Data collection on the impact of COVID-19
We collected information about the impact COVID-19 is having on the cultural sector. Our goal is to ensure that the sector receives any available mitigation funding or stimulus finding. We will reissue the surveys in the coming weeks as needed.
(as of 4/15/20). Updated economic impact figures
(as of 3/24/20). Read the early economic impact findings Webinar: COVID-19 Preparedness for the Cultural Sector
Mass Cultural Council hosted this webinar on March 19, 2020 to share the best advice available on how to manage our organizations during this crisis. We heard from the Boston Public Health Commission, Nonprofit Finance Fund, and our Executive Director Anita Walker. This session provides you with strategies your organization can adopt to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus and to manage incidents of racial stigma you may encounter.
Guidance for Mass Cultural Council Grant Recipients
If you received a grant from the Mass Cultural Council for a specific project that had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have policies in place to ensure you do not lose your funding. We will work with grantees to help minimize impact on their organization. You can easily and quickly submit a request to modify your approved project or change the date of your approved project.
Extension and/or Modification Request
Grant recipients need the Mass Cultural Council’s written permission to make changes to their projects. However, we recognize that due to the pace at which the COVID-19 situation is evolving grantees may be requesting permission after having already cancelled an event, in this case pre-approval is not required. The Mass Cultural Council will approve reasonable extensions and modifications of funded projects. The modification should not significantly alter the original purpose of the approved application. Project extensions and modifications must be requested in writing by email to the contact person listed below. Requests will be reviewed as they are received and our aim will be to provide a response withing two weeks of receipt.
Impacted Mass Cultural Council Programs:
While the Mass Cultural Council plays no role in reviewing modification and extension requests for Local Cultural Council grants, we have issued guidance to LCCs encouraging them to work with grantees to ensure that the funded programs are able to take place in a new way or at a later date given the extraordinary circumstances prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please include the following information in your request for modification or extension:
Name of approved project/residency/festival/field trip
Original date of approved activity
The date you would like to move the approved activity to
Any modifications you are making to the proposed project/residency/festival/field trip
Mass Cultural Council Office, Meetings, and Events
The Mass Cultural Council is operating remotely and during normal business hours. Per the guidance from the Baker Administration when the State of Emergency was declared, we have also directed our staff to cancel all travel and conference attendance. Agency staff will work to continue with planned meetings by phone or web instead.
Additionally, we will not hold any public gatherings until further notice and any existing meetings will either be rescheduled or held online as a virtual meeting. Check our
Agency Dates page for current information about events and webinars.