- Financial Aid Available for Certain Families That Lost Employment Due to COVID-19. Learn more.
- The State of Tennessee will provide regular updates including the necessary resources, information and support to help our small businesses overcome the challenges that have resulted from COVID-19.
Visit TN Economic and Commerce website to learn more.
- Need to file for unemployment? Click here for information.
- United Way is committed to standing with communities and supporting those impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit their website to find your local United Way
Support for Small Businesses
Small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have suffered economic injury as a result of COVID-19 can apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million per applicant to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have otherwise been met.
Applicants can apply online at sba.gov/disaster.
Public Health Resources
Thursday, March 12, 2020 – Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order No. 14 declaring a state of emergency in Tennessee to facilitate the treatment and containment of COVID-19.
“Today’s action will move us into a position to utilize additional emergency funds as needed and relax provisions of certain laws to provide the flexibility needed to respond to this disease,” said Gov. Lee. “While the risk to the general public remains low, we encourage all Tennesseans to exercise caution and maintain good hygiene practices as there are serious risks to our vulnerable populations. We will continue to evaluate and adapt our position accordingly to fit what we believe is best for Tennesseans.”
Executive Order 14 declares a state of emergency to facilitate the treatment and containment of COVID-19. To achieve these goals, the order:
- Implements the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan;
- Permits health care professionals licensed in other states to provide health care services in Tennessee related to COVID-19;
- Allows pharmacists to dispense an extra 30-day supply of maintenance prescriptions as needed in response to COVID-19;
- Allows health care professionals to provide localized treatment to patients in temporary residences;
- Expands testing sites for COVID-19;
- Allows the construction of temporary health care structures in response to COVID-19;
- Implements price-gouging protections on medical and emergency supplies;
- Suspends restrictions on vehicles transporting emergency supplies to areas affected by COVID-19;
- Permits the waiver of certain regulations on childcare centers as needed to respond to the effect of COVID-19;
- Authorizes TennCare policy changes to ensure that covered individuals receive medically necessary services without disruption; and
- Directs coordination with health insurance plans to improve access to screening, testing, and treatment for COVID-19.
Vulnerable populations should stay home where possible and avoid large gatherings or locations where they are more likely to contract the virus. Vulnerable populations include older adults and adults with underlying conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory illness. Non-essential visits to nursing homes and hospitals are strongly discouraged.
The full text of Executive Order No. 14 can be found here.
Up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Tennessee can be found here.
Governor Lee Issues Statement Regarding Statewide School Closure
NASHVILLE, Tenn. March 16, 2020 – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued the following statement regarding statewide school closure:
“As the response to COVID-19 evolves, I urge every school district in Tennessee to close as soon as practically possible, with all schools expected to close by Friday, March 20, 2020 at the latest. Schools should remain closed through March 31, 2020 to further mitigate the spread of this infectious disease and we will issue further guidance prior to March 31. Superintendents and local leadership have the full support of my administration to determine effective dates for closure this week as they evaluate what is best for families within their respective districts. We understand the tremendous burden school closure places on families and we will continue to work with both the federal government and school districts to ensure we continue essential supports like meals for students in need. Every Tennessean has a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and I urge Tennesseans to be quick to help neighbors as new needs surface with the closure of schools.”
Tennessee Department of Health (TDH):
TDH has launched a Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line in partnership with the Tennessee Poison Center. The hotline number is 877-857-2945 and will be available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central daily. Call volume has been high; callers are urged to be patient if they receive a busy signal and try their call at a later time.
People with concerns about their health should contact their health care providers. TDH has additional information available at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. The CDC has updated information and guidance available online at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Members can call their health care provider’s office to be evaluated over the phone instead of going to their office if they think they have coronavirus or have been exposed to it. They may send them to an FDA-approved testing lab instead of their office.
All decisions should be made with the advice of and within the context of, your local public health and other governmental officials. The CDC also offers advice for your home, workplace and arts venues: www.cdc.gov.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Updated daily with the latest national information about COVID-19, this page provides specific information, such as the following:
Information for communities, schools, and businesses, including
- Resources for large community events & mass gatherings
- Resources for Businesses and Employers
General Preparedness Resources
- Arts Ready Alert – Preparing for the Potential Impact of Coronavirus
- Preparing for the Impact of the Coronavirus (Theatre Communications Group)
- COVID19 Effect Preparation Worksheet
- National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response
Information During the Impact of the Coronavirus from Americans for the Arts
The arts community’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis has been collaborative and in solidarity. Here we offer updated resources to help you operate within an unknown and constantly-changing environment, for artists, managers/agents, funders, and arts organizations.
The economic and legal impact of COVID-19 on the arts sector
Americans for the Arts is gathering data and impact stories. The survey will capture a broad spectrum of data and stories that will demonstrate how the arts and culture workers survived this crisis as well as the effect of the outbreak on operations through cancelled events, lost wages, and additional expenses. AFTA asks you to respond, and encourages you to share this survey with your communities.
Federal relief for the non-profit arts sector
Congress and the Administration are approving new forms of federal economic assistance. Artists, arts organizations and arts supporters can join with others in the arts and nonprofit sector to speak up to ensure that relief will meet all community needs. Learn how you can help the arts get critical support.
Brian D. Bumby with GG Arts Law offers this legal guidance (not legal advice!) on issues including cancellations, Force Majeure, and travel restrictions.
How Dancers and Dance Organizations [and other performing arts] Can Prepare for the Financial Fallout of COVID-19. This interview with Jan Newcomb, executive director of NCAPER (the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response), addresses things artists and organizations can be doing today to mitigate your situation and become more informed.
The Event Safety Alliance is making several key resources available for free or at reduced cost, including the Event Safety Guide, and Event Safety Access core safety training.
Resources for Freelance and Teaching Artists
- Creative Capital is continually updating its list of resources for artists including emergency grants and guides for web-conferencing and live-streaming events.
- Freelance Artists Resources offers an ever-growing, crowdsourced list of resources for freelance artists, including emergency funding opportunities, mental health resources, and online meeting platforms.
- Originally created by Dr. Daphnie Sicre of Loyola University, “Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak” provides practical advice and resources to help theatre and/or dance teaching artists to move their classes online.
- CERF+, which provides education programs, advocacy, network building, and emergency relief for artists, offers Coronavirus: Protect Yourself and Your Career
A State-by-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis
National Grants/Relief Funds from 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organizations & Unions
- List of Funding Opportunities from 3Arts
- List of Funding Opportunities from Women Arts
- List of Emergency Funding Opportunities for Visual Artists
- Emergency Grants – Foundation for Contemporary Arts
- Emergency Grants – New York Foundation for the Arts (visual arts heavy)
- Emergency Grants – Rauschenberg Foundation
- Emergency Relief Programs – Alliance of Artist Communities
- Emergency Grants – Haven Foundation
- Emergency Grants – Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant (visual arts)
- Emergency Grants – Dramatists Guild Foundation
- Emergency Funding – CERF + The Artists Safety Net
- Emergency Financial Assistance-Actors Fund (not just for actors)
- AGMA Relief Fund
- Shade Literary Arts Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
- Local 802 Emergency Relief (musicians)
- The National Writers Union Freelance Solidarity Project
- PEN America Writers Emergency Fund
- MusiCares (run by The Grammys)
- Musicians Foundation Emergency Fund
- Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
- International Bluegrass Music Association – Bluegrass Trust Fund
- The Blues Foundation: The Hart Fund (musicians)
- Authors League Fund (writers)
- Jazz Foundation (musicians)
Teaching & Learning Resources
- Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19
- Distance Learning Tips
- Resources for Moving Dance-Based Pedagogy Online
- Remote Teaching Resources
- Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak
- Resources for Teaching Online: Open Source Resources for Performance-Related Disciplines (Association for Theatre in Higher Education)
- Teaching Theatre Thru Remote Learning Facebook Group
- “Please do a bad job of putting your course online” (Rebecca Barrett-Fox)
- Resources for Moving Production Courses Online in Case of an Emergency
- Teaching Remote Music Lessons: The Best Services and Settings to Use (with step-by-step instructions) (Eric Heidbreder)
- Companies Offering Free or Discounted Educator Resources
- Free Online Music Theory Teaching Platform for Affected Schools (utheory.com)
- Video Library for Dance Educators
- Clark Hulings Fund ECampus
- Crayola Home Learning
Health and Mental Health Resources
- The Actors Fund
- Friedman Health Center (NYC)
- Planned Parenthood
- Open Path Psychotherapy Collective
- 16 Directories for Therapists of Color
- National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color
- Free Online Guided Meditation
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Online Sobriety Resources: AA, NA, Al-Anon, Tempest, In the Rooms
- Free Coaching Session for Freelancers Struggling with COVID-19 Stress (includes a promise of no sales pitch for future paid services)
- A Guide to Caring For Your Coronavirus Anxiety
- At Home Workouts with Leading Lady Fitness
- SAG-AFTRA Testing Information for COVID19
- Harkness Center for Dance Injury (NYC)
- Dance Injury Prevention with May Kesler
- Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety
- Music Industry Therapists: Online Psychotherapy Sessions and Anxiety Relief
- Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis.
Temporary/Remote Job Opportunities
- 25+ Sites for Finding Remote Work
- 2020 Census Jobs (Uncertain how this might be affected by the current climate but figure it’s worth putting on here)
- Resources for Remote Work
- Rev.com (verified they have paid people for transcription work)
- Real Ways to Earn Money Online (verified)
- Online Focus Groups (not verified but worth trying)
- Online Opportunities for Bilinguals (not verified but worth trying)
- Baltimore Area Childcare Providers During School Closures
- Tongal’s Global Creative Platform for Writers, Animators, Editors, Podcasters and Filmmakers
- Employing Artists (Public Facebook Group)
- Quarantine Books Club (seeking authors of YA, SciFi, and BIPOC writers in particular)
- wordsofmouth.org (newsletter with job opportunities)
- Companies Open to Remote Work (Google Doc)
- Freelancer Promo Interviews for Online Products/Services (Kristina Driskill, Guilded Within)
Best Practices for Work Online
Resources to Help Ensure Accessibility of Your Virtual Events for People with Disabilities from the NEA
Below are some ways to create an inclusive experience for your virtual and digital events. Please let us know of other recommendations or needs from the field to better serve people with disabilities by emailing Accessibility@arts.gov. The National Endowment for the Arts does not endorse any vendors, but during this national emergency, the Office of Accessibility believes it is important to provide these resources to the arts community, including some examples of vendor options. You can find other vendors via internet search and recommendations from colleagues or from state or local disability agencies or organizations. Also, please note that this is a high-level overview and not a detailed how-to guide.
Communication tip: Be sure to include contact information on your website or event registration for requesting an access accommodation.
Streamed and live-streamed performances
- Will the performance be live-captioned (preferred) or can the captions be included and synced up for later streaming?
- Real-time captioning options:
- Post-production and DIY captioning options:
- Upload video to YouTube and use the platform to add captions. Be sure to edit them because auto-generated captions are not always accurate.
- Vendor examples – Rev.com, Alternative Communications Services, and ASLCaptions. Other vendors are available via internet search.
- For more information see How to Caption Your Videos – by Tina Childress, See Hear Communication Matters Blog.
- Will you provide sign language interpretation in American Sign Language? (ASL) Many platforms allow sign language interpretation alongside the performance or discussion.
- ASL interpreters can be found via the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, or search for ASL interpreting companies that offer video relay or video remote interpreting services.
- Consider adding visual description of your performance videos for people with vision disabilities. The American Council of the Blind has information on audio description, and a list of audio description vendors.
Virtual exhibitions and collections
- Will all images include alternative text for people who are blind or have low vision and use screen-reading software? Alternative text (also called “alt attribute”, “alt text”, or “alt-tag”) is a visual description of an image that can be added using image formatting tools to describe the image for screen-reader users. Social media platforms also allow users to add alt text to their images before they are posted.
- Ensure videos are captioned and consider adding visual description (see above).
Videoconferencing & webinars
- Will the webinar be live-captioned? Note: Since webinars provide a platform for people to ask questions and interact with the speakers in real time, live captions allow people who are deaf or hard of hearing to participate in real time.
- Are presenters making their material as accessible as possible? Be sure to:
- Describe all images used in the presentation.
- Use text that is high-contrast and in a large, legible font. Avoid italics and specialty or decorative fonts.
- Balance the need to provide visual information for visual learners with the need to keep the text concise.
- Real-time captioning options:
- Examples of platforms with accessibility features (please note that automated captions do not replace a live person captioning):
- For more information see Captioning Options for Videoconferencing and Learning Management Systems – by Tina Childress, See Hear Communication Matters Blog
Online Learning Events
- Do your students need accommodations, such as real-time captioning or ASL (American Sign Language) interpreting?
- Is there a convenient way for students to request accommodations via phone or email?
- Are videos captioned? See caption options above.
- Is the platform accessible for a person who uses screen-reading software, such as a person who is blind or has low vision?
- Have you communicated with the vendors of the online platforms to understand what their capabilities are for accessibility?
- #DeafEdTips: E-Learning Accessibility – blog by the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education
Thank you to https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com, National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts and South Arts for many of the resource links.