Coronavirus (COVID-19) Webinars

Americans for the Arts webinar content about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and it's impact on the Arts and Culture field.

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Upcoming COVID-19 Webinars

  • Preserving the Legacy of Your Arts Organization During Challenging Times

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/12/2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Your arts organization is cultural heritage, learn to preserve it for future generations.

  • Before You Close: Strategies for Alternative Pathways Forward

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/10/2020 at 3:30 PM (EST)

    The estimated total impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts sector stands at $13.1 billion and growing, with layoffs, furloughs, and cancelled performances setting the stage for long-term financial impacts. At the same time, the value of the arts has never been greater as we watch creative organizations respond to very real social challenges, raising community conversations and spirits. This webinar speaks to organizations who are facing financial and operational hardships right now, and offers specific solutions to consider, instead of closing their doors completely.

  • SOUNDING THE ALERT: COVID Advocacy & Messaging Momentum in the Heartland

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/23/2020 at 2:30 PM (EDT)

    Omaha, NE sound designer Bill Kirby of BLUEBARN Theatre shares the story of how he and fellow creative industry workers quickly mobilized for the September 1st national #RED Alert/RESTART day of action and got 40 Omaha venues, businesses, and even private residences to light their buildings red as a dramatic call to support the arts. The event played a pivotal role to capture public and legislators’ focus on COVID’s devastating impact on the arts community. Hear how they followed up with strategic messaging and a social media blitz that motivated the arts community and the city to advocate for the RESTART Act and gained three Omaha and Iowa legislators as co-sponsors. Momentum continues with further actions to advocate for the DAWN Act and, with legislators, to devise localized arts advocacy strategies to keep the full range of Omaha’s arts providers alive and well into the future. Pick up tips and share your advocacy and casemaking experiences in this practical exchange!

On Demand COVID-19 Webinars

  • Navigating Uncertain Futures with Scenario Planning

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/07/2020

    Emerging technologies, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic are just a few of the uncertainties faced by cities and nonprofit organizations as they prepare for the future. Scenario planning is a proven methodology for analyzing and preparing for uncertain futures, that has been used by companies, cities, and organizations. Drawing on my recent book, Scenario Planning for Cities and Regions: Managing and Envisioning Uncertain Futures, this webinar will feature an overview of scenario planning concepts and tools, discuss a framework for implementing scenario planning for nonprofit organization strategic planning, and provide examples of how urban planners use scenarios.

  • Because That's Where the Money is: Fully Secured Borrowing for the Arts

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/26/2020

    Fully secured borrowing is our approach to borrowing for nonprofits that has been used for over four decades. It really works. It places control in your hands, not the lender. It is available to all nonprofits. And this includes every art-related nonprofit. In this webinar, you will learn about an approach that is particularly well suited for these COVID-19 times. You will see how you can use this resource as a solid base for all your fundraising and earned revenue strategies. You will discover how to do this for your organization and how to quickly and easily place a firm fiscal foundation under your institution as you move ahead. Through the resources listed on this event page, you will have all the documents that you need to successfully use this approach. While we cannot know the future, we can prepare ourselves to adapt in a way that works

  • Engaging Your Audience During and After COVID-19

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/17/2020

    ​COVID-19 has pushed our arts organizations and individual artists to the edge. Some have shut down for the short term in hope of securing the future; some have quickly pivoted to online content; many have grappled with what it means to serve their missions and audiences during a pandemic while remaining (hopefully) solvent and (hopefully) vital even amidst massive uncertainty and reduced capacity. Questions abound as arts organizations consider our audiences: How can we engage our audiences now so that they are still there when things are “back to normal?” How do we serve audiences in a way that makes sense for our mission when we can’t gather or do typical programming? What factors will influence audiences’ return to our events? This webinar will tackle these questions and more. We will review the tenets of strong audience development we can lean on that haven’t changed; explore approaches and frameworks to help us think about and understand our audiences in ways that can guide our programming and/or communication; and check-in with the most recent data for big-picture clues that can help inform our planning.

  • Guidance and Q&A on the NEWLY Released Paycheck Protection Loan Forgiveness Application Forms and Flexibility Rules

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/22/2020

    Join us for a session on the NEWLY Released (6/17/20) Paycheck Protection Loan Forgiveness Application Forms and Flexibility Rules. This webinar will include guidance and a robust Q & A with Nina Ozlu Tunceli and Sarah Mercer.

  • COVID-19 Federal Relief Funds for the Arts 101 Series | Paycheck Protection Program Application & FAQ

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    Join us as we explore the Paycheck Protection Program from the CARES Act passed by congress in the end of March of 2020.

  • COVID-19 Federal Relief Funds for the Arts 101 Series

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    In this on-demand video series, we will explore the federal relief programs available to artists and arts organizations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Hosted by Nina Ozlu Tunceli, the Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts and the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, these videos will address topics such as the Paycheck Protection Program, Pandemic Unemployment, Small Business Loans, and more.

  • COVID-19 Federal Relief Funds for the Arts 101 Series | Pandemic Unemployment

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    Join us as we explore the Pandemic Unemployment benefits from the CARES Act passed by congress in the end of March of 2020.

  • COVID-19 Federal Relief Funds for the Arts 101 Series | CARES Act Overview

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    This is the first video of our Federal Relief Funds for the Arts 1010 series. Join us as we explore an overview of relief opportunities from the CARES Act passed by congress in the end of March of 2020.

  • PPP Loan Forgiveness

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    The long-awaited Treasury guidelines and application form on loan forgiveness of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) have finally been released. With thousands of arts groups and self-employed artists having successfully received billions of dollars in PPP loans, the goal now is to get these loans forgiven. Join Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund for a PPP Loan Forgiveness webinar on Friday, May 29th at 3:00 pm EDT. Speakers include: • Robert L. Lynch, Americans for the Arts President and CEO will provide an update on the latest legislative developments as it relates to PPP Loans in Congress. • Sarah Mercer, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Shareholder Attorney will provide detailed guidance on the Treasury Department's newly released PPP Loan Forgiveness application and instructions. • Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Americans for the Arts Action Fund Executive Director will join Sarah in hosting a Q & A of specific challenges arts organizations and self-employed artists are facing with the PPP forgiveness guidelines.

  • How Crisis Management Changed our Internal and External operations for the Better

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/28/2020

    The current COVID-19 pandemic has forced arts organizations across the globe to rethink and reshape the way they operate and present their programs. When analyzed, a vast majority of these changes are not temporary, but permanent organizational changes we need to make regardless of the ability to present in-person events. The ultimate goal during this time is to maintain engagement as a team and with the public in any way possible, while at the same time figuring out a strategy to build revenue and donations during and after the crisis. The silver lining is that this situation offers arts organizations an opportunity to spend time growing and evolving into the ever-changing digital landscape, increasing overall reach and audience engagement.

  • Spring Appeal and Fundraising in COVID-19

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/13/2020

    This session will discuss fundraising and crafting a spring appeal in the age of COVID-19. We will discuss questions like “Is it appropriate to fundraise in this time?” “What is the strategy and message?” “What can arts organizations do now to continue engaging with patrons and donors, even while most of us are unable to gather in person?” Presenters will facilitate a discussion, share best practices and highlight different approaches arts organizations can take.

  • Americans for the Arts CARES Act Update

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/04/2020

    With billions of dollars newly added to replenish the popular Paycheck Protection Program and the SBA's Emergency Disaster Loans, this ArtsU free webinar on the federal CARES Act will feature the following: Bob Lynch, Americans for the Arts President and CEO will provide an update on the billions of dollars already awarded to the arts and entertainment sector through the first round of CARES Act funding and a roadmap of what's coming next. Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Americans for the Arts Action Fund Executive Director will share local success stories and best practices of artists and arts groups who have already successfully secured CARES Act funding and tips for still applying. Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts Vice President of Research and Information will share findings from four active surveys that Americans for the Arts is currently conducting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts. Ruby Lopez Harper, Americans for the Arts Senior Director of Local Arts Advancement will provide a customized walk-through of the newly updated Americans for the Arts Coronavirus Resource and Response Center​ on the web.

  • National Arts Action Digital Summit 2020

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    Designed to bring advocates the latest updates in federal arts policy, compelling up-to-the-minute data, and successful advocacy techniques, the National Arts Action Summit is the best way to prepare yourself to make key asks of your federal elected officials and to learn how to be the best arts advocate you can be.

  • COVID-19 Relief Package Policy

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/29/2020

    This plenary session take a deep look at how the COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress has affected the arts and culture sector. We will review how organizations, artists, and small businesses in the creative economy are pursuing additional relief legislation that Congress is expected to consider this spring.

  • How the CARES Act Supports the Arts Sector

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/08/2020

    With the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) signed into law, Americans for the Arts Government Affairs staff and guests will lay out the various pieces of the legislation and how it pertains to the arts sector. With $2.6 trillion of funds, there are about six sections of the legislation that can directly, and indirectly support artists, arts organizations, and small businesses in the creative economy.

  • Setting Up an Emergency Relief Fund

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/01/2020

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) has created substantial disruption to earned revenue for organizations and income streams for individuals. Are you thinking about setting up a relief fund? Not sure where to start or how to best navigate it? Join our panel as they share how they setup their relief funds, questions to ask and insights they learned through the process.

  • COVID-19 Relief Package Briefing: An Americans for the Arts Virtual Check-In

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/31/2020

    Join Americans for the Arts staff who will overview our advocacy and research relating to the new federal COVID-19 Relief Package.  Speakers will discuss Americans for the Arts COVID-19 response resources, the new legislation, what parts relate to arts organizations, artists, and the creative economy and what you should expect in the next few weeks.  

  • Arts and Culture Sector and the Coronavirus: What we Know and How to Move Forward

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/19/2020

    As the Coronavirus (COVD-19) continues to develop, it's important that Local Arts Agencies and arts and culture organizations consider their preparedness, prevention, and response. Join members of Americans for the Arts’ staff, Ruby Lopez Harper, John Rubsamen, and Narric Rome, with Jan Newcomb, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response, Barbara Davis, Chief Operating Officer of The Actors Fund, Rhonda Schaller, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute, and Michael Orlove, Director of State, Regional & Local Partnerships, and International Activities, and Lara Holman Garratano, Local Arts Agencies Specialist, from the National Endowment for the Arts to hear current information about actions to take, including: planning to consider, handling grant funded projects, managing stress during moments of crisis, and continuing to support artists. This briefing will also include an update on the status of congressional action on economic impact and stimulus funding and how it relates to the arts and cultural sector.

  • We Are Stronger Together: Navigating Crises and Sustaining Healthy Relationships in the Era of Coronavirus

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/18/2020

    The World Health Organization has now classified the spread of coronavirus as a pandemic, forcing cancellations of events by local mandate or out of “an abundance of caution”. As a result, the performing arts presenting, booking and touring industry is navigating uncharted waters, as we look to both contracts—and to each other—for direction. Join the partners of the Alliance for Performing Arts Conferences (APAC)*, as we host an informative, field-wide conversation with presenters, agents, artists, and legal and emergency response experts around the current business, legal, financial, ethical and relational realities we are facing TOGETHER.