April 9, 2020 Information About COVID-19 Calgary Arts Development has received a number of inquiries about how to prepare for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from our colleagues in the arts sector. As a central hub of information about the arts, we are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide more information as it comes available. Calgary Arts Development Updates Office HoursOur offices are closed to the public effective March 16, 2020. The entire Calgary Arts Development staff is working remotely to ensure the continuation of ongoing business operations and grant investment programs. Should you need to contact a staff member, the best way to reach us is through email. Visit our staff directory for contact information. Read an important message from Patti Pon for more information. Grant Investment ProgramsUpdated March 26, 2020 – Calgary Arts Development is continuing to monitor and assess the impact that COVID-19 is having on our arts sector. In these ever-changing and extraordinary circumstances the community investment team is in the process of evaluating how our grant investment programs need to shift to support the community in relevant and responsive ways. Read our update on Calgary Arts Development investment programs for more information. Survey & Record KeepingUpdated March 25, 2020 – Event Postponements or cancellations due to COVID-19 advisories and restrictions will not have an impact on existing grants or future applications to our programs. Of high importance, we need to get a better understanding of the possible impact on our sector. This information will help us communicate to City Council and other orders of government what the magnitude of impact could be. Calgary Arts Development has sent a survey to all arts organizations who have received a grant from us. We are currently compiling the data and will allow us to begin to understand the impact COVID-19 disruptions will have on our sector. If you didn’t get a chance to fill it out, you can still complete the survey at calgaryartsdevelopment.hostedincanadasurveys.ca. If you are an individual artist, please keep accurate records of your losses for the next three months due to cancellations or deferrals taken to control the spread of COVID-19. Start collecting all your information including contracts, invoices, cancellation documents, correspondence, and a list of lost income. Calgary Arts Development is working on how best to gather this information in collaboration with other artist-serving organizations. Practice good record keeping and quantify it honestly and realistically. A handy template for tracking losses and expenses can be found at facebook.com—this template is courtesy of Tau S. Bui with English translation and provincial update by Pam Tzeng. COVID-19 Calgary Arts Sector Town HallUpdated April 1, 2020 – Once more with feeling! Due to technical issues, we were forced to postpone our COVID-19 Calgary Arts Sector Town Hall. We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience. At the virtual town hall, Calgary Arts Development President & CEO, Patti Pon, updated viewers on what we have learned, what we are thinking about, and what actions we are taking with regard to the COVID-19 situation and its impact on our sector and communities. The town hall was interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL), is available to read in text form, and can be viewed below or on our Facebook page at any time. You can also read our COVID-19 Response FAQs here. COVID-19 Short-Term Relief FundingUpdated April 8, 2020 – Applications for the Short-Term Artist Relief Fund have been closed as of the first assessment cut off date—12:00pm MDT, Wednesday, April 8—due to overwhelming demand greater than the funds available. All eligible applications received by the stated cut off for the first assessment cycle will be assessed according to the published criteria and process. If funds remain after the results of that assessment, the program will be reopened to assess applications received after the cut off date and new applications. We acknowledge that the impact on our community due to COVID-19 is high, and that we cannot support all eligible circumstances. Please scroll down for information about alternate resources. If you would like to be notified if applications reopen, please complete the form below. Short-Term Artist Relief Fund If you are human, leave this field blank. Your Name (required) Your Email (required) Send Updated March 27, 2020 – As announced at Calgary Arts Development’s March 25, 2020 town hall, $1.15 million has been allocated toward providing immediate relief to some of the arts organizations as well as arts and cultural workers in the most urgent need due to COVID-19 impacts. The short-term relief funding of $1.15 million has been hived off of our future 2020 grant program funding envelopes that had not yet been activated in order to rapidly respond to emerging and urgent needs. These dollars will be directed in two ways: Arts Organizations Artists & Cultural Workers Please visit the COVID-19 Short-Term Relief Funding page for more details. You can also read our COVID-19 Response FAQs here. Important Updates Government of CanadaCanada is taking aggressive new public health actions to limit the spread of the COVID-19. Updated April 8, 2020 – To help Canadians and businesses get through these tough economic times, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Federal Government is proposing to introduce a wage subsidy of 75 per cent for qualifying businesses, for up to three months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. In order to address the realities faced by the not-for-profit sector, high growth companies, and new businesses, the government also proposes the following additional flexibility: To measure their revenue loss, it is proposed that all employers have the flexibility to compare their revenue of March, April, and May 2020 to that of the same month of 2019, or to an average of their revenue earned in January and February 2020. For March, the government proposes to make the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) more accessible than originally announced by reducing the 30% benchmark to 15%, in recognition of the fact that many businesses did not begin to be affected by the crisis until partway through the month. The CEWS would apply at a rate of 75% of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees—representing a benefit of up to $847 per week. The program would be in place for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020. Eligible employers would include employers of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy, with the exception of public sector entities. An eligible employer’s entitlement to this wage subsidy will be based entirely on the salary or wages actually paid to employees. All employers would be expected to at least make best efforts to top up salaries to 100% of the maximum wages covered. For not-for-profit organizations and registered charities similarly affected by a loss of revenue, the government will continue to work with the sector to ensure the definition of revenue is appropriate to their circumstances. Not-for-profit organizations and charities also have the option to include or exclude government funding in the calculations of their revenue loss. Visit canada.ca for more information. Updated March 27, 2020 – The Government of Canada is making additional investments to support Canadian businesses from the economic impacts of COVID-19. These new investments provide support to financial institutions and allow them to quickly provide credit and liquidity options for a range of businesses. These measures are a part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which provides direct support and tax deferrals to Canadian workers and businesses to help them in these difficult times. Visit canada.ca for more information. Updated March 18, 2020 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses. This includes support for self-employed Canadians, small businesses, and non-profits and charities. Visit canada.ca for more information. Government of AlbertaUpdated March 27, 2020 – The Government of Alberta has announced additional restrictions to stop spread of COVID-19. To protect the health and safety of Albertans, mass gatherings will be limited to 15 people and more restrictions will be placed on available services. These include close contact businesses, dine-in service, and non-essential retail services. Visit alberta.ca for more information. Updated March 23, 2020 – The province has also announced new support for small businesses. Providing immediate funding and supportive measures to support local businesses, employers, and employees, these include corporate income tax changes, education property tax deferral, WCB premium payment deferral, and utility payment deferral. The details can be found at alberta.ca. Updated March 17, 2020 – The Government of Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency empowering authorities under the Public Health Act to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately and until further notice, the Alberta government is implementing additional measures, including cancelling events that have more than 50 people. Additional measures to limit the amount of time Albertans are spending in large crowds and crowded spaces are in place. All Albertans are prohibited from attending public recreational facilities and private entertainment facilities, including gyms, swimming pools, arenas, science centres, museums, art galleries, community centres, children’s play centres, casinos, racing entertainment centres, and bingo halls. Students will no longer be attending classes in K-12 schools in Alberta until further notice. Post-secondary campuses will still remain open, but in-person classes are cancelled, and only essential visits to any continuing care or long-term care facility in Alberta are recommended. Visit alberta.ca for more information. Alberta Gaming, Liquour, and CannabisUpdated March 26, 2020 – Alberta Gaming, Liquour, and Cannabis recognizes that charitable groups may need expanded use of proceeds in order to maintain key charitable programs while addressing impacts of the crisis. Organizations inquiring whether there are any changes to how charitable gaming proceeds may be used during the COVID-19 crisis are encouraged to review a Q&A document posted on its website. Learn more and download the file at aglc.ca. City of CalgaryUpdated April 3, 2020 – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in response to the recent provincial public health order to prohibit gatherings with more than 15 people, all City of Calgary led events set to take place through June 30, 2020 are cancelled. In addition, it is cancelling permits for third party events that were set to be held on City land through June 30. The City’s decision provides clear direction and enables event organizers to make sound decisions to help limit the spread of COVID-19. It also means event organizers can stop incurring event costs such as marketing, ticket printing, infrastructure fees, booking talent, and staffing. The City will continue to reevaluate this decision and the June 30 date could be extended based on the Province’s direction and Canadians’ ability to flatten the curve. If the event cancellation date is to be extended past June 30, The City will notify event organizers by May 5, 2020. At this time, The City is not requesting that organizers cancel events scheduled for July and August. The City is working with these event organizers on the assumption that they will go ahead. However, it is advising organizations to make contingency plans in the event we do need to extend the cancellation date. A total of 79 festivals and events set to take place on City land through to June 30 have been impacted due to COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions. Updated March 19, 2020 – The City of Calgary has enacted a state of local emergency. This gives The City the power to ensure reducing the capacity of events and facilities. All City of Calgary recreation facilities, City-owned, partner-operated facilities, and all Calgary Public Library branches are closed until further notice. All community associations are closed and regular programming has been cancelled. In addition, all in-person public engagement activities with The City have been cancelled until after April 30. Opportunities to gather public input into City projects will still be available online. All festivals and events planned to be held between now and April 30 on or in a City facility with an expected attendance of 50 people or more must be canceled or postponed. This decision is in alignment with the federal and provincial direction on mass gatherings, as well as The City of Calgary’s current approach to public engagement due to COVID-19. Until further notice The City of Calgary will not be taking any event permit applications for 2020. Please contact your City liaison and let them know if you are interested in postponing your event. For questions and further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit calgary.ca for more information. More Funding Opportunities & Supports Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan Updated April 6, 2020 – With a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to four months to eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19, applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) are now open. There are two ways to apply: Online Over the phone with an automated phone service at 1.800.959.2019 or 1.800.959.2041 Both of these services are available 21 hours a day, seven days a week. Both services are closed from 1:00am to 4:00am MDT for maintenance. PLEASE NOTE: More supports for gig workers, part-time employees, students, and those who don’t qualify for CERB are expected to be announced in the coming days. Updated March 31, 2020 – The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant, and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes supports for individuals, families, and businesses. The application process will open through the government’s website in early April 2020. Applications will be accepted through the Canada Revenue Agency MyAccount secure portal, your secure My Service Canada Account (MSCA), or over the phone. If you’ve already applied for employment insurance and your application hasn’t been processed yet, you’ll automatically be applied for the CERB instead. PLEASE NOTE: An access code is your key to accessing secure online services through the Government of Canada. You need to have an access code before you can register for MSCA. If you register online, you will receive your access code by mail within five to 10 business days so be sure to start the processes as soon as possible. Find a breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan at canada.ca. COVID-19 Supports for AlbertansUpdated April 6, 2020 – The Government of Alberta’s Emergency Isolation Support program is now closed after successfully distributing about $91.7 million to 79,596 eligible Albertans since the launch of the program—close to double the amount originally allocated. This was a temporary program to provide one-time funding until the Government of Canada announced its own support program. Updated March 26, 2020 – The Alberta government is providing immediate financial relief to Alberta’s families and vulnerable populations. These include a one-time emergency isolation support payment, a utility payment deferral, a student loan repayment deferral, and an education property tax freeze. Find a breakdown of the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 supports at alberta.ca. Calgary Foundation Pandemic Recovery ProgramUpdated March 26, 2020 – Listening to local charities in order to bridge the gaps and meet critical needs, the Calgary Foundation’s Pandemic Recovery Program supports all sectors serving our community. Learn more about the program and other ways the Calgary Foundation is supporting the local charitable sector at calgaryfoundation.org. COVID-19 Community Response FundUpdated March 26, 2020 – The COVID-19 Community Response Fund is a collaboration with The City of Calgary (including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency), and United Way of Calgary and Area, to support community agencies who are working diligently to keep Calgarians safe and well. The resources raised through this fund will ensure agencies on the ground can continue their critical work in this time of need. The fund will support vulnerable populations at greatest risk including the elderly, Indigenous populations, those experiencing mental health and addiction issues, persons with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, newcomers to Canada, and others that may be impacted by this public health crisis. Learn more about the program at calgaryunitedway.org. Elephant Artist Relief Society Relief FundsUpdated March 26, 2020 – Elephant Artist Relief Society (EAR) helps artists mitigate crisis, creating a financial bridge over troubled waters, and laying the course back to making art. EAR provides financial assistance in the case of a medical, financial or personal emergency. For ten years EAR has served visual artists that have, for example, been struck with illness or catastrophe. Three years ago, the organization launched an assistance program to support artists from other disciplines, with hopes of offering this fund for years to come. Learn more at elephantartistrelief.com. Calgary Jazz Relief Crisis CollectiveUpdated April 1, 2020 – Calgary Jazz Relief (CJR) is a collective of Calgary event producers, artists, and fans set in place to put together an infrastructure to support our community during this time of crisis. While details are to be announced, the group’s goals include connecting with artists in need and provide financial relief resources as well as provide long term relief for our professional community in times of crisis. Visit calgaryjazzrelief.ca for more information. CBC Creative Relief FundUpdated April 9, 2020 – In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, CBC has launched the CBC Creative Relief Fund to provide immediate, urgent support to Canadian creators. The unprecedented new fund will provide $2 million in development and production funding for a diverse range of innovative, original Canadian storytelling, including scripted comedies and dramas, unscripted entertainment, kids and young adult programming, podcasts, play adaptations, and short documentaries. Canadian creators can apply immediately until 11:59pm EDT on April 24, 2020. Learn more at cbc.ca. Indigenous Community Support FundUpdated April 8, 2020 – The health, safety and well-being of all people in Canada, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, is and will remain a top priority for all. The Indigenous Community Support Fund helps Indigenous communities prevent, prepare, and respond to COVID-19. The call for proposals for urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations and communities is now open. The deadline is April 13, 2020 and more details can be found at sac-isc.gc.ca. Glad Day Lit Emergency Survival FundUpdated April 8, 2020 – A support organization geared towards LGBTQ2S people, Glad Day is uniquely positioned to be able to identify and support LGBTQ2S artists, performers, and tip-based workers who are in dire financial need. Their funding is meant to address the issue of queer and trans peoples’ sources of income being far more likely to come from non-traceable sources and employers. Learn more about its emergency survival fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, and tip-based workers at gladdaylit.ca. The Photographer FundUpdated April 8, 2020 – Format is made up of a Canadian team of experts working at the intersection of the tech and creative spaces geared to help photographers succeed and thrive. Freelance photographers are prime examples of vulnerable people in times of severe economic turbulence and The Photographer Fund has $25,000 for photographers struggling to make ends meet. Learn more at format.com. Crew NationUpdated April 8, 2020 – Live music inspires millions around the world, but the concerts we all enjoy wouldn’t be possible without the countless crew members working behind the scenes. As COVID-19 puts concerts on pause, Live Nation wants to extend a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who depend on shows to make a living. Crew Nation is powered by Music Forward Foundation, a charitable 501c3 organization, that will be administering the fund. Live Nation has committed $10 million to Crew Nation—contributing an initial $5 million to the fund, then matching the next $5 million given by artists, fans, and employees dollar for dollar. Learn more at livenationentertainment.com. SOCAN Enhanced Emergency FundUpdated April 2, 2020 – Expanding its efforts to provide financial assistance to struggling members as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, SOCAN is supporting songwriters and screen composers whose ability to sustain their income has been compromised by the impact of the crisis on the music industry. Each individual application will be considered on its own. SOCAN provides royalty advances to thousands of deserving creator and publisher members every year as part of its commitment to nurturing the careers of Canada’s music creators and domestic music publisher members are able to access support as well. Members who’ve been affected by the COVID-19 crisis and wish to apply for the program should contact SOCAN’s Membership team at 1.866.307.6226, or by email at email@example.com. Details can be found at socan.com. AFC Emergency Financial Aid: COVID-19Updated March 26, 2020 – The AFC supports entertainment industry professionals working in TV and film, music, theatre, and dance. The AFC can provide short-term emergency financial assistance for essential household bills and costs that cannot otherwise be paid. This assistance is based on immediate financial need with the goal to help the largest possible number of applicants with their most critical needs. Learn more at afchelps.ca. Canadian Writers' Emergency Relief FundUpdated April 1, 2020 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada and The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) announced the creation of the Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund to provide support to professional authors financially affected by the COVID-19 health crisis. The fund will begin with an initial amount of $150,000 and distribute grants in amounts of $1,500 to writers that have seen contracted or projected income evaporate due to the current public health crisis. Financial support for the program is supplied by three program partners—the Writers’ Trust, TWUC, and the Royal Bank of Canada. Learn more at writerstrust.com. The first round deadline is April 9, 2020. Tegan and Sara Foundation Community GrantsUpdated March 30, 2020 – The Tegan and Sara Foundation remains committed to uplifting the LGBTQ+ community, especially as our current times have left queer people uniquely disadvantaged. The goal is to fund the projects meeting the immediate needs of those most affected, whether through making resources for the community available digitally, creating spaces online for art, positivity, conversation, and more. Applications close on April 6, 2020 at 5:00pm PDT and all the details can be found at teganandsarafoundation.org. CADA/West Training Subsidy Emergency Measures & Studio Renter's Relief FundUpdated April 1, 2020 – Many dance artists across Canada do not have the luxury of attending company class for their daily training and the financial burden required to maintain peak condition can often be stressful. Available to CADA/West members in the professional and emerging levels, its Training Subsidy Program (TSP) offers subsidy for various types of training to support dance artists in their pursuit of personal, professional, and artistic achievement. Given the current change in dance training, with studios being closed and funds being tight, the TSP has been updated to cover the entire cost of drop-in classes, up to $7 Canadian per class, and includes online training anywhere in the world. CADA/West also introduced an emergency Studio Renter’s Relief fund of $250 to help ensure that dance artists don’t lose their spaces during the pandemic. Submissions will be accepted from April 10 to 30, 2020 and you will need to renew or join to be eligible. Visit cadawest.org for all the details. Unison COVID-19 Relief ProgramUpdated March 23, 2020 – Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. Since the outbreak, Unison has received an overwhelming number of requests for assistance from the music community. Registrations have increased by 1,900% or nearly $200,000 per week. Unison’s emergency relief assistance is a critical safety-net for members of the Canadian music industry deeply affected by the COVID-19 virus itself and the precautions and protocols surrounding it. The Unison COVID-19 Relief Program will be allocated towards housing costs, medical expenses, and groceries. Learn more at mailchi.mp. National Theatre School of Canada Art ApartUpdated March 23, 2020 – The National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) is allocating $60,000 in support of emerging artists (as 80 grants of $750). These funds will be granted to theatre artists in training, or artists who have completed a theatre training program within the past five years, to present a piece of art online. Theatre artists currently enrolled in and artists graduated within the past five years from a theatre training program anywhere in Canada are invited to submit a project. NTS recognizes that university and conservatory-type training programs are not accessible to everyone and therefore encourages artists who consider themselves to be in training (mentorship or culturally specific learning) to submit their work. Find all the details at ent-nts.ca. Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing ArtistsUpdated April 2, 2020 – The Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists is providing $100,000 in artists fees to support online performances to help ease financial strain for those impacted by the closure of performance venues across Canada related to COVID-19. As of March 21, 2020, Slaight Music committed another $100,000 donation to the relief fund. Additional supporters were announced on March 28, 2020 including $200,000 from the RBC Foundation and $200,000 from SiriusXM Canada. And, as announced on April 2, 2020, support for literary events and readings through #CanadaPerforms, will now be provided by an additional $100,000 contribution from Facebook Canada. The Writers’ Trust of Canada is collaborating through an advisory role and CBC Books will be joining forces to amplify #CanadaPerforms literary events. The Facebook-NAC Fund for Performing Artists now sits at $700,000. To apply to this short-term relief measure, performing artists or ensemble (less than 10 people) simply need to write to the National Arts Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org, provide their name, a description of their 45 to 60 minute performance, when they wish to share, and on what platform. The National Arts Centre will select fund recipients in consultation with industry leaders. The NAC will announce online performances, as they apply, are selected and confirmed, via its Facebook page for Canadians to watch and enjoy. More details can be found at nac-cna.ca. Scam Warning Calgary Police ServiceUpdated March 26, 2020 – The Calgary Police Service reminds citizens to be aware of various scams related to COVID-19. There have been reports of people getting calls and texts in which residents are told they have tested positive for COVID-19. The scammer then asks for health card numbers, ID information, and your credit card number. Alberta Health Services will never ask for credit card information and asks you to report the attempt by calling the non-emergency line for local law enforcement. Other scams include fraudulent texts indicating that the Emergency Relief Fund has deposited $1,375.50 into people’s bank accounts. Be sure to visit the government’s website directly for reliable information. Cyber criminals are also sending emails that claim to provide information about COVID-19 and provide links to websites or include attachments. These links and attachments can contain malware and are a threat to networks, systems, and data. Be diligent and exercise caution when reviewing all emails. Visit the Calgary Police Service’s Facebook page for more information. Helpful Links Government Agencies Calgary Emergency Management Agency: The City of Calgary’s response to COVID-19. Alberta Health Services: Information and guidance from Alberta Health Services (AHS) regarding the current outbreak of COVID-19. AHS is the lead agency for any health operations and public communications. Government of Alberta: Learn about COVID-19 and actions being taken to protect the health of Albertans. Health Canada: Travel health notice. Government of Canada: A hub of information from the Federal Government including updates, a breakdown of government response, and resources. Arts Sector Resources Canadian Funders Calgary Arts Development: A disaster preparedness plan for the arts. Rozsa Foundation: An update from the foundation on COVID-19. Alberta Foundation for the Arts: COVID-19 information for AFA stakeholders. Canada Council for the Arts: How COVID-19 is affecting its programs and services. Canadian Heritage: Information for Canadian Heritage grants and contributions recipients related to COVID-19. Advocacy Groups IntegralOrg: COVID-19 resources for nonprofits and charities. IntegralOrg: COVID-19 resource kit for nonprofit and charitable employers. CARFAC: CARFAC’s response to COVID-19. I Lost My Gig Canada: A space for creative industries and other vulnerable freelance and gig economy workers to connect and share impact stories and resources. Canadian Live Music Association: COVID-19 federal aid package and the live music industry. Professional Association Canadian Theatres: of The PACT COVID-19 resource page includes information from Canadian Actors Equity and a theatre pandemic plan. Alberta Arts Service Organizations Music Calgary: COVID-19 resource links. Alberta Media Arts Alliance: COVID-19 information page for media artists. Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation:An organization that informs, supports, connects, and establishes newcomer and immigrant artists. Alberta Dance Alliance: Resources for dancers in need of help during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Writers’ Guild of Alberta: COVID-19 information page for Alberta authors. Theatre Alberta: Resources for Alberta’s theatre community. CARFAC Alberta: Resources for Alberta’s visual arts community. IATSE 212: A union representing entertainment technicians, artists, and craftspeople in Southern Alberta. Other LEAN Canada: A Leadership Emergency Arts Network sharing information for organizations. Momentum: A full listing of all financial supports for people impacted by COVID-19. CBC Arts: A continuously updated list of funding resources for Canadian artists and freelancers. COVID-19 Freelance Artist & Writer Resources: A list of resources for Canadian artists, writers, and media workers during COVID-19 shutdowns. Business Resources Calgary Emergency Management Agency: A business continuity checklist specific for infectious disease outbreak. Calgary Chamber: Emergency preparedness resources for businesses. Momentum: A full listing of all financial supports for businesses impacted by COVID-19. International Resources Grantmakers in the Arts: An update and action items for COVID-19 and arts funding. Americans for the Arts: A COVID-19 resource and response centre. Hyperallergic: An international daily report on how COVID-19 is impacting the art world. Artnews: An international daily report on how COVID-19 is impacting the art world. COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources: A list specifically designed to serve freelance artists and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. Events in the Community Listings YYC What’s On: Calgary Arts Development is continuing to update our events calendar as more information becomes available. If you are an event planner or organizer with a postponed or cancelled event, please email us at email@example.com so we can update the listings and share your information. CJSW Events Calendar: CJSW is compiling an updated list of online events so that everyone can still engage with their local community in meaningful ways. Rozsa Foundation: A list of online arts programs and opportunities offered by Alberta artists and arts organizations. #LoveYYC from Home: As Calgary comes together in challenging times, Tourism Calgary invites you to stay connected with our community with online experiences you can take part in from the comfort of your own home. Support local and check it out. CBC Arts: A weekly list of online arts events throughout the country. Webinars & Town Halls Calgary Chamber #Here4YYC Webinar Series: As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, the Calgary Chamber will be hosting a daily webinar providing resources, information, and support to help you and your business through the uncertainty. The webinar will take place from 11:00 to 11:30am, Monday to Friday. CPHR Alberta Webinar Series on HR Pandemic Essentials: CPHR Alberta is offering a free webinar series for Canadian HR professionals who are navigating work during the coronavirus pandemic. From March 31 to April 23, 2020, check out two webinars per week with industry experts. PACT Weekly Town Hall Meeting: PACT is convening a weekly town hall meeting every Thursday to discuss the effects of the pandemic on Canadian theatre. They are free and open to all managers, producers, and administrators in the Canadian performing arts—whether or not your company is a PACT Member. Cancellations & Postponements CBC Calgary: COVID-19 local updates along with cancellations and closures. Calgary Arts Google Doc: A crowdsourced list of show and work cancellations due to COVID-19 measures. As this is an evolving situation, we will keep you informed of anything that is pertinent to the Calgary arts sector. This page will be updated as more information comes available.