Covid-19 Resource Guide & Survey
DeKalb Entertainment Commission in partnership with C4 Atlanta launched our second Atlanta Creative Community COVID-19 Continuing Impact Survey across the state of Georgia. The second launch focuses on understanding the current industry state of needs and identifying resources for resiliency and recovery for the Georgia Creative Community five months into the COVID-19 pandemic. The results of this survey will again be shared with the community and local officials to communicate the advocacy efforts within the creative spectrum and to define what resources are still needed.
This second survey was compiled to assess the continuing impacts of COVID-19 on individual artists age 18 or older, the economic and creative impact within the state of Georgia, and finally, find strategies to respond to COVID-19.
The link to the survey is https://bit.ly/30bJJyo and will be open until August 7, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. The 36-question survey will not capture respondents’ personal information. The estimation of completion of the survey is 5 – 10 minutes. The resulting data will provide a snapshot of how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting artists at this specific moment in time and will be used only in aggregate to express the needs of artists. Please share this information with your community of individuals that may have been affected.
DeKalb Entertainment Commission created this guide to present the entertainment community with city, state, federal, and industry resources during the Covid-19 Pandemic. To stay up-to-date with the latest information, please visit this page. We will ensure the resource guide is updated as more information becomes available.
City and County Covid-19 Information
City of Atlanta (Portions of Atlanta are in DeKalb County )
Entertainment Industry Related Covid-19 Resources
To help our community manage during this public health crisis The Actors Fund has partnered with several industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those who have immediate financial needs. Please note, while some of the funds are for members of entertainment unions, you do not need to be a union member to receive help from The Actors Fund.
Alliance of Artists Community
The Alliance serves on behalf of its members, small and large, leveraging support for the field as a whole; promotes successful practices in the field; and advocates for creative environments that support the work of today’s artists.
American Society of Journalists and Authors
The Writers Emergency Assistance Fund helps established freelance writers who, because of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant.
Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI)
Founded in 1975, the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) is the professional organization for film commissioners worldwide. It represents more than 300 city, county, state, regional, provincial and national film commission members on six continents.
Atlanta Survival Program
The Food4Life Sustainable Food Initiative has begun to address the long-term economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic amid compounding climate catastrophes. Now is the time to build lasting, local, and restorative food and agriculture in the metro-Atlanta area. Currently, and in the coming weeks, the Sustainable Food Initiative will be partnering with local farmers, landowners, growers, and aspiring farmers to begin this transition now.
Barnes & Thornburg’s Law Firm
As the global health crisis worsens, this firm engages in helping clients across virtually all practice areas and legal services to help with the operational, regulatory, legal and government concerns that may arise while evaluating business continuity issues during these uncertain times.
A State-by-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis.
C4 Atlanta Artist Lost Gig Fund
The Atlanta Artist Lost Gig Fund is designed to provide financial assistance to Atlanta area who have unmet needs due to lost revenue from cancelled upcoming events and gigs. NOTE: priority will be given to current C4 Atlanta members.
Cerfi+ The Artist Safety Net
A studio artist’s career has its own set of ups and downs. Some are predictable, others are unexpected. They ensure that your career is able to sustain both.
In times of crisis, artists are often among those most affected. Creative Capital has always been anchored by a rich spirit of community and mutual generosity, and they believe that continuing communication and exchange are crucial for all entertainers. Creative Capital have created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.
This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.
Freelance Union Blog
Government relief programs for freelancers.
Georgia Council of the Arts
The mission of Georgia Council for the Arts is to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts. This information is a resource of information during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Georgia Film Office Covid-19 Information
List of Resource for Georgia Entertainment Workers.
Georgia Film Office – Film Works
The Georgia Film Office is providing opportunities for Georgia Manufacturers and Distributors able to aid with critical health care needs. Please visit the link that provides a form for companies who would like to sell to GEMA FDA-approved medical supplies, and if your company does not require payment upfront.
Georgia Screen and Entertainment Coalition
The Georgia Screen Entertainment Coalition (GSEC) is a statewide advocacy group representing the film, television and digital entertainment industry in Georgia. An affiliate of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, GSEC works with business leaders, elected officials and other strategic partners to protect and promote the film, television and digital entertainment tax credits that ensure the screen entertainment industry’s continued investment in Georgia.
Gig Workers Collective
Gig Workers Collective is a pending 501(c)(3) organization of gig worker activists who have come together to form the Gig Workers Collective.
MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.
The Netflix Fund
Netflix has created a $100 million fund to help with hardship in the creative community.
The Producers Guild of America Members Relief Fund
The launch of the fund is made possible by a generous lead gift from former PGA president Mark Gordon, in the amount of $100,000. Members who are in need of emergency financial relief due to the coronavirus crisis can apply for aid.
The Roddenberry Foundation
Launched in 2016, the $1M Roddenberry Prize is a global competition to crowdsource innovative solutions to issues that demand audacious, far-reaching, and scalable responses.
SAG-AFTRA – Local
Resources to assist members of the Atlanta Local Chapter. They have compiled resources available to members living in Georgia and South Carolina.
SAG-AFTRA – National
National resources to assist members of SAG-AFTRA. They have compiled resources available to members.
Covid-19 Medical Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Georgia Department of Health
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is the lead agency in preventing disease, injury and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective.
Stats on the Coronavirus.
Federal and State Government Covid-19 Resources
Georgia Department of Labor
NEW information for filing for unemployment, mandatory filing by employers for partial claims, and reemployment services.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Government entity for taxes. This page updates citizens about the tax extensions. The IRS is the administrator of Economic Impact Payments, formerly known as “stimulus checks”, which are direct cash payments eligible adults will receive to alleviate the financial burden of COVID-19. This page provides verified and up-to-date information on what individuals expecting to receive these checks should know.
Invest Atlanta ensures the viability of city businesses and to help sustain employment, Invest Atlanta has established a Business Continuity Loan Fund (BCLF) with $1.5 million of funding from the City of Atlanta.
Small Business Association Loans Disaster Assistance
The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters.
Small Business Association Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.
US Chamber of Commerce
Everything you need to now about Coronavirus Federal Small Business Stimulus Aid Programs.
US Department of Labor
Covid-19 information provided by the United States Department of Labor.
WorkSource DeKalb provides job training and career services to dislocated workers. Individuals who have lost work because of the economic impact of COVID-19 may be eligible for retraining services.