UPDATED APRIL 24, 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 unchartered waters. If you know of resources that you’d like to share with other creatives, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are stronger together!
“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]
“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: 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.