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“To our creative friends and colleagues across Essex County, know that you’re not alone. As we face the challenges of COVID-19 over the coming weeks, we will face them together as a strong, connected region of 34 culturally diverse and vibrant communities.  ECCF’s Creative County Initiative is doubling down on the challenge through our philanthropic networks and deep systems approach.

KAREN RISTUBEN – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ESSEX COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S CREATIVE COUNTY INITIATIVE

Health and Information

Arts, Culture and Creative Impact

Opportunities, Grants, Resources and Relief Funds

GENERAL

  • Massachusetts Workers Emergency Relief Funds - Compiled by Massachusetts Jobs with Justice for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please research, apply, and share.  This is a work in progress! 
  • Coronavirus Tax Relief - The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available.
  • Combating the Coronavirus via the US Chamber of Commerce - The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Main Street Resources - Community is at the heart of everything we do. As COVID-19 begins to have an increasingly significant impact on communities across the country, we are compiling existing resources, opportunities, and community response examples to help Main Street districts during this crisis.
  • Contracts, Coronavirus, and Crises - Luke Blackadar (Director of Legal Services for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston) talks “Force Majeure” clauses, contracts, and other legal obligations re: COVID-19.

ARTS

  • List of funding for Artists during COVID-19 - A compiled list of funding for New England artists (visual + media arts)
  • Boston Artist Relief Fund - The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The Creator Fund - $50,000 fund called The Creator Fund to support creators in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • WomenArts list of available resources and emergency funds -resources and emergency funds for artists in all disciplines.
  • Adobe Creative Suite giving members 2 months free! - The company hasn’t announced this promotion anywhere, and you’ll need to follow a few steps to take advantage of it. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get your free two months in just a few minutes.
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts - If artists have a COVID-19 related legal question, they can reach out to the VLA without needing to pay the VLA service fee! Reach out to them atVLA@artsandbusinesscouncil.org.
  • List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak - Creative Capital has always been anchored by a rich spirit of community and mutual generosity, and we believe that continuing communication and exchange are crucial for all of us. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, we have created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.
  • 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.
  • The Creative Community and COVID-19 via MassCreative - newsletter with resources for Massachusetts artists.

EVENTS

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Event Creators - The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is disrupting the live event industry world wide. And until live experiences are back on track, economic assistance could help ensure our industry remains strong. It’s because of this we want event creators, promoters, and venue owners across the globe to know about the options available in your part of the world.
  • Your COVID-19 Fundraising Event Toolkit - Do you have a fundraising event being impacted by COVID-19? A team of experts from Greater Giving, The AV Department, Artisan Auctions and Swaim Strategies have come together to provide you a variety of resources for a variety of possibilities. Our goal is to help you continue to fundraise.
  • Eventbrite: Best Practices during COVID-19 - As you navigate the decision of what to do about your event, we understand how difficult this decision is and are here to support you. Here are some relevant details to move forward on making a decision.

MUSIC

  • Boston Music Maker Relief Fund - The Record Co. has established a fund to provide financial relief to music makers in the Boston area experiencing lost revenue from gig cancellations resulting from coronavirus and COVID-19. Rapid grants of up to $200 will be made to eligible applicants on a first come, first served basis.
  • Corona Relief Fund for Musicians - The Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund was set up on short notice to provide direct financial assistance to musicians who have lost work as a result of Corona-related event cancellations.

RESTAURANTS & SERVICE INDUSTRY

  • Restaurant Strong Fund by Greg Hill Foundation - The Greg Hill Foundation has teamed up with Samuel Adams* to support those from the Massachusetts restaurant industry who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures. Our goal is to provide $1,000 grants to as many qualifying grantees as possible.
  • Behind You Fund for Restaurant Service Workers - Behind You is launching an emergency fund for restaurant employees in Beverly, Lynn, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem, and/or Swampscott whose work is currently negatively impacted by COVID-19.

SMALL BUSINESSES

  • SBA Emergency Relief Options - The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Facebook Small Business Grants Program - We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.
  • Small Business Disaster Preparedness Resources via SCORE - Small businesses are a vital part of the U.S. economy. With the recent news and concerns of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), SCORE is sharing the latest business resources, assistance and guidance.
  • COVID-19 Entrepreneur Resource List via EforAll - EforAll is compiling national, regional, and local resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses in our communities. There are some great loan programs being announced but we know that loans are not always the solution and should be explored carefully. Don’t hesitate to contact someone at EforAll for guidance.
  • Coronavirus and Employer Leave Obligations - Information regarding certain law changes and informational resources for businesses during this challenging time period. Certain laws will be coming into effect on April 2, 2020, and other laws must still be complied with regard to your employees. There may also be future changes in the laws in the days ahead. We will keep you posted on this ever-changing situation.

NON PROFITS

  • Non-Profit Directory
  • Coronavirus and Massachusetts Non-Profits - MNN acknowledges the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on Massachusetts nonprofits as employers, conveners, and service providers. Click the links to be directed to Flash Poll results, Philanthropic and Government Relief, Policy Updates, Actions and Resources for Nonprofits, and Resources for Virtual Fundraisers and Events sections of this webpage.
  • Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work During the COVID-19 Outbreak - As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the communities where we live and serve, organizations are encouraging their staff to work remotely if possible. While a planned transition to a remote workforce would typically be staged over time, one may need to be implemented quickly in this scenario. Because the current situation with COVID-19 is changing so rapidly, the resources we're providing below (most of which are free) are options that can be implemented relatively quickly, with little to no external IT support needed to do so and with a focus on remote communications and information sharing solutions.
  • ECCF: Tools and Resources for Non-profits - We are all dealing with the uncertainty as we navigate cancelled fundraising events, the inability to fulfill government contracts due to school closures, and other sources of revenue loss, all while needing to serve clients in new ways. We hope these tips, blogs, tools, and resources will help. We know you are busy and have tried to make this as practical as possible.

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