COVID-19 CULTURAL Resources



Please check this page regularly for updates to resources for Utah's cultural community.


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Utah Cultural Sector Community Update Video Calls



We are holding video calls every two weeks on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the cultural sector, available relief, and inspirational stories. All are invited to join. Our partners are Utah Department of Heritage & Arts; Utah Cultural Alliance; Utah Humanities; Utah Museums Association; and local arts agency partners throughout the state.

> Register for the next video call.

> Watch recordings of past video calls. 

> Access a Q&A from our March 30 call on SBA loans.

> View an archive of our Utah Cultural Sector Community Update e-newsletters containing additional resources. 

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Additional Resources from Utah Division of Arts & Museums




Our agency has been hosting discipline-specific online conversations. These conversations are an opportunity for us to share updates, and for peer-to-peer sharing.

Here are notes from past conversations; some notes include links to video recordings of the calls. 

With the Utah Museums Association, we are facilitating online conversations every Friday at 2 p.m. to share ideas. If you have suggestions for topics or would be willing to lead a topic, please fill out this form. 

Resources for Cultural Organizations




> The COVID-19 Cultural Assistance Grant Program: $9M has been allocated for organizations with budgets over $5M; this includes nonprofits, for-profits, and recreational organizations. The $9M allocated for the COVID-19 Cultural Assistance Grant Program is intended to promote travel and tourism in the state. The bill states: “Recipients shall offer or propose to offer, on or before December 30, 2020, a cultural, artistic, botanical, recreational, or zoological activity in the state.” The additional direction offered by SB5001 intends that nonprofit cultural organizations that do not qualify for funding from the COVID-19 Cultural Assistance Grant Program can receive funding through the Division of Arts & Museums FY21 general operating support grants. Read more here. 
> Here is a list of SBA-approved Utah lenders.
> From Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget: May 2020 Monthly State Revenue Snapshot, March and April 2020 Taxable Sales by Sector, Utah Financial Reports, and Utah Economic Snapshot
> State of Utah COVID-19 Event Planning Template (Fillable) 
> From ArtsWA, Oregon Arts Commission, and Arts Idaho: Creative Borrowing: An Economic Asset for COVID-19 Recovery, a webinar on how nonprofit arts organizations can use fully-secured borrowing to help with their economic recovery.
> From Annuity.org: A Guide to COVID-19 and Your Finances: What You Need to Know
> Salt Lake County has a helpful flyer about the Orange-level guidelines for cultural venues. 
> The Utah Tourism Industry Association has partnered with Google and Truly360 to offer a limited amount of free services for tourism-specific businesses.
> The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project seeks to help those who are providing essential services to Indigenous communities. 
> Navigating COVID-19: How to Save Your Business is a series of webinars from the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business.
> The U.S. Small Business Administration has a webpage devoted to coronavirus relief options. 
> How Nonprofits and Board Members Can Respond to COVID-19
> The Mainstreet Preservation Grant, provided by the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Job Opportunities Foundation, is distributing funds to support Utah’s rural and/or minority small businesses that need immediate assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic and before federal stimulus funding is accessed. 
> The Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership between FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution, has published the COVID-19 Resource Hub, a web portal to an array of resources that can help the cultural sector.
> The State of Utah’s coronavirus website includes a page of valuable resources for the cultural community, as well as a page for the business community with resources that apply to the cultural sector.
> Be aware that there are predatory organizations seeking to capitalize on the pandemic. There are no fees associated with applying for the COVID-19 small business federal relief programs. If anyone requires a fee to help you apply for these programs, they are not helping you. More here. 
> ArtsReady is an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits. 
> National Endowment for the Arts has a page of COVID-19 resources for artists and arts organizations. Be aware that to apply for funding directly from the NEA, applicants must be previous NEA award recipients from the past four years. Fewer than 30 organizations from Utah are eligible. If you are unsure of your status, contact the NEA directly.
> Americans for the Arts has a COVID-19 resource and response center. 
> American Alliance of Museums has information for the museum field on COVID-19.
> Utah Nonprofits Association has a variety of resources and webinars about dealing with the effects of COVID-19. 
> American Association for State and Local History will be presenting webinars about managing the COVID-19 crisis and also has a technical leaflet about managing an organization through difficult financial times
> Nonprofit Quarterly has a number of articles about dealing with COVID-19. 
> From the Institute of Museum and Library Services: Federal Government Invests $50M in Museums, Libraries to Address Digital Divide During COVID-19
> Know Your Own Bone offers data about business-related best practices for organizations, including likely visitation habits post-pandemic.
> Peak Experience Lab has an article about empathetic audience engagement during the crisis.
> From Upgraded Points: The 75 Best Virtual Museum Tours Around the World (Art, History, Science, and Technology)
> Museum Computer Network has compiled a list of virtual resources and online collections from around the globe to help sites during the crisis.
> Cuseum has a page of coronavirus resources. 
> CultureConnect has a COVID-19 resource center for museums and libraries. 
> National Main Street Center is presenting webinars related to COVID-19 response. 
> Utah Department of Workforce Services COVID-19 page has information about unemployment insurance, child care, food and medical assistance, and a temporary layoff virtual workshop. 
> From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
> The Utah Economic Response Task Force has established a Rapid Response Team to help Utah businesses access federal resources.
> Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) has a compilation of resources and updates. 
> Zions Bank has a paycheck protection program through the CARES Act.
> Carnegie-Mellon’s Arts Management & Technology Laboratory has content about dealing with COVID-19. 
> Capacity Interactive offers digital marketing recommendations.

Resources for Artists




> Artists Sunday is an art-focused shopping day the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. It’s an alliance of artists, local arts agencies, cities, state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and supportive sponsors coming together to encourage consumers to shop with artists and craftspeople during the holiday season. Here’s the artist directory. 
> TRAIN: Teachers of Remote Arts Instruction Network connects interested students of all skill levels with a diverse range of master musicians, craftspeople, and tradition-bearers offering online instructional opportunities. 
> From Annuity.org: A Guide to COVID-19 and Your Finances: What You Need to Know
> Sundance Institute has pledged $1 million to artists hurt economically by the coronavirus pandemic. 
> The Utah Department of Workforce Services COVID-19 page has information about unemployment insurance, child care, food and medical assistance, and a temporary layoff virtual workshop. 
> Artist Relief Fund is a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants. 
> Salt Lake County’s Refugee Services webpage has programs and resources for refugees. 
> The Opportunity Agenda is accepting applications for the Creative Change Emergency Assistance Stipends for Artists and Cultural Strategists, which will be distributed in $1,000 increments through July 31.
> Americans for the Arts has created the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, which is designed to capture financial and creative impact of COVID-19 on creative workers.
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Video about how independent contractors can apply for CARES funds
> National Endowment for the Arts
> Artists at Risk Connection
> The SOZE agency Artist + Activist Relief Fund
> Foundation for Contemporary Arts – Emergency Grants
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cerfplus – The Artists Safety Net
> The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program
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The Artists Charitable Fund – medical payment aid
> The Artists Fellowship – emergency aid
> Alliance of Artists Communities
> Sweet Relief
> Comprehensive List of Emergency Funding for Freelancers-National & Local Efforts, updated daily 
> SLC Local Fund-Creative Community Fund
> Artist Trust Artist Relief Fund
> Rauschenberg Emergency Grants for Medical Emergencies
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Resources from Our Sister Agencies




> The Department of Heritage & Arts has created a tool kit of social media posts for cultural groups to use to promote charitable giving. 
> The Utah State Library Division sponsors a daily #CabinFeverStorytime at 10 a.m. weekdays on its Facebook page.
> The Utah State Library Division has posted an extensive list of featured resources for readers and at-home schooling families.
> The Utah STEM Action Center offers STEM in the Home resources, including an updated-every-Wednesday challenge.
> UServeUtah is leading donation drives for funding and medical equipment.
> The Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs is coordinating resources and communication with underserved and vulnerable populations.