COVID-19 Resources for the Ensemble Community


Last update: May 26, 2020 @ 9am ET
We will continue to update this resource list; check back for new links and information.

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20 Degrees
COVID-19 Nonprofit Toolkit

Alternate ROOTS
Resource Page 
Focused on independent and community organizing sources.

Alliance of Artist Communities
COVID-19 Preparedness for Residencies

American Composers Forum
Response & Resource Links

Information During the Impact of the Coronavirus

Association of Performing Arts Professionals
Coronavirus Resources

Essential Advice and Resources for Nonprofits - COVID19 / Recession / Remote Work

Chronicle of Philanthropy
Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak: Resources to Help Nonprofits

COVID-19 Freelance Artists Resources
Aggregated list for the independent artist community by Nicole Brewer, Ann Marie Lonsdale, Hannah Fenlon & Abigail Vega.

COVID-19 Nonprofit & Philanthropy Resources
#NPCOVID19. Google doc curated by Nonprofit Peeps (Beth Kanter, Janet Fouts, Linda Baker, Sarah Goddard, Susan Tenby, Wendy Harman, Meico Marquette Whitlock, Barbara O’Reilly, Jessie Mooberry, Farra Trompeter, John Kluge, Clare Levy, Christine Newman, Paula Morris, Barbara Weber, Jared Sheehan, Deborah Barron)

Creative Capital
List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Cultural Advocacy Group
Compilation of Arts Resources 
Includes resource pages and aggregated lists from many national arts service organizations.

In the Age of COVID-19 
Ongoing collection of essays and events that respond to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

Independent Sector
Information on COVID-19


Opera America
COVID-19 Resource Hub

Seattle Artists COVID-19 Resource List
Compiled by Kate Neville.

Theatre and COVID-19 News Feed
Created by Heather Barfield. RSS aggregator feed of the latest news and information related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its affect on theatre and performing arts.

UCLArts & Healing
Creative Resources for Connecting
Collection of creative expression resources to help you navigate this challenging time, categorized under Families, All Ages, Adults, Literature and Instagram Accounts.

Washington Nonprofits
Coronavirus Response Resources for Nonprofits


Performing Arts Alliance
NET is a member of the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA), a coalition of national performing arts service organizations dedicated to advocating for national policies that recognize, enhance, and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America. Other members include the Alliance of Artists Communities, Alternate ROOTS, American Composers Forum, Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Chamber Music America, Chorus America, Dance/USA, Early Music America, Folk Alliance International, League of American Orchestras, National Alliance for Musical Theatre, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, New Music America,  OPERA America, and Theatre Communications Group. Together we advocate effectively on issues that specifically affect the performing arts and approach all our efforts through a performing arts lens.

Letters to Congress: The Arts Sector and COVID-19 Relief:

PAA Action Alert - Advocacy (March 20, 2020)

The Charitable Sector: COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Package (March 19, 2020)

PAA Action Alert - Advocacy (March 11, 2020)


Important information from Independent Sector re: how to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds.
Resources listed in the above link for assistance for individuals do not include additional sources of relief for self-employed workers, such as paid leave and SBA loan eligibility. We encourage you to visit the SBA's Coronavirus Resource Page, check out this New York Times F.A.Q. on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Plan, and visit the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) database of resources re: navigating Government Relief.


Cleveland Foundation
Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

Grantmakers in the Arts
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Arts Funding: Update and action items

National Endowment for the Arts
**Application Deadline for CARES Act Funding: Part I - April 22, 2020 by 11:59pm ET; Part II - May 4, 2020 by 11:59pm ET
Chairman's Message on COVID-19
FAQs and Information for Applicants and Grantees in Response to COVID-19 
COVID-19 Relief and Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

Emergency Resources

Women Arts
Emergency Funds - All Art Forms


Atlanta Artist Relief Fund
Facebook Group - Atlanta artists who have created a community relief task force.

I Lost My Theatre Gigs

Childcare Artists NYC
A form designed to connect artists impacted by the arts shutdowns to families seeking childcare.

Covid-19 Financial Solidarity

How Allies Can Help During the Pandemic
Created by Karen Merzenich (UCSF). List of donations, volunteer opportunities, resources, and political actions, updated daily.

New England Artist Relief Funds
List of several emergency relief funds for the region.

NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund

Red Backpack Fund
$5-million fund from The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation and administered by GlobalGiving, to support female entrepreneurs in the the wake of COVID-19 through $5,000 grants to help alleviate immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis. Application rounds open monthly in 2020 on April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3.

Theatre Bay Area
Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund

Trickle Up: NYC Artists Network
Artists helping artists; paid monthly subscription model with NYC artists donating original content, and proceeds distributed each month to different artists affected by COVID-19 cancellations.


ATHE - Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Resources for Teaching Online: Open Source Resources for Performance-Related Disciplines

Azizi Marshall
Mental Health for the Arts: Helping Students Cope with COVID-19 Pandemic

Center for Performance and Civic Practice/Arizona State University/Michael Rohd

Convergences Theatre Collective
How to Teach Online
Guidance for professors and instructors in transitioning from an in-person to an online learning environment. Includes free download of "Online Teaching & Learning: A Guide" and information/archived video from their two recent webinars: "How to Teach Online: A Practical Guide for All Fields" and "How to Teach Performing Arts Online: A Practical Guide."

Inclusive Teaching: Supporting All Students in the College Classroom

Facebook Group:
Teaching Theatre Through Remote Learning

Teaching Performing Arts During the Pandemic (March 23, 2020)
Essay by Tracy C. Davis 

Liz Lerman/Arizona State University

  • Atlas of Creative Tools
    A series of tools from Liz Lerman for laboratory-style application, from components of larger processes and addressing different stages of the creative process from generating ideas to shaping final products. For artists, creatives, arts educators, community organizations; transferable between and beyond artistic disciplines. Includes additional reflections and readings touching on theories and philosophies of creativity.
  • Critical Response Process (CRP) in the Digital Realm (March 24, 2020)
    with John Borstel, Liz Lerman, and Paloma McGregor.

National Endowment for the Arts

The Opportunity Agenda
Virtual Facilitation Best Practices Guide.

Scene Study Emergency Pack
A collection of short plays free for download and use in online classrooms, written or adapted to be used for scene study in a remote learning environment – where part of the given circumstances of the play is that the characters are communicating from separate locations via Skype/FaceTime/etc. Volume I playwrights include John Patrick Bray, Vince Gatton, Jeremy Kareken, Kitt Lavoie, Jennifer Reichert, John Patrick Shanley, Gabrielle Sinclair, Scout Storey, Daniel Taylor, and Vern Thiessen.

Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak
Google document of references, resources, and ideas. Originally created by Dr. Daphnie Sicre, Loyola Marymount University.

Theatre Professionals Contact Sheet 
List of those interested in Remote Speaking/Workshop Opportunities with Schools & Universities During COVID-19.


NOTE: Past webinars with available archived recordings are listed here.  For upcoming webinars, please see NET's Community Calendar of Online Events

Alliance of Performing Arts Conferences
We Are Stronger Together: Navigating Crises and Sustaining Healthy Relationships in the Era of Coronavirus
Find the closed captioning transcript here and the chat box transcript here.

Azizi Marshall
Mental Health for the Arts: Helping Students Cope with COVID-19 Pandemic

Event Tech Group and Freestone
The Coronavirus - A Meeting Planner's Perspective

The Covid-19 Impact on Festivals/Live Events

Grantmakers in the Arts
Emergency Preparedness and Response: COVID-19 and the arts ecosystem

HowlRound Theatre Commons
#ArtistResource talks produced with HowlRound by Nicole Brewer, Hannah Fenlon, Ann Marie Lonsdale and Abigail Vega.

Independent Sector
Town Hall: Leading During a Pandemic (March 20, 2020)

Liz Lerman
Critical Response Process (CRP) in the Digital Realm (March 24, 2020)
with John Borstel, Liz Lerman, and Paloma McGregor.

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation
Coping with Covid: Strategies for Mid-Atlantic Artists (April 2020)
Featuring Elains Luttrull of Minerva Financial

Nonprofit Association of Oregon
COVID-19: Legal and Insurance Related Issues for Nonprofits to Consider (March 17, 2020)

Nonprofit HR and Independent Sector
Coronavirus & Your Social Impact Workforce

Washington Nonprofits
Event Planning & COVID-19 (March 9, 2020)

Event Safety Alliance
Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak

Theatre Communications Group
Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres


NOTE: Archived recordings of past performances or artmaking experiences are listed here. For upcoming performance or event livestreams, please see NET's Community Calendar of Online Events.

Global Performance Series: Virtual Venues During COVID-19
Compiled by Travis Coe (ensemble member at Double Edge Theatre), these listings point to a treasure trove of free archived videostreams of theater, dance and music performances, readings, etc. offered by performing arts companies from around the world.

Hemispheric Institute
Digital Video Library - the first major digital video library of performance practices in the Americas offering free access to almost 900 hours of video documentation from the 1970s to the present.

List of Streaming Latinx Drama
Compiled by Prof. Brian Herrera (Princeton University; The Sol Project). Archived audio and video streamed US Latina/o/x-authored works for the stage that are freely or widely accessible in complete (or near complete) form; also prioritizes works originally authored/staged from 1994-present, and those written to be performed in English or bilingually.

National Film Board of Canada
Indigenous Cinema - free streaming of more than 200 titles by Indigenous directors.
Offering free unlimited streaming performance rentals through April 30, 2020 with promo code ARTATHOME20

Portland Artists of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Facebook Group sharing art being created by artists in Portland, OR during isolation,.

Social Distance Powwow
Facebook Group creating an online powwow for sharing by Indigenous singers, dancers, and vendors; includes archived videos for viewing.

Trickle Up
Original content from NYC artists offered on a subscription basis ($10/month) as an artists-helping-artists network distributing support to artists affected by the Covid-19 cancelations.


Coronavirus Demands a Quantum Leap in Organizing

Class Central
Onine Courses for Nonprofits 
Aggregated list of courses offered by various entities.

Fractured Atlas
How to Transition to a Virtual Workplace Overnight

The Management Center
COVID-19 Policy Changes & Other Responses 
TMC offers documents detailing their policy changes in response to COVID-19 (travel guidelines, PTO policy addendum, pay advances, work from home supplies, etc.) to use as a resource in developing your own response plan. 

TamizdatAVAIL provides pro bono legal assistance to the members of the international performing arts community when they encounter problems with issues related to live streaming, the U.S. visa and immigration systems, and issues related to the new “public charge” rules.


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