MSAC COVID-19 State of Emergency Statement & Resources
Updated May 18, 2020May 18, 2020News
Information Updated May 18, 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 will be holding the space for a variety of professional development offerings in the coming weeks, based on your feedback. Offerings include Emergency Relief Resources and a Self-Care 4-week series. See here for the full schedule and updates.
Virtual Content List
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? Add it to the list by submitting information to email@example.com.
Recognizing that the extraordinary demand for State and Federal resources is resulting in application delays and increased wait times for responses, the Council and the Secretary of Commerce have approved changes to MSAC’s Emergency Grant program. The program now requires applicants to estimate anticipated funding from State and Federal sources but does not require proof of application. More information on the MSAC Emergency Grants here.
MSAC is not accepting new applications for its regular grant programs for FY20 funding until further notice, including the Creativity Grant, Professional Development, and Public Art Across Maryland programs. Program pages have been updated with grant-specific changes implemented in response to COVID-19. See links below.
Americans for the Arts’ Surveys
MSAC continues to urge all members of the Maryland Arts Sector to complete and continue to update Americans for the Arts’ surveys on the economic impact of COVID-19:
Organizations, complete this survey: https://surveys.americansforthearts.org/s3/CoronavirusImpactSurvey.
Artists and Creative Workers, complete this survey: http://www.americansforthearts.org/CovidArtistSurvey
MSAC will distribute an additional Maryland-specific survey at a later date and will request an immediate response at that time.
MSAC encourages Maryland artists to update or create Artist Registry profiles on msac.org 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.
Small Business Administration Relief Resources
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers multiple resources to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency, including the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and the Paycheck Projection Program (PPP). Many arts sector organizations are eligible for relief through these programs. To learn more, click the links below.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
On March 27, 2020, the federal government instituted a $2 trillion stimulus package with provisions for increasing access to Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits through a program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). The PUA program offers benefits to many working in the creative sector.
In Maryland, the PUA program is administered through the Maryland Department of Labor. Other UI benefits are also being administered through the Maryland Department of Labor, including increased weekly payments, additional online application resources, and the extension of the duration of UI benefits. See the Department of Labor’s April 17 press release for full details.
The following resources provide an overview and action plan for those interested in the PUA and other UI benefits programs.
As entrepreneurs and small businesses for the arts sector, please visit https://businessexpress.maryland.gov/coronavirus. It is a portal that is consistently updated with all information as it is received. Additionally, please use Secretary.Commerce@maryland.gov to ask specific business-related questions.
Artist Relief Grants
National Artist Relief Fund - a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19.
Baltimore County Individual Artist Grants - funded by Baltimore County Government, Arts and Sciences Individual Grants will stabilize local artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with $1,000 grants available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted. Priority will be given to artists making $37,500 or less per year. Application opens May 11, 2020 at 9 am.
Frederick Artist Relief Fund - established by the Frederick Arts Council to award grants of $250-$500 to individual artists who live in Frederick County and whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19.
Harford County COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund - established by the Harford County Cultural Arts Board to assist artists negatively affected by COVID-19 with grants of up to $1000 per person.
Howard County Artist Relief Grants - established by the Howard County Arts Council to assist artists through small, expedited grants of up to $250.
Kent County Independent Artist Relief Fund - established by the Kent Cultural Alliance to provide support for independent artists whose primary source of income is their art form, and who have seen income drop as a result of the State of Emergency with 15 $300 grants.
Prince George’s Artist Community Emergency Relief Fund - established by the Prince George’s County Arts and Humanities Council to sustain the county's arts small businesses, arts non-profits and creative professionals with grants of up to $1,000. Grants will be given based on the availability of funds.
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.
Freelance Artist Resources (compiled through global submissions)
Maryland Government Resources