The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Friday, March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Resources and Info for Artists

A list of resources and information for artists related to COVID-19.
Mass Cultural Council Resources Mass Cultural Council has posted COVID-19 Resources with ongoing information for Massachusetts artists and organizations.
Webinar On Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 3 PM, Mass Cultural Council hosted a webinar to share the best advice available on how to manage our organizations during this crisis.
Emergency Resources The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (now a program of CERF+) has a created a comprehensive resource for the artist community, many of whom are dealing with canceled shows, exhibitions, and conferences, about COVID-19. Those with the means to do so can also consider donating to the CERF+ COVID-19 Response Fund.
Resource Pages There are comprehensive lists with COVID-19 and emergency resources, information, and links for artists compiled by the New England Foundation for the ArtsCreative Capital, the National Endowment for the ArtsBillboard MagazineAmericans for the Arts, and WBUR.
Freelance Artist Resources Freelance artists can find help and info at the COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource.
Writer Resources Poets & Writers has compiled a useful page called Resources for Writers in the Time of Coronavirus.
News For current news on the COVID-19 outbreak, go to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Of Note The New England New Play Alliance (NPA) sends a periodic newsletter promoting new work by New England playwrights. Since many performances are being canceled or postponed due to COVID-19, the NPA newsletter has shifted its focus to highlighting scripts by New England playwrights and providing access to those scripts via New Play ExchangeSign up for the newsletter.
Fundraising Template Language Fractured Atlas has created a fundraising resource template for artists and performers to use when asking directly for money through fundraising.
Legal Services Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston has Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts who are waiving their service fee for artists with crises related to COVID-19.

We’re all in this together. If there are other resources you know of, please add them in the comments.
Image: from the CERF+ website.

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