In light of the evolving economic challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are shifting our focus to helping creative businesses endure.
The CBA reaches out monthly to regional creative businesses to share opportunities in pursuit of creative fulfillment and business success. Until economic normality is restored, we will connect with regional creative businesses weekly (or more) with curated tools and resources to help them navigate this crisis and emerge stronger. Meeting in person remains inadvisable, but we encourage phone calls and video meetings. If we don’t have answers on hand, we’ll leverage our network to get answers quickly.
Tools and Resources to Navigate the Crisis
GPAC Emergency Fund for Artists
As arts and cultural events continue to be cancelled or postponed due to the severe impact of COVID-19, The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) recognizes the hardship imposed on artists. GPAC’s Emergency Fund for Artists will now provide up to $500 in assistance to artists experiencing loss of income due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Like other nonessential businesses and nonprofits in the area, Bridgeway’s staff is not able to meet in person, and no longer works from its offices. We stand ready to participate in phone calls and video chats to discuss creative business strategies to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
To help deliver the working capital that businesses need, Honeycomb is offering 45-day payment free periods, 6-month interest only periods, and a reduction in fees. Honeycomb is offering Three Relief Loan Options, with the third being the most customized to meet business’s needs. To learn more, click the link below.
Emergency Grants and Resources for Craftspeople and Artists from CERF+
CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort in 1985, and has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide. CERF+ is offering resources and grants for artists, but due to demand it’s being limited to those infected with COVID-19.
Community members have organized an emergency fund for artists who are experiencing hardships. This is an ongoing fund with rolling submissions, and is applicable for creative entrepreneurs who are experiencing financial insecurities relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers are continuously fundraising to accrue funds for emergency support, and if you find yourself able to contribute to the fund, you can donate (or submit an application) at the link below. Emergency funding caps out at $250.
On March 20, Governor Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8:00 p.m. to slow the spread of COVID-19. This will most likely be very hard on creative businesses, and everyone should double check to see where they fit into the big picture.
Web Meeting: Operating a Creative Business in PA During COVID-19
Governor Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close. How does this impact your creative business? What are your rights as a business owner during this period of time? What activities are restricted or permitted? How does COVID-19 impact your contracts and other business relationships? Marlene Van Nelson from Trellis Legal will lead a web meeting to address these questions and more. This web meeting was held Friday, March 27, 2020.