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.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

COVID 19 Resource Links

Americans for the Arts - Response and Resource Center
Americans for the Arts has established a Response and Resource Center that will be updated on a daily basis. This includes preparation information, funding and grants, resource pages and much more.
Artwork Archive's Financial Relief List
Artwork Archive provides artists, collectors and organizations powerful tools to manage their artwork, career or collection. COVID-19 Emergency grants available for Artists:
COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals
The COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals provides $1,000 grants to people who have lost income derived from their work as individual artists and independent teaching artists/humanists/scientists as a direct result of COVID-19 related cancellations and closures in Massachusetts. Application deadline: April 22, 2020 at 11:59pm (ET). More Info:

Boston Artists Relief Fund
The City of Boston, Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture is accepting applications from artists whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID.

Cambridge Artists Relief Fund
The Cambridge Community Foundation, in partnership with the City of Cambridge is accepting applications to address the urgent need of arts and culture nonprofits, artists, and performers.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund
CERF+ is readiness, relief + resilience for studio artists, ensuring that they are as protected as the work they create.

Creative Capital: Artist Resources
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, they have created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. They will continue to update this list as the outbreak continues to affect the arts community.

Cultured Magazine - COVID-19 Artists Resources
Cultured Magazine brings you the best from the worlds of contemporary art, design and architecture

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Loan Advance
The SBA’s EIDL Program provides small businesses with working capital loans to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue. The Loan Advance will provide economic relief to businesses with an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.

See also, SBA Express Bridge Loans (for businesses who currently have a relationship with an SBA Express Lender), and SBA Debt Relief (for new and current 7(a) loans).

Fractured Atlas Freelance Artist Resources
Fractured Atlas has an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. 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 and more.

KPM & Associates Resource Center
Kevin P. Martin & Associates has created a COVID-19 resource center for businesses – including film and television production companies and non-profits, on taxes, film incentives, and more.
Massachusetts Health Connector
The MA Health Connector is extending the enrollment period for uninsured individuals until April 25.
Massachusetts Unemployment
The Commonwealth is waiving the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits and expanded eligibility for individuals impacted by virus-related closures.

Info & Apply: Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
DUA is holding Virtual Town Halls to help answer questions.

Please Note: CARES Act-related unemployment benefits for the self-employed and others are not yet available as the state awaits federal guidance. Follow updates here.

Information on unemployment benefits related to CARES Act.

Helpful graphic for creative professionals on navigating unemployment benefits by AFL-CIO’s Department for Professional Employees.

Massachusetts WorkShare Program
WorkShare offers an alternative to layoffs. Employees work reduced hours while collecting unemployment benefits to supplement their lower wages.
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. Release regarding Distribution of $75 million allocated in COVID19 Relief Package:
Paycheck Protection Program
An SBA loan to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. Individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors are also eligible if they meet program size standards.

Loan forgiveness benefits are based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels.

Lenders may begin processing PPP loan applications as soon as April 3.

Small Business Administration Disaster Relief Funds (EIDL):
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

StageSource - Theater Community Benevolent Fund
StageSource provides leadership and services to advance the art of theater in the Greater Boston and New England region. Our mission is to unite theater artists, theater companies, and related organizations in vision and goals that inspire and empower our community to realize its greatest artistic potential.
Tax Filing & Payments Delayed
The IRS has moved the deadline to file taxes from April 15 to July 15. Individual taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.

IRS updates regarding coronavirus tax relief

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has extended the deadline to file income taxes from April 15 to July 15. MA Department of Revenue
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA)
VLA has assembled an emergency response panel of large law firms to advise artists and arts organizations on contracts, insurance, and labor and employment issues. The VLA is waiving service fees for artists and organizations suffering financial hardship due to the coronavirus.
Email: Phone: 617-350-7600.

WBUR The ARTery: Grants and Resources for Artists and Nonprofits
Artists are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Museums, restaurants and venues have all closed, leaving many without a primary source of income. Filing for unemployment is a decent safety net but not all artists qualify to apply. If you're looking for small emergency grants or funds to hold you over, read on to learn more.

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