COVID-19 Advocacy & Resources

Part of this has been transitioned from the WAA Roundup: Novel Coronavirus & the Performing Arts. Please note that all future updates will be made to this page. 

Have an article that you found particularly useful that we didn’t highlight or a strategy you’re employing at your own organization that you would like to share with the WAA community? Please reach out to


WAA will also be sending out a weekly newsletter specific to COVID-19 and the performing arts via the platform. If you would like to receive the newsletter, subscribe below. 


 Managing Stress from Home | 4/8/20, RSVP Now! 

This workshop is designed to impart basic tools, tips, and aids to participants to help them navigate current mandates to shelter in place or stay home. Participants will learn tactics and best practices for communicating with others when stress is high across the board. The instructor will cover creating new routines, managing child and elder care, keeping work/life balance in harmony, and maintaining productivity and positivity for those new to working from home. The session will allow for participants to share their thought processes in a safer space, free of judgment. This session is presented by Performing Arts Readiness

Ask an Expert: Contracts, insurance, visas, employment and legislation in the COVID-19 era |  Recorded 3/27/20

Join a group of industry experts to discuss the legal and operational impacts of widespread COVID-19 closures on the performing arts industry. Submit your questions in advance for panelists to prepare answers for.  The question submission form will appear onscreen once your registration for the webinar is complete.  Topics to be discussed include immigration issues, contract and labor law, and insurance issues.  This session is presented by the Alliance of Performing Arts Conferences (APAC).

We Art Stronger Together: Navigating the Coronavirus | Recorded 3/18/20

A sector-wide town hall meeting specific to COVID-19 organized in collaboration with Arts Midwest, Arts Northwest, Arts Ready, Association for Performing Arts Professionals, Folk Alliance International, North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, North Carolina Presenters Network, International Performing Arts for Youth, South Arts, and Western Arts Alliance. 

Howlround: Livestreaming Panel, Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic  | Recorded 3/16/20

For US-Based Freelance Artists and Cultural Workers in all Disciplines. 

Financial Resources for the Performing Arts 

How to Access CARES Relief Funding | 4/6/20

  • Details on time-sensitive resources available to the arts sector - both for-profit and nonprofit organizations and independent contractors. 

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

  • To help small business owners and entrepreneurs better understand the new programs that will soon be available to them, the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has created a comprehensive guide to many of the small business provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress.

New York Foundation for the Arts: Rauschenberg Emergency Grants 

  • Grants up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies.
  • Deadline: late May/early June 2020.
  • Open to visual and media artists and choreographers. 

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists 

This comprehensive, crowd-sourced resource page for freelance artists includes links to:

  • General resources and preparation.
  • Advocacy for freelancers.
  • Emergency funding. 

Creative Capital: List of Artist Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak

A growing list of resources that include:

  • Emergency financial support.
  • How to host virtual events via Facebook.
  • Closure news specific to the arts. 

Grantmakers in the Arts: Emergency Coronavirus Bill: A relief package with implications for nonprofits and artist residencies 

A brief synopsis of the implications of the relief bill on the arts. As an email from the Alliance of Artists Communities states, the bill includes:

  • Mandated emergency paid leave for employees for qualified sick leave, family and medical leave, and to care for a child whose school has closed"
  • "Refundable payroll tax credits for required emergency paid leave provided by employers with fewer than 500 employees (nonprofits are eligible for relief)"
  • "Emergency funding to states for unemployment compensation"
  • "Refundable individual tax credits for leave taken by self-employed workers for qualified sick leave, caring for a family member, or caring for a child whose school has closed"
  • "Additional provisions related to nutrition assistance and cost-free COVID testing provisions for the uninsured"

Artist Trust: Growing List of Resources in Response to COVID-19

  • Emergency Funds
  • Financial Support
  • Healthcare
  • General Info

New York Times: FAQs on Stimuls Checks, Unemployment and the Cornavirus Bill | March 26, 2020


Arts Advocacy Organizations by State 


Alaska Arts & Culture Foundation
645 G Street, Suite 100
PO Box 1064
Anchorage, AK 99501

  • Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts have provided this page as a space for information and resources related to the COVID-19 outbreak:


Arizona Citizens for the Arts
420 W. Roosevelt Suite 208
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 253-6535



Californians for the Arts 
915 L Street, C-422
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 296-1838


Arts for Colorado
2001 Lincoln Street #2222
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 322-9387


Hawai’i Arts Alliance
P.O. Box 3948  
Honolulu, HI 96812
(808) 533-2787


Currently, Idaho does not have a central arts advocacy organization, instead, the Idaho Commission on the Arts offers its COVID-19 resource page for artists and arts organizations:


Montana Cultural Advocacy
P.O. Box 1872
Bozeman, MT 59771
(406) 585-9551

  • The Montana Cultural Advocacy has not made comments on COVID-19 yet. Instead, you can refer to the Montana Arts Council's Facebook page, where they are sharing COVID-19 resources:


Cultural Alliance Nevada
17 S. Virginia St, Suite 120
Reno, NV 89501


Creative New Mexico
PO Box 1093
Santa Fe, NM 87501-1093


Cultural Advocacy Coalition
PO Box 9160
Portland, OR 97207


Texans for the Arts
PO Box 4549
Austin, TX 78765
(512) 914-8096


Utah Cultural Alliance
(801) 652-0737


Inspire Washington
P.O. Box 806
Seattle, WA 98111
(206) 335-9740


Wyoming Arts Alliance
P.O. Box 20993
Cheyenne, WY  82003
(307) 316-1277


Health Authority Offices by State

Alaska Arizona California
Idaho Montana Nevada
New Mexico Oregon Texas
Washington Wyoming Utah
Canadian Provinces    

WAA Updates 

  • As of March 24, WAA has canceled the Tijuana Pre-Conference. WAA plans to proceed with the 2020 Conference in San Diego until further notice. Read the full announcement