Updated 1:40 p.m. EDT, March 31, 2020

A historic $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on Friday, March 27. 

In the coming days and weeks we will be regularly communicating what this means for arts organizations, arts workers and artists and providing information on how to access available resources. We are tirelessly working with our national field colleagues, government affairs experts, sister organizations and the National Endowment for the Arts to offer as much insight as we can.

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

Quick Links: APAP Survey | Congressional Action | General Resources | Agent and Artist Resources | Emergency Funding | Webinars | Additional Reading  | Other Resources

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 statements here:


APAP Coronavirus Impact Survey on the Performing Arts Industry

APAP has just launched a field-wide survey in order for us to better serve you by providing information to foundation funders and including key data points in advocacy efforts to the U.S. federal government. Your responses also help APAP determine how best to meet your needs in these unprecedented times. Please feel free to share.

Completing the survey takes only five minutes. Take the survey now, and share this survey widely.

Take the Survey

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.

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.

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.

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 notices from APAP's advocacy partner, the Performing Arts Alliance. You can read recent notices here.

General Resources

Looking for information on U.S. federal Coronavirus relief? Visit APAP's dedicated page.

COVID-19 Agent and Artist Resources

Emergency Funding

Below are some emergency funding opportunities for artists. We will continue to update this list on a regular basis.

  • 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.


Upcoming APAP Webinars

  • TBD

Other Upcoming Webinars

Ongoing Webinar Series

  • TRG 30 Webinar Series: This is a special series of weekly 30-minute virtual roundtables with the TRG CEO. TRG Arts wants to be a resource to arts and cultural organizations and provide insight into the counsel that they are providing our clients on how to manage the short-term impact and focus on their business model for long-term gain.
  • NAPAMA Webinar Series: Starting Monday, March. March 30, 2020, NAPAMA will host two webinars a week for our members surrounding our shared issues and emotions about the COVID-19 pandemic. Links and information will be emailed their members and available on their Member Facebook page.

COVID-19 Webinar Recordings

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

Additional Reading

Other Resources

Below are some resources that APAP staff has found useful, including teleworking tips, free online classes for networking, resources for parents and more.