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on the Arts
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
NJ Relay: 711

COVID-19 Resources for Artists & Arts Organizations

June 1, 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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The State of New Jersey

The State of New Jersey is requesting your input to better understand how to assist you in reopening, and get you back to work safely and productively. By filling out this online survey about your organization or business, you will provide us with valuable insights to inform the State's reopening strategy, and guide the creation of products, services, and assistance programs to be made available to nonprofits and businesses across the state.

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.

National Guild for Community Arts Education

New York Foundation for the Arts

The Tri-state Relief Fund to Support Non-salaried Workers in the Visual Arts
Cycle III: June 2 - June 3, 2020

Performing Arts Readiness

Webinar: Crisis Communication and Reputation Management for Performing Arts Organizations
Event Date: June 3, 2020

Pro Bono Partnership

Upcoming Webinars
June 4: COVID-19 Contract Considerations

South Jersey Cultural Alliance

SJCA Monthly Virtual Connection Section
June's guest speaker will be Ann Marie Miller, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for ArtPride NJ, who will review the latest relief funding and advocacy information. Bring your questions!
Event Date: June 4, 2020

Creative New Jersey

Creative New Jersey Community Calls: COVID-19 Response
Connect, support, and learn from colleagues from around the state.
Wednesday mornings through June 10, 2020.

Americans for the Arts

Office Hours with Nina
Now through June 12 - Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11 AM - Nina Ozlu Tunceli will be available to help you navigate the complex web of funding opportunities, federal regulations, and deadlines related to the federal aid package in the CARES Act.

United Philanthropy Forum

Momentum Forum
Support for nonprofit organizations managing active COVID-19 relief and recovery funds that are helping communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Application Deadline: June 18, 2020

Webinar Series: Advancing Your Mission During COVID-19
June 25: Creating Programs in a Digital World
July 23: Long-term Strategies for Resilience

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: August 31, 2020

ArtPride New Jersey

Every Friday 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.

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

Jersey City Arts Council
Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs
NJCU Center for the Arts
Rising Tide Capital

Weekly Zoom Meeting for Artists and Arts Administrators
Every Tuesday at 7 PM
For Zoom link please email

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
Visit Newark Arts' brand new listing of virtual events and offerings from Greater Newark artists and creatives.

New Jersey Council for the Humanities

New COVID-19 Response Grant Funding Opportunity and Programming Updates

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).

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.

Dance New Jersey

Resources for Dancers and Dance Organizations

New Jersey Theatre Alliance

Coronavirus Recommendations and Resources

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

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

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

Thursdays at 1 PM, Meghan Rutigliano, Founder of Globally Curated and Burning Man Cultural Ambassador, and NCCP Community Director, Andrea Orlando, will co-host a series of online discussions with creative innovators who are shifting their focus during the pandemic to help their communities heal and become more resilient.

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.

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.


COVID-19 Emergency Funds, Resource Lists, and Webinars

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. 

NDN Collective

The NDN COVID-19 Response Project
This project is designed to provide relief to underserved communities, and to quickly distribute resources to frontline organizations, Tribes, and individuals who are providing essential services to Indigenous communities. Although Phase I has ended, grant applications for Indigenous Artists and Entrepreneurs are still being accepted, and NDN has an open Request for Information for Indigenous consultants with a history of successfully working with tribes.

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.

Americans for the Arts

This table provides information on accessing CARES Act funds from the perspective of a nonprofit arts org, a governmental arts agency, a commercial arts company, a self-employed individual artist, and a taxpayer.

National Endowment for the Arts

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

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.

Performing Arts Readiness

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

International Arts + Mind Lab

COVID-19 NeuroArts Field Guide
Weekly, easy-to-do art activities and simple explanations about the science behind them.

Alliance of Artist Communities

COVID-19 Arts Preparedness and Response Resource List

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

Freelancers Union

What freelancers need to know about the coronavirus.


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

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

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.

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

Creative Capital

A list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.


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.


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


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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