Resources for the Arts and Learning sector during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Last updated: March 31, 2020

Arts-Specific Resources

Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones - Curating Care project is inviting Independent Indigenous Curators and Arts Creatives to join their project and receive a small honorarium.

The AFC - An emergency relief fund for those in the entertainment industry.

Amazing Educational Resources A large collection of free educational resources covering all subject matter.

ArtReach COVID-19 Resource List Includes community support resources

Behind the Scenes - A charity providing financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals, or their immediate dependent family members, who are seriously ill or injured.

Canada Council for the Arts program and service updates.

Canadian Low-Income Artist/Musician Relief Fund - GoFundMe seeking to provide support for low-income artists and musicians whose livelihoods are being effected by this pandemic.

CAPACOA Coronavirus Information for the Live Performance Sector - Google Doc updated daily with the intention to provide factual information, recommendations and resources to help the live performance sector prepare for an response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada.

CARFAC response to COVID-19

Choral Online Resource List A list intended for choral teachers of all levels to share best practices, links, hyperlinks, etc...

Covid-19's Economic Impact on the Canadian Live Entertainment Industry - Canadian Event Industry Crisis is calling on artists and the public to help them gather data on the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the live entertainment industry (survey & petition).

COVID-19 Emergency Resources For Marginalized Artists & Communities includes Mutual Aid Funds, Petitions & more.  Compiled by The Margin of Eras Gallery & CUE.

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists A list designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community, including actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers etc...

COVID-19 DELAYED / LOST REVENUE AND EXPENSES INCURRED Google Spreadsheet you can download and use to track lost revenue and expenses incurred.

COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEY FOR ARTS, CULTURE, HERITAGE, TOURISM & CREATIVE INDUSTRIES WORKERS ArtsPond / Étang d’Arts and I Lost My Gig Canada, in collaboration with national community partners, invite Canadian arts, culture, heritage, tourism, and creative industries workers to share their impact stories by completing the inaugural COVID-19 Impact Survey for Arts, Culture, Hertiage, Tourism & Creative Industries Workers

Emergency Support for Workers in the Creative Community Netflix Media has allocated $100 million for Emergency Support for Workers in the Creative Community. Included in the support package is $15 million in emergency relief to be distributed by non-profit organizations, including $1 million to be shared by AFC and Fondation des Artistes.

Equity Member Advisory re: Financial Issues - Equity is introducing some immediate measures to help members during this period, including delaying the May 1 basic dues billing, reducing the basic dues,etc...

Here's where Canadian artists and freelancers can find help during COVID-19 shutdowns A list regularly updated, provided by CBC Arts

I Lost My Gig Facebook Group - I Lost My Gig is a space for arts and other vulnerable freelance and gig workers in Canada and beyond to share stories and resources addressing the impacts of COVID-19 and growing income precarity more broadly.  Full website launching March 20.

Music Managers Forum Canada - COVID-19 Updates - a page of resources, online sessions, insurance, policies, etc...

National Arts Centre & Facebook Canada Provide $100,000 to support Canadian performers impacted by COVID-19 Information is provided for applying to be a performing artist or ensemble.

PAONE Resource Sharing

Piano and Instrumental Teachers with Coronavirus Concerns A Facebook group for piano and instrumental teachers who are concerned about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their teaching, and who want to support each other adapting to best ways to safely continue to provide music education to their students.

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres COVID-19 Resource Page

Resources for Canadian Artists, Writers, and Media Workers During COVID-19 shutdowns - Google Doc

Resources for Choral Professionals During the Pandemic We are seeing the creativity, ingenuity, and leadership of choral professionals as they create and share resources to help themselves and others respond proactively! This page is an attempt to collect many of these ideas and suggestions together.

Resources for Workman Arts Members (and other friends!) during COVID-19 closure Google doc including mental health resources, community care resources, worker resources, and things to do.

Unison Benevolent Fund / Fonds de bienfaisance - A non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.

Writers' Trust of Canada Emergency funding to professional Canadian writers in mid-project

Digital Learning, Collaboration, & Skill Sharing

50 Online Art and Music Resources to Help Kids Learn & Create from Home

Adobe Creative Cloud - Currently offering Creative Cloud apps for free to students who would normally have access on-campus (available through May 31).

Arts in Isolation is Arts Etobicoke's new initiative to deliver free online art classes and cultural experiences that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. 

ArtVenture Online There are lots of ways to stay connected with the McMichael collection, educators and artists through art activities, videos, tutorials and more from home! Stay tuned for new posts every week.

CADENZA Music Practice App currently offering free trials.  CADENZA is a digital tool created to support music learning in studios, ensembles, and classrooms.

Chris Scribe is offering daily lessons via Facebook live video from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. CST for students in Grade 1 to 8, with topics including Cree language and storytelling.

VOX Online Compass Music Academy will be featuring a musician every week, who will also run you through a song! VOX will remain free, but any funds you can spare that are sent to us will be sent to whichever musician is highlighted that week.

D2L & Brightspace Community- Resources for changing from classroom to online courses during the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak

Google Classroom - makes teaching more productive and meaningful by streamlining assignments, boosting collaboration, and fostering communication. Educators can create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Classroom also seamlessly integrates with other Google tools like Google Docs and Drive.

GoToMeeting is currently offering free emergency remote work kits for health care providers, educational institutions, municipalities & non-profit organizations.

#KeepMakingArt campaign toolkit includes aCampaign Calendar with key dates, a Messaging Matrix to help you draft your messages to stakeholders, and a Graphics Pack with tons of images optimized for every social media platform. The Campaign's goal is to provide the communications mechanism to aggregate resources, etc to support young people, their parents, artists, educators, and cultural organizations - especially during this tumultuous time.

London Arts Live A partnership of the London Arts Council and London Free Press First, LAL-O will provide local artists with paid work – something they now desperately need. Second, LAL-O will provide Londoner's of all ages and backgrounds, with a wide variety of LIVE arts-based performances and educational activities. This will enable Londoner's to connect, in real time, with members of the London arts community, and with each other. Moreover, this will provide families with experiential creative opportunities such as drawing, dancing, signing and writing.

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems! Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.

Skillshare - An online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more.

Skype is built for both one-on-one and group conversations and functions via mobile, PC, Xbox and Alexa.

Social Distancing Festival is a website for celebrating artists and the work that has been cancelled/delayed/disrupted. Submissions have included clips from rehearsals, scenes done with cast-mates over webcam, recordings from previous workshops, design plans, and performances.

Think Indigenous - Online Indigenous Education K-8 Facebook Page - Educators from across Turtle Island come together to provide online learning opportunities for their children K-8

Virtual Museum Tours - A list of 12 museums offering virtual tours

Virtual Music Events Directory GoogleDoc - a comprehensive, up-to-date resource for anyone seeking guidance on how to stage alternative music events in this moment of significant upheaval for the industry.

Young People's Theatre Inside With Imagination video series.

Zoom - Video communications platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems.

General Resources

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Community Foundations of Canada resources, guides, & webinars

How to apply for EI and COVID-19 emergency benefits

Information for Canadian Heritage grants and contributions recipients related to COVID-19


Resources by Province



Elephant Artist Relief - Emergency relief funds for artists.  Also seeking donations.

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Arts Recovery Project Includes a community survey and resources.

British Columbia

BC Alliance for Arts & Culture Information on COVID-19 for Artists/Arts and Culture Workers - A list of resources related to COVID-19.

British Columbia Arts Council Updates and FAQ

Creative BC - Survey assessing the COVID-19 Impact on business activity, events, and project cancellations.

Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance COVID-19 Impact Survey - This survey is for all arts disciplines, artists, arts workers, cultural organizations, and museums across B.C.


Conseil des Arts du Manitoba Arts Council Updates and FAQ

New Brunswick

ArtsNB Updates and FAQ

NB At Home : Paid opportunities for artists Music·Musique NB is partnering the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture to launch the NB AT HOME program. We are proud to contribute to the wellbeing of our music community by providing paid opportunities for musicians to present live music performances via social media.

The New Brunswick Workers Emergency Income Benefit A one-time income benefit of $900 is available for workers or self-employed people residing in New Brunswick who have lost their job due to the state of emergency. The benefit will help to bridge the gap between when a person lost their job or closed their business on or after March 15, 2020, to when the national benefit takes effect. The benefit will end on April 30, 2020.

Newfoundland and Labrador

ArtsNL Updates and FAQ

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia

ArtsNS news and updates



CANVAS Artist Relief Fund (not COVID-19 specific) The Fund provides Ontario visual artists with assistance for the relief of poverty, and provides short-term financial aid for rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, food, dental and medical care, and prescription medicines.

Ontario Nonprofit Network resources to help nonprofits adapt and respond to COVID-19


COVID-19 Toronto App Collaborative effort by Torontonians to help the city through these difficult times.

Glad Day Book Shop Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers and Glad Day.  The website allows you to both donate to the fund and apply for funding.

Helping Toronto's Artists Survive COVID-19 With thousands of artists suddenly thrown out of work by COVID-19, Toronto Arts Foundation is partnering with Toronto Arts Council to help provide immediate relief.

Akin Rent Relief Fund Provides current Akin artists and creatives with anonymous, one time emergency grants of $150-$300.

Toronto Arts Council COVID-19 Updates Includes workplace resources, resources for artists and arts organizations, and a listing of emergency funding initiatives.

Toronto Dancers COVID-19 Relief Fund GoFundMe campaign dedicated to freelance dance artists in Toronto.

Prince Edward Island

Emergency Income Relief for the Self-Employed - The Emergency Income Relief Fund is a temporary program put in place to support the self-employed who have been significantly affected by COVID-19.


Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec - Des mises à jour et annonces du Conseil, et aussi des foire aux questions.

ELAN COVID-19 updates, news, resources, and tools

Indemnisation pour les artistes pigistes suite aux annulations de spectacles (COVID-19) une pétition pour les artistes pigistes du milieu culturel demandent aux gouvernements provincial et fédéral de compenser de façon urgente la perte de revenus occasionnée par les annulations d’événements culturels en raison du COVID-19.

Quebec Drama Federation Resource Roundup


Saskatchewan Arts Alliance COVID-19 Resource List

SaskMusic COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Fund - This fund is intended to help offset a small portion of some of the income lost by working music professionals. Deadline is March 30 @ 5pm.


Yukon Artist Relief Fund - The mission of the Yukon Artist Relief Fund Society is to provide short-term financial assistance to professional visual artists living in Yukon who are in urgent need because of debilitating health issues or personal tragedy.