Financial Aid and Business Resources for Makers, Designers, and Artists During the Coronavirus and Covid-19 Pandemic

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Everyone in our community has been asking, “What can I do for my small business during the Coronavirus pandemic?”

I get it, we’re in totally uncharted territory right now.

The good news is there are plenty of resources available for entrepreneurs, jewelry designers, artists, and creative business owners that may be able to help you protect your business during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The first step for finding resources is to call around and find out what’s already available to you. Inform them that you’re a small business owner impacted by the current pandemic and you’re looking for resources.

Here’s a checklist of who to call:

✓ Mortgage company

✓ Landlord

✓ Utility companies

✓ Credit card company

✓ Insurance provider(s)

✓ Student loan services.

✓ Any other service provider who may be able to work with you or offer assistance

There is an abundance of external resources available for artists and small business owners, it’s just about knowing where to look. We’ve started compiling an ongoing list below.

Please share this with anyone you know whose business may be impacted by COVID-19.

Now is the time to band together as a community of makers.


*World Health Organization

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic 

WHO is on the frontlines of delivering up-to-date information on COVID-19 and appropriate safety measures.


Information During the Impact of the Coronavirus

Alliance of Artists Communities

COVID-19 Preparedness for Residencies

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

International Resources (outside the U.S.)

The International Association of Blacks in Dance

COVID-19 | Novel Coronavirus Resources

On The Move

Coronavirus: Resources: Arts, Culture, and Cultural Mobility


*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The CDC is on the frontlines of delivering up-to-date information on COVID-19 and appropriate safety measures for the US.

*Small Business Administration (SBA)

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

*NYC Business

NYC Employee Retention Grant

Alternate ROOTS


American Alliance of Museums

Information for the Museum Field on the COVID-19/Coronavirus

Americans for the Arts

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center

Arts and Culture Sector Can Prepare for the Coronavirus in the United States

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association

Survey on Impact of COVID-19 on Indian Country Tourism

Art House Convergence

AHC list of resources for art-house cinemas and theaters, including template letters to educate legislators about the impact of COVID-19 and value of economic relief and stimulus packages for the arts and cultural sector.

A.R.T./New York

Resources for Responding to COVID-19 in New York City

Arts Education Partnership

COVID-19 Resources 

Association of Performing Arts Professionals

APAP’s emergency response page, continually updating


Resources for Preparing for the Potential Impact of the Coronavirus

Film Festival Alliance

Webinars for film festival field navigating postponements and cancellations and archived recordings.

Grantmakers in the Arts

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Arts Funding: Update and action items

League of American Orchestras

Page on Coronavirus

Lifetime Arts

Supporting Creative Aging Programming during COVID-19 Crisis

National Alliance for Musical Theatre

COVID-19 Resources

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Coronavirus Resources

State Arts Agencies & Regional Arts Organizations Contacts

New England Foundation for the Arts


New York Foundation for the Arts

COVID-19 | Resources and Updates from NYFA

US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Guide


Emergency Funds – All Art Forms

Women’s Jewelry Association

COVID-19 Resources



Benefits for Self-Employed People


Making sense of the financial fallout from Corona Virus

Citizens Advice Bureau

Coronavirus – What it Means for You


Debt and Coronavirus

UK COVID-19 & Freelance Artists

Links and Coronavirus Resources for the UK Creative Community

UK Government

COVID-19: Support for Businesses

Universal Credit for the Self-Employed

Covid-19 Guidance for Employees and the Self-Employed


CBC Arts

Here's where Canadian artists and freelancers can find help during COVID-19 shutdowns

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists

International Resources (outside the U.S.)

Department of Finance Canada

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

Independent Source

Resources for Canadian artists, writers and media workers during COVID-19 shutdowns

Infection Prevention and Control of Canada

Information about Coronavirus

Theatre Alberta

COVID-19 Resources For The Theatre Community

For more information on how to protect your creative business during the Coronavirus pandemic, listen to the Thrive by Design Podcast.

This list is always in progress. If you have a resource for artists that you think should be added, please contact us.