Resources for artists during COVID-19


UPDATED August 5, 2020: There is an overwhelming amount of information “out there” about what you need to know about working and living during COVID-19. To help deal with the burden of information overload, we’re curating a list of resources, tools, information, etc., to help artists and arts groups navigate these uncharted waters. If you know of resources that you’d like to share with other creatives, please email  We are stronger together!

ArtsPond / Étang d’Arts and I Lost My Gig Canada, in collaboration with national community partners, invite Canadian arts, culture, heritage, tourism, and creative industries workers to share their impact stories by completing the inaugural COVID-19 Impact Survey for Arts, Culture, Heritage, Tourism & Creative Industries Workers (Survey in English | Enquête en français).

Open to individual workers from all related backgrounds and disciplines in Canada until December 31, 2020, this survey is the first in a series of multiple short and comprehensive surveys mapping the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable individuals and organizations in arts, culture, heritage and tourism throughout 2020. Survey results will be published and updated on an ongoing basis at

Check out artsUNITE / UNITÉ des arts, a new wayfinding and support platform for and by the creative community in Ontario. Let’s unite and strengthen the arts and culture sector through the economic recovery from COVID-19 by co-creating a centralized and holistic virtual hub for programming, funding opportunities, cultural events and resources! 

The National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts is a group comprised of members of existing Canadian pro-bono legal clinics. As part of Phase 1 of our project, we put forth a needs assessment, surveying 1,150 Canadian artists, arts organizations, and legal experts working in the sector, finding that 94% of artists feel strongly they are facing unique legal needs and lack information and training on legal issues. For Phase 2, we plan to gradually build hubs across Canada through our legal networks to fill the gaps we found with our needs assessment to better assist creatives in Canada. Upon receiving funding, this will take place in early 2021.

Click here for the press release regarding the National Network, as well as the full report revealing findings of our needs assessment.

Source: CBC
“Here’s where Canadian artists and freelancers can find help during COVID-19 shutdowns”
The folks at CBC are hosting a continuously updated list to direct you to the resources you may need right now, including emergency funding, advocacy groups, and online training resources. Link here. [Last updated: April 6]

Source: CBC
“CBC launches Creative Relief Fund, an unprecedented initiative to provide timely, urgent support to Canadian creators
In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, CBC has launched THE CBC CREATIVE RELIEF FUND to provide immediate, urgent support to Canadian creators. The unprecedented new Fund will provide $2 million in development and production funding for a diverse range of innovative, original Canadian storytelling, including scripted comedies and dramas, unscripted entertainment, kids and young adult programming, podcasts, play adaptations and short documentaries. Deadline: April 24. Apply here.

Source: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
“COVID-19 Resources for Artists and the Art Sector”
Includes general resources and links on Canada’s response to COVID-19 as it relates to artists, resources by province, resources by discipline and tools, such as spreadsheets for reporting lost income.

Source: JAMS Canada/Jeanette Arsenault 

Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

“Coping with Stress and Anxiety: Strategies to maintain your mental wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic”
The COVID-19 pandemic can cause stress and anxiety because it is disrupting normal life for many people all at once. While it is important to be informed and to take action to limit the spread of infection, the amount of information and attention on this topic can increase stress and anxiety. CAMH provides some ideas that might be helpful. Some might apply to you and some might not – or they may need to be adapted to suit you personally, your personality, where and with whom you live, or your culture. Please be creative and experiment with these ideas and strategies.

Source: Festival and Events Ontario
“COVID-19 Resource Centre” that includes federal and provincial announcements, as well as information on and links to Art Funding and Grants for COVID-19.