Artist Resources

ArtsKC has compiled resources for our local artists, arts leaders, and arts organizations to help endure the coronavirus outbreak.

We’ve all heard the recent news about how the coronavirus is affecting our country and our economy. Information about how it affects the arts sector is critical to the preparations of our performances and exhibitions. We have included several resources for you as members of our arts community to help you navigate the tricky moment in which we find ourselves.

ArtsKC has begun to put plans in place in the event that our staff needs to work from home either for personal wellness or the wellness of all staff. We are continuing to review materials and resources to add to our understanding of this virus and how our sector can best be prepared. We will pass along new and relevant information as we receive it. Please reach out to us with any tools or resources you think may be helpful to our community.

As We Begin to Reopen…

Below, you will find a list of all counties ArtsKC serves and their plans for reopening.

ArtsKC Listens – We want to hear from you…

Let’s talk! Every Thursday from 2-3PM, ArtsKC is hosting a conference call with local artists to talk about the struggles of COVID-19. Join Us via our Facebook page, and help us help you.

Virtual Marketing Classes – ArtsKC hosts weekly presentations and workshops led by industry experts in all areas of the marketing profession. (Temporarily on hold)

From Mid-America Arts Alliance

Individual Artists, please complete this survey from Mid-America Arts Alliance about how COVID-19 has affected your revenue and ability to work. The deadline for completion is March 31.

From United Way 2-1-1

If you need help in the 23-county area covered by United Way of Greater Kansas City, you can get it from United Way 2-1-1. This free service provides access to thousands of resources. Call 2-1-1 and you’ll reach a trained, caring professional seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Or click the link above.

From Facebook

KC Gig Worker Support Group

This is a group for gig workers, small business owners, performers, artists, musicians and anyone else who needs some monetary support during this time, and those super heroes that want to support them. Let’s really come together and make sure that we’re all okay.
If you’re in need of help, feel free to post videos, pictures, testimonies, whatever you feel. Please post a way to send you money i.e. Venmo/Cashapp/Paypal, etc.

The Quarantine Concerts – Kansas City

The Quarantine Concerts are a response to the many musicians in Kansas City who have lost their income from the necessary social distancing brought about by the Coronavirus. This page is for both their musicians, their patrons, supporters and fans.

From Harvesters

Harvesters Food Network

Blog Post

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists

From The Pitch KC

Unemployed in KC? Here’s a list of resources. 

From Fractured Atlas

Fundraising in Difficult Times – Requesting Support

How to Transition to a Virtual Workplace Overnight

From Springboard for the Arts

Principles for Ethical Cancellation

From ArtsReady

Advocacy and General Information for Artists During Coronavirus Outbreak

Springboard for the Arts

Coronavirus Resources for Artists, Creative Workers, & Organizations

From Colleen Dillenschneider

Why Marketing Matters During COVID-19 Closures

Fundraising Issues

PPP/ SBA Funding

PPP2 Info Session

Deadline to apply for PPP, March 31st. AltCap cuts off new applications by March 23rd! Please view the recording of the information/Q&A session by ArtsKC and AltCap specifically for the arts community. 

Alt-Cap can help identify the best route to move forward with either PPP or SVOG depending on your current situation. Both Orgs and individual Artists should reach out!

PPP info session with CBIZ

Information on forgiveness

Overview of recent PPP changes

AltCap intake form to help connect you where you need to go

ArtsKC is accepting donations to help our grantmaking now and for artists and organizations once the coronavirus is remediated but the economic impact is still felt. Please consider donating at

From Chronicle on Philanthropy

Consultants Fear Coronavirus Will Hurt Fundraising, Survey Shows

The Chronicle on Philanthropy is the most up-to-date resource regarding fundraising. It requires a subscription to read, but this article features excellent data about what the coronavirus could mean for fundraising.

From Responsive Fundraising

Special Podcast Series

On Friday the 13th, Responsive Fundraising will broadcast the first of seven podcast conversations about how to ensure that the success of your fundraising efforts are not undermined by fear, anxiety, and worry. The Fundraising Talent Podcast is available on iTunes or your favorite listening app.

National Resources

From the Center for Disease Control

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

CDC’s resource page with all the information you need about exactly what is Covid-19 and how it could affect you and your constituents.

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

From Americans for the Arts

Arts and Culture Sector Can Prepare for the Coronavirus in the United States

Advice from Americans for the Arts about how the arts sector can prepare for the virus. Please remember to update us with any new information you may have.

Local Resources

From Kansas City, Missouri

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

KCMO government has issues guidance on dealing with the outbreak of the coronavirus, as well as their plans should cases come to our area.

Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Our Community

With presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 identified in both Kansas and Missouri, local health departments are advising residents to take precautions to help prevent its spread in the Greater Kansas City region.