Covid-19 Resources for Arts Workers

Here you will find a list of resources for arts and culture workers whose gigs and incomes have been impacted by Covid-19 related cancellations.

Funding Resources for Artists

  • This list created by COVID-19 & Freelance Artists 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. Visit here.
  • Resources for the Arts and Learning sector during the COVID-19 pandemic as compiled by Canadian Network for Arts and Learning. This page has numerous general sources, as well as fund relief links for Toronto-based artists including: Glad Day Book Shop Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers and Glad Day, Akin Rent Relief Fund available to Akin artists and creatives with anonymous, one time emergency grants of $150-$300; Toronto Arts Council COVID-19 Updates Includes workplace resources, resources for artists and arts organizations, and a listing of emergency funding initiatives; and Toronto Dancers COVID-19 Relief Fund GoFundMe campaign dedicated to freelance dance artists in Toronto.

  • Resources for those in need of financial aid, food, mental health and more: a community-creatd document

  • Here's where Canadian artists and freelancers can find help during COVID-19 shutdowns by CBC Arts includes Emergency Funding, Advocacy Groups, Online Training Resources, Health and Mental Health Resources, and Temporary/Remote Job opportunities

  • Navigating COVID-19: Resources for Creatives and Creative Entrepreneurs by Artscape has resources for Rent Relief and Mortgage Payment Deferral Resources, Food Security Resources, Financial Relief for Utilities, Bills and Services, Financial Assistance, Grants and Emergency Funds, Community Funded Mutual Aid, Creative Entrepreneur Supports, Federal Government Programs and Supports, Province of Ontario Government Programs and Supports, City of Toronto Programs, Granting Bodies Information, COVID-19 information for the Arts and Culture Sector, and Stress Management Resources.

  • Important Information related to COVID-19 by Canada Council for the Arts details COVID-19: Current information and FAQs, Canada Council operations, Financial impact, Government support measures, Artists abroad, Access to Employment Insurance, Other possible measures, Suspension of funding for public events and travel-related activities, Other travel-related questions, Event cancellations, Core funded organizations, Grant applications and assessments, Cancellation and reimbursement of grants, and Useful Links

  • Centre for Social Innovation’s blog post How to Get Financial Support During COVID-19 explains how to apply for Employment Insurance (EI) or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

  • Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership’s (TEQLIP) Programs and Updates for Newcomers related to COVID-19 includes links to COVID-19 prevention, care, essential services, financial assistance, how to talk to a doctor from home, and more.

  • Here's where Canadian artists and freelancers can find help during COVID-19 shutdowns by CBC Arts

  • A plain language guide to federal benefits for all sectors

  • Grocery support for artists with microgrants of $75, no questions asked by TAPA

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