COVID-19 Resources for the Ensemble Community


Last update: March 31, 2020 @ 1:30pm ET
We will continue to update this resource list; check back for new links and information.

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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 - including those from many 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.

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.

PAA Action Alert - Advocacy (March 20, 2020)

PAA Action Alert - Advocacy (March 11, 2020)

Letter to Congress: The Arts Sector and COVID-19 Relief (March 2020; NET has endorsed)

The Charitable Sector: COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Package (March 19, 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, and check out this New York Times F.A.Q. on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Plan.


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
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

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

Center for Performance and Civic Practice/Michael Rohd
Videos from Michael Rohd (Arizona State University/Sojourn Theatre/Center for Performance and Civic Practice) for theater teachers moving from in-person classes as online classes due to COVID-19.
Video #1 (March 12, 2020) - Michael Rohd
Video #2 (March 20, 2020) - Michael Rohd w/ Jessica Thebus (Northwestern University)

Convergences Theatre Collective
Webinar March 14 - Performing Arts Learning Online (
for performing arts teachers transitioning from in-person to online learning environments)

Facebook Group:
Teaching Theatre Through Remote Learning

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

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 
Interested in Remote Speaking/Workshop Opportunities with Schools & Universities During COVID-19


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.

Convergences Theatre Collective
Performing Arts Learning Online - for performing arts teachers transitioning from in-person to online learning environments (March 14, 2020)

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
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.

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


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.

The Wooster Group
VImeo channel for the renowned, 40+ year old, NYC-based ensemble that makes work for theater dance and media; features performances, rehearsals, interviews, etc.


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's 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. 


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