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COVID-19 Preparedness Resources


Updated: November 27, 2020, 3pm.

Dance/NYC understands the serious impact Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on our community and continues to closely monitor the news regarding the virus. The health of the New York City dance community is important to us and we are committed to doing our part to address this threat seriously and proactively. 

Below you can find a list of resources for how you and your organization can plan for the potential impact of the virus on your dance making activity in the New York City Metropolitan Area. 



Dance/NYC appreciates the deleterious financial impact that the Coronavirus may have on the dance community, in particular organizations and artists dependent on in-person gatherings, classes, and performances as sources of earned income, as well as artists and cultural workers without readily available access to healthcare and wage protections. We also recognize that African, Latina/o/x, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA), immigrant and disabled artists may face additional challenges accessing necessary resources at this time. 

In order for Dance/NYC to better serve and advocate for dance organizations and individuals in the dance community, we are asking that you take this brief survey to help us understand the impact the coronavirus is having on your organization and work. It should not take more than 10 minutes of your time. If you are both an independent dance worker and part of a dance organization, group or project impacted by COVID-19, please take the survey for each category. Additionally, Dance/NYC recognizes that the Pandemic is ongoing, and encourages you to take the survey multiple times as the impact of COVID-19 deepens over time.

We value your input and will use it to create public awareness and guide policy, resources, and program development for dance makers and organizations based in the metropolitan New York City area. 




Dance/NYC understands the key role data has in ensuring dance workers and companies are advocated for and that their needs are served at this time. Since launching our Coronavirus Impact Survey, we have been analyzing data on a weekly basis with our current research consultant, Carrie Blake at Webb Mgmt. These data analyses include the current and potential impacts of the virus on individual dance artists as well as dance organizations, groups and projects in the dance field at large. 

For live updates on the findings of the Coronavirus Impact Survey, as well as the stories of those impacted by COVID-19 coronavirus and the social restriction measures implemented to contain the disease visit our live data overview here:






November 4: PPP Loan Forgiveness

  1. According to the SBA, new SBA Forms 3509 (for-profit borrowers) and 3510 (nonprofit borrowers), dealing with PPP “loan necessity,” will be available for “borrowers with PPP loans worth $2 million and above.” The forms have not yet been released. 
  2. The SBA is asking for comments by November 25 to a process and paperwork points, including whether the collection of information is necessary.
  3. Bankers are discovering as they start to process PPP loan forgiveness applications that Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) emergency grants (advances) must be deducted from the forgiven amounts and treated as a loan payable to the bank. Banks have noted to the SBA and Congress that the non-forgiveability of EIDL advances was not communicated at the beginning of the process. A bill sponsored by Senator Cardin (D-MD), would repeal this requirement.

Increased Tax Incentives for Charitable Giving 

  1. Legacy proposed legislation would allow seniors to make tax-free IRA rollovers to charities through charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts. This was recently included in comprehensive retirement package legislation that was introduced by Committee leadership and will be re-introduced in 2021.
  2. Dance/USA has a current action alert for its members and interested stakeholders to urge

October 28: Heroes Small Business Lifeline Act introduced. Part of this bill is the expanded PPP eligibility for all nonprofits, regardless of size and type, as well as a second round of PPP, a new grant program to provide up to $50,000 grants to very small nonprofits, and other critical assistance. Refer to summary.

October 21:  Simplified PPP loan forgiveness application for loans of $50,000 or less. The Small Business Administration, in conjunction with the U.S. Treasury Department streamlined and simplified the loan forgiveness process for borrowers of loans of $50,000 or less. Use Form 3508S to support your application for forgiveness. 

September 22, 2020: U.S. Department of Labor today announced a proposed rule clarifying the definition of employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as it relates to independent contractors.The National Employment Law Project response statement 

The President signed the Continuing Resolution. This Stopgap funding bill allows the federal government to continue operating through December 11.

September 15, 2020: A group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers from the House of Representatives worked together to make a plan for COVID-19 relief: 

  • The plan proposes $500 billion in aid; extended unemployment benefits of $450 per week for eight weeks; another round of $1,200 direct stimulus payments; funding for testing, SNAP & WIC, rental assistance, schools, childcare, election assistance, and the Postal Service.
  • Calls for a second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans, expanded flexibility, and simplified forgiveness, as well as $50 billion for the Employee Retention Tax Credit. 
  • The plan includes the 2020 Census Deadline Extensions Act (S. 4571) bill that would extend two key statutory deadlines for the 2020 Census by four months and require the Census Bureau to continue field operations through October 31, 2020

September 10, 2020: Department of Homeland Security announces increases on visas for touring artists

  • Fees to obtain visas, which cover individual artists and groups and allow them to work for a period of time in the U.S., will be increased by around 50%.
  • A O visa, which applies to "Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement," will increase in price from $460 to $705, a 53% increase.
  • A P visa, which generally applies to groups or "culturally unique" artists, will increase from $460 to $695, a 51% increase.

September 8, 2020: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed a trimmed-down COVID-19 stimulus bill. The ‘skinny’ bill did not pass in the Senate. There are still very different ideas about what is needed to help during COVID-19 from both the House and Senate. There is concern that there will be no more COVID-19 bills for a while.

September 1, 2020: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an “Agency Order” implementing the President’s executive order on assistance of renters and homeowners. The order provides a blanket eviction ban through the end of the year covering nearly all residential renters. It expressly states, “This Order is a temporary eviction moratorium to prevent the further spread of COVID-19,” thus explaining why the CDC is the governmental entity issuing the order. Renters will still owe the accumulating rent and landlords can still evict individuals engaging in illegal activities.

June 22, 2020: On April 22, 2020, an executive order pausing the issuance of green cards at US Embassies and/or Consulates was signed. On June 22, 2020, a new executive order amended the April 22 Executive Order by suspending the issuance of H-1B, H-2B, L, and J visas at all U.S. Embassies and/or Consulates worldwide, except in limited circumstances, and for select workers (e.g., COVID-19 medical workers or researchers, and/or necessary to the U.S. economic recovery), through December 31, 2020. This does not expressly impact O or P visas.

  • Please visit the online resource Artists from Abroad, which contains a variety of updates relating to guest artist visas as well as technical assistance on the visa and withholding process.


June 18, 2020: (S.4014 / H.R. 7241) The Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program Act was introduced in the House and Senate; the bill would allow smaller PPP recipients, with significant losses due to COVID-19, to receive a second PPP loan.


June 18, 2020: (S. 4001) Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act was introduced in the Senate; a type of unemployment insurance legislation, the bill would correct the Labor Department interpretation requiring reimbursing employers to pay 100 percent of unemployment claims upfront and get reimbursed later. The text of the bill is similar to the HEROES Act provision.


June 5, 2020: The president signed the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act (H.R. 7010); the bill passed the Senate on June 4th and the House on May 28th. The bill will:

  • extend the PPP through 12/31/2020,
  • extend the rehire deadline until 12/31/2020,
  • expand the covered period for loan use from eight weeks to 24 weeks,
  • expand maturity from 2 years to 5 years for new loans and permit borrower and lender to mutually agree to later maturity
  • Forgiveness provisions
    • Eases rehire requirement based on inability to rehire former or similarly qualified employees, or inability to return to operations levels
    • Revises the 75%/25% rule to 60%/40%
    • Defers payments of principal, interest, and fees until either the date the lender receives payment for the forgiven amount of loan or 10 months after the end of the covered period.
    • Makes PPP participants eligible for employer payroll tax deferral (CARES Act Sec. 2302)

On June 12, 2020, the Small Business Administration released new rules implementing the provisions of the Act.

Update: On June 26, 2020, SBA issued an Interim Final Rule - Revisions to Loan Forgiveness IFR and SBA Loan Review Procedures IFR.


May 15, 2020: Review and Recap of Nonprofit Provisions in the HEROES Act. On Tuesday May 12, 2020, the House introduced legislative language for a proposed “Package 4” of COVID-19 relief. The text of the bill, called the Heroes Act (H.R. 6800), is here. The House passed the bill on May 15, 2020. The bill would:

  • Expand access to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for all nonprofits
  • Include nonprofits in the Main Street lending program

ACTION ITEM: Congress is debating the next federal relief package and they need to hear from you! Review the talking points below and send your letters to Congress today.


April 24, 2020: Congress passes the Paycheck Protection Program and Heath Care Enhancement Act

  • Summary:
    • $321 billion to refill the CARES Act's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
    • $60 billion in economic disaster loans for small businesses
    • $75 billion to help hospitals treat COVID-19 patients and address drops in revenue
    • $25 billion for states to increase testing capabilities


March 30, 2020: The Small Business Administration (SBA) launched a new streamlined application platform for organizations and self-employed individuals applying for emergency loans directly from the SBA, including $10,000 advance payments that will be forgiven by the federal government. SBA Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources here.

Update: The U.S. Treasury and Small Business Administration have released the long-awaited guidance on PPP loan forgiveness.

The U.S. Treasury and Small Business Administration have issued a new interim final rule on Paycheck Protection Program guidance.

  • Summary: 
    • Self-Employed individual is eligible for PPP loan if:
      • You were in operation on 2/15/2020
      • You are individual with self-employed income (e.g. indep contractor or sole proprietor)
      • Principal Residence in USA
      • You filed or will file 2019 1040 Schedule form
    • Note: If you are a partner in a partnership, you may not submit a separate PPP loan application for yourself as self-employed. Self-employed income of partners can be reported as payroll costs (up to $100k/yr) on PPP loan application by partnership.
    • Note: Participation in PPP may affect eligibility for state-administered unemployment benefits, as well as employee retention credits (ERCs) under the CARES Act.


March 27, 2020: Relief Package #3: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, i.e. H.R. 748 - CARES Act became public law.

  • The bill provides FY2020 supplemental appropriations for federal agencies to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and includes new forms of support that can be accessed by individuals and organizations. Federal agencies are currently developing guidelines for implementation. 
  • Highlights of the CARES Act include, but are not limited to:
    • Pandemic unemployment assistance for workers, including self-employed individuals 
    • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Loan Forgiveness: Local lenders backed by the SBA are rapidly preparing to process loan applications from employers with fewer than 500 employees, as well as applications from self-employed workers. These aim to support eight weeks of eligible costs through loan forgiveness. 
  • The National Immigration Law Center: Immigrant Eligibility for Public Programs During COVID-19
  • Dance/USA Overview of CARES Act: Support for Dance in Latest Relief Package  


March 18, 2020: Relief Package #2: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, i.e. the second coronavirus preparedness and response supplemental appropriations act H.R. 6201, became public law.


March 6, 2020: Relief Package #1: Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, i.e. H.R. 6074 became public law. 

  • This bill funds an $8.3 billion response to the new pandemic including:
    • $826 million for developing coronavirus vaccines, treatments and tests
    • $300 million to purchase vaccines and treatments once they're approved
    • $950 million in grants to states and localities to help the front-line health departments
    • $3.1 billion to buy medical supplies



UpdateIf you are experiencing COVID symptoms or believe you were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID, get tested. Find a testing site near you.

Update: The deadline for health insurance special enrollment has been extended through December 31, 2020. New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for coverage through the NY State of Health Marketplace, by phone at 1-855-355-5777, or by connecting with a free enrollment assistant.

Update: The moratorium on commercial evictions is extended until October 20th. This extends protections already in place for commercial tenants and mortgagors in recognition of the financial toll the pandemic has taken on business owners, including retail establishments and restaurants. 

November 4: New York State Flu Tracker launched to prepare for flu season. The tracker displays daily and weekly flu data and provides timely information about local, regional and statewide flu activity. 

The 2021 NY State of Health Open Enrollment Period is now open. View health plan options here. You can go online at or call NY State of Health at 1-855-355-5557 for assistance.

Governor Cuomo announced that the State will allow county and city governments to impose mask requirements of their own. More than a third of school districts statewide do not currently have mask requirements in place. 

New York announced a new protocol allowing out-of-state travelers to "test out" of the State's mandatory 14-day quarantine. Starting today, travelers must be tested within three days prior to landing in New York, quarantine for at least three days upon arrival, and get tested on the fourth day of arrival. If travelers receive a negative test on the fourth day of their quarantine, they can exit quarantine. Read more about the State's new guidelines. 

New York State’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory now includes 39 states and Guam and Puerto Rico. Non-essential travel between New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut is discouraged. Travelers from Level 2 and Level 3 countries (all but 31 countries) and other areas with high infection rates must provide local authorities with contact information and quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New York. For more information, visit the New York State website or call the hotline at 888-364-3065

October 28: Gov. Andrew Cuomo excluded neighboring New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania from New York’s quarantine list despite a spike in COVID-19 cases, stating there was “no practical way” to enforce such a limitation, The New York Times reports. He stressed that non-essential travel between the states should be avoided. 

Eight additional companies have received support from the State to help produce PPE. Empire State Development, New York's economic development agency, awarded $4.9 million to eight NY-based companies to help alleviate product shortages. 

October 21: The New York Forward Loan Fund is now available to small nonprofits that received PPP loans. Nonprofits of 20 or less employees who received PPP loans of up to $50,000 are eligible to apply. Nonprofits can apply for a 60-month loan at a 2% fixed interest rate to cover expenses like payroll, utilities and property taxes.

Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law effective as of September 30, 2020. Governor Cuomo signed into law the State Budget (Senate Bill S7506B), which included a provision that amended the New York State Labor Law to require many employers to provide paid sick leave. The City passed bill Int. 2032A-2020, which aligns the City with the State law, including how time is accrued and which businesses are covered. 

NY State Rolls Out "Micro-Cluster" Strategy To Contain COVID-19 Outbreaks. The state is employing a strategy on a block-by-block level rather than on a regional or even neighborhood level. Learn more here. 

Governor Cuomo announced the NYS Department of Health has released a draft COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Program that serves as an initial framework for ensuring the safe and effective distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine in New York.

Arizona and Maryland added to the mandatory quarantine travel list. Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania meet the criteria for the travel advisory but due to the region's interconnectedness, quarantine is not practically viable. Non-essential travel is discouraged. More info here

October 9, 2020: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo moves forward with new restrictions on gatherings at synagogues and other houses of worship. For more information, see the NY Times article

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a new executive order extending the expiration date of vehicle registrations and vehicle inspections to November 3. This new order states that this will not be extended again. For more information, see Executive Order

September 28th, 2020: Governor Cuomo extended the residential eviction moratorium to January 1, 2021

September 23, 2020: An Executive Order was passed allowing jobless New Yorkers to become poll workers for the upcoming election without losing their unemployment benefits. Learn more about Governor Cuomo’s new Executive Order in this article from the New York Daily News. 

September 14, 2020: Starting Monday, September 14th, the MTA will issue a $50 fine to riders who refuse to wear a mask on public transportation.

September 1, 2020: Governor Cuomo announced the launch of New York's absentee ballot portal where voters can directly request an absentee ballot for the upcoming November 3rd election.

July 15, 2020: Governor Cuomo extended the eviction moratorium until August 5.

July 14, 2020: Governor Cuomo Announces New COVID Rental Assistance Program 

Starting July 16, 2020, New Yorkers can apply for the state's COVID Rent Relief Program — an effort that sends a one-time rental subsidy directly to eligible household’s landlords.

June 30, 2020: Governor Cuomo Announces Individuals Traveling to New York From Eight Additional States Will Be Required to Quarantine for 14 Days

Update: A travel enforcement program will commence on July 14th, at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following quarantine protocols. Enforcement teams will be stationed at airports to ensure compliance with the mandatory State Department of Health traveler form, which is being distributed by airlines to passengers flying to New York State.

Update: Individuals traveling to New York from the following states must quarantine for 14 days. The advisory now applies to 34 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The states and territories are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

June 29, 2020: Five regions of New York entered Phase 4 of reopening. These regions are the Finger Lakes, Central New York, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley and the North Country. Officials are continuing to carefully monitor health data during the reopening process. Read more about Phase 4 here.

June 28, 2020: Governor Cuomo Announces Lowest COVID-19 Deaths and Hospitalizations in New York Since the Pandemic Began

June 27, 2020: Governor Cuomo signed a new executive order that makes New York employees who voluntarily travel to specified states after June 25 ineligible for this benefit. New York State employees who voluntarily travel to high-risk states will be ineligible for COVID-19 paid sick leave.

June 9, 2020: The State legislature passed A2513/S3695: Repealing Section 50-a, repeals provisions relating to personnel records of police officers, firefighters and correction officers. For more than 40 years 50-a has kept law enforcement’s personal information private during investigations, preventing police departments from disclosing an officer’s disciplinary records.

June 8, 2020: The State legislature passed a number of policing and criminal justice reform bills including:

May 28, 2020: The State legislature passed the Emergency Rent Relief Act A10552 (Cymbrowitz)/S8419 (Kavanagh), which  sets aside $100 million for rental assistance for rent burdened tenants.

May 27, 2020: The Tenant Safe Harbor Act (A10290/ S8192), passed the Senate and made it through the Rules Committee in the Assembly. This bill extends evictions protections for residential tenants that have suffered a financial hardship during the COVID-19 covered period.

May 15, 2020: Reopening New York: Phase 1 May 15th: Five regions can reopen Phase 1 industries today: Central NY, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier.

April 24, 2020: Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order To Make Sure Every New Yorker Automatically Receives A Postage-Paid Absentee Ballot Application

April 15, 2020: Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Requiring All People in New York to Wear Masks or Face Coverings in Public

March 31, 2020: Governor Cuomo outlined the 2020 Agenda for New York State's FY2021 budget.

March 29, 2020: Governor Cuomo’s PAUSE Order – which requires all non-essential workers to stay at home and non-essential businesses to close – has been extended through April 29. 

March 27, 2020: Governor Cuomo provided guidance for determining whether a business enterprise is deemed “essential” or subject to a workforce reduction under executive order 202.6. FAQs here.

March 25, 2020: New York Senator, Charles E. Schumer negotiated a small business rescue plan that allocates more than $375 billion to forgivable loans and grants to small businesses and non-profits so they can maintain their existing workforce and help pay other expenses during this crisis, like rent, a mortgage or utilities.

March 22, 2020: Governor Cuomo announced the New York State on PAUSE executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone.

March 15, 2020: New York state halts evictions statewide due to coronavirus.

March 7, 2020: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York State. As a point of reference, the Governor’s state of emergency declaration provides the following for New York State: 

  • Expedited procurement of cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and other essential resources
  • Allowing qualified professionals other than doctors and nurses to conduct testing
  • Expedited procurement of testing supplies and equipment
  • Expedited personnel onboarding
  • Expedited leasing of lab space
  • Allowing EMS personnel to transport patients to quarantine locations other than just hospitals
  • Providing clear basis for price gouging and enforcement investigation 



Update: Register to Vote by October 9th: 

  • The NYC Board of Elections (BOE) recently launched two new online portals for absentee voting ahead of the November 3 General Election on its Vote NYC website: one that allows residents to apply online for a mail-in ballot and another that allows applicants to track their ballot online.
  • If you aren't registered to vote, or need to change your voter registration address, visit for more info.

As New Yorkers return to work, the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection posted a Phase 3 reopening guide with health and safety requirements.

New York City is updating the case count in the city in real-time and providing information and resources on the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene site and social media channels.  

New Yorkers should text COVID to 692-692 to get regular updates on the latest developments regarding COVID-19; Text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish

Find a location to get tested at

NYC Health + Hospitals declared that seeking medical care at NYC hospitals will not impact your ability to apply for a green card or citizenship

ACTION ITEM: Business Interruption Bill: Call your Assemblymembers in the Insurance Committee and Cities Committee and tell them about your experiences with Business Interruption Insurance in support of A10226B/S8211.

October 28: After Cuomo previewed the State’s vaccine distribution protocols, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city’s own version of plans for distributing a COVID-19 vaccine, once one arrives. In the city’s two-phase distribution plan, a limited number of doses will be provided to health care personnel, front-line workers and other vulnerable populations. A second phase will reach more of the general population, and could come in 2021.

De Blasio restores about half of the funding his administration has cut from its housing department budget, in an attempt to lessen the blow of COVID-19 to his affordable housing plans, the Gothamist reports.

New York City is launching a new program to address the mental health impact of the pandemic on young people living in the neighborhoods hit hardest by COVID-19. AM New York reports that the initiative will have current NYC mental health counselors deployed to lead group therapy sessions at 350 schools across the city, and will educate students as well as their caregivers.

October 21: A federal judge ruled that Cuomo can impose COVID-19 restrictions on businesses, learn more in this Daily News article

October 14:  Fines for sponsors of illicit mass gatherings increased to $15,000a??

October 7: NYC imposes new regulations on non-essential businesses and schools in ZIP codes designated as COVID hotspots. These include temporarily prohibiting "high-risk activities" such as indoor dining and accessing gyms, and imposing capacity restrictions on houses of worship. Visit this article in The NY Times for all of the details regarding the new regulations.

The Commissioner of Health will issue orders to enforce State regulations in hotspots related to social distancing, mask compliance, and capacity limitations. Failure to comply can result in penalties up to $10,000 per day. NYC has imposed fines up to $1,000 for those refusing to wear face masks. 

September 30, 2020: The Commissioner of Health issues orders to enforce State regulations in hotspots related to social distancing, mask compliance, and capacity limitations. Failure to comply can result in penalties up to $10,000 per day. NYC has imposed fines up to $1,000 for those refusing to wear face masks.

June 30, 2020: In the Face of an Economic Crisis, Mayor de Blasio Announces Budget that Prioritizes Safety, Police Reform, Youth Services, and Communities of Color

May 28, 2020: Mayor de Blasio Offers 1st Detailed Picture of What NYC’s Phase I Reopening Looks Like

May 26, 2020: Mayor de Blasio Signs COVID-19 Relief Package Into Law

  • Intro. 1914-A designates threatening a commercial tenant based on its status as a COVID-19 impacted business a form of harassment, effective immediately. This includes businesses that were subject to capacity restrictions, were forced to close, or business owners who contracted the virus.
  • Intro. 1932-A protects commercial tenants' personal assets by temporarily prohibiting the enforcement of personal liability provisions in commercial leases or rental agreements involving COVID-19 impacted tenants. Threatening to or attempting to enforce such a provision will be considered a form of harassment, effective immediately.
  • Intro. 1936-A expands the definition of tenant harassment to protect tenants from threats based on status as an essential employee or being impacted by COVID-19.  

May 21, 2020: Mayor de Blasio Announces Return of Half-Hour Staten Island Ferry Service During Morning and Evening Rush Hours

May 6, 2020: Mayor de Blasio Appoints Members to Sector Advisory Councils

April 24, 2020: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City’s plan to address racial disparities in COVID-19 and direct more assistance to the hardest hit communities. As part of their outreach efforts, four tele-town halls with faith leaders and a series of webinars with city commissioners and health officials will be held.

April 23, 2020: Governor Cuomo Announces $30 Million in Child Care Scholarships for Essential Workers and Supplies for Child Care Providers

April 21, 2020: Mayor de Blasio Announces New York City COVID-19 Immigrant Emergency Relief Program with Open Society Foundations

April 11, 2020: Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza announce Remote Learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

April 10, 2020: Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson Announce $25 Million in Emergency Funding for Food Providers

April 3, 2020: Mayor de Blasio Announces Partnership with JetBlue and United Airlines to Fly Healthcare Workers to New York City for Free.

As of March 17, 2020 the City urges all New Yorkers, healthy or sick, to stay home as much as possible. Restaurants, bars and cafes may only serve food take-out and delivery. Nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses and concert venues must all close. All outdoor and indoor events with 50 or more people are now banned. The City continues to monitor and prepare for a potential “Shelter in Place”.  

March 17, 2020: Mayor De Blasio, NYC Health + Hospitals And Bioreference Laboratories Announce Expanded Capacity To Allow 5,000 Daily COVID-19 Tests

March 15, 2020: New York City to Close All School Buildings and Transition to Remote Learning

March 15, 2020: Statement From Mayor de Blasio on Bars, Restaurants, and Entertainment Venues

March 13, 2020: Mayor de Blasio Provides Updates on New York City's COVID-19 Response 



As Congress and the Administration consider new forms of federal economic assistance that may be targeted or widespread, artists and performing arts groups can join with others in the arts and nonprofit sector to speak up to ensure that relief will meet all community needs. We encourage you to consider joining Dance/USA’s online campaign to Congress, or you can opt to weigh in directly with local district staff, to share more about your current needs. We urge you to be as specific as you can about the current and projected impact on yourself or your organization. Congress needs to hear from as many constituents as possible that COVID-19 relief should be made accessible to nonprofit arts organizations and artists. 

As opportunities for federal relief do become available, your elected officials will likely be key partners in helping you to gain access, so it is doubly important to tend to these relationships now by initiating a conversation on this topic.



Sign up for the City’s official source for information about emergency alerts Notify NYC. In addition, you can text COVID to 692-692 to get enrolled in Notify NYC to provide important updates about COVID-19 in NYC. You can continue to help us keep track of outreach efforts using this tracker form.




The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have issued guidance to help businesses and employers prepare for the potential spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the United States. The CDC has prepared materials specifically for employers, and community-based organizations. Here is a collection of current resources:


The philanthropic community and governmental agencies are considering near and longer-term resources that may be needed to support communities impacted by the coronavirus. We will add to this list as more information becomes available. 


Funds for Dance and Arts Organizations


Funds for Independent Artists


Artist Relief, a coalition of national arts grantmakers, will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Apply (Cycle 7: Closes October 21, 2020) here.


Funds for Disabled Artists


Funds for Women-Identifying Artists


Funds for Theatre Professionals


Funds for BIPOC/Undocumented/LGBTQIA+ Communities



Additional Resources For Arts Organizations


Additional Resources For Independent Artists

Additional Resources for Disabled Artists


Additional Resources for Latinx Artists

  • The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC): Arts Resource List for independent artists and cultural workers as well as arts organizations and collectives. 













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The resources displayed on this page were compiled with thanks to The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Dance/USA, New Yorkers for Culture & Arts, and The League of American Orchestras. 

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