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Click here to read a statement from Monmouth Arts regarding COVID-19.

 General Information & Resources 

World Health Organization - What is the Coronavirus?

Center for Disease Control & Prevention - Situation Summary

Center for Disease Control & Prevention - Resources for people at higher risk

World Health OrganizationMental Health During COVID-19 Outbreak

Center for Disease Control & PreventionManaging Anxiety & Stress

The New Jersey Department of Health - COVID-19 Information Page

The State of New Jersey - COVID-19 Information Hub

The State of New Jersey - Sign up for alerts from the Office of the Governor

Travel.State.Gov - Travel Updates and Information

New Jersey s s & Industry Association - Assembly acts on Coronavirus Bill Package

United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties - Local food, health, hotline resources

Monmouth County Department of Human Services - Pandemic Resource Guide

Mental Health Association of Monmouth County - COVID-19 Community Resource Guide

Flatten the Curve - Act & Prepare (in five languages)

 Monmouth Arts COVID-19 Member Impact Surveys 

Survey for Individual Members

Survey for Nonprofit Members

Survey for Business Members

COVID-19 Relief

Above Four Fund - Monthly fund to support black women artists​

Actor’s Fund Emergency Financial Assistance

Artist Relief

Artist Relief TreeFor artists affected by cancellations

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Book Industry Charitable Foundation - For booksellers

ConvertKit The Creator Fund

Dramatists Guild Foundation - For writers

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief FundFor experimental artists affected by cancellations

Jazz Foundation of America COVID-19 Musician’s Relief Fund

Manasquan Bank Charitable Foundation COVID-19 Grant Relief ProgramFor nonprofits

MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

Opportunity FundFor small businesses

NJ COVID-19 Business Information

Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. Find information on all COVID-19 related programs that SBA is providing, including the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Emergency Grants, and Small Business Debt Relief.

The Soze Agency Artist + Activist Relief Fund

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund COVID-19 Fund

 Resources For Kids & Families 

Project Write Now - Online tutoring and writing classes for all ages

Monmouth County Library - Electronic Resources for Kids

Middletown Arts Center - Virtual Arts Center remote arts classes and events

Illustrator Mike Ciccotello - Free coloring sheets

One River School Middletown - Virtual Studio Classes

Arts Ed NJ - Virtual Teaching Resources

An Artist Residency in Motherhood - A remote residency to inspire artists who are also mothers

CDC - E-book for kids: Coping After a Disaster

CDC - Caring for Children in a Disaster

The Artful Parent - Top 10 Art Activities for Kids - Family resources for meals, education, scheduling, and health - Activities for kids while parents work & other resources

Classics for Kids - Online activities for young kids to learn classical music

Everywhere Book Fest - Recordings of author talks

Metropolitan Museum of ArtMetKids

Scholastic Learn at Home - Learning experiences built around meaningful stories & videos - Ready Kids: Games and resources for all ages

Zimmerli Art Museum - Coloring sheets of the Museum’s collection

The Kennedy CenterLunch Doodles and The Yo-Yo Ma Show with Mo Willems

The Kennedy Center - Content for students of all ages

Scholastic - 4 Websites Where Kids Can Create Digital Art

Start with a Book - Distance learning through reading

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum - Creative activities for kids

Tenement Museum - Remote learning resources

PBS Kids - Games

Ranger Rick - Games, videos, crafts, learning

Google Doc - Theater activities at home

NASA - STEM engagement

California Science Center - Stuck at home science activities

Exploratorium - Activities and experiments

Incredible Art Department - Kid-friendly art activities

The Actuarial Foundation - Online financial literacy for high school students

 Resources For Workplaces & Businesses 


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) - CDC’s list of resources for the protection of workers

U.S. Department of Labor - Information for Workers and Employers

The New Jersey Business Action Center - COVID-19 Information for New Jersey Businesses

Fractured Atlas - How to transition to a virtual workplace overnight

ZD Net - Free video conferencing deals

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Pandemic Preparedness In The Workplace And The Americans With Disabilities Act

NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development - Claiming Benefits Due to the Coronavirus Emergency

Center for Disease Control - Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19

US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship - Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

Kabbage - Gift certificates to support small businesses

Agility RecoveryCOVID-19 Return-to-Work Guidance for Businesses

 Resources For Artists & Arts Nonprofits

Creative Capital - List of Arts Resources

ArtsReadyResources for arts/cultural nonprofits

National Endowment for the Arts - Resources for Artists & Arts Organizations

Center for Nonprofits - Resources, webinars, and funding for nonprofits

Americans for the Arts - Resources, preparation, webinars and funding page

Americans for the Arts - Impact of Coronavirus on Organizations Survey

Americans for the Arts - Impact of Coronavirus on Artists and Creative Workers Survey

Nonprofit Finance FundCOVID-19 Tools and Resources for Nonprofits hub

The Bridgespan Group - Eight Steps for Managing through Tough Times

Annuity - A guide to COVID-19 and your finances

Performing Arts Readiness - Webinars

Event Safety Alliance Event Safety Guide

Academy of American Poets - Ensure your digital event is accessible

CMX Hub - Tips, Tools, and Examples for Event Organizers

Donor Perfect - Fundraising Event Alternatives in Light of Coronavirus

Grunin Foundation - Offering free Zoom account for Central Jersey Shore nonprofits

Arts Administrators of Color - Our Response to COVID-19

National Guild for Community Arts Education - Workshops and webinars

Freelance Artist Resources - COVID-19 Resources for Artists

Artwork Archive - Digital Tools for Artists to Run a Remote Career During Coronavirus

Backline - Mental Health for Music Industry Professionals

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN - COVID-19 Emergency Funding and Artist Resources

Billboard - Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis

ArtPride NJ - Weekly Call on COVID-19 Impact

Theatre Resources for Isolation - Resources to read, watch, listen, write, take workshops

NJ Theatre Alliance - Resources for theatres, artists, and workers

GrantSpace by Candid - List of emergency financial resources

Forecast Public Art - Pro Bono Consulting for public artists and arts administrators

Artwork Archive - How Artists are Dealing with Coronavirus Cancellations

AIC & FAIC - Collections Care Amid COVID-19

 Experience the Arts & Culture Virtually

Siren Arts - 6 weeks of live performances and artist conversations

Jazz Arts Project - “Quarantunes,” a playlist by Jazz Arts Project

Monmouth County Library - Books, movies, magazines and more

Monmouth University Center for the ArtsVirtual exhibits, record club and more

Guild of Creative Art - Online galleries

Middletown Arts CenterVirtual Arts Center

Axelrod Ballet Theatre - Local theatre company hosting free live virtual dance classes

Parlor Gallery - Online shows and auctions

Belmar Arts Center - Virtual exhibits and events

Indie Street Film Festival - Quarantine Film Picks

NPR - List of live virtual concerts

Facebook - “Post your streaming show here”

Facebook - Viral Music- Because Kindness is Contagious

United Nations - COVID-19 Response Creative Content Hub

An Artist Residency in Motherhood - A remote residency to inspire artists who are also mothers

Asian American Feminist Collective - Digital zines and stories

Bear Hebert - Social Disdancing on Saturdays

Academy of American Poets - Read poetry online

Met OperaNightly live streams for free

BroadwayHD - Streaming Broadway Shows (7 day free trial)

Instagram - Italian museums showing art using hashtag

Instagram - Follow @socialdistancegallery for canceled BFA & MFA thesis shows

Google Arts & Culture - heritage sites, museums, games, and topics to explore

National Trust for Historic Preservation - Tours, movies, playlists, podcasts and more for all ages

NJ Monthly - 7 NJ Museums you can visit virtually

The British Museum - Museum of the World

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Art at Home

Art21 - Videos on contemporary artists, educator guides

Artists Network - Free live stream drawing series

Youtube - How to draw with Alphonso Dunn

 How You Can Help 

Donate - LunchBreak

Donate - Fulfill NJ - Crisis Relief Boxes

Donate - Meals on Wheels - COVID-19 Response Fund

Donate - Missed Tour

Donate - NJ Pandemic Relief Fund

Donate - Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County

Donate - Hatteras -  PPE for Covid19 Frontline Staff in NJ and NYC

Donate - Easterseals NJ

Donate/Volunteer - Team Rubicon #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors Initiative

Donate/Volunteer - Saint Marks Soup Kitchen

Donate/Volunteer - Interfaith Neighbors - Senior Nutrition/Meals on Wheels

Donate to funds listed under “COVID-19 Relief” above

Volunteer - Taproot Foundation - Share your expertise with nonprofits

Volunteer - NJ Department of Volunteerism - Guidelines and ways to volunteer

Support - Asbury Park Dinner Table

Advocate - Urge support for the arts during the COVID-19 outbreak

Stay updated - ArtPride NJ Advocacy meetings Fridays at 10 a.m.

How to start an Emergency Relief Fund

How Foundations Can Help



General Information & Resources 


New Jersey Office of Emergency Management

Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA)

 For Small Businesses & Self-Employed 

Freelancers Union

Freelancers Union is the largest and fast-growing organization representing independent workers across the country. Freelancers Union offers members a powerful voice through policy advocacy, benefits, and community.


UCEDC is an economic development corporation dedicated to providing a variety of services for small businesses including helping them get back to business as quickly as possible after a disaster. Their services include loans to small businesses when conventional lending sources are out of reach.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling,

capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.


 For Artists & Arts Organizations 

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc.

The Emergency Assistance Program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need.

The Alliance of Artists Communities Emergency Relief Program

The Alliance of Artists Communities established an emergency fund in support of artists facing an unforeseen emergency or triggering event to participate in artists’ residencies.

American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund

The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need. AGMA contracts with The Actors Fund to administer this program nationally as well as to provide comprehensive social services.

American Society of Journalists and Authors

The Writers Emergency Assistance Fund helps established freelance writers who, because of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work.

Artists' Charitable Fund

Colorado-based Artists' Charitable Fund assists American visual fine artists (painters and sculptors) living anywhere in the United States by paying a portion of their medical/dental/eye-care bills.

The Artist Fellowship

The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. is a charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, printmakers, sculptors) and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement.


ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.

Author’s League Fund

Since 1917, the Authors League Fund has helped professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.

Book Industry Charitable Foundation

Binc helps booksellers and comic retailers with unforeseen emergency financial needs.

Broadcasters’ Foundation

The mission of the Broadcasters Foundation of America is to improve the quality of life and maintain the personal dignity of men and women in the radio and television broadcast profession who find themselves in acute financial need due to a critical illness, accident, advanced age or other serious misfortune.

Carnegie Fund for Authors

Carnegie Fund for Authors offers aid to authors who have suffered a financial emergency as a result of illness or injury to self, spouse or dependent child, or for some other misfortune that has placed the applicant in pressing need. Applicants must have had at least one book published commercially that has received reader acceptance.


CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. CERF+’s core services are education programs, advocacy, network building, and emergency relief.

Dramatists Guild Foundation

DGF provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.

Episcopal Actors’ Guild

The Episcopal Actors' Guild provides emergency aid and support to professional performers of all faiths who are undergoing a financial crisis. They are also dedicated to helping emerging artists advance their careers through scholarships, awards, and performance opportunities. 

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Created in 1993 to further FCA's mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public or who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion.

Gospel Music Trust Fund
The Gospel Music Trust Fund provides financial assistance in the event of an emergency or major catastrophe, terminal or severe illness, to individuals who have derived a substantial portion of their income from the field of Gospel music.


Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund

The Opry Trust Fund provides financial assistance in times of extraordinary need, emergency or catastrophe to individuals who are or have been employed full time in a facet of the country music industry.

The Haven Foundation

The mission of The Haven Foundation is to offer interim financial assistance to freelance professionals in the arts who face crises. The Foundation’s reach is the United States, and its awards are granted with a view to helping individuals overcome temporary adversity and return to full-time work.

Jazz Foundation of America

The Jazz Foundation of America's Musician’s Emergency Fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, hurricane disaster relief, and financial support to musicians and their families in times of crisis.

Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grant Program

The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides an Emergency Grant Program for painters and sculptors who have suffered physical losses due to a natural disaster that relates to their artistic practice.

Musician’s Foundation
Musicians Foundation helps professional musicians by providing emergency financial assistance in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses. All professional musicians are eligible to apply.

National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER)

NCAPER is a voluntary task force of national, regional, state, and local arts organizations, public agencies, and foundations, NCAPER helps ensure that artists, arts/cultural organizations, cultural funders, and arts businesses have the capacity and ability to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies affecting the arts and culture sector.

OceanFirst Foundation

Through the Foundation, hundreds of local charities and schools have received more than $39 million in grants to enrich lives in areas such as Housing, Youth Development and Education, Improving the Quality of Life, Health and Wellness, and the Arts.

The Provident Bank Foundation

The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities served by Provident Bank. PBF makes grants in three priority areas: Community Enrichment, Education, and Health, Youth & Families.

Recording Academy MusiCares

MusiCares may grant short-term financial assistance for personal or addiction needs that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Sustainable Arts Foundation

The Sustainable Arts Foundation supports artists and writers with children.

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights

Rapid Response Grants offer quick, flexible funding to respond to security threats or unexpected advocacy opportunities experienced by women, transgender, or gender non-conforming, activists and human rights defenders.

 For Institutions & Historic Preservation 


The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC)

FAIC manages several initiates that aim to address all phases of disasters: from preparedness to response, to recovery, to mitigation.

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Preservation Leadership Forum

Preservation Leadership Forum is a network of preservation professionals brought together by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Forum provides and curates cutting-edge content, offers online and in-person networking opportunities, and brings diverse new perspectives to the business of saving places.



The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund offers a broad spectrum of programs, a calendar of workshops and online resources to support the unique, essential needs of all who work in entertainment and the performing arts.

Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation (CBAC)

CBAC is a nonprofit organization providing market or below market interest rate business loans and technical assistance to small businesses located in or moving into the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Southern New Jersey region.

Council for New Jersey Grantmakers

The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers is the center for philanthropy in New Jersey, serving the leading independent, corporate, family and community foundations as well as public grantmakers of our state.


The Foundation of the Motion Picture Pioneers

The Pioneers Assistance Fund (PAF) serves members of the motion picture entertainment industry (exhibition, distribution and trade services) who are encountering an illness, injury or life-changing event. All assistance is intended to provide support during a recovery or adjustment period and lay the foundation for a lifetime of ongoing success.

Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation

To perpetuate Miss Bergen’s love of classical music and support of musical education, the Frank and Lydia Bergan Foundation provides grants for musical performing arts and musical education.

New York Foundation for the Arts Source

NYFA Source lists over 12,000 awards, services and publications for individual artists and art professionals.

Accion Opportunity Fund

Opportunity Fund provides loans to low- and moderate-income immigrants, women, and other deserving, but underserved small business owners.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

Past recipients of Pollock-Krasner grants acknowledge their critical impact in allowing concentrated time for studio work, and in preparing for exhibitions and other professional opportunities such as accepting a residency.

The Presser Foundation

The Presser Foundation’s purposes are set forth to promote primarily the cause of musical education and musical philanthropy as follows: to provide scholarships for promising students; to increase the value of music education by erecting suitable buildings, and to administer aid to worthy teachers of music in distress.

Save the Music Foundation

Save the Music Foundation partners with local communities and school districts to build sustainable music programs.

General Info 1
For Kids & Families
For workplaces & businesses
For Artists 1
Experience the Arts Virtually
How you can help
Emergency Preparedness
General Info 2
For Small Businesses
For Artists 2
MA Survey
COVID-19 Relief
For Institutions
Funding & Support
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