Artists & Art Organisations

Resources and guides for artists, freelancers and cultural organisations.

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A set of curated mostly free & open source resources to support creative practitioners (artists, makers, curators, designers, hackers, educators, facilitators, etc) who need to migrate their practice onto digital places & spaces, and donโ€™t have time to mess around.


Creative call to arms to come up with solutions to problems posed by the pandemic

๐Ÿ”— - a selection of projects for creatives to use their spare time and solve the biggest problems that have emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Call to Action


Survey for people in the entertainment and events industry to compile a report for the UK government on the effects of COVID19 on the sector.

Handbooks for Artist and Creatives

Creative and Cultural Sector Coronavirus Handbook

Cultural and Creative Sector Coronavirus community handbook. UK centric but could provide inspiration for any nation.

Canadian artists resource list

Resources for Canadian artists, writers and media workers during COVID-19 shutdowns

Community handbook for UK cultural and creative sector

Cultural and Creative Sector Coronavirus community handbook. UK centric but could provide inspiration for any nation.

US arts and creative industry resource list

Please add resources, ideas, thinking and information surrounding best practices during pandemics and other emergencies.

US artist community resource list

COVID-19 & Freelance artist resources- List designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.

Advocacy for the Creative Industry

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Culture is not cancelled. Creative responses to the Covid-19 pandemic

๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ”— Culture Is Notย Cancelled is a call to action, advocating for cooperation and solidarity within the creative community. Institutions and cultural producers can use the message toย highlight their creative responses to the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The logo is available as aย free cultural workย for everyone to use to flag initiatives that keep culture alive.

I lost my gig. Facebook Group

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—I Lost My Gig Canada
A space for arts and other vulnerable freelance and gig workers in Canada and beyond to share stories and resources

Canada Council for the Arts

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—Canada Council for the Arts COVID-19 update
Information and support for the Canadian arts sector

The Canadian Freelance Union

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—The Canadian Freelance Union
Union for Canadian Freelance workers

CWA Canadaย is Canadaโ€™s autonomous affiliate of theย Communications Workers of America (CWA)ย andย the national parent union of theย Canadian Media Guild

S'ATTAQ - freelance workers union

Labour union for freelancers, run by freelancers

ACTRA - union for media sector workers

ACTRA represents over 27,000 professional performers across Canada working in the English-language recorded media sector. Our members help bring Canadian stories to life in film, television and digital media.

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—IATSE Canadian locals
Local union directory for Canada

Canadian Actors Equity Association

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—Canadian Actors Equity Association
Equity has created aย list of organizations, activities, and links that are aimed at assisting artsworkers in live performance. An archive of Equity's own updates and activities are available on this page as well. Finally, please check theย news pageย for the most recent updates.

Writers Guild of Canada

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—Writers Guild of Canada
The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) is a professional association of more than 2,300 English-language screenwriters. WGC members are the creative force behind Canadaโ€™s successful TV shows, movies, and webseries, and their work brings the diversity of Canadian life and culture to the worldโ€™s screens.

Associated Designers of Canada

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—Associated Designers of Canada
Associated Designers of Canada is a national, professional non-profit arts service organization dedicated to representing the interests of set, costume, lighting, projection and sound designers working in the live performing arts in Canada.

Canadian Federation of Musicians

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—Canadian Federation of Musiciansย 
The Canadian Federation of Musicians [CFM] (formerly referred to as AFM Canada) is the leading professional organization of its kind available to Canadian musicians.

Playwrights Guild of Canada

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—Playwrights Guild of Canada
As a national arts service organization, we offer over twenty-five programs that promote and protect playwrights. Through this work, we also provide many opportunities for the public to access, explore, and enjoy the work of playwrights.

Writers Union of Canada

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—Writers Union of Canada
Information can be found here about the Canadian Writers Relief Fund

Quebec community arts and culture Facebook Group

Support for Creatives

Association of Independent Professionals and Self Employed

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Voice of the UK's self-employed population. Providing updates and answers to questions around how COVID-19 is affecting the self-employed, practical tools and webinars.

Resources list for creative practitioners

A set of curated mostly free and open source resources to support creative practitioners.
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A set of curated [free, open source!] resources, from digital gathering spaces to dance parties, and digital syllabi to funding opportunities, to support creative practitioners who need to go digital quickly. Managed by 30+ curators in arts & culture around the world. Living document; contributions welcome.

Funding for Artist and Creators


Woodcock Fund Grant

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—Woodcock Fund Grant
Emergency funds for writers mid-project

The AFC - the lifeline for Canada's creative industry

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—The AFC
Emergency financial aid for entertainment pros

Mission unison fund

Financial aid for musicians

Glad Day Bookshop. Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S

Glad Day Bookshop has been supporting authors, organizing events and creating space for possibility

Canadian Artist and Musician Relief Fund

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—CANADIAN Low-Income Artist/Musician Relief Fund
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been countless exhibition closures, gig and event cancellations, all translating into lost income for low-income artists, musicians, and cultural producers. We seek to provide support for low-income artists and musicians whose livelihoods are being effected by this pandemic. Go fund me.

Facebook Journalism Project

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—Facebook Journalism grants for covering COVID-19
Facebook Journalism Project is partnering with theย Lenfest Institute for Journalismย and theย Local Media Associationย (LMA) to offer a total of $1 million in grants to support US and Canadian local news organizations covering the coronavirus. These grants will help fill immediate gaps for resource-constrained newsrooms covering the impact of the coronavirus in their communities.

Canada's COVID-19 workers benefits

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—Emergency Care/Support Benefit
Information about emergency support benefits from the Canadian Government

United Kingdom

Arts Council UK

The latest advice, guidance and emergency funding measures weโ€™ve put in place to address the COVID-19/Coronavirus crisis. by the UK's Arts Council.

Creative and Cultural Sector Coronavirus Handbook

Cultural and Creative Sector Coronavirus community handbook. UK centric but could provide inspiration for any nation.

Help Musicians

Help Musicians is an independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement. We help at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving people the extra support they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career.ย 

Equity Benevolent Fund

We are a union of more than 47,000 performers and creative practitioners, united in the fight for fair terms and conditions in the workplace.
Equityโ€™s benevolent fund is here to support members with payments to help them get through this crisis. The union has put in significant funds but more is needed.ย If you can help this industry survive, please donate what you can below. If you are in need of help yourself, submit an application via the link below.

Youth Music Emergency Fund

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—Youth Music Emergency Fund
Youth Music has announced a new Emergency Fund to offer additional support to music-making organisations affected by Coronavirus

National Theatre Wales

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—National Theatre Wales
Commissions of up to ยฃ5,000 per project for making theatre in lock-down

British East Asian Freelance Theatre Hardship Fund

Weสผre raisingย ยฃ2,600ย toย create a British East Asian Freelance Theatre Hardship Fund

United States

Behind the Scenes Charity

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—Behind the Scenesย 
The Behind the Scenes charity issues grants to entertainment technology professionals in need due to serious illness or injury that may be used for basic living, medical or funeral expenses.

Creator Fund

Creator Fund. Apply for assistance or contribute

Creative Capital

List of resources for artists during the outbreak including hardship grants and funding.

Creative Responses

Art Schools and university students exhibit work online

โ€˜Social Distance Galleryโ€™ gives MFA and BFA candidates a chance to exhibit their work

Open Creative Alliance

A creative response network giving support, awareness or new ideas to crisis problems and solutions.

Artist Gavin Turk's live 'eggshibition'

Gavin Turkโ€™s live lockdown Easter eggshibition

The Social Distancing Festival


This is a site for celebrating art from all over the world, showcasing amazing talent, and coming together as a community at a time when we need it more than ever.

Digital magazine Dezeen curates the Virtual Design Festival

World's first virtual design festival launches in response to COVID-19

e-flux publishing platform and archive

In response to COVID-19, the organizations collected here have all initiatedย virtual programmes with the aim of establishing a stronger dialogue with the public and jointly fighting the spread of the disease. Their new digital programmes range in topic and approach: from artist-curated newsletters to weekly screenings, from Virtual Realityย to digital forests and wildlife,ย these organizations have re-purposed their websites and social media channels to ensure that art remain a relevant, productive, and positive force during these challenging times.

Institute of Contemporary Arts Gallery, London

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We here at the ICA thought in order to get us all through these coming weeks and months, the curatorial team would share with you every morning at 10am GMT some links you might find useful, inspiring, informative or that simply cheer you up while self-isolating, social-distancing, working from home or working to keep essential services going. Each morning Rosy, Sara, Steve, Nydia, Nico, Richard and myself will select what we think is worth watching, reading or listening to that day.

Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art presents an online exhibition of works by a selection of contemporary artists and the wider artistic community in response toย O Sole Mio. Inspired by the universal warmth and positive message of this Italian song, we have invited artists to contribute by making or writing a work in response to the concept, meaning and associations connected to the iconic lyrics and melody ofย O Sole Mio. Each week, we will present an issue of the online magazine featuring works by different artists and accessible on our website.

Gasworks, London

Throughout April and May Gasworksย presents a series of online screenings of artist films commissioned for our exhibitions programme in recent years.ย Featuring works by Monira Al Qadiri, Louis Henderson & Filipaย Cรฉsar,ย and Maryam Jafri, each piece will be available to stream on Gasworksโ€™ website for one week and is accompanied by interviews with the artists, audio lectures and reviews.

At home with Penguin Books

A weekly peek into the homes of some of our most loved authors

Virtual Gallery Tours

The rise of the virtual gallery tour

Reviewing the virtual gallery tour experience

National Gallery, UK

National Gallery London virtual tours

10 of the best virtual gallery tours, worldwide

A guide to 10 of the best virtual gallery tours

Peer Support and Networks

Facebook discussion group

Discussion group for freelance and self-employed effected by Coronavirus outbreak in the UK

UK Theatre Industry Coronavirus Support

A group dedicated to the Performing Arts industry to share news, tips, advice or anything helpful to do with the Corona Virus and how it is effecting you/your business.

Online Training

Skillshare - explore your creativity

Explore new skills, deepen existing passions, and get lost in creativity. What you find just might surprise and inspire you

Art Education Australia

Art Education Australiaโ€™sย (AEA)ย collaborative digital learning and teaching space

Poynter University Canada

Poynter News University - interactive journalism courses

Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library eLearning portal โ€” free for library card holders

Calgary digital library


Canadian Improv Games

Canadian Improv Games Online Training Resource


Online courses for up-skilling and learning new skills. Has a blog with information on finding freelance work

Temporary and Remote Job Opportunities

Job Boards in Response to COVID-19

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Amazing Design People

Amazing Design People List - recruit designers

Work From Home Freelancer Creative

List of freelancers working from home and available

We are sometime


At a time w

en the world needs creativity more than ever, freelancers and creative professionals are being put on hold. Weโ€™re here to help creatives use their spare time to solve the biggest problems that have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic.ย 

Marguerite London

Largely UK focused with some US pointers. Members join to list their freelance services and access resources and workshop. Paid membership

The dots

We are a network of Makers, Doers, Fixers and Dreamers โ€” collectively creating a better future. Paid and free membership options


A mobile-first social network for professionals that has recently set up a Coronavirus Help and Hiring group on its app

Resources for Remote Work

๐Ÿ”—Resources for Remote Work
Resource list complied by arts and creative communities

Freelance and Remote Work Platforms


Freelance jobs board. Upwork expertly connects professionals and agencies to businesses seeking specialized talent.

Freelance jobs and project boards

Find a freelancer

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”—Find a freelancer
Google doc for freelance writers and photographers to be connected with editors and 'on-the-ground' reporters




๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—Tutoring online with Cambly
Online tutoring jobs platform