Coronavirus Recommendations and Resources

ArtPride understands that public health and safety are top priorities for the arts sector. We are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on our community and compiling resources on this page as they become available.

In 2020, ArtPride launched a webinar series to help the New Jersey arts community deal with ongoing challenges related to the COVID-19 crisis. Over time, we have expanded our webinar content to feature the latest details on our ongoing advocacy work and programs related to audience development, promoting public value, and community engagement.

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Resources for Arts Organizations

Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Resource and Response Center
AFTA continues to closely monitor recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal and D.C. governments as developments evolve concerning the coronavirus. Its online resource center provides information for organizations and individuals, as well as field tools and research.

NJ Creative Economy COVID-19 Impact Infographic
Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers

ArtPride New Jersey
Check out the PDF linked below to learn simple steps you can take to make sure arts funding is included in the American Rescue Plan. In addition, ArtPride is partnering with Becton Dickinson to make a limited number of BD Veritor rapid response COVID-19 tests available to New Jersey arts organizations. Becton Dickinson is able to ship multiples of 60 tests (2 tests per kit, 30 kits per box) to one location, so same-week delivery is possible. Please complete this form with the information requested as soon as possible to assure delivery in a timely fashion.

ArtPride is also partnering with the NJ State Council on the Arts on a fall reopening campaign on to support the arts community's efforts to welcome patrons back. Visit the link below for details on how to submit content and be included. 

Urge Your U.S. House Representative to Co-Sponsor Creative Economy Revitalization Act
American Rescue Plan - Simple Steps PDF
Request Free COVID-19 Tests for NJ Arts Organizations

Download COVID-19 Safety Symbols

Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative 
Bloomberg Philanthropies is providing cities the tools to understand, respond to, and manage COVID-19, including sector-specific guidelines on reopening that acknowledge differences in cultural venues and visitor experiences.

Reopening the Cultural Sector in U.S. Cities Report

Event Safety Alliance
In response to the catastrophic effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the live event industry, the Event Safety Alliance is making it easier to access our guidance, training, and membership programs to ensure that they remain available to everyone during this challenging period. ESA is committed to supporting our industry family as we navigate this situation together.

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
Event Safety Guide

National Endowment for the Arts
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is designed to fuel the nation’s recovery from the devastating economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The NEA will competitively award Rescue Plan funds to eligible organizations nationwide. These funds are intended to help support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations nationwide, and assist the field in its response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike other NEA funding programs, Rescue Plan funds are intended to support specific operating costs only. Cost share/matching funds are not required

Grants to Arts Organizations
Grants to Local Arts Agencies for Subgranting
The Art of Reopening - Guide to Current Practices

New Jersey Arts & Culture Recovery Fund
The New Jersey Arts & Culture Recovery Fund has been established to ensure the survival and strength of the state's arts, cultural, and historical sector during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) Project
The Performing Arts Readiness Project is offering resources that assist organizations with emergency planning and contribute to sustainability during a crisis. These resources include grants to performing arts organizations for the creation of individual institutional emergency preparedness and for projects to support both the development of new or emerging disaster preparedness networks that include performing arts and culture organizations.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
SBA offers several different relief options to help businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Resources for Individual Artists & Arts Professionals

Actors' Equity Association
Actors’ Equity Association, the national union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers working in live theatre, has released the four core principals needed to support safe and healthy theater production.

The Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance
The Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those in immediate financial need. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts.

Artists Relief Project
Artists who have been directly impacted by event cancellations and venue closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic are able to apply for financial support through the Artists Relief Project, funded by Artly World. The funds are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis and applicants must be able to demonstrate that they’re an artist by providing a resume or website link.

CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund
CERF+ emergency assistance for artists includes grants and/or brokered assistance, such as booth fee waivers and discounts or donations on supplies and equipment.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.

The Crew Nation Fund
Live Nation has created The Crew Nation Fund to help support live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19.

Dramatists Guild Foundation Emergency Grants
DGF provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Relief Fund
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation has created the COVID-19 Relief Fund that is now available to eligible SAG-AFTRA members who have been impacted by this pandemic. Emergency financial assistance is available for people who are unable to pay their basic living expenses

General Resources

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub
Call (General COVID-19 Questions): 2-1-1 (7a-11p)
Call (Clinical Questions): 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)
Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts

New Jersey Reopening Timeline
State Safety Guidelines

New Jersey Business Action Center
Search for information on COVID-19's impact on businesses and individuals.

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Learn about New Jersey Unemployment Insurance and see if you're eligible for benefits.


Action Alerts

ACT NOW – Contact NJ legislators re continued pandemic relief for arts & culture

S2800/A4233 was recently introduced to support New Jersey’s creative industries with $70 million of federal American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds still available to the State of New Jersey.

Cultural organizations were among the very first to close and the last to reopen when pandemic restrictions eased. Most continue to struggle financially with decreased revenue as audiences have not yet returned to pre-pandemic capacity levels. Earlier federal funding has long since expired.

Funds will provide grants to nonprofit and for-profit arts and cultural organizations through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) to recoup lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and help...
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Support the Creative Economy Bills
The U.S. Congress is currently considering seven bills that will support the creative industries in recovery. Many offer ways for federal agencies to expand services and opportunities to benefit individual artists and cultural organizations.

Together, these bills map a new, more equitable and impactful policy landscape for creative businesses and workers and, if passed, would improve the lives of all Americans by expanding opportunity for creative workers and boosting the U.S. economy.

Please ask your member of Congress to cosponsor any or all of these bills.
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