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COVID-19 Resources

Cultural organizations across the state are doing their best to keep up with the COVID-19 outbreak and its ramifications. As a state agency, we are following the guidance provided by the Baker Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Cultural organizations should work closely with their municipal health departments and/or the Mass Department of Public Health for specific guidance on whether you should hold or cancel cultural events. We have pulled together the following information and resources to help the cultural organizations in their planning and consideration.

Public Health Resources

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Updated daily with the latest information about COVID-19 in Massachusetts. This page provides specific information such as:

Centers for Disease Control

Updated daily with the latest national information about COVID-19. This page provides specific information such as:

Mass Cultural Council Updates

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.

Updated economic impact figures (as of 4/15/20).

Read the early economic impact findings (as of 3/24/20).

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.

For Artists

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:

  • Grant Program
  • 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.

Cultural Sector Resources

Americans for the Arts

Artist Relief Fund

Arts & Business Council


BoardSource – Ask an Expert

CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds.



Mass Humanities CARES Act Grants Pandemic Unemployment Assistance


National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response

National Endowment for the Arts

New England Foundation for the Arts

Nonprofit Council of Nonprofits

Nonprofit Finance Fund


Performing Arts Readiness

Philanthropy Massachusetts


TSNE MissionWorks’ Urgent Information for Nonprofits Applying for the CARES Act

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts are waiving their service fee for artists with crises related to COVID-19.

Webinar Recordings

  • Webinars on how nonprofits apply to SBA loan process

Arts: Loans and Other Funding Information
The Georgia Council for the Arts and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits provide nonprofit cultural organizations with how-to guidance for Economic Injury Disaster Loans and applications for the Payroll Protection Program.

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Overview Webinar
Nonprofit consulting firm Fiscal Management Associates (FMA) reviews step-by-step tips for nonprofit organizations considering applying for Paycheck Protection Program loans. FMA authored this helpful blog on Managing Nonprofit Finances During the Coronavirus Crisis, published by The Wallace Foundation.

How the CARES Act Supports the Arts Sector
This Americans for the Arts webinar helps arts groups understand the loan and grant opportunities made possible through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. (A member login is required.)


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