COVID-19 Resources for Artists, Arts Organizations and Museums

The following organizations are providing frequently updated news and resources for artists, arts organizations and museums affected by the COVID-19 outbreak:

Art and Healing / Education

Arts Education Partnership - Resources for those involved in arts education.

National Association for Music Education - Resources for music educators and students, including instrument hygiene, health and travel-related resources. Also check out their virtual teaching and learning resources for music educators.

UC Berkeley Extension Mental Health Resources - Mental health resources to help prevent creative and professional burnout.

Arts Disaster and Recovery Resources (General)

Alliance of Artists Communities - Post on COVID-19 preparedness for artist residency programs.

Art House Convergence - Resources for art houses and cinemas affected by COVID-19. Includes a worldwide map of art house closures, funding resources and virtual events, among others.

ArtsReady - Information for arts organizations and nonprofits on maintaining business continuity during and after COVID-19.

Association of Performing Arts Professionals - APAP put together a survey of performing artists and performing arts organizations, in order to determine the impact of COVID-19 on these groups. APAP also has a database which includes disaster resources and webinars.

CERF+ - Resources for out of work artists, including funding resources and insurance information. Also has area where people can donate to support CERF+’s cause.

New York Times COVID-19 Map - Regularly updated map of the current COVID-19 cases across the U.S.

Arts Focus Groups

Black Girl Magik - Self-care tools and links to mental health and financial resources.

Folk Alliance International - Health and safety, emergency funding and general resources for folk musicians and artists.

Lifetime Arts - COVID-19 resources and support for arts organizations with arts education programming designed for 55+ age groups.

WomenArts - Contains emergency funding links for artists of all disciplines, writers, musicians and visual artists.

Freelance Artists / Small Business Resources

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists Blog - Contains emergency funding, legal, community care, online and advocacy resources for freelance artists.

U.S. Small Business Administration - Disaster resources, including how to apply for disaster loans. Also includes information about the Paycheck Protection Program, which is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

Funding and Grants

Creative Capital - Resources for artists include national and local grants, online workshops and a list of virtual arts events. This database also has a form where visitors can add additional resources.

Dramatists Guild Foundation - Emergency grants for writers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts - Instructions on how to apply for a $1,500 grant for artists whose performances have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19.

Virginia Grantwatch - Grants of up to $25,000 for eligible nonprofits to help Virginia residents who are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Deadline to apply is April 13. Virginia Grantwatch also has ongoing grants for Virginia nonprofits providing assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak.


American Alliance of Museums - A guide for museums workers and organizations affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Includes specific information about financial resources for museums, cleaning tips and steps to take programming virtual, among others.

Association of Art Museum Directors - COVID-19 responses from museums across the country, as well as a list of different resources.

Google - 2,500+ museums are Accessible through Google Arts & Culture Online Collections

National Resources

Americans for the Arts - Americans for the Arts has a national database of resources for artists and arts organizations, in addition to their Survey on Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Arts Communities.

Fractured Atlas - List of national, regional and general resources for artists and arts organizations impacted by COVID-19.

National Coalition for Arts Preparedness & Emergency Response - National emergency resources for artists, arts groups, freelancers and

National Endowment for the Arts - List of national resources for artists and arts organizations. The page also contains a links to a message from the NEA Chairman and an update for NEA grantees and grant applicants.


CARES Act Loans for Non-Profits - Following a request submitted by Governor Northam on March 18, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Virginia. Small businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the Commonwealth affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis can now apply for low-interest federal disaster loans of up to $2 million from the SBA to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses. To submit a loan application through the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, please visit

Common Field - A variety of resources for nonprofit arts organizations, including funding and grants, health, technology, teaching tools and more.

Hampton Roads Community Foundation - Resources for Hampton Roads area non-profits affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

National Council of Nonprofits - Contains a list of FAQs for nonprofits dealing with the impact of COVID-19, state by state resources, a survey to share how your nonprofit has been impacted and an overall resource database. The organization also assembled a guide to navigating loans available due to COVID-19.

Open Calls

Café - A national database of open artist calls. Sortable by location, call type, eligibility and entry fee.

Performing Artists

American Association of Community Theatre - Resources for theater organizations and performers affected by COVID-19. If you are not a member, you will have to register for an account to view the resources.

Dance/USA - Information for performing artists/arts groups about dealing with business and insurance related questions due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

League of American Orchestras - A variety of resources for orchestras affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Resources include financial, communications, business continuity, virtual opportunities and more.

OPERA America - Resources for arts organizations affected by COVID-19, including employee resources, advocacy organizations, health and data resources and more.

Regional Resources

Alternate ROOTS | Southern Region, US -Tips to access financial resources for artists, self-care resources and more.

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association - A survey on the effects of COVID-19 on tourism to Native American Tribal lands.

Artist Trust |Washington State - Contains national resources for artists, as well as museums, theaters and performing arts venues.

A.R.T./New York - Financial, educational, online and communication resources for artists and arts organizations.

Billboard - Contains a state by state guide for musicians affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation - A variety of national and Mid-Atlantic regional resources for artists and arts organizations affected by COVID-19.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies - Resources for preparedness, events/cultural facilities and more COVID-19 related information.

New York Foundation for the Arts - Disaster resources, emergency grants, financial resources, housing resources, legal resources and more for artists and arts organizations affected by COVID-19.

Special Deals

Class Central - Class Central offers free online courses from different Ivy League institutions.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - The Guggenheim Museum is offering over 200 downloadable PDFs of a variety of cultural books.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts - VLA serves the artistic community’s need for legal services by providing access to free or low fee legal services. Qualifying artists can request legal assistance on all arts-related legal matters.

Visual Artists / Multi-Disciplinary

Women in the Arts and Media Coalition - Resources focused on women in different arts disciplines. Includes information for grants, non-profits, open calls and more.

Women Photograph - Open call for women and nonbinary photographers. Applications are open April 1 and due May 15.