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.

An Essential Guide To Enjoying National Parks Responsibly

The guide shares useful information such as:

  • How to enjoy the great outdoors more ‘responsibly’ by practicing the principles of ‘leave no trace’, camping and wildlife safety, and fire prevention awareness.
  • The many physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature such as reducing stress and anxiety, all helpful after enduring months of lock downs and travel restrictions.
  • The guide includes an interactive map showing highlights and useful insights into the top national parks in the US.
  • Plenty of useful tips, practical advice, and other resources to stay safe in parks and recreate outdoors responsibly

Artist Relief

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.

Live From Our Living Rooms Artist Grants Funds raised from the Live From Our Living Rooms Creative Summit will provide relief grants to US-based musicians whose freelance careers have been impacted by COVID-19.


Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide As municipal officials begin to allow small groups of people to gather in public even while the fight against COVID-19 continues, there is a tremendous need for guidance how small events and venues can reopen as safely as possible under these incredibly challenging circumstances.  In response, the Event Safety Alliance released The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide.

Emergent Seed  ES supports emerging writers and composers in the DC Metro area with $500 microgrants for their original work in one of 4 genre categories - Poetry, Storytelling, Song & Lyrics, and Instrumental. Applicants will submit their original work in the form of 2-5 minute videos and those selected will have the opportunity to broadcast their work in a virtual event. Applications due 6/15.

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


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Jazz Road Quick Assisst Fund - new, temporary emergency relief fund for jazz artists around the country who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response. Through this fund, we are offering a limited number of $1,000 grants to artists whose tours and gigs in March, April, or May 2020 have been cancelled. (Application opens Monday April 13, 2020)

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

Greater Washington Community Foundation The Community Foundation, in collaboration with regional partners, has established the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to support emergency preparedness and response efforts that will help mitigate the impact on disproportionately affected communities in our region. Through this fund, we are focused on addressing lost wages, providing relief for small businesses and gig economy workers, expanding access to medical services, and meeting the unique needs of people experiencing homelessness, among other needs.


The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), is soliciting applications from qualified arts, humanities, arts education, service organizations, and individual artists and humanities practitioners for its Fiscal Year 2020 CAH-NEA Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant program.  Award amounts vary.

CARE FOR CREATIVES Stay Home and Talk it out! GW and your Creative Affairs Office have teamed up for CARE FOR CREATIVES to offer pay what you can counseling for District based creatives. It's important to know that Care for Creatives is not intended to provide emergency services.  If you need support in an emergency, you are encouraged to call 911, or go to the emergency department of the nearest hospital. Also if you are feeling overwhelmed to the point of feeling suicidal or hurting yourself, please call 911 or the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Email Lindsay at to get paired with a clinician who is there to help you!
Serve DC - The Mayor's On Volunteerism and Partnerships A constantly updated list of District Government agency grant opportunities, funding and capacity building resources.

WALADC (Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts) WALA has implemented the following initiatives to assist local artists amid this rapidly changing landscape. Until further notice, WALA is... 
* Waiving all artist membership and administrative fees
* Prioritizing the placement of legal cases that need immediate attention
* Coordinating with other legal services providers locally and across the country to better assist those in need
* Transitioning our educational workshops and free legal clinics to online platforms

CapitalBop CapitalBop has compiled a step-by-step guide for both audiences and artists looking to support and be supported during the crisis.

Elissa Silverman, At Large DC Council DC At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman has compiled a constantly-updated resource guide that also includes a ton of updates on unemployment information.

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.