COVID-19 Advocacy & Resources

Part of this has been transitioned from the WAA Roundup: Novel Coronavirus & the Performing Arts. Please note that all future updates will be made to this page. 

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Highlights (Trending Resources) Updated Weekly

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide | Event Safety Alliance | May 12, 2020

The Reopening Guide addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers. 

The Legal Landscape of Livestreaming Guide | APAC | April 21, 2020

A general introduction and guide to the legal issues related to livestreaming. 

Content Inspiration Gallery for Arts Organizations | Capacity Interactive | Ongoing

A collection of ideas and inspiration to help organizations connect digitally with their audiences and communities.


WAA-Specific COVID-19 Updates

  • May 19, 2020: Executive Director announces the in-person conference is not viable. Plans for a virtual conference underway. Read the full message HERE.
  • April 30, 2020: WAA Conference registration is postponed. Read the full announcement HERE
  • March 24, 2020: WAA has canceled the Tijuana Pre-Conference. Read the full announcement HERE


Upcoming Webinars

Western Arts Alliance, in partnership with the Alliance of Performing Arts Conference (APAC)*, is helping to organize a series of webinars in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the webinars and their recordings listed below. 

RSVP Now! 5/27/20: Disruption & Innovation: Creative Performing Arts Responses to COVID-19 @ 11:00am PT/ 1:00pm CT

COVID-19 has profoundly changed our world, our lives, and the arts. The Alliance of Performing Arts Conferences (APAC)* has gathered voices across the performing arts field for a conversation about how they're innovating during disruption. Learn how performing arts leaders have developed and shared educational toolkits, experimented with new dance class models, and moved performances online. The panel will be moderated by Ashley Hanson (Department of Public Transformation), and include Katherine Disenhof (Dancing Alone Together), and other speakers to be announced working in music, theater, and more. We'll focus in on the goals and strategies that made each project successful, leaving time for questions at the end of the webinar. After the webinar, we'll send all attendees a toolkit of resources to help you do it yourself.

Past Webinars Recordings

5/19/20: Reopening the Performing Arts: Event Safety in the COVID-19 Era 

5/12/20: Moving Forward Together: Best Practices for Maintaining Relationships and Booking New Dates 

4/28/20: Ask an Expert: Tech Tips and Tricks for Successful Livestreaming | Part 2 

  • Read The Legal Landscape of Live Streaming, a resource document created as a follow up to the Ask an Expert webinars Pt 1 & 2. Prepared by JioSaavn, Tamizdat/CoveyLaw, and BigRoom. 

4/21/20: Ask an Expert: The Legal Landscaping of Livestreaming | Part 1 

4/14/20: Putting the Puzzle Together: COVID-19 Relief for Performing Artists, Arts Workers, and Arts Organizations 

4/8/20: Managing Stress from Home 

3/27/20: Ask an Expert: Contracts, insurance, visas, employment and legislation in the COVID-19 era

3/18/20: We Art Stronger Together: Navigating the Coronavirus 

* APAC includes Arts Midwest, Arts Northwest, ArtsReady, Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), Folk Alliance International, North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA), North Carolina Presenters Consortium (NCPC), International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), South Arts and Western Arts Alliance (WAA). 

Other Webinars

Howlround: Livestreaming Panel, Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic  | Recorded 3/16/20

National Resources

Americans for the Arts | COVID-19 Resource & Response Center

Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) | COVID-19 Resources 

Arts Ready | Information During the Impact of the Coronavirus 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention | Leading US Response 

Creative Capital | List of Artist Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Event Safety Alliance | Multiple Resource Types

Freelance Artist Resource | Resources for Freelance Artists 

Grantmaker in the Arts | Multiple Resource Types

Music Covid Relief | Multiple Resources for Music Professionals 

National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness & Emergency Response | COVID-19 Preparedness for Arts Sector

National Endowment for the Arts | COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations 

North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA) | COVID-19 Resource Page

Performing Arts Readiness | Multiple Resource Types

Theatre Communication Group | Response to COVID-19 

World Health Organization | Key Planning Recommendations for Mass Gatherings 


Regional Resources 

Arts Midwest | COVID-19 Resource Page

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation | COVID-19 Resource Page

New England Foundation for the Arts | COVID-19 Resource Page

South Arts | General Grant & Funding Opportunities 

WESTAF | COVID-19 Resources & Information


Resources by State 


  • Alaska Arts & Culture Foundation & Alaska State Council on the Arts | COVID-19 Resource Page
  • The Municipality of Anchorage Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Grant | Emergency Funds
















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