Covid-19 Impact

As COVID-19 continues to impact our arts community, Arts Alliance Tulsa will regularly update this resource page with information and links designed to help individual arts organizations and artists weather these uncertain times.   While our mission continues to support our 43 non-profit arts organizations, we hope this page can be of help to not only each of them but to everyone affiliated with our industry.   Together, we will survive this storm and emerge stronger and more united than ever.   If you have helpful links that we have yet to discover, please contact our marketing director at and he will make it a priority to add any and all helpful information to this page as quickly as possible.   If you have suggestions or any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the AAT staff.   Our email addresses and phone numbers are available on our contact page.   Stay well and remain optimistic.   We are stronger together and through our united efforts, we will soon realize the dawn of better days when our theatres, museums, art classes, and so much more are again filled with the sights and sounds of our enriching arts and culture based contributions to our society.    – Todd Cunningham, Executive Director, Arts Alliance Tulsa



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WEBINARS - updated 6/22/20


Federal Relief Resources -“How To”

Smithsonian | National Museum of African American History and Culture – “Talking About Race” resources

Grantmakers in the Arts – funding and justice resource hub; podcast series; workshop opportunities; and, more.

Schnake Turnbo Frank – I&D Consortium Resources

Guidance to Banks on Administering SBA Loans and Grants

Association of Performing Arts Professionals has a comprehensive page providing information for both artists and arts organizations trying to navigate the CARES Act

Independent Sector published a resource page for individuals and organizations on applying CARES Act relief funds

Coronavirus Financial Relief Programs and Resources –  KJKLaw (Summit County, OH) has a dedicated page.

Fiscal Strength for Nonprofits. Our Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) Toolbox is designed to support nonprofit organizations as they navigate the Paycheck Protection Program.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources – Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters

COVID-19 Resources-Oklahoma Commerce

Social Justice/ Inclusion/Accesibility

National Endowment for the ArtsAre You Including People with Disabilities in Your Virtual Arts Events?

National Endowment for the Arts – Resources to Help Ensure Accessibility of Your Virtual Events for People with Disabilities

Social Justice in a Time of Social Distancing DS4SI’s article

Healing Justice podcast & resources

Talking About COVID-19: A Call for Racial, Economic, and Health Equity from the Opportunity Agenda

COVID-19 – Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources Racial Equity Tool’s

Resources to Help Ensure Accessibility of Your Virtual Events for People with Disabilities, gathered by the National Endowment for the Arts

Inclusive “Distancing”: a Guide for the Arts & Culture Sector on the Inclusion & Accessibility of Persons with Disabilities During COVID-19 –  Silent Rhythm’s Inclusion 101
Thanks to: New England Foundation for the Arts for the above information

Sustainable Arts Foundation – COVID-19 Resources (Supporting Artists and Writers with Children) The Blues Foundation – COVID-19 Blues MusicianEmergency Relief Fund

Educational Information – We Are Not Alone

Facebook: Community Arts Ed COVID-19 Collective Problem Solving

Arts Ed Forum on COVID-1

Creative Aging Network-National Guild for Community Arts Education – Facebook group for those navigating programs for aging populations

Arts & Ed Partnerships + COVID-19 Response – Slack for those navigating partnerships with K-12 schools:


COVID-19 survival tips for arts organizations – OK Center fo0r Non-profits


Tulsa People: How to support Tulsa businesses, nonprofits during COVID-19 – March 19

How to Legally Live Stream Your Event from added March 16

Emergency Coronavirus Bill: A relief package with implications for nonprofits and artist residencies March 16 Artists Thrive aims to identify the things that help artists pursue their vision and to enable communities to benefit from the arts in all aspects of life.

AAC Residency Preparedness Resource and Recommendations for Residencies

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources 

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

Oklahoma Museums Association COVID-19 Readiness & Response for Museums

Oklahoma State Department of Health (COVID-19 call center)

ArtsReady – online emergency preparedness service for arts and cultural nonprofits

CERF+ – nonprofit offering resources to help artists safeguard their livelihoods 

National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER) – task force of national, regional, state, and local arts entities

COVID-19 and Freelance Artists

Smithsonian – Cultural Rescue Initiative

American Alliance of Museums

League of American Orchestras

Americans for the Arts’ Coronavirus (COVIC-19) Resource and Response Center

American Alliance for Theatre and Education

Arts Education Partnership

Chorus America maintains a resource page with tools for going virtual.

Creative Capital artist resource page

The Conference Board has resources for the C-Suite with a 360° view of implications for business and insights on what’s ahead related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Educational Theatre Association

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force has launched its COVID-19 Resource Hub. This web portal leads to an array of resources that can help you and your constituents respond to and recover from the pandemic includes resources for artists and arts organizations.

International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

International Council of Fine Arts Deans

National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) published a resource page designed for community development nonprofits and the associations that serve them.

National Association for Music Educators

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies published a resource page for State Arts Agencies.

National Association of Counties

The NAMM Foundation. Teaching and learning music can continue and even thrive through the remarkable tools, resources and people that are engaging in music online.

National Dance Education Organization

National Endowment for the Arts assembled a resource page and informative FAQ document.

National Conference of State Legislatures

National Governors Association

National Guild for Community Arts Education

National League of Cities

National Lieutenant Governors Association launched resources for rural civic leaders

Capacity Interactive Digital Marketing Recommendations for Arts Community During COVID-19 Outbreak for official information from the Task Force at the White House.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for official Coronavirus (COVID-19) health information.

FEMA for answers to coronavirus myths and rumors.


We thank the many websites we searched nationally for their work in compiling and sharing important information. Special thanks to OK Arts Council.


We will continue to update this list on a regular basis. These are gathered from national sources. -updated 8/28/20

Tulsa Responds (City of Tulsa) – Get hands-on assistance securing COVID-19 relief funds for your small business or non-profit.

Nonprofit Grants/Funding – General

Oklahoma Film & Music OfficeTulsa County Film Recovery Program; resources for getting started in film industry (link)

Tulsa Race Massacre Commemoration Grants – $10,000 for community member-driven initiatives and events between May 2020 and June 2021. September 18 deadline.

Oklahoma Lost Wages Assistance program (for Oklahomans who qualify for unemployment benefits through December 27, 2020)

Oklahoma Business Relief Program – nonprofits and businesses can apply through July 10 for this funding

Oklahoma Arts Council – Operating During COVID-19: Considerations for Oklahoma Nonprofit Arts Organizations

Artist Relief – grants to artists for financial emergencies due to COVID-19 (information provided bu OAC)

Arts Administrators of Color – Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund (information provided bu OAC)

Artists Charitable Fund – assists painters and sculptors with emergency medical bills

Bloom Fund – $1,200 micro-grants to support projects created by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

Center for Craft – one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 for craft-based education projects

CERF+ COVID-19 Relief Grants – Up to $1,000 for craft artists

Change, Inc.: Emergency grants for artists in all disciplines needing help with rent, medical expenses, utility bills, fire damage, etc. Grants up to $1,000. Call 212.473.3742 for complete instructions (via a clear, concise message) on how to apply for the grant.

Twenty Summers – Art Interrupted Emergency Arts Fund

NALAC COVID-19 Relief Efforts – The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) recognizes the compounding impact that the COVID-19 public health pandemic is having on our communities and artistic field.  In this moment of uncertainty, we return to the importance of confianza – the act of mutual trust and support to carve a way forward.

Musicians Relief Grants/Funding:

The Blues Foundation – COVID-19 Blues MusicianEmergency Relief Fund

Early Music America – mini grants for musicians who perform Early music (Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque)

Equal Sound – Corona Relief Fund for musicians with canceled work ((information provided bu OAC)

Sweet Relief fund for Musicians – We are aware of the enormous medical and financial burden that COVID-19 is having on the music community and we are actively taking steps to provide assistance where it’s needed most.

Musician’s Foundation: Grants typically range in amount from approximately $500-$3,000. All professional musicians, regardless of their genre or instrument, can apply for themselves or a family member. You must be a musician in a time of serious need, due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.

Jazz Foundation of America – Emergency Fund Provides housing, pro bono medical care, disaster relief and direct financial support in times of crisis.

MusiCares: May grant short-term financial assistance for personal or addiction needs that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances. Funding may be awarded for needs such as rent, car payments, insurance premiums, utilities, medical/dental expenses, psychotherapy, addiction treatment, sober living, and other personal expenses.

Grants for the Written Word: Since 1917, the Authors League Fund has helped professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.

Emergency Grants for Writers, Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF)- DGF provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.

Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund: This fund is to help at least 100 queer writers of color who have been financially impacted by the current COVID-19.  The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund is a small grants program for professional—published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis.

Visual and Performing Artists grants:

Foundation for Contemporary Arts: Emergency Grants provide urgent funding ($500-$2,500) for visual and performing artists who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.

Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program:Deadline: rolling basis- This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants:The fund provides one-time cash grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses caused by one-time, unexpected medical emergencies. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to: hospital and doctor bills (including insurance co-pays), tests, physical/occupational therapy, prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition, and emergency dental work.

The Creator Fund: ConvertKit has established a $50,000 fund to help creators in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read details below and then submit your information if you are in need.

Grants and Resources for MUSEUMS:

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) – $25,000 to $500,000 IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) – $10,000 to $150,000 IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services