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MSAC COVID-19 State of Emergency Statement & Resources

MSAC COVID-19 State of Emergency Statement & Resources


Updated March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020News

Information Updated March, 27, 2020

The COVID-19 state of emergency has resulted in lost income across the creative sector. MSAC has responded immediately by convening constituents to assess the most urgent needs, passing measures to ease the burden on organizations and artists during this challenging time, and compiling lists of state and national resources below. See here for a list of actions being taken.

MSAC has compiled a list of Maryland-based virtual events & content:
Adding your work to an online gallery? Hosting a livestream? Offering an online class?
To be added to the list, submit a link to All arts related events are welcome. 

On March 19, 2020, Governor Hogan announced that Maryland has received official designation from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which provides low-interest federal disaster loans for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. See more information about SBA disaster relief funding at the link below. 

Small Business Administration disaster relief loans  

On March 23, 2020, Governor Hogan announced a relief package for workers and businesses through programs from the Maryland Department of Commerce and Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation. Find more information about these programs available to the Maryland Arts Sector at the links below.  

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund

COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund - Workforce Development and Adult Learning

On March 27, 2020, the federal government instituted a $2 trillion stimulus package with provisions for increasing access to Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits for workers. New UI benefits apply to many working in the creative sector. Consult the resources below for an overview of new UI benefits and contact information for UI Claim Centers in Maryland

Stimulus package overview, including details on UI benefits, published by the National Employment Law Project

Process map for claiming UI benefits, published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Contact information for Maryland UI Claim Centers, published by the Maryland Department of Labor

As entrepreneurs and small businesses for the arts sector, please visit It is a portal that is consistently updated with all information as it is received. Additionally, please use to ask specific business-related questions.

MSAC continues to urge all members of the Maryland Arts Sector to complete and continue to update Americans for the Arts’ survey on the economic impact of COVID-19:

MSAC will distribute an additional Maryland-specific survey at a later date and will request an immediate response at that time.

In the following weeks, MSAC will host a series of Creative Conversations. These discipline-specific virtual gatherings are to give updates, hold the space for peer-to-peer sharing, encourage updated recommendation for action by MSAC, and envision the resurgence of arts activities.​ Click here to see the schedule.

MSAC encourages Maryland artists to update or create Artist Registry profiles on and opt into the Marketplace so MSAC can promote their work for sale. MSAC continues to update its Artist Resource Bulletin with opportunities for Maryland artists. 

See below for additional resource lists, FAQ’s, and information that are being compiled by various organizations. This information is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed. The state of Maryland disclaims liability for any errors or omissions.

Grantmakers in the Arts Funding

Americans for the Arts Resource and Response Center

National Endowment for the Arts FAQ’s

Performing Arts Readiness

Common Field’s Resources for the Artist Organization Field

National Performance Network Resources

Creative Capital Artist Resources

Maryland Citizen for the Arts Artist Emergency Resources

Anti-Racism Resources

ArtsReady Webinar and Resource lists

Freelance Artist Resources (compiled through global submissions)

Key Components of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Applicable to Employers

A State-by-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis (Updating)

National Council of Nonprofits

ArtsReady Information During the Impact of the Coronavirus

National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness & Response

How to Create an Online Course

Maryland Philanthropy Network COVID-19 Outbreak Resources

Weinberg Foundation Emergency Grants (Phase 1) in Response to Covid-19 Health Crisis

Online Arts Learning Resources

Cares Act Relief Resources FAQ



Maryland Government Resources

Maryland Department of Health

Maryland Public School System Guidelines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

FAQ’s for Maryland Businesses Planning and Responding to the Coronavirus