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 Funds; Small Business Support; Learning Opportunities; Management Support; and Discipline-Specific Resources.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch now for essential info on how to communicate with supporters, virtual fundraisers, and topical fundraising strategies in partnership with Advance NYC!
Learn how to navigate unemployment enrollment, emergency assistance opportunities, and review financial planning tips in a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation webinar.
The National Endowment for the Arts provides guidance on creating accessible streaming events, virtual exhibitions, and online learning and convening.
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 (NYFLF) supports New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE.
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.
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.
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.
These grants support experienced painters, printmakers, and sculptors facing catastrophic events. Awards are up to $15,000 and typically $5,000.
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 and foundation partners are providing support for NYC area freelance dance workers ($500-$1,500) and dance making organizations ($2,500-$5,000).
The New Music USA Solidarity Fund is an artist-led initiative granting emergency awards of $500 to freelance musicians impacted by COVID-19.
Artists and administrators identifying as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) are eligible for $200 grants on a first-come-first-served basis.
Self-employed photographers who are facing financial hardships are invited to apply for grants of up to $500.
Artists and activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19 will be eligible for $250-$750 grants.
Up to $1,000 is available for arts professionals with a demonstrated need for medical aid, legal aid, or housing.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
$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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The U.S. S.B.A. provides information about loans and business development and guidance for employers.
NYC's S.B.S. page has an employee retention grant program, zero interest loan information, and guidance and FAQs for business owners.
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 NY provides free or low-fee legal services to protect and educate individuals and arts organizations across the state.
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.
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.
Find resources for quantifying economic impact of canceled work; advocacy, legal, and financial information; working and teaching online; maintaining health; and combating racism.
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.
Learn how to make the most of your PPP loan and the 8-week forgiveness window, and find answers to FAQs.
All festivals are welcome to join Zoom meetings on topics such as moving festivals online.
Learn to livestream performing arts events for free on HowlroundTV, with in-depth technical support, training, and help in getting the word out.
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.
AFTA's panel shares how they set up their relief funds, questions to ask, and insights they learned through the process.
Arts Action Fund's Nina Ozlu Tunceli helps you navigate CARES Act funding opportunities, regulations, and deadlines via Zoom weekdays from 11am-12pm EST.
Learn how to apply for relief through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in a recorded webinar with NEA staff.
Find federal relief information, relief funds, webinars, impact surveys, data dashboards, articles providing context, and equity and mental health resources.
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.
Learn physical and mental exercises for all ages to help manage the current situation.
Listen to a podcast about best practices for setting up a virtual work environment, including tools and daily routines.
Artwork Archive has rounded up tools for video-conferencing, selling artwork online, streaming events, running your art business, productivity, and social media.
AAM's resources include information about financial relief, staff policies, and using digital platforms.
The League's resources include group discussions and 1:1 executive consultations; advice on fundraising, marketing and governance; and creating digital events.
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's resources include information on advocacy, education, financial assistance, online tools, and resources for artists, arts organizations, and freelancers.
Join online workshops on topics such as moving programs online and peer meetings focused on organizations, teaching artists, creative aging and youth development.
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.