Photo credits left to right: Erica Sidor, Worcester Art Museum, The Hanover Theatre, the Worcester PopUp, Worcester Chamber Music Society.
Creative Community Resources
The Worcester community, like the rest of the world, are just beginning to feel the impacts of COVID-19. Below is a database of resources for arts and cultural organizations and individuals, as well as funders and nonprofits, and additional reading. Are we missing something? Please let us know by emailing Culture@WorcesterMA.gov.
Impact Surveys Creative Community Resources Nonprofit & Business Resources Funder Resources Advocacy Additional Reading Other Resources
: to assess the needs of the creative community locally and nationally, individual artists and organizations are asked to submit information Impact Surveys as soon as possible. Latest update April 29, 2020.
the below information is specifically focused on individual artists and performers, as well as arts and cultural organizations. For resources relevant to small businesses, real estate, and more, please visit Creative Community Resources: WorcesterMA.gov/coronavirus. Latest update April 29, 2020.
Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund from GoFundMe – funding opportunities for BIPOC individual artists/teaching artists
Artist Relief Fund from Americans for the Arts – a national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers!
CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds from Independent Sector – information for small and large nonprofits, as well as individuals!
Corona Relief Fund Application from Equal Sound – for musicians who have lost income due to a cancelled gig
Emergency Funds – All Art Forms from WomenArts – emergency funds for artists including actors, visual and performing artists, writers, and musicians
Emergency Grants from Dramatists Guild Foundation – emergency financial assistance for individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters
Freelance Artist Resources from COVID-19 & Freelance Artists – resources, opportunities, and financial relief options for artists of all disciplines
Gaming Mitigation from the Mass Cultural Council – capital for the sustainability of nonprofit and municipal performing arts centers! Applications close APRIL 30, 2020
Get Found on CreativeGround.org – a New England directory of creative enterprises and artists!
Guidance for MCC Grant Recipients from Mass Cultural Council – i nfo for MCC grant recipients (including WAC grants)
MassHire Resources for unemployment, as well as urgently needed employment opportunities
Musicians Foundation Emergency Aid Grant Program from Musicians Foundation – emergency grants up to $200. As of April 29, this is temporarily closed due to high volume of submissions. To be reopened at a later date.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Guide to Unemployment Assistant from Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition – a video Q&A on applying for unemployment and other developments under the CARES Act!
Nonprofit & Business Resources: Latest update April 29, 2020.
Funder Resources: Latest update April 29, 2020.
Advocacy: Latest update April 29, 2020.
by Anita Walker, MCC What We Heard at the Legislative Listening Session 2020.04.08:
by Bethann Steiner, MCC Two COVID-19 Relief Programs Approved 2020.04.08:
by Michael Ibrahim, MCC COVID-19 Relief Effort for Organizations 2020.04.07:
by Rodrigo Guerro, Creative Generation Artists Not Just For Art’s Sake, But For Community’s Sake 2020.04.04:
by Richard Duckett, Telegram & Gazette Local Music and Art Schools Stay Connected with Students via Online Lessons 2020.04.01:
by Victor Infante, Telegram & Gazette Worcester Cultural Coalition announces artist relief grants 2020.03.30:
by Tracie Konopinski, MASSCreative Economic Relief for the Creative Community in Federal COVID-19 Relief Bill 2020.03.26:
Staying Connected in the Face of COVID-19 by Timothea Pham, MCC 2020.03.25:
by Patricia Walsh, Americans for the Arts Community Engagement in the Time of COVID-19 2020.03.24:
by Bethann Steiner, MCC Early Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on MA Cultural Sector 2020.03.20:
by Victor Infante, Worcester Magazine Filling the silence: Worcester artists look to web for help as pandemic claims gigs 2020.03.20:
by Jeneé Osterheldt, Boston Globe ‘Stay positive and stay creative.’ How two Boston artists are adjusting to work in the time of coronavirus 2020.03.20:
from the Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Preparedness for the Cultural Sector
2020.03.18: from Mass.gov Baker-Polito Administration Makes New Announcements on Childcare, Small Business Tax Relief and Unemployment Insurance Legislation Related to COVID-19
2020.03.16: from Mass.gov Baker-Polito Administration Announces $10 Million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund 2020.03.16:
from Anita Walker, MCC Executive Director MCC: Update to our Response to COVID-19
2020.03.13: by Sandi McKinley, NFF.org What Nonprofits Should Do Right Now
2020.03.12: by Justin Davidson, Vulture Arts Organizations Are Heading Into a Crisis. A Few Things Might Mitigate the Disaster. 2020.03.12:
from Anita Walker, MCC Executive Director MCC: Letter to the Field on Coronavirus 2020.03.12:
by Dan Shingler, Crain’s Cleveland Business Coronavirus pinching livelihood of Akron artists, backers say
2020.03.12: by Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR Performing Arts And Cultural Organizations Close Their Doors Due To Coronavirus 2020.03.12:
by Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts Principles for Ethical Cancellation 2020.03.11:
by Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone Coronavirus Could Decimate Touring Musicians’ Livelihoods
2020.03.10: by Dan Parks, Chronicle of Philanthropy As Coronavirus Threat Continues, Experts Tell Nonprofits to Shore Up Reserves
2020.03.09: by Antony Bugg-Levine, Chronicle of Philanthropy 6 Steps for Grant Makers to Take Now to Ensure Nonprofits Recover From Coronovirus Spread
2020.03.07: by Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle Don’t let local arts die because of coronavirus fears — and wash your hands
2020.03.04: from Event Safety Alliance Webinar: Preparing Your Organization for the Corona Virus Disease Outbreak
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