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COVID-19 related resources

08 Apr 2020 7:30 AM | Anonymous

A number of arts, civic, and industry groups have provided lists of community resources.  Rather than duplicating efforts, this post aggregates information from organizations who have posted resource pages, in addition to information WIFVNE has received from sister WIF chapters.  The post will be updated as WIFVNE receives relevant information.  (Contests, festivals, or timely news items may receive separate blog posts.)

On ArtSake, the Mass Cultural Council is publishing periodic arts news round-ups like this and this, as well as funding opportunities and other resources.

We support innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, gatherings, & career development services. Read their list of resources for artists and arts professionals affected by COVID-19.

The Dramatists Guild Foundation provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters who are experiencing financial hardships and are in need of funds. You can apply for emergency grant funds here.

Field of Vision and Topic Studios have created a $250,000 fund to provide grants for freelancers working in the Documentary field. The fund will distribute unrestricted grants of up to $2000 to support personal financial needs during the COVID19 pandemic to freelancers who have experienced hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a result of the pandemic.  The fund will reopen on May 6th.

GrubStreet is one of the nation’s leading creative writing centers. We believe that narrative transforms lives, builds bridges, and produces empathy. By rigorously developing voices of every type and talent and by removing barriers to entry, GrubStreet fosters the creation of meaningful stories and ensures that excellent writing remains vital and relevant.

So many of us need help and support during this uncertain time. And we’re hearing from others who want to know how to help. The spirit of togetherness we’re seeing from our community is inspiring. We’re sharing a few resources for writers and artists here. And we’re also sharing opportunities (for those who can) to support writers, the writing ecosystem, and the arts in Boston. We’ll be updating this list as we learn of new resources and opportunities.

Graphic banner with Mass Cultural Council logo and the copy "Culture elevates." Banner photo credit: Mural, Lynn Cultural District.Culture elevates.  In all its forms, culture is essential to the health and vitality of the Commonwealth.  The Mass Cultural Council has announced funding opportunities:  COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals (through April 22), and the Gaming Mitigation Program (through April 17).

MPC represents the robust and diverse network of film, television and digital media professionals and businesses throughout the state of Massachuetts. They’ve updated the resources and relief efforts post on MPC’s website with info from government agencies and others that may be useful for industry members. MPC will continue to update their page as new policies and initiatives become available. Review information from their sources as policies can and will change.

NewEnglandFilm.com has created the following list of COVID-19 funding and emergency funding and other resources to help New England-based filmmakers and artists. In addition to nationwide grants and government relief, many individual states have established its own relief packages for filmmakers and other artists.

Patreon has created a fund for creatives who have been impacted by COVID-19. If you or your business has been affected, you can apply to be a grant recipient here.

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LEF has offices within two regional areas: New England and California. Through the LEF Moving Image Fund, the New England office supports the creation of new work by documentary filmmakers living in the region, through an application process. LEF California identifies and funds projects proactively. LEF Foundation was incorporated in California in 1985 and endowed by a gift made by its president, Marion E. Greene, and her family.  LEF has compiled a significant list of resources, shared below with permission.

This is a select list of New England filmmaker/artist support opportunities and local online film resources that have been organized in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. LEF New England will continue to research and compile this list in the coming months, with a focus on how the pandemic is affecting New England-based filmmakers and organizations.

General Resources

  • Here are resources from the arts councils in MEMANHRICT, and VT.
  • The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has put together this list of artist resources during COVID-19.
  • See MASSCreative’s call for state lawmakers to include nonprofit arts, culture, and creative sector in COVID-19 disaster response.
  • Check out Boston-based community art non-profit Brain Arts Org’s blog for these reflections and list of local arts resources.
  • Art House Convergence has put together COVID-19 Preparedness Resources for independent movie theaters.
  • The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts on Massachusetts has shared a list of legal resources for artists + arts/culture workers and organizations, and has assembled an emergency response panel of large law firms able to advise artists and arts organizations on contracts, insurance, and labor and employment issues that are particularly relevant and concerning during this unprecedented time. The VLA is also waiving service fees for artists and organizations suffering financial hardship due to the coronavirus. 
  • COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources– “This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.”
  • PRX Podcast Garage has compiled this Podcaster Toolbox– a crowd-sourced guide for independent, DIY, and/or early-stage podcasters working from home.

New England-based Relief Funding / Loans / Opportunities

  • Boston Artist Relief Fund– “The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1,000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). With events of all types being canceled to reduce the spread of COVID-19, people who make income partially or fully through gigs and freelance work are losing critical opportunities to support their well-being in our city. The Boston Artist Relief Fund will be open on a rolling basis and will replace the Opportunity Fund through June 30, 2020. The Opportunity Fund will reopen for applications after July 1. Opportunity Fund applications that were already received in this application cycle will still be considered for funding.”
  • The Artist Relief Fund by the Cambridge Community Foundation is offering COVID-19 relief grants to individual artists and arts organizations in the City of Cambridge.
  • Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program will provide short-term loans to businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 100 employees.
  • Call for Collaborators. Local pop-up community art space, Space Us, is working on a series of projects and are looking to commission drawings, poems, projects, and more by artists, designers, and other creatives who have been impacted by COVID-19. If you rely on your creative work for the majority or entirety of your income & this sounds interesting to you, please fill out this form!


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