MSAC COVID-19 State of Emergency Statement & Resources
Updated March 27, 2020March 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.
To be added to the list, submit a link to email@example.com. 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.
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.
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
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.
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: https://surveys.americansforthearts.org/s3/CoronavirusImpactSurvey
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 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.
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