For the latest updates on COVID-19 from the City of Birmingham, text BHMCOVID to 888-777.
The United Way of Central Alabama has set up a COVID-19 Community Response.
Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced-cost programs that help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with findhelp.org
The Actors Fund
The Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to actors, dancers, film and television workers, musicians, and theater workers. Funds are available to union and non-union workers.
American Alliance of Museums
The American Alliance of Museums has compiled this guide to help museums prepare internally and externally for outbreaks in their communities and navigate the impact of COVID-19.
American Association of Community Theatre
The AACT is making its member resource roster available free of charge for several months, including a growing list of titles approved for live-streaming.
American Association of Independent Music
A2IM is surveying indie music companies about how the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting their businesses. The results will inform the organization’s discussions with the New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, as well as its investigations of federal assistance programs.
American Federation of Musicians
The AFM is calling on Congress to provide immediate economic relief on behalf of musicians and other working people in the midst of the crisis, including expanded unemployment benefits and a moratorium on evictions, foreclosures and utility shut-offs. The organization has a resource page providing more information. Additionally, disabled AFM members can apply for financial aid through its longstanding Petrillo Memorial Fund.
Americans for the Arts: COVID-19 Resource and Response Center
AAA is sharing resources, conducting an impact survey, and collecting stories for continued relief advocacy to the federal government on behalf of arts practitioners and organizations.
American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund
Any AGMA member in good standing is invited to apply for financial assistance under the AGMA Relief Fund, which has temporarily doubled the amount of assistance available to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Art Interrupted Emergency Arts Fund
Twenty Summer has launched an emergency fund for artists and arts organizations suffering from unexpected and unmanageable financial loss as a result of the COVID-19. Artists can receive up to $500, while arts organizations can receive up to $1,000.
Artist Relief Fund
This national consortium of arts & culture funders has announced the creation of a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers in any discipline that will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants.
Artist Relief Project
Anyone pursuing the arts as a career (any discipline, any level of experience) can request financial support from the Artist Relief Project, which will provide applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis with a one-time emergency stipend of $200 and free resources and support to pursue alternative economic opportunities. The Artist Relief Project is an initiative by Artly World Nonprofit. It is a registered nonprofit based in Austin, with the mission to empower children, families and communities through creative arts initiatives and opportunities.
Artsopolis: Transitioning Programs and Artistic Content into an Online Structure
This article was written to gather the various tactics and software we are seeing used to solve problems, but with a creative industry lens, for ideas and context. While it is not an endorsement of any of the software listed, It offers possible solutions, for both organizations and individual artists.
Americans for the Arts’ online education forum is now offering its valuable COVID-19 webinars free of charge, regardless of AAA membership status.
Arts Action Fund of Americans for the Arts
The Arts Action Fund is the largest grassroots advocacy network advancing the arts on the electoral and legislative landscape. Join for free to stay on top of the latest developments.
Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Arts Administrators of Color set up this emergency fund to provide microgrants to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists & arts administrators impacted by COVID-19.
Artwork Archive Financial Relief Resources
This list of emergency resources for artists compiled by Artwork Archives includes grant opportunities provide financial relief for artists from across the country.
Art House Convergence
This list of resources is for art house cinemas and theaters, including information on developing film programming and education for digital platforms.
ASCAP Music Unites Us
Performance-rights organization ASCAP has launched a site to help its songwriter, composer and music publisher members stay connected and financially stable during this uncertain time. It includes information on how to receive ASCAP royalties through direct deposit, an online works registration application, access to free mental health services for ASCAP members and more.
Association of Performing Arts Professionals
APAP is communicating with arts organizations, arts workers, and artists with webinars, resource lists, toolkits, and information on accessing federal resources.
Music education hub Audio Assemble has put together a list of online remote opportunities for U.S.-based musicians during the COVID-19 outbreak, including both short-term and long-term job opportunities. It is also raising money for its first live streaming music festival, PLUGGED IN, set for April 8-10. Musicians can apply for paid opportunities to perform during the livestream here.
Authors League Fund
The Author League Fund helps professional writers in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses.
Backline was established to connect music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness providers. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the organization has established a virtual support group that plans to meet regularly via the Zoom app.
Behind the Scenes Grant
Grants are available to anyone directly involved with behind the scenes production in the entertainment technology industry hospitalized with Covid-19 and in need. This includes workers in production in any type of performance venue, behind the camera, or on the road.
The Blues Foundation launched an emergency relief fund for full-time blues musicians whose revenue streams have been severely diminished by the pandemic. Find out how to request funding here. Meanwhile, the foundation’s longstanding HART Fund also helps underinsured or uninsured blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a range of health concerns.
CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund
Artists who have suffered from a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster, can apply for funding. CERF+ also has a list of resources centered around the pandemic.
Convertkit Creator Fund
What began as a $50,000 fund for active creators experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 has now reached $154,000 in funding. The fund covers up to $500 per creator to help cover medical, childcare, housing or grocery needs.
As of March 18, the fund has received more than 6,000 applications, and the website notes, “Our current fund will be exhausted well before we can get to everyone.”
COVID-19 Music Production Response Group
A Facebook group meant as an “open forum for constructive debate about the effects of COVID-19 on music production industry professionals,” according to administrators. Its nearly 4,000 members (as of March 18) are sharing news updates, suggested actions, job opportunities and other resources.
COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks (GoFundMe)
This more than $70,000 fund prioritizes LGBTQI+, non-binary, gender fluid and gender non-conforming people of color whose livelihoods have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The first round of funding closed on March 17, but organizers say they plan to continue to raise funds through mid-April.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund
If you are a United States-based craft artist involved in craft-making for at least three years, you are eligible if you make the majority of your income from your art.
This is a list of resources, including funding opportunities, for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.
Creative Change Emergency Assistance Stipends
The Opportunity Agenda is providing emergency assistance stipends of $1,000 for artists and cultural strategists who meet certain criteria.
The Creator Fund
ConvertKit has established a fund to help creators in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have already received more applications than they have funding, but encourage creators to still apply.
Live Nation has donated an initial $5 million to launch this global relief fund for live music crews, and will match the next $5 million in donations as well. Check back here for the funding application to come.
DeVos Institute of Arts Management
The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland will offer pro bono consultations to any U.S.-based non-profit arts or culture organization through June 2020.
Dramatists Guild Foundation
This fund provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.
Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund
Equal Sound, an organization that strives to break down traditional genre boundaries through events and advocacy, is inviting musicians who have lost income due to the pandemic to apply for funds. Applicants must provide proof they had a confirmed concert cancelled over the coronavirus to receive the money.
Fannie Mae COVID-19 Mortgage Relief
In addition to foreclosure and eviction relief offered by the federal CARES Act, the government-sponsored loan servicer is offering mortgage relief for homeowners who have experienced job loss, income reduction or sickness due to COVID-19. Options include payment relief through forbearance, late fee relief, repayment plans and permanent loan modifications to maintain or reduce monthly payments. Fannie Mae’s Disaster Response Network also offers both homeowners and renters help with the broader financial challenges posed by the coronavirus by providing access to HUD-approved housing counselors who can create personalized action plans, offer financial coaching and budgeting and more.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Artist Relief Fund
This fund is open to U.S.-based artists who’ve fallen on hard times because of the coronavirus outbreak. If you have had a performance or show canceled because of COVID-19, apply.
Freddie Mac COVID-19 Mortgage Relief
The government-sponsored loan servicer is offering a variety of mortgage relief options during the pandemic, including forbearance, waiving penalty and late fee assessments, halting all foreclosures and evictions living in Freddie Mac-owned homes until at least May 17, 2020 and offering loan modifications to maintain or lower payments.
Freelance Artist Resources
This aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines, specifically meant to serve freelance artists.
Freelance Coop Emergency Fund
The Freelance Coop, which connects creative freelancers with business resources, created an emergency fund for freelancers adversely affected by the pandemic. Examples of funding usage are unexpected childcare costs due to school closures, client cancellations, and medical expenses due to the virus itself.
Freelancers Relief Fund
The Freelancers Union has set up a relief fund for freelance workers through its nonprofit subsidiary Working Today. The fund, which is accepting donations now, will provide grants of up to $1,000 per household to freelancers experiencing economic hardship as a result of the pandemic. Applications open on April 2.
Gospel Music Trust Fund
Individuals working in the gospel music field can submit a request for financial assistance to the Gospel Music Trust Fund, which grants funding in the event “of an emergency or major catastrophe, terminal or severe illness,” according to their website.
Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program
This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.
HealthCare.gov Special Enrollment
Though no emergency special enrollment period has officially been instituted by the federal health insurance exchange due to the coronavirus outbreak, uninsured people are being invited to inquire about their eligibility for a special enrollment in light of the virus.
Howlround TV by Howlround Theatre Commons
This shared resource for live conversations and performances from the performing arts and cultural fields allows you to livestream your event for free, with in-depth technical support.
Independent Venue Week
Non-profit organization Independent Venue Week has compiled a list of indie music venues that have launched GoFundMe and other fundraising campaigns to stay afloat during the nation-wide closures.
International Bluegrass Music Association’s BlueGrass Trust Fund
Current or former bluegrass music professionals can apply here for financial grants and loans, which are generally between $500 and $5,000. The association has also created a coronavirus-specific resource page.
Jazz Foundation of America Musicians’ Emergency Fund
This fund offers financial support, housing assistance and pro bono medical care for musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz and roots music.
Larrosa Music Group Financing Program
Larrosa Music Group has set up a special financing program for music professionals affected by the pandemic. The maximum term is one year for a maximum amount of $20,000, with interest rates ranging from 7.5 to 10 percent. The program is open to session and live musicians; anyone who collects royalties through PROs or distribution companies; and agencies, producers, record labels and publishers who manage musicians and can provide proof of cancellations of shows, recordings or other remunerated activity as well as verify income of at least $2,500 in the last 12 months. Applications are open until May 1. (Note that the web page is in Spanish but can be translated.)
League of American Orchestras
The list includes updates on union negotiations regarding live-streamed performances and events and arts consultants offering free consultations to orchestras, operas, and festivals.
The “peer-to-peer wealth distribution” service is a tool for salaried workers to donate funds across a database of freelancers, service industry and gig economy workers who are impacted by coronavirus health and safety restrictions.
Artists and bands who have been displaced from touring due to the pandemic can list their merchandise on this site to help offset lost revenue — with zero charges or fees. Apply to be added to the site here.
Motion Picture & Television Fund: COVID-19 Relief Fund
The COVID-19 Relief Fund aims to help those workers in the entertainment industry who are suffering COVID-19 related hardships. Applicants must be industry members that demonstrate financial need and meet minimum earnings or hours thresholds.
MusiCares: COVID-19 Relief Fund
MusicCares has expanded their services to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or performances due to COVID-19 precautionary measures. Music industry professionals may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage).
Music Health Alliance
The Nashville-based Music Health Alliance provides healthcare support services to uninsured members of the music industry.
Musicians Foundation Fund
If you are a United States-based musician active for the past five years, you are eligible to apply for a microgrant if you make the majority of your income from your work as a musician.
Music Maker Relief Foundation
The foundation, which provides ongoing support to American artists 55 and older who live in chronic poverty, also gives out emergency grants to artists in crisis. It is now soliciting donations to ensure the stability of vulnerable elderly musicians during the pandemic.
Music workers in need of financial help during the crisis can apply for assistance at this volunteer-run website, which was set up to facilitate peer-to-peer giving. Applications are reviewed and posted within 24 hours, and 100% of all donations go directly to the affected person. Musicians are also urged to list their virtual concerts on the site.
National Endowment for the Arts
This emergency funding for nonprofit arts organizations will provide general operating support, rather than projects, in light of the dire situation facing the arts community. Applicants must have received an Arts Endowment award within the past four years (dated on or after October 1, 2016).
National Endowment for the Humanities
This emergency funding will support at-risk humanities positions and projects at museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, colleges and universities, and other cultural nonprofits.
New Music Solidarity Fund
This artist-led initiative is granting emergency funding to freelance musicians “working in new creative, experimental or improvised music” who have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus crisis. The fund has already raised more than $130,000 and beginning on March 31, eligible artists may apply for grants of up to $500.
NOMAD Fundraiser for the Touring Crew (GoFundMe)
Touring manager Frank Fanelli is aiming to raise $20,000 for touring crew members and roadies who have lost income due to gig cancellations and postponements. Donations close at the end of March.
Nonprofit Finance Foundation
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Nonprofit Finance Fund: COVID-19 Resources & Tools for Nonprofits
The Nonprofit Finance Fund put together this toolkit for nonprofits struggling to stay afloat during this time. Resources include links on how to secure funding, write grants and more.
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Patreon What the Fund Grant Program
The crowd-funding platform has set up a grant program to benefit select artists who have been impacted by the coronavirus. Patreon itself kickstarted the fund by donating $10,000 and is currently accepting contributions. Grant recipients will be chosen by a board of fellow creators.
Pinetop Perkins Foundation’s Assistance League
PAL provides financial assistance to elderly musicians for medical and living expenses. Preference is given to blues artists, though musicians in other genres may be eligible depending on available funds.
PEN America Writer’s Emergency Fund
This fund offers small grants to United States-based professional (published or produced) writers and editors in acute financial crisis. Writers do not have to be PEN America members.
The Photographer Fund
Format has put together a $25,000 relief fund designed to help photographers facing financial difficulties during the outbreak. The fund offers $500 per person.
PLUS1 Covid-19 Relief Fund
In response to the devastating COVID-19 outbreak, PLUS1 has launched a PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund to coordinate our efforts to support those in our community most at risk from the pandemic. PLUS1 is working with leading non-profit organizations and several local organizations around the country to provide immediate assistance to musicians and music industry workers for medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.
Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
This fund is for queer writers of color who are in need of financial assistance. The fund will make disbursements once per day.
Rauschenberg Emergency Grant
NYFA and the Rauschenberg Foundation have teamed up to offer visual and media artists and choreographers in the US grants of up to $5,000 for medical related emergencies.
Recording Academy CARES Act Helpline
The organization is working with legal firm Greenberg Traurig to offer private consultation for artists and other music industry professionals who have questions about the CARES Act. Submit questions through the form here, but be aware that the academy is prioritizing questions submitted by current members. It will answer more general questions in a weekly webinar series on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Record Union Wellness Starter Pack
In coordination with industry experts, the digital music distributor created this “toolbox for wellbeing” for overwhelmed music professionals. Thought not specific to the coronavirus, the Wellness Starter Pack includes guides to mindfulness, nutrition, positivity, sleep and exercise that can help lower stress, anxiety and depression levels during the shutdown.
SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Fund
SAG-AFTRA members who are in an emergency financial crisis related to coronavirus may request assistance to cover basic expenses like rent, mortgage, utilities and medical bills. To apply to the fund, members must have paid their dues through October 2019.
Online music course hub Soundfly has put together a free Guide to Learning Things Effectively Online for musicians in quarantine who want to continue learning or practicing skills virtually.
SoundGirls Coronavirus Relief Fund
SoundGirls, an organization which supports women working in professional audio and music production, is offering $100 gift cards to live event production workers who have been put out of work due to the pandemic.
In light of the crisis, music finance firm Sound Royalties is allocating $20 million to offer a no-cost royalty advance funding option through May 16. Songwriters, performing artists, producers and other creators with royalty income can apply for cash advances on a one-year repayment schedule, cost-free.
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
If you’re a musician or music industry worker who lost 50% of your income, you’re eligible to apply to this fund.
Tech Soup is offering some practical ideas for how nonprofits can quickly shift to remote working – with little to no external IT support.
Tour Support, a mental health nonprofit for the live music industry, is offering independent touring contractors whose tours have been postponed or cancelled one month of free online therapy through Better Help (apply here).
Viral Music — Because Kindness is Contagious
Independent musicians are invited to use this more than 21,000-member Facebook support group to connect with music fans. “Use this joint to post links to your merch store, online shows, Patreon, or online music lessons,” organizers write. “If you’ve had a gig cancelled, post the city and your Venmo/PayPal — many of us would love to pass along our ticket refunds to you.”
Winston House Creative Community Fund
This site pairs people in the music industry in need of financial help with people who wish to donate money through Venmo or Paypal. So far, it has made more than 5,000 matches. Apply to get paired with a donor here.
Working Wardrobe “Rebuilding Careers” Video Workshops
Orange County, California career development nonprofit Working Wardrobe has launched Rebuilding Careers, a series of free video workshops that will help people hone their skills so they can be “workforce ready” during the pandemic. Held every Tuesday and Thursday, the workshops will cover a range of career development topics, including job search strategies, resume-writing, job interview techniques, tips on creating a personal brand, professional networking instruction and more. Register for a workshop here.
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Facebook Small Business Grants Program
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.
One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
Cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.
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The Red Backpack Fund
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish the Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving will be overseeing the fund, making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a statewide declaration for Alabama which opens the Economic Injury Disaster Loans to eligible small businesses in the state. This program offers low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses, and most private non-profit organizations that have suffered working capital losses due to the declared disaster. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for nonprofits is 2.75%. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Click here to apply.
Visit here for the SBA’s disaster assistance page in response to COVID-19. Also, SBA has provided a one-pager on how businesses can take a proactive approach to COVID-19 and released slides from a recent webinar about Economic Injury Disaster Loans for coronavirus-related economic disruptions.
Medium.com has put together a step-by-step guide for how to apply for SBA Disaster loans.
The Alabama Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) is an official outreach partner of the SBA and can serve as a resource regarding these loans. Please visit their website for information including a webinar that has more information on the application process.
The City of Birmingham and the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham have opened the Birmingham Strong Fund, an emergency loan fund for small businesses in Birmingham to help stabilize employment, stimulate economic vitality and offset losses related to the coronavirus.
The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has also launched an Emergency Response Fund, which will be used to address short- and long-term needs in its five-county area.
Thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Verizon, LISC is offering grants to help small businesses across the country to fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available.
For our restaurant and small business folks, click here for a great “how to” guide for implementing a gift card program.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has a page of resources about COVID-19 that provides a corporate aid tracker, help desk for business, employee assistance funds, preparedness and recovery guides, and more.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also offers provides workplace tips, guidance for employers and a customizable workplace flyer.
Click here for information for employees and employers on unemployment benefits from the Alabama Department of Labor. The Alabama Department of Labor also released a press release about unemployment benefits.
The Better Business Bureau has a wealth of resources on its website, including a checklist to prepare your business to weather the coronavirus storm and tips on how to navigate COVID-19 for your business.
Inc.’s solutions center offers expert advice on handling panicked customers, interrupted supply chains, webinars, Zoom meetings, hyper kids, and a work environment that changes by the hour with their Essential Guide to Getting Your Business Through the Covid-19 Crisis
Greater Birmingham Arts Education Collaborative
The Collaborative has created the BHM Arts Ed Guide to help Birmingham stay connected at home with arts education offerings from our beloved Birmingham arts institution. This list features online activities for PreK-12 in music, theater, dance, creative writing and more.
American Art Therapy Association
Resources for Art Therapists during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Arts Education Partnership
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State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education
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Teaching Artists Guild
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Community Conversations: Melissa Scott-Dixon
Webinar: A truthful conversation about mental health and small business
In this Community Conversation we address small business and mental health. Many business owners are finding themselves adding to the pressure of entrepreneurship as they work in their homes and seek out ways to pivot their businesses. Melissa Scott-Dixon is a Licensed Professional Counselor, yoga teacher, and author who’s passionate about de-stigmatizing mental health conversations. She writes and presents regularly on mental health, mindfulness, and social justice issues. She sees counseling clients in private practice where she specializes in eating disorders, trauma, and LGBTQ issues.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have released toolkits on staying sane, healthy and sober during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Wuhan opened a mental health hotline to help people under quarantine.
Empower Work is a great resource for low-income workers and working single parents.
Food & Wine Magazine has a sobriety resource guide for hospitality and restaurant workers.