COVID-19 Resources

Financial Resources and Relief Funds

Check your eligibility for unemployment benefits

How to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.

SBA Disaster Relief Loans

From Congressman Seth Moulton’s Town Hall on SBA:

You can and should apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) ASAP as the funds are distributed on a first come, first served basis. You can now apply (with the same application) for a $10,000 loan advance, which is payable within 3 days. That advance is really a grant, which is 100% forgiven. Whether you get an EIDL, are declined, or don’t have a decision yet, apply for this advance. If you already received an EIDL, go back to the SBA site and reapply, and this time ask for the advance. The new application is streamlined and takes less time than the original one.

Payroll Protection Plan: this is a new program under the CARES Act designed to help you keep your employees employed and help you come back strong when you re-open or scale back up. It is possible that this loan can be 100% forgiven! Applications will be made thru SBA lender banks, and you can apply starting Friday. Self-employed and sole proprietors can apply at a later date TBD. Much more guidance on this coming out in next few days. For now, you can view the application and general info on and click on the red box at top of home page.

You can apply for both EIDL / loan advance AND the Payroll Protection Plan but not for the same expenses.

The Actors Fund

American Federation of Musicians

Artist’s Relief Tree

Behind the Scenes– grants are only awarded in cases of serious illness or injury

The Boston Foundation– several different grant opportunities

Club Passim Emergency Artist Relief Fund

Collective Futures Fund– for visual artists

Crew Nation– Live Nation fund for music crews

Directors Guild of America

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)

The Musician’s Foundation

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation– Members can apply for a one time grant of $750, and associate members can apply for a one time grant of $300. Log in to the member portal for more information.

Writers Guild of America East

Collections of Resources, Advice

Advice from a coach for creatives and entrepreneurs A Guide to COVID-19 and Your Finances

Arts COVID Big List

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Coronavirus Cancellations in Entertainment- What Else to Do?

Extend PUA resources– an extensive, nationwide list of resources for multiple needs and in multiple industries

FinImpact: Best 8 Financial Tools to Combat COVID-19

Gig Cancellations due to Coronavirus: Survival Tips for Freelancers

Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Resources

NEFA COVID-19 Resources for Individuals and Organizations

Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society Resources

WBUR The Artery: Grants and Resources for Artists and Nonprofits

US COVID-19 Mutual Aid Resources– a Google Drive folder with A TON of resources, sorted by state

Call your city councillor/state senator/state representatives!! Use this link to find your representatives at the state level– the link takes you to a page with election information, but if you fill out the form it tells you who your current representatives are.

Housing Resources

MA COVID Emergency Housing Resources– state site

MA COVID 19 Eviction Diversion FAQ– state site

Mass Legal Help COVID 19 Housing Resources

Federal- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rental and Homeowner Assistance

MA Food Resources

MA SNAP benefits site– here you can find an online screening tool to determine if you are eligible, applications, and many resources about rules

Project BREAD Food Source Hotline- if you live in Massachusetts, call 1-800-645-8333 on Mon-Fri from 8am-7pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. They will help you find all the resources available to you! They can assist with SNAP applications, help you find food pantries or meal programs, and more. They also have an excellent page of COVID resources, linked here.

The Open Door Food Pantry– an excellent North Shore resource serving the following towns: Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Ipswich, Hamilton, Wenham, Rowley, Boxford, Topsfield. They also have a listing of other North Shore resources!

Restaurant Worker Mutual Aid of Greater Boston -coordinates emergency food relief and provides resource support to undocumented restaurant workers who have lost their income and are facing food insecurity due to COVID-19. 

Belmont Food Pantry

Merrimack Valley Food Bank– list of member agencies across the North Shore

Training, Education and Research

Qlab Training Videos on Youtube

USITT Lighting Commission Training and Education Links

The Art of Social Distancing– a growing list of online resources for creatives for research, personal practice, and connection in the time of social distancing

BPL Online Resources– any MA resident can apply for a library card or e-card, and have access to not only free ebooks and audiobooks, but academic databases, business classes, language learning, art archives, music databases, Hoopla streaming media, Headspace guided meditations, movies, documentaries, a dance video database, videos of both theatre and opera, and more.

Take Care of Yourselves

Taking Care of your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

Free Workouts You can Do at Home- All Levels

Five Free Mindfulness Apps Worth Your Attention

Expert offers Practical Advice to Manage your Coronavirus Anxiety

Study.Com- Mental Health Strategies for Teens

Mental Health and Self- Care Resources