COVID-19 Community Resource Center

COVID-19 Artist Resource Center

The DC Jazz Festival is working closely with local and national authorities to determine how to best move forward in the coming weeks.  At this time, we have decided to focus on prioritizing our COVID-19 response preparedness and to work hand-in-hand with the members of our community to find how we can best support them.  We have compiled the following lists of resources, guidelines, and information to help our community immediately begin addressing the issues they will be facing over the next few weeks. There are links that lead to grants/fundraising opportunities for artists, family and student resources for members of our DC-area family and opportunities to contribute to worthy relief funds for those who are in a position to do so. These lists were compiled from independent research from members of the DCJF team using a variety of sources, please email if you have a lead on any relevant organizations or initiatives that should be included on this list. 

For more on COVID-19 best practices and guidelines please visit the Center for Disease Control’s website:

For Artists:

Organization Description of Resource Link to Resource

U.S. Department of Arts and Culture

Community Care in the Time of Coronavirus


National Endowment for the Arts  COVID-19 resources compiled by the NEA that lists arts service organizations providing frequently updated news and resources for artists and arts organizations.

Devos Institute of Art Management at The University of Maryland Invitiation to apply for pro bono consultations to any U.S.-based non-profit arts or culture organization between March and June 2020, as a response to the mounting effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.


Arts Administrators of Color Network


GoFundMe campaign for BIPOC artists and administrators



Resource list of emergency funds for artists in all disciplines


The Blues Foundation

The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.


Americans for the Arts

Resource/information lists including grants/fundraising leads, webinar links, and more


Equal Sound

Application for relief fund specifically for artists who have lost gigs due to COVID-19 related cancellations


Springboard for the Arts

Resource/relief fund lists for artists


Musicians Foundation

Application for emergency grants for artists, performers, educators, or composers


Jazz Foundation of America

Donation link to help assist artists who are losing gigs due to COVID-19 cancellations


Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+)

Inquiry links for artists experiencing career threatening emergencies as well as donation links


COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Constantly updating blog containing an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines


DIY Musician

Resources for musicians who are losing income due to COVID-19 related matters, includes ideas for how to raise funds, perform and gain support despite these disruptions


Common Field

This open-sourced list is for arts organizers - please add resources, ideas, thinking and information surrounding best practices during pandemics and other emergencies.


HowlRound For US-based freelance artists and cultural workers in all disciplines

NewMusic USA New Music Solidarity Fund for Freelance Performers, application for emergency releif

For DC-Area Members of our Family:

Organization Description of Resource Link to Resource

Government of The District of Columbia

Keep up to date on the coronavirus within the DC area


Government of The District of Columbia - Recovery for Small Businesses

Eligibility criteria:
-Located in Washington, DC
-Business liscense up-to-date
-At least 25% revenue loss due to COVID-19

Applications for microgrants open 3/24/2020

DC Health

Stay informed on all DC Health policy and assistance updates


United Way

Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund


U.S. Small Business Administration

Mayor Bowser Announces DC Businesses Can Now Apply for SBA Disaster Assistance Loans (Artists—that could include you)


The Washington Post

Coronavirus Updates Newsletter Sign-Up


Frederick Arts Council

GoFundMe for artists in the Frederick, MD area


State of Maryland

Information on how COVID19 is affected the state of Maryland


District of Columbia Public Schools

Information/resources for parents and students affected by school closures including learning resources and locations of schools serving free meals to students M-F


Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County

Coronavirus prevention and planning resources


Southwest Renaissance Development Corporation SRDC has created the DC Area Jazz Musicians Benevolence Fund through GoFundMe that will help DC area jazz musicians in dire straits pay rent, buy food, pay utilities, etc.

DC Central Kitchen DC Central Kitchen is operating mobile feeding sites, supplying to-go meals for schoolchildren, providing meals to non-profits and local shelters and much more to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Visit this site for more information on where they are doing their work and how you can help.