COVID-19 Resources for Arts Organizations

Resources for Arts Organizations

 

  • NYC Vaccine for All: New Yorkers with comorbidities and underlying conditions can make appointments at state-run mass vaccination sites. For a full list of eligible groups, visit the State's website. Eligible New Yorkers can find vaccination locations and make appointments online at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov or by calling 877-VAX4NYC for assistance in multiple languages. For the latest information, please consult the City’s Vaccine Command Center.

  • #BwayVax: Live performance/film/TV workers can get vaccinated via The Actors Fund at The Broadway Vaccination Site starting April 14. To schedule an appointment, please call 917-281-5937 or email vaccines@actorsfund.org to speak with someone who can help you.

  • Cultural Institutions and City of New York employees COVID Vaccine Eligibility information (as of March 17, 2021)

  • Curtains Up NYC, a program partnership of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and NYC Department of Small Business Services, offers free technical assistance to live-performance venues, organizations and workers applying for the federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG), also known as Save Our Stages.

  • Open Culture, launched in partnership with Citywide Events Coordination and Management/Street Activity Permit Office, NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and MOME, will permit outdoor cultural performances on designated city streets this spring. Arts and cultural institutions, as well as entertainment venues, can secure a permit for single day, socially distanced performances at over 100 street locations throughout all five boroughs.

  • MOME's New York Music Month Extended Play expands New York Music Month to six months of programming. New York Music Month EP features 40-plus events, all safe, virtual and free, with something for everyone from artists and industry to audiences.

  • The State of New York launched NY PopsUp, a statewide festival featuring hundreds of free pop-up performances, staged across every type of neighborhood and district in all five boroughs of New York City, throughout Long Island and Upstate New York, and in all regions of the state.

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) currently offers: First Draw PPP Loans for first time program participants, and; Second Draw PPP Loans for certain businesses who have previously received a PPP loan.

  • The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is offering free webinars to provide guidance for businesses interested in applying for PPP loans.

  • NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) launched Fair Share NYC, offering free webinars, technical assistance and access to lenders to help businesses interested in applying for PPP loans. For more information, visit nyc.gov/PPP or call 888-SBS-4NYC.

  • The NYC Small Business Resource Network offers free, personalized, one-on-one assistance to help small businesses navigate a range of challenges involving technology, real estate, legal and finance, new regulations, and more.

  • NYC Department of Small Business Services offers three mentorship programs, which will provide industry experts as guides for current and aspiring entrepreneurs seeking to start and grow a business in a post-COVID era: Small Business Mentors NYC; Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) Mentors; and BE NYC Mentors for Black entrepreneurs.

  • MOME and the Office of Nightlife Town Calls on the impact of COVID-19 on media, entertainment and nightlife businesses and workers (archive list).

  • The State issued new guidelines for reopening in New York City: Movie theaters may reopen at 25% capacity with no more than 50 people per screen beginning on March 5.
    • As of March 19, indoor dining will expand to 50% capacity.
    • Starting March 22, the social gathering limits change as follows: Public spaces - Indoors: 100 people, Outdoors: 200 people; Residences: Indoors: 10 people (no change), Outdoors: 25 people.
    • Also on March 22, indoor fitness classes and dance studios can begin reopening statewide at 33% capacity with health screening and contact information required at sign-in.
    • Starting March 26, indoor family and entertainment centers and places of amusement can reopen at 25% capacity.
    • Starting April 1, large performing arts and sports venues can reopen. Outdoor venues with 2,500+ capacity are capped at 20%; indoor venues with 1,500+ capacity are capped at 10%.
    • Starting April 2, event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33 percent capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors. If all attendees present proof of negative test prior to entry, capacity can increase up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors.
    • Starting April 5, the 11 p.m. curfew currently in place for casinos, movie theaters, bowling alleys, billiards halls, gyms and fitness centers will be lifted. The 11 p.m. curfew for food and beverage establishments and the 12 a.m. curfew for catered events will remain in effect.
    • Starting April 9, outdoor amusement parks can reopen at 33% capacity. Amusement parks must submit reopening plans with health protocols to the New York City Health Department.

  • NYC Department of Cultural Affairs has put together a list of resources for NYC's cultural community, including funding support and business and legal assistance for organizations and artists.

  • The Health Department issued updated guidance on face coverings, one of the most critical tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The guidance recommends people over the age of two-years-old wear snug fitting masks with two or three layers of material to better prevent unfiltered air from passing through. Alternatively, New Yorkers may wear two masks, with a cloth face covering over a disposable mask.
  • The COVID-19 Small Business Remote Legal Clinic (the CV-19 Clinic) of the New York City Bar Justice Center's Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project will offer free legal consultations to small business owners to help them understand and act upon options available under the federal government's COVID-19 stimulus package and other opportunities available through federal, state and local programs.