COVID-19 Resources for Artists & Small Businesses

Please find links to craft artist resources which the MCA has identified as helpful to craft artists during, and for recovery from, the COVID-19 crisis.

We are purposefully keeping this list small and focused on Maine craft artists’ needs – however, some of the resources to link to longer more comprehensive and diverse lists of resources for more types and locations of artists, individuals and businesses.

CERF+: Craft Emergency Relief Fund

CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. CERF+’s core services are education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief.

CMCA: Artist Tool Box

The ARTIST TOOLBOX is a new statewide initiative designed by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art to provide professional development skills to artist in response to the changing dynamics of today’s arts and culture sectors.

The Toolbox has ongoing/normal professional development resources artists may be interested in working on during quarantine (such as social media education) as well as, Covid-19 specific resources.

Maine Arts Commission

Visit this page to take an artist or organization survey – survey results will help the Arts Commission direct services and resources.

Maine Arts & Culture Sector COVID-19 Resources & Information – coming soon

Creative Portland: Portland Artist Relief Fund

The Portland Artist Relief Fund helps artists in Portland, Maine recover from income loss and personal emergencies by awarding small grants for unanticipated, emergency expenses in 2020 as part of our response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Creative Portland, the City’s nonprofit arts agency, is leading an initiative to raise  a fund of up to $50,000 to support this effort and is committed to working with partners to increase the fund based on demand.

Bernstein Shur: Legal Guidance on COVID-19

Bernstein Shur, a Maine based law firm offers a useful COVID-19 FAQ page for Employers / Small Business as well as webinars.

US Small Business Administration

Information on low interest loans for small businesses.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

An aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. It is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.