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. 

Topics in this video include:

  1. IRS Rebates (beginning at 01:03)
  2. Pandemic Unemployment (beginning at 06:28)
  3. Paycheck Protection Program (beginning at 13:02)
  4. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) (beginning at 23:31)
  5. Cultural Agencies (beginning at 30:58)

You may use the time-codes listed above to fast forward to a specific topic of interest. We will be releasing more in-depth videos on these topics over the next few weeks.

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Nina Ozlu Tunceli

Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs, Americans for the Arts

Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund

Nina Ozlu Tunceli is both Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts as well as the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. For 29 years, Nina has served as the chief advocacy strategist for Americans for the Arts and in 2004, she became the founding executive director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, an affiliated 501(c)(4) grassroots organization with a connected Political Action Committee—the only dedicated arts PAC in the country. Nina now mobilizes the political and legislative efforts of more than 430,000 citizen activist members in advancing arts policy issues to legislators and candidates seeking federal public office. After lobbying to secure several arts funding provisions in the 2020 CARES Act, Economic Aid Act, and the American Rescue Plan, Nina provided weekly technical assistance through Zoom Office Hours to thousands of artists and arts organizations in successfully tapping billions of dollars in COVID-19 economic relief aid. Nina also created the dynamic ArtsVote: Make Your Vote Count campaign in 2020, featuring artwork by Shepard Fairey and outreach by artist advocates Ben Folds, Annette Bening, and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Everyone is encouraged to join the Arts Action Fund for free at

Twitter: @ArtsActionFund @Nina4Arts


CARES Act Overview Video