What APAP is doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
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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 Lisa Richards Toney and former President and CEO Mario Garcia Durham have been communicating regularly with members. You can read recent statements here:
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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, event cancellations, and the diverse needs of APAP members during this time.
Looking for information on U.S. federal Coronavirus relief? Visit APAP's dedicated relief page.
On August 3, APAP endorsed the bipartisan "Save Our Stages" Act that would make available $10 billion in dedicated relief to the live arts and entertainment industry that will benefit many of our commercial and non-profit members, including venues, producers, promoters and agents. Read more.
On July 20, APAP joined many industry organizations in support of the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act, ensuring many arts workers who receive both traditional (W-2) and independent (e.g, 1099) income can fully access Unemployment Assistance provided by the CARES Act.
On July 13, APAP signed onto the National Council for Nonprofits letter, joining 400+ organizations asking that Congress address specific needs of non-profits in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation.
On July 6, APAP signed onto the U.S. Events and Entertainment Coalition letter, joining with a diverse group of companies and organizations from the interconnected mass participation events industry.
On July 3, the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act, which extends the deadline to apply for the currently remaining funds in the Paycheck Protection Program to August 8, 2020, was signed into law.
On June 5, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act was signed into law to provide much-needed flexibility for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers to get their loans fully forgiven.
On May 22, APAP, along with the field leadership of the Cultural Advocacy Group (CAG), issued to Congress the following statement, which includes key talking points.
On April 24, a $484 billion coronavirus relief bill to recapitalize SBA loan programs, as well as provide funding for expanded COVID-19 testing and support for hospitals, was signed into law.
On April 16, APAP, along with the field leadership of the Cultural Advocacy Group (CAG), issued to Congress the following statement, which includes key talking points.
On March 27, a bipartisan $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law. Learn more about relief that directly impacts arts organizations, artists and arts workers.
On March 20, APAP, along with the field leadership of the Cultural Advocacy Group (CAG), issued to Congress the following statement, which includes key talking points.
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, arts workers, and 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 and use the talking points from the above statements. You may also find some of these talking points from the U.S. Conference of Mayors platform helpful.
APAP works with its advocacy partners as part of the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA). APAP members regularly receive alerts from PAA. You can read the most recent alerts below.
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Upcoming APAP Webinars and Events
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To find ongoing webinar series, replays of past APAP and other field webinars, visit this page.
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.
- Emergency Relief Funds Toolkit
- Freelancers Relief Fund supports freelancers impacted by the pandemic.
- Grantmakers in the Arts calls for building deep resilience in arts funding
- Top Foundations Pledge Flexible Funding for Grantees in Wake of COVID-19 Crisis
- Sweet Relief's DONOR-DIRECTED FUND has a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus.
- Artist Relief Tree Global Grassroots Fundraiser for Artists Affected by COVID-19
- Broadway Cares COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund
- Council on Foundations list of global response funds and funding opportunities related to COVID-19 relief, including many from community foundations.
- Artist Relief, with generous support from the Mellon Foundation and others, will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19
- Dance/NYC Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund
- TrickleUp: This is an artists helping artists network. If they can get 10,000 subscribers at $10 a month, then every month we can give $10,000 to 10 different artists affected by the COVID-19 cancellations. And every month 10 new artists in need will get $10,000.
- San Francisco Arts Relief Program: The investment is a combination of funding strategies designed to help the arts and culture community through grants and low-interest loans to organizations and working artists most impacted by this crisis.
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts: Emergency Grants provide urgent funding ($500-$2,500) for visual and performing artists who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.
- Rauschenberg Emergency Grants:The fund provides one-time cash grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses caused by one-time, unexpected medical emergencies.
- Change, Inc.: Emergency grants up to $1,000 for artists in all disciplines needing help with rent, medical expenses, utility bills, fire damage, etc.
- Musician's Foundation: Grants typically range in amount from approximately $500-$3,000 for all professional musicians, regardless of their genre or instrument.
- MusiCares: May grant short-term financial assistance for personal or addiction needs that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances.
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
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.