome to join Zoom meetings on topics such as moving festivals online.

HowlRound: Ways of Gathering in the Age of COVID-19: A Guide to Livestreaming

Learn to livestream performing arts events for free on HowlroundTV, with in-depth technical support, training, and help in getting the word out.

Livestream: COVID Relief for Artists, Freelancers and Gig Workers

Federal, state, and local officials, and freelancer advocates hosted a zoom briefing on the impact of COVID-19 and economic relief for artists, freelancers and gig workers. 

Americans for the Arts: Webinar: Setting Up An Emergency Relief Fund

AFTA's panel shares how they set up their relief funds, questions to ask, and insights they learned through the process.

Americans for the Arts Action Fund: Office Hours with Nina

Arts Action Fund's Nina Ozlu Tunceli helps you navigate CARES Act funding opportunities, regulations, and deadlines via Zoom weekdays from 11am-12pm EST.

ArtPlace America: CARES Act Funding Webinar

Learn how to apply for relief through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in a recorded webinar with NEA staff.

Americans for the Arts Resource and Response Center

Find federal relief information, relief funds, webinars, impact surveys, data dashboards, articles providing context, and equity and mental health resources.

The Actors Fund Workshops

All day Monday-Friday, join workshops on career and finance essentials such as job searching and resume review, health insurance, budgeting and managing cash flow, and finding affordable housing.

Management Resources

Educational Alliance: Guide to Stress Management and Preventing Cabin Fever

Learn physical and mental exercises for all ages to help manage the current situation.

Creating Virtual Workplaces

Listen to a podcast about best practices for setting up a virtual work environment, including tools and daily routines.

Digital Tools for Artists to Run a Remote Career During Coronavirus

Artwork Archive has rounded up tools for video-conferencing, selling artwork online, streaming events, running your art business, productivity, and social media.

Discipline-Specific Resources

American Alliance of Museums: COVID-19 Resources and Information for the Museum Field

AAM's resources include information about financial relief, staff policies, and using digital platforms.

League of American Orchestras: Coronavirus Resource Page

The League's resources include group discussions and 1:1 executive consultations; advice on fundraising, marketing and governance; and creating digital events.

Arts Education Partnership: COVID-19 Resources

AEP's resources help arts ed providers include guidance and tools for shifting to online platforms, considerations for afterschool programs, and ways to integrate social and emotional learning.

A.R.T./New York: Resources for Responding to COVID-19

A.R.T./New York's resources include information on advocacy, education, financial assistance, online tools, and resources for artists, arts organizations, and freelancers.

National Guild for Community Arts Education

Join online workshops on topics such as moving programs online and peer meetings focused on organizations, teaching artists, creative aging and youth development.

TrickleUP NYC Artists Network

Trickle Up NY is a new subscription video platform that enlists NY-based artists to create new content to help support artists below the poverty line.