COVID-19 Resources for the Creative Industries

COVID-19 Resources for the Creative Industries

This resource page was developed by Colorado Creative Industries to provide industry-specific resources to the creative industries.

In Colorado and around the world, artists and arts and culture organizations have been hit hard by COVID-19, losing revenues due to canceled events and loss of sales, and facing reduced contributions indefinitely.

This page is a collaborative effort among Colorado cultural leaders to:

  • provide a central hub of resources
  • support artists and creative business and arts and culture organizations
  • connect those who want to support our cultural community at this critical moment

For ways to help, donate and share the message visit Arts Through It All, a collaborative campaign to support Colorado’s arts and culture community.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance. 

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

Applications will open on April 8, 2021.

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program is a forgivable loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses, including Colorado artists and creative businesses, to keep their workers on the payroll. This includes sustaining personal income for sole proprietors and independent contractors. 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program provides small businesses and nonprofits with low-interest loans that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing due to COVID-19.

The Americans for the Arts created two surveys for artists and creative businesses to assess the impact of COVID-19. Statewide and national resources for industry partners include:

Boulder County Arts Alliance
Support Colorado Springs
Artwork Archive - list of national financial relief funds
National Endowment for the Arts COVID-19 Resource Center
Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Resource Center
Creative Capital Arts COVID-19 Resource Center

The Colorado COVID-19 website provides the latest reopening guidance. The COVID-19 dial dashboard helps people identify which counties are at what level of openness. We also created the Reopening Resources: Ideas from the field for Colorado Arts and Culture guide to provide more support.

The Small Business Navigator can direct you to resources and answer questions about COVID-19 specific funding. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Hotline: (303) 860-5881

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