COVID-19 Resources

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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

Boston- Artist Relief Fund– requires that you live in the city of Boston

Boston Music Maker Relief Fund

Boston Dance Alliance Relief Fund

Cambridge Artist Relief Fund

Club Passim Emergency Artist Relief Fund

The Creator Fund

Crew Nation– Live Nation fund for music crews

Directors Guild of America

GKV Foundation Fund for Berkshire County Theater Professionals

Forbes: Small Business Relief Tracker

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)

The Musician’s Foundation

Writers Guild of America East

Collections of Resources, Advice

Arts COVID Big List

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Resources

Mass Cultural Council: Survey of Economic Impact on Cultural Organizations

Mass Cultural Council- Relief Effort for Individuals

Mass Cultural Council- Relief Effort for Organizations

WBUR The Artery: Grants and Resources for Artists and Nonprofits

NEFA COVID-19 Resources for Individuals and Organizations

Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society Resources

ArtNet COVID-19 Resources for Artists

FinImpact: Best 8 Financial Tools to Combat COVID-19 A Guide to COVID-19 and Your Finances

Advice from a coach for creatives and entrepreneurs

Gig Cancellations due to Coronavirus: Survival Tips for Freelancers

Coronavirus Cancellations in Entertainment- What Else to Do?

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.

Training, Education and Research

QLab is offering free temporary pro bundle licenses from now until June 1 to support teachers and students. Use your .edu email to create an account at and then email

Qlab Training Videos on Youtube

Live Design- COVID 19: The Entertainment Industry Reacts with Training Options

ETC- Free Online Training Classes through May 15th– programming Element and Eos, color tools, virtual media servers, DMX, networking, troubleshooting, Unison Mosaic Designer, maintenance

ACT Lighting Online Courses– Free through June 1

Lightwright- John McKernon has created an emergency Lightwright license for students that need to complete projects and no longer have access to Lightwright.  Details in the link.

Vectorworks Spotlight Essentials– use the code TRAINMENOW for a 100% discount.  Click on enter promo code on the Seminar Admission page.

USITT Lighting Commission Training and Education Links

Free/Discounted Online Theater Courses

Magnum: Every Free Event Technology Training Class, Tutorial and Workshop Being Offered During COVID-19

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, movies, documentaries, a dance video database, videos of both theater 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