COVID-19 Resources

Relief Funding

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund

The Arts for Illinois Relief Fund provides financial relief to workers and organizations in the creative industries impacted by COVID-19. This includes all artists and artisans, including stage and production members and part-time cultural workers, and large to small arts organizations in all disciplines.The fund is a partnership between the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, the broader philanthropic community, and the residents of Illinois. It can accept donations from individuals, foundations, and public sources. The Arts for Illinois Relief Fund is administered by Arts Alliance Illinois in partnership with 3Arts and Arts Works Fund, long-standing and trusted service organizations and grantmakers.

Artist Relief Fund

A coalition of national grantmakers, consisting of Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists, launched Artist Relief, a fund for artists facing dire financial circumstances due to COVID-19. Artist Relief will provide individual artists with rapid, unrestricted $5,000 grants and other immediate resources. We are also co-launching the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers as an informational resource to the field. The pandemic is disrupting the professional practices and destroying the income stream for artists, and without intervention, individual artists and the arts ecosystem will sustain irreparable damage.
The application and more information can be found at

Season of Concern

Through its Biscotto-Miller Fund, Season of Concern can provide short-term assistance to anyone in the Chicago theater community facing health concerns, including the effects of COVID-19. If you or anyone you know is dealing with this illness and needs help, you can contact the office via the website,; if you need help in preparing an application for assistance, please contact Jaime Delgado at or Michael Ryzcek at


National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.

Chicago Arts Community Resources

A list of Chicago Arts Community Resources compiled by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Behind the Scenes: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative

An initiative is to provide easily accessible mental health information, tools and resources to members of the entertainment industry.

Lawyers for the Creative Arts Brief Service Response Center

The economic effects of business closures are taking a harsh toll on the performing arts community. Lawyers for the Creative Arts is committed to helping the Illinois art community understand the legal issues arising from performance cancellations. They’ve created a Brief Service Response Center to provide general advice by telephone on issues relating to cancellations. The Response Center is open for individual artists and managers of arts organizations affected by the Coronavirus crisis. The application form is short, and they will attempt to respond to you in a timely manner.

Chicago Theatre Artist Guide

COVID-19 Resources for individual theatre artists in Chicago.

Freelance Artist Resources

An aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines nationally.

Americans for the Arts Resource and Response Center

Up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field

NEA Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

CDC Recommendations

CDC encourages organizations to stay in contact with state and local health agencies for guidance specific to your location.

Illinois Department of Public Health and Chicago Department of Public Health

As a best practice for overall health in cold and influenza season, the CDC recommends that individuals receive the influenza vaccination and engage in everyday, preventive measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness, such as:
• Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
• Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (i.e., chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance).
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Take any anti-viral medication prescribed to you as instructed.

Additional information for the U.S. is available on the CDC website.
CDC COVID-19 Webpage
CDC Communication Print and Video Resources: (in English with some translated into Spanish and Chinese)
CDC FAQ: (in English, Spanish and Chinese)

An online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.

National Coalition for Arts Preparedness & Emergency Response

A voluntary task force of national, regional, state and local arts organizations, public agencies, and foundations the Coalition helps ensure that artists, arts/cultural organizations, cultural funders, and arts businesses have the capacity and ability to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies affecting the arts and culture sector.

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