COVID-19/Coronavirus NPN Statement and Resources

March 12, 2020  •  4 minute read

Dear NPN community,

We believe that community-centered action is essential to just societies. While we do not yet fully understand the many ways COVID-19 is affecting our world, we challenge ourselves to imagine a path forward rooted in communalism and collective wellbeing—locally, nationally, and globally.

As an organization dedicated to supporting touring artists, we recognize that these artists are particularly impacted by financial and healthcare vulnerability. We are committed to ensuring that NPN artists continue to be paid for their work, even as scheduled engagements are canceled.

Policy for Canceled or Postponed NPN-Supported Projects
NPN recognizes that COVID-19 is negatively impacting the field, specifically NPN’s Partners and artists who are losing paid opportunities. In the event that an NPN-funded project is canceled due to COVID-19, NPN will allow Partners to keep the NPN subsidy for the canceled engagement if the subsidy will support the artist’s lost wages. Additionally, NPN will fund NPN projects that need to be postponed to a later date. If you have any questions about this, please contact .

Our responsibility to center community care and social justice also means recognizing broader implications for our communities inherent in this public health crisis. These include those of Asian descent being targeted for discrimination and the ways in which people with disabilities and chronic illnesses and elder adults are disproportionately impacted when medical resources are more limited.

We are grateful to our peers whose expertise in emergency management are a guide for us in these uncertain times. Below we share links to resources others have created. We will continue to gather and update these resources on this page.

For Freelance Artists

Artist Relief emergency grants and COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources (previously a crowdsourced Google doc shared here)

Coronavirus Resources for Artists of Color from Fractured Atlas

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts is disbursing $1,000 grants to experimental artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 virus for as long as its board of directors deems necessary.

3Arts in Chicago is compiling a list of emergency funding for artists

Emergency Funds—All Art Forms,” from WomenArts

New Music Solidarity Fund for freelance musicians

Entertainment Assistance Program and COVID-19 Resource List from the Actors Fund

Panel: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (ASL & Captioned), For US-Based Freelance Artists and Cultural Workers in all Disciplines

Artist Relief Tree crowdsourced relief fund for artists affected by cancellations due to COVID-19

CERF+ Craft Emergency Relief Fund for established artists working in a craft discipline

Freelancers & Community Resources 2020” Google doc

Relief + Resources from Arts Organizations,” information from CERF+ on emergency financial relief, emergency residencies, and other emergency resources for artists

Creative Sonoma list of emergency funds and resources, for both West Coast and national artists

Corona Virus: Resources: Arts, Culture and Cultural Mobility,” from On the Move

For Teaching Artists

Teaching Artists Guild, “COVID-19 Resources for Teaching Artists

Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak,” originally created by Dr. Daphnie Sicre

For Arts Organizations

Information from emergency preparedness service ArtsReady

COVID-19 Tools and Resources for Nonprofits from Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) includes free insights, tools and how-to videos, resources, and webinars for managing during uncertain times. provides resources and recommended funding principles during COVID-19 and other crises

Creative Capital, “List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds” from Independent Sector

Association of Performing Arts Professionals resource page

Open document “COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field” from Common Field

The American Alliance of Museums, “COVID-19/Coronavirus Resources & Information for the Museum Field

Statement and emergency fund for artists and arts administrators of color from Arts Administrators of Color Network

Alliance of Artists Communities, “COVID-19 Preparedness for Residencies

Racism is a Virus Too rapid response fund from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to support community-based organizations that provide services for Asian American communities.

Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ list of resources, including an updated list of webinars

Ways of Gathering in the Age of COVID-19: A Guide to Livestreaming on HowlRound TV”

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Arts Funding: Update and action items” from Grantmakers in the Arts

Springboard for the Arts, “Principles for Ethical Cancellation

Resources for Reopening

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide

New Orleans and Louisiana Resources

Platforms has established the Creative Response Relief Fund to provide $2,000 individual emergency relief grants to creators in the greater New Orleans region

COVID-19 Artist and Community Resources from the Contemporary Arts Center

New Orleans Business Alliance emergency grants for gig workers

City of New Orleans rental assistance program

Louisiana Law Help coronavirus information, including tenants’ rights

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services has launched the COVID-19 Legal Helpline 1-844-244-7871 to provide free legal help for low-income people with civil legal problems related to COVID-19

Free consultations with primary care physicians for Louisiana residents throughout April from LSU

Quantifying Economic Impact

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) field survey for independent cultural workers and arts organizations

Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers

Americans for the Arts 5-minute survey for arts organizations: The Economic Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Arts and Cultural Sector

On Racial and Social Justice

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Statement on Discrimination and the Coronavirus Epidemic

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies’ National Call to Action

Asian American Feminist Antibodies: Care in the Time of Coronavirus collaborative Zine from Asian American Feminist Collective and Bluestockings NYC

Native Americans in Philanthropy resource library for Tribal communities

Design Studio for Social Intervention, “Social Justice in a Time of Social Distancing

Cover the Coronavirus without Being an Ableist Asshole” from Bitch Media

Health and Mental Health Resources

Self-care tips if you become sick with COVID-19 from an activist nurse” Google doc

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, “Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

How to Prevent Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing,” from Scientific American

For Arts Supporters

Things to Do (to support the arts right now)” from Crosscut

For Funders

A Call to Action: Philanthropy’s Commitment During COVID-19, from the Council on Foundations

United Philanthropy Forum Joint Statement: “Keep Equity at the Forefront in Philanthropy’s Response to the Coronavirus

Funders, this is the rainy day you have been saving up for” from Nonprofit AF


Performing Arts Alliance online campaign to Congress, “Nonprofits Need Access to COVID-19 Relief”

American Alliance of Museums online campaign “Tell Congress: Include Museums and all Nonprofits in COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Packages

Council of Nonprofits letter to Congress, “Why Nonprofits Must Be Included in a COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Package”

Actors’ Equity press releases

Online Arts Events

Online Arts Events During the COVID-19 Outbreak” from Creative Capital

The Social Distancing Festival

Sofa King Festival

Theatre without Theater on Instagram offering free performance rentals through April