COVID-19 Resources | New Jersey Theatre Alliance

COVID-19 Resources

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This page will be updated regularly with resources that we hope will be of value to theatres, individual theatre workers, and other cultural institutions. 


Grants, Loans, and Emergency Relief:

The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act, from the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepenuership, provide comprehensive FAQs on the various federal SBA relief programs.

You can view NJEDA's slide presentation here, which contains screenshots of each application page, allowing you to ready your answers and get your application completed in a timely manner. This grant opened on April 3rd, and could close prior to the April 10th deadline based on anticipated enrollment.

FAQs for NJ nonprofits and small businesses about US Small Business Administration's Economic Industry Disaster Loan program

The Paycheck Protection Program, a federal loan that converts to a grant if certain criteria are met by June 30, 2020.


Arts, Culture, and Nonprofit Resources:

New Jersey Theatre Alliance is hosting weekly Zoom meetings for member theatre staff and leadership every Wednesday from 11am-12pm. The Zoom link is the same week to week. Email for first time Zoom log in information. 

The May 13 Weekly Zoom Call Featured Dr. Stuart Weiss, director of Intelligent Crowd Solutions. The archived recording is available here.

Artpride New Jersey is hosting weekly webinars every Friday from 10-10:45am. Register here.

Social Impact Studios, a communications consulting firm for non-profits, is offering a free weekly zoom call on Wednesdays from 10am-11am. Learn more and see their top recommendations for communicating in these challenging times here.

Creative New Jersey is hosting weekly calls on Wednesdays from 10-11am. Register here.

A recorded webinar from The Association of Fundraising Professionals/NJ Chapter with Bobby D. Ehlert: The Impact of the COVID-19 Virus on the Future of Special Events., an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts and culture nonprofits is a great place to find the latest upcoming webinars from a variety of sources, as well as other resources. has a detailed aritcle about how to ensure your livestreamed digital events are accessible.

An article from CCS Fundraising about raising money in these challenging times (March 12, 2020)

An Article from LAPA, "What Do I Do Right Now?" Eight Actions To Take From A Master Crisis Communications Expert" (March 18, 2020)

The Lawyers Alliance for NY released a memo: Protecting your Nonprofit from COVID-19

A video session of Dr. Clyde Yancy from the TCG Conference focused both on the racial disparity in COVID-19 infection and medical considerations for re-opening: The COVID Crisis Impact on Communities of Color A Medical Perspective

USITT The Association for Performing Arts & Entertainment Professionals Upcoming Events


Resources for Individual Artists and Theatre Workers:

The national Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up an Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund to support individual artists and arts administrators of color who are financially impacted by COVID-19.

A list of emergency resources, crowdfunding efforts, and grant opportunities for individual artists.

A list of emergency relief funds for individual artists organized geographically.

Resources and information specifically for freelance workers from the Freelancers Union.

A crowd-sourced list of online theatre content such as streamed/recorded productions, video conference workshops, and other ways to engage with your art form while practicing social distancing.


New Jersey State Resources: offers FAQs and live chat to help you navigate SBA and NJEDA programs, as well as unemployment and pad family leave from the employers perspective.

Information from the New Jersey Department of Health, including lists of symptoms and testing procedure.

Information from the New Jersey Department of Labor about COVID-19 related benefits for NJ employees.

The New Jersey Department of Labor offers several programs, including the "Shared Work" program and the "Rapid Response Team" specifically designed to help employers stabilize an employer’s workforce during a period of economic disruption.

The New Jersey Department of Health has released a COVID-19 Dashboard, tracking cases by county.

The Governor is offering a daily briefing at 2pm, which can be viewed on the Office of The Governor's Youtube channel.

You can sign up for alerts from the Office of the Governor.

24-Hour Public Hotline: 1-800-222-1222

The New Jersey Department of Health has offered these guidelines for businesses (as of March 2, 2020)


General Information:

The Washington Post has a daily COVID-19 newsletter, in which all links lead to articles that can be read with no paywall. You can sign up for the newsletter here.

Dr. Stuart Weiss, M.D., a medical doctor and business continuity expert, will host a 15-20 minute update webinar every Friday at 12:00pm. 

Johns Hopkins is mapping the global locations of confirmed cases.

The CDC has posted a central hub of updated information.

The World Health Organization has shared a post on mass gatherings.

An article from with "do's and don'ts" for practicing social distancing.

An article from the Washington Post with interactive graphics about the effects of social distancing. 

In the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Course offered by Johns Hopkins University students will learn about the science of SARS-CoV-2 , including the infectious period, the clinical presentation of COVID-19, and the evidence for how SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted from person-to-person and why contact tracing can be such an effective public health intervention. Students will learn about how contact tracing is done, including how to build rapport with cases, identify their contacts, and support both cases and their contacts to stop transmission in their communities. The course will also cover several important ethical considerations around contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine. Finally, the course will identify some of the most common barriers to contact tracing efforts -- along with strategies to overcome them.


Condemning Racism:

Disturbing reports of discrimination, racism, and xenophobia against Asian and Asian-American people has been on the rise due to Coronavirus. As New Jersey's Governor Phil Murphy has stated: "Racism against our Asian American communities is repugnant, repulsive, and wrong in good times, but it is even more repugnant and repulsive now. Our diversity is one of the core strengths of or state that will get us through this. We are one New Jersey family." We echo the words of our colleagues at NonProfit New York: “Concerns about Coronavirus should focus on the facts and ensuring the safety of our families, colleagues, and communities. Coronavirus is not an excuse for racism and xenophobia. We urge you to be kind to one another always, but especially as we make sense of how this outbreak will impact our work and our lives.” 

A Statement from The New Jersey Arts and Cultural Administrators of Color Network:

"The New Jersey Arts and Cultural Administrators of Color stand with the Asian and Asian American community in New Jersey and globally. Together with our founding partners, New Jersey Theatre Alliance, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, we denounce the racism, unwarranted attacks, and bigotry against our Asian and Asian American communities. For the safety of our citizens, we call for our nation’s leaders to identify the novel Coronavirus as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). We call for unity in this nation and worldwide. If you would like to be involved or follow campaigns created to heighten awareness, please use these hashtags: #HateIsAVirus #UnmaskHate #WashTheHate #RacismIsAVirus."


Older Webinars:

The Event Safety Alliance offered a webinar with Dr. Stuart Weiss, M.D., a medical doctor and business continuity expert focused on special event and event production clients. The webinar was hosted on March 4, 2020. You can view the archived recording here

Theatre Communications Group offered a webinar on March 5, 2020 in which various experts, such as Charlie Nolan, a professor of epidemiology based in Seattle (one of the epicenters of the virus in the U.S.), and Greg Reiner, the director of theater at the National Endowment for the Arts, offer information and advice for theaters. You can view the archived recording here.

Howlround offered a webinar on March 16, 2020 titled "Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic." The webinar has ASL interpretation and open captioning. You can view the archived recording here.