Cultural Non-profit Resources
Culture is Vital
We are all standing witness to a history that will be told for generations. Such a time calls for introspective creativity and resilience that's common to the arts and humanities. No one will be exempt from the impacts of COVID-19. While we recognize that attention must be paid first and foremost on the life-saving work happening at this moment in time, including social distancing and increased testing, we know research demonstrates how the arts and humanities positively impacts our immediate and critical needs such as health, economic development, public well-being, community cohesion, and more. The work of the cultural sector is vital, now and in a time of recovery.
This page will serve to provide resources to our state’s cultural organizations and will be updated frequently. We also encourage our cultural non-profit community to review the economic relief opportunities - including federal, state, and local resources - on the Business Resources page coronavirus.utah.gov/business.
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Join us as we discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the cultural sector, available relief, and inspirational stories. Social distancing is difficult, but we are not alone.
Thank you to:
Utah Department of Heritage & Arts
Utah Division of Arts & Museums
Utah Cultural Alliance
Utah Museums Association
Local arts agency partners throughout the state of Utah
As in other industries, public health restrictions have caused organizations in the cultural sector to alter their existing practices. Without theaters, museums, libraries, and other cultural facilities, our local organizations are creating innovative solutions to continue to engage with the community.
A comprehensive list of Utah-based virtual classes, performances, readings, films, concerts, virtual field trips, and other cultural offerings can be found on the Now Playing Utah website.
Economic Impact on the Cultural Sector
We recognize that the current public health crisis facing our country will cause significant impact to the cultural sector. Many organizations and entities have engaged with their constituents to measure this impact, so that it can be conveyed to legislators and other cultural funding entities. Links to existing surveys can be found here:
- Utah Cultural Alliance, in partnership with state and local agencies, recently conducted a survey of cultural organizations and individuals based in Utah. Results of the survey can be found here (link to UCA website – https://www.utahculturalalliance.org/covid19)
- Utah Nonprofits Association also conducted a survey of the broader non-profit community in Utah, measuring the impact of COVID-19. (link to UNA website – https://utahnonprofits.org/about/news-and-updates/item/972-what-is-the-impact-of-covd-19-on-utah-s-nonprofits)
- Americans for the Arts conducted a national survey to measure current and anticipated impact to arts and cultural organizations. (link to AFTA website – https://www.americansforthearts.org/by-topic/disaster-preparedness/the-economic-impact-of-coronavirus-on-the-arts-and-culture-sector)
Resources From our Partner Agencies Located Around the Country
- CERF+, the Artist Safety Net (and HENTF member), announced on March 16 the formation of a COVID-19 Response Fund to support artists working in craft disciplines. CERF+ has also posted extensive information and resources for artists related to this crisis.
- Updated Resources from the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER)
- Resources & Information for the Museum Field from the American Alliance of Museums
- Pandemic Preparedness Resources for Libraries from the American Library Association
- Coronavirus Resources for Librarians and Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and Massachusetts Libraries by the Massachusetts Library System (via the Mass. statewide cultural heritage emergency network, COSTEP MA)
- For format-specific cleaning and salvage guidance, contact the National Heritage Responders (NHR)
- 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 and cultural sector 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.
- The Kinkade Family Foundation (link to http://www.kinkadefamilyfoundation.org/emergencygrantforcurators) is offering emergency grants for curators.
- MusiCares (link to https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help/covid-19-relief-fund-faq) has developed a relief fund for music industry professionals.
- The Foundation for Contemporary Arts has established Emergency Grants to provide urgent funding ($500-$2,500) for visual and performing artists who incur unexpected expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.
- Rauschenberg Emergency Grants provide one-time cash grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses caused by one-time, unexpected medical emergencies.
- The Authors League Fund helps professional writers in financial need because of medical or health-related problems or temporary loss of income by providing loans to pay for pressing expenses.
- PEN American Writers’ emergency grants provide financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident.