Coronavirus Recommendations and Resources

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

Keep Jersey Arts Alive

COVID-19 Impact Webinars

Join ArtPride on Fri, Dec 10 for the next in our series of FREE webinars to discuss how New Jersey’s arts community is facing the challenges related to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dec 10, 2021 (Fri) | 10:00am - 10:45am


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Jul 8, 2021 Webinar: Complete Webinar Video
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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.

NEW Impact Survey for Arts and Cultural Organizations
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. These tests may be administered by staff and videos tutorials are available (it takes about 10 minutes to train staff). Becton Dickinson is able to FedEx up to 48 kits (1440 tests) to one location, so same-week delivery is possible. Request free tests via the link below.

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

Submit Content for Reopening Campaigns
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

CDC Foundation
Arts and cultural engagement can generate community demand for COVID-19 vaccines by making vaccination an accessible and socially supported choice. The CDC Foundation is seeking applications from community-based arts and culture organizations interested in improving vaccine confidence and acceptance through their chosen art form(s).

Engaging the Arts to Build Vaccine Confidence RFP
Engaging the Arts to Build Vaccine Confidence Application

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.

Shuttered Venues Operators Grant Program (SVOG) | Webinar Video
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
Express Bridge Loan


Resources for Individual Artists & Arts Professionals

Actors' Equity Assocation
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
Artists Relief is giving out $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and able to prove that they are practicing artists experiencing “dire financial emergencies” due to the pandemic. They must also provide a W9 and a Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.

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.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and is a one-time micro grant of $200.

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.