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

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The United States of America is currently experiencing it's highest unemployment rate in 90 as result of the Corovnavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In late March of 2020, congress passed the CARES Act to provide relief for millions of Americans. Join us as we explore the Pandemic Unemployment Compensation/Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits in the CARES Act.

Topics in this video include:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Compensation/Assistance overview
  • Who is eligible to receive benefits
  • How and what you need to apply

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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


Pandemic Unemployment