[Updated April 9, 2020]
Resources and Inspiration
Creative and Professional
Artist Relief has created a fund and will be distributing $5,000 grants and providing resources via their webpage in coordination with Americans for the Arts. Read more.
Americans for the Arts has extensive resources for artists and has set up the Coronavirus Resource and Response Center page with lots of information and links to other helpful websites. Read more.
Billboard Magazine is updating a state-by-state resource guide for arts professionals. Read more.
The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs is accepting applications for their Arts Emergency Relief Fund through May 1. Grants range from $400 to $1,200 for solo artists and ensembles. Read more and apply.
Freelance Artist Resource Producing Collective is maintaining the WordPress COVID-19 & Freelance Artists which aggregates free resources, opportunities, and financial relief for artists of all disciplines. They’re also hosting and linking to helpful webinars. Read more.
The Virtual Music Events Directory, though a bit more music industry-focused, offers tools and tips for hosting virtual events as well as a listing of virtual/livestreamed events. Read more.
Creative Capital is maintaining their List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak with information about national and local grants, online resources, and other helpful information for artists in all disciplines. Read more.
Sounding Point shared their list of COVID-19 resources they compiled for artists, arts administrators, and culture consumers. Read more.
MyPianist is a virtual pianist that responds to your playing and lets you augment your music-making through the power of artificial intelligence. You can access the entire MyPianist library is available for free through April 30. Read more.
Personal and Wellness
Open Path Collective is offering affordable, sliding-scale virtual therapy options. Read more.
The Los Angeles County Public Library offers online library card sign-up to access their extensive digital collection, including periodicals and online course offerings. A number of libraries around the country are offering similar access, so check your local library! Read more.
You can take virtual museum tours at major institutions all around the world, including the Musée D’Orsay, the Uffizi Gallery, and MoMA (which is also offering online courses through Coursera”). Read more.
You can stream over 100 yoga videos (mostly filmed outdoors!) for free on on the Five Parks Yoga YouTube channel. All levels and lots of options. Read more.
Class Central is hosting 450 free online Ivy League courses from data science to personal development. Read more.
YMCA 360 is providing free access to their group exercise and sport classes for a limited time. Read more.
The Awake Network is compiling free online meditation resources. Read more.
Play Your Part
Contact your state and federal legislators and ask them to allocate funding from the COVID-19 relief stimulus towards the arts. Americans for the Arts has this handy pre-filled email form and you can also find your legislators and email them through the site.
If you are financially able to, continue to support the artists and institutions that you love. That could mean a $5 donation, donating a ticket instead of asking for a refund, or advocating for them.
While masks are not required, they are encouraged when you must be out in public. CNN has some guides on making your own mask, with or without sewing skills. Read more.
If you’re planning on ordering take out or delivery, The Verge has put together some things to be mindful in the process, including worker safety, in their guide “How to Order Takeout Safely and Ethically”. Read more.
There’s never been a better time to make your own bagpipes, and Instructables has published this handy guide: “How to Make Bagpipes Out of a Garbage Bag and Recorders”. Read more.
Bon Appétit has put together a handy and fairly comprehensive guide to home cooking while isolating called “Cooking at Home in the Time of Coronavirus”. Read more.
Amazon Prime Video and SXSW have teamed up to present a 10-day online festival featuring selections from the 2020 SXSW film festival lineup, which will be available for free for anyone with a basic Amazon account to stream. Read more.
Michael Tilson Thomas and theSan Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score television series is now available for free global online streaming. View here.
If you’ve never heard of it, the Internet Archive is a “a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.” You can play Oregon Trail, watch old cartoons, or use their “Way Back Machine” to see websites from years past. As is true with all internet things—click carefully.