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Mailing Address:
NJ State Council on the Arts
P.O. Box 306
Trenton, NJ 08625-0306

Office Address:
33 West State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608

Tel: (609) 292-6130
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COVID-19 Resources for Artists & Arts Organizations

August 10, 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Arts Council will be compiling resources for artists and organizations who are experiencing personal or business losses due to the economic impact of the pandemic. This list will be updated weekly as news and information become available, with new resources listed towards the top.

For up-to-date statewide information, please visit the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub.

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Resources specific to NJ artists and arts organizations are listed here.
National resources available to NJ artists and organizations are listed here.
Art Pride New Jersey Foundation
New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Keep Jersey Arts Alive is a digital public value campaign that highlights the importance of the arts in New Jersey, and why the industry's survival is critical to the state's overall recovery. The Keep Jersey Arts Alive website offers videos and state- and county-wide impact data to illustrate how the arts affect every corner of the state. Check it out to learn what you can do to Keep Jersey Arts Alive!

Americans for the Arts

Attention, artists and arts organizations! Americans for the Arts has revised their COVID-19 Survey for Organizations, and they need your input. Even if you've already completed the survey, please take five minutes to fill out the new version.

New Jersey Redevelopment Authority

A new relief program for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the SBL-EAGP will allow businesses in 64 eligible municipalities to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for lease costs.
Application Portal Opens August 10, 2020.

Performing Arts Readiness

The Performing Arts Readiness project offers free webinars on various topics related to emergency preparedness.
August 12: Networking for Disaster Management

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation

COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund
Funding in Round Two prioritizes organizations in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Union counties promoting racial justice by addressing the disproportionate economic, social, and health impacts COVID-19 has on communities of color.
Application Deadline: August 14, 2020

ArtPride New Jersey

Select Fridays at 10 AM, join ArtPride staff for a free, weekly webinar to discuss updated and valuable information regarding how New Jersey's arts community is responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
Next Meeting: August 21, 2020

Also at this link: ArtPride's regularly updated list of recommendations and resources for the New Jersey arts sector.

Shifting Policy and Practice: Insights and Actions for States
This special series of online learning events offers provocative perspectives and actionable ideas. Participation is free for all state arts agency staff and council members, as well as regional arts organizations.
Event Dates: August 27 - October 22, 2020

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund
One-time grants of $1,500 for experimental artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled/postponed due to COVID-19.
Application Deadline: December 1, 2020

Performing Arts Readiness

PAR Network Grants
Ten grants of between $5,000 - $25,000 each will be awarded for projects to support both the development of new or emerging disaster preparedness networks that include performing arts and culture organizations, and the expansion of existing networks to increase participation among performing arts organizations.
Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

TILA Studios

In an effort to sustain Black women's contributions in the arts industry during COVID-19, TILA Studios has launched a recurring monthly fund beginning at $1,000 to support Black women artists nationwide.
Applications must be received by the 1st of every month.

Jersey City Arts Council
Jersey City Economic Development Corporation

Jersey City Arts Relief Fund
Emergency relief grants for Jersey City artists and arts organizations directly impacted by COVID-19 and the related shutdown.

Pro Bono Partnership

Pro Bono Partnership assists qualifying nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York (excluding New York City) with their business legal needs.

Discover Jersey Arts

Jersey Arts at Home Event Submission
Stay connected with the public during the COVID-19 crisis by getting your virtual events highlighted in the Jersey Arts at Home guide.

Newark Arts

Newark Arts at Home
A platform for Greater Newark artists and arts organizations to share their virtual events and offerings.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The NJEDA Board has created new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

New Jersey Economic Development Authority

CDFI Emergency Loan Loss Reserve Fund
The CDFI Emergency Loan Loss Reserve Fund is a $10 million capital reserve fund that the NJEDA will use to take a first loss position on CDFI COVID-related loans that provide low-interest working capital to microbusinesses that have been negatively impacted by the outbreak.

New Jersey Community Capital

Garden State Relief Fund
The Garden State Relief Fund offers loans to small businesses and nonprofits negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Division of Unemployment Insurance

Assistance is available to self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig and platform workers who are impacted by COVID-19 through Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and possibly the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Have general questions about COVID-19? The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the State to provide information to the public on COVID-19.
24/7 Hotline: (800) 962-1253 
Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Center for Non-profits

Survey Report: The COVID-19 Crisis and New Jersey's 
Non-profit Community

National Resources
American Alliance of Museums

2020 Special Membership
In recognition of the devastating impacts of COVID-19 on museum professionals, AAM has created a special membership specifically for those who have been furloughed or laid off in 2020.

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program

Interim financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.

Arts Administrators of Color Network

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Actors Fund

COVID-19 Emergency Relief for the Entertainment Community

Sweet Relief

COVID-19 Resources for Musicians and Music Industry Workers

Equal Sound

Corona Relief Fund
Financial Assistance for Musicians

Artist Relief

To help artists affected by COVID-19, Joan Mitchell Foundation has joined forces with fellow arts funders to form Artist Relief, a national initiative offering funding to individual artists in all disciplines, plus additional resources to help those in need.

American Guild of Musical Artists

AGMA Relief Fund
Emergency financial assistance to members in need.

The Blues Foundation

COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund
Immediate resources to full-time blues musicians whose revenue streams have been severely diminished by the current coronavirus pandemic. 

New Jersey nonprofits and small businesses can now apply to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loans program.

Paycheck Protection Program
An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis.

Artist Relief Tree

Relief Fund for Artists Affected by Cancellations Due to COVID-19
At the moment, new requests are not being accepted, but artists can join the waitlist to be informed if and when the opportunity becomes available again.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

The Artist Power Center
The Artist Power Center is a digital platform created to help artists and cultural workers navigate emergency relief and continue to build long-term careers, allowing artists to share knowledge, exchange resources and opportunities, advocate for what matters, and create connections across sectors to strengthen the creative community across the United States.


Audience Outlook Monitor
An international collaboration between top researchers, funders, service organizations, and hundreds of cultural organizations who want to make informed decisions about how and when to re-start programming based on rigorous research data.

Other Resource Lists
New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response

NJCAR's primary aims are to prevent and mitigate the loss of cultural and historic resources in the event of a disaster and to serve as a statewide resource. Click the link below for resources about navigating the coronavirus pandemic.

New Jersey Theatre Alliance

Coronavirus Recommendations and Resources

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

Coronavirus Response
Articles, Resources, and Events for the Philanthropy Field

Dance New Jersey

Resources for Dancers and Dance Organizations

South Jersey Cultural Alliance

Coronavirus Resources and Information

Noyes Museum of Art
Stockton University

Coronavirus and Art Resources

Arts Ed NJ

The Arts Ed NJ staff have compiled a list of resources, technologies, and instructional tools to support our arts educators and teaching artists.

Morris Arts

Arts in Education Virtual Learning Portal
A compendium of information to assist teachers, students, and families during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Discovery Orchestra

Virtual Teaching Resources for Music Educators

National Guild for Community Arts Education

Virtual conversation series, digital resources, and social platforms for arts education providers in their response to COVID-19.

The National Endowment for the Arts is keeping a comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources for artists and arts organizations.

National Endowment for the Arts

Resources to Help Ensure Accessibility of Virtual Events for People with Disabilities

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts closely monitors recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Federal and D.C. governments as developments evolve concerning the coronavirus. This page is updated daily as news and information becomes available.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Resources for state arts agencies and other public arts funders as they develop more policies and practices to address COVID-19.

Creative Capital

Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Alliance of Artist Communities

COVID-19 Arts Preparedness and Response Resource List


COVID-19 Emergency Funds, Resource Lists, and Webinars

Freelancers Union

What freelancers need to know about the coronavirus.

This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.

Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative

COVID-19 Resource Hub

ArtPlace America

COVID-19 Resources

Artwork Archive

COVID-19 Resources for Artists

Coalition of State Museum Associations

COVID-19 Resources

North Carolina Arts Council

COVID-19 Content Resource Guide for Artists


COVID-19 Resources for Actors, Creators, and Performing Artists

Association of Performing Arts Professionals

Guide to Government Relief for Artists and Arts Organizations

National Council of Nonprofits

COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

American Craft Council

COVID-19 Resources for Makers

Nonprofit Finance Fund

COVID-19 Tools and Resources for Nonprofits


To help music professionals and their loved ones navigate the coronavirus crisis, Billboard has compiled a list of resources at both the national and state levels.

I Care If You Listen

I Care If You Listen has compiled a list of emergency funding and artist resources for artists impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.


Up-to-date resources and opportunities for artists and arts organizations impacted by COVID-19, including webinars, legal guidance, emergency funding, and more.

Performing Arts Readiness

The PAR project is offering resources that will contribute to the sustainability of organizations during the COVID-19 crisis.

Pro Bono Partnership

COVID-19 Nonprofit Resources


A comprehensive list of tips, tools, and examples for event organizers during the coronavirus outbreak.

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, created in 1966, is a division of the NJ Department of State. The Council was established to encourage and foster public interest in the arts; enlarge public and private resources devoted to the arts; promote freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitate the inclusion of art in every public building in New Jersey. The Council receives direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated, renewable Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee, as well as competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about the Council, please visit  

Information provided in this notice is accurate at the time of publication. The inclusion of a resource or opportunity does not constitute an endorsement by the State Arts Council.

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