Updated 5:30 p.m. EDT, May 22, 2020

Today, as Congress continues negotiating the fourth Coronavirus relief bill known as the HEROES Act, APAP and our national service organization partners in the Cultural Advocacy Group have issued the following statement

In response to government relief provided to date and anticipated government investment in infrastructure, the statement includes a number of Congressional asks that address the needs of performing arts organizations and professionals, including:

  • Expand and recapitalize the Paycheck Protection Program resources.
  • Fully fund the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and remove the $1,000/per employee cap.
  • Provide streamlined, low-interest forgivable loans to assist microbusinesses. 
  • Provide loan forgiveness for nonprofits through the Main Street Lending Program and the Economic Stabilization Fund.
  • Expand the duration of pandemic unemployment benefits and make eligible gig workers with mixed income.
  • Expand access to health coverage and care.
  • Approve substantial funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and other cultural agencies for dedicated COVID-19 relief.
  • Enact policies to ensure rapid processing of artist visas.
  • Support the arts and work of artists as essential infrastructure investments.
  • Include the arts sector in consideration of public health and workplace safety policies.
  • Ensure the arts are considered in business interruption insurance and liability policy discussions.

We encourage you to contact your Congressional representatives, share your stories, and continue to make the case for performing arts organizations, agencies, artists, and arts workers. Our entire ecosystem is important, and your voices are critical to building legislation that serves our field.

What APAP is doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Quick Links: Congressional Action | Webinars | General Resources | Reopening Resources | Presenting, Booking, and Touring Resources | Artists and Arts Workers Resources | Emergency Funding  |  Additional Resources | Creative Responses |  Government Relief

APAP is monitoring the spread and impact of the Coronavirus on a daily basis and working with other field leadership organizations to gather information, share resources, and advocate for the field. We highly encourage members to review our resources here, read our member newsletters, and follow APAP on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

APAP President and CEO Mario Garcia Durham has been communicating regularly with members. You can read his recent statements here:

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Congressional Action

APAP has joined the broader arts and nonprofit sectors in advocating for the performing arts booking, touring and presenting field in the wake of COVID-19 closures and event cancellations. Looking for information on U.S. federal Coronavirus relief? Visit APAP's dedicated relief page.

As relief and recovery legislation will continue into the coming months, it's very important that we continue to make the case for performing arts organizations and independent artists. Our collective advocacy efforts as a field are working. Your stories are being heard. We thank you for your efforts and urge you to continue to engage your local Congressional staff directly.

Members of APAP will regularly receive alerts from APAP's advocacy partner, the Performing Arts Alliance. You can read recent alerts here.

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Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming APAP Webinars

Other Upcoming Webinars

More COVID-19 Webinars

To find ongoing webinar series, replays of past APAP and other field webinars, visit this page.

Emergency Funding

Below are some emergency funding opportunities. We will continue to update this list on a regular basis.Looking for information on U.S. federal Coronavirus relief? Visit APAP's dedicated relief page.

Informational Resources

APAP has compiled a number of frequently updated, informational resources from across the field to help you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • General Coronavirus Resources
  • Presenting, Booking, and Touring Resources
  • Reopening Resources
  • Artists and Arts Workers Resources

Find all resources here

APAP Members' Creative Responses to COVID-19

We know this is a very difficult time for our industry, so we are trying to offer some light by leaning into what we do best as a field of artists and creatives.

To that end, APAP created this “Creative Responses” playlist featuring APAP members (or artists on on member rosters), staff and board members and their creative responses to COVID-19, showing how we are coping and processing this unique time.