Updated 10:43 a.m. EDT, August 4, 2020

As Congressional negotiations on the next round of COVID-19 relief are accelerating, we urge you to continue to contact your Congressional representatives. Your voice is critical to building legislation that serves the performing arts presenting, booking and touring field. 

APAP is actively supporting bills that together can address the diverse needs of the performing arts field. You can find more information on these bills and talking points to use below.

  • The League of American Orchestras has assembled the latest status updates on key bills that serve arts non-profits as well as talking points on the Arts and COVID-19 relief.
  • Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)'s bipartisan "Save Our Stages" Act 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.
  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-Pasadena)'s Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act would ensure that those who earn a mix of traditional (W-2) and independent (e.g. 1099)  income---including as artist and gig workers---are able to fully access the unemployment assistance. 

Want more information on currently available relief? Visit APAP's COVID-19 government relief page here.

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 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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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, 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.

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 Webinars and Events

Upcoming APAP Webinars and Events

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
  • Livestreaming
  • 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.