NYWIFT Emergency Resource Directory

Now and as always, the health, safety, and well-being of our incredible community remains our top priority.

Please continue to monitor the CDC and WHO websites as well as your local government websites for the most current updates on this rapidly evolving situation.
CDC Guide: How to Protect Yourself and Others

Take the NYWIFT Survey (it takes 2 minutes – we promise) for members to keep us informed about how has COVID-19 impacted your role in the media and entertainment industry. Please take the survey today.

If you are able to, please consider donating to a resource below to support your fellow freelance artists or small businesses.

NYWIFT Updates

Our community – both near and afar – is what makes NYWIFT strong!

NYWIFT professional development programming will be offered virtually for the time being. See www.nywift.org/events for upcoming programs, and check out recordings of past NYWIFT Talks on our NYWIFT Programming Goes Digital hub.

We will be launching an online networking tool shortly for you to keep in touch, and remember you can also use the NYWIFT Membership Directory and Job Board to reach out.

The deadline for The Writers Lab has been extended to April 22 and all late fees will be waived. Learn more


Grants, Loans, Financial, and Urgent Needs Programs



NYC Assistance and Guidance for Businesses Impacted

NYC Emergency Food Resources

NYC Employee Retention Grant Program

NYFA and Rauschenberg Foundation Emergency Grant Program for Media Artists

Donate and Apply to Artists Relief Tree (ART) Through Facebook

SAG-AFTRA Foundation COVID-19 Disaster Fund

Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan

IATSE National Benefit Funds

IATSE Application for COVID-19 Hardship Distribution

Actors Fund Financial Eligibility

Actors Fund Resources List for Actors

AGMA Relief Fund

NYS Youth Leadership Council Resources 

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Netflix Announces Emergency Support for Industry Workers

COVID-19 Dance Relief Fund

The Career Artist COVID Anytime Resource List

1099 Visual Resource Chart

Open Road Alliance Grants and Low-Interest Loans

Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund

Trinity Church Wall Street Emergency Response Grants

Northern Manhattan Emergency Response Fund – Hispanic Federation

NYFA and AWAW Emergency Relief Grant

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council Breaks Down CARES Act

Medically Tailored Meals for New Yorkers Living with Serious Illness

Sign Up to Deliver Groceries or to Request Food Delivery Through F.E.E.L.

American Documentary Emergency Fund for Artists

Max’s Kansas City Project Emergency Grant

NYFA Grants and Resources List

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants

Carnegie Fund for Authors

Authors League Fund Emergency Grant

Pen America Writers Emergency Fund

ASJA Writers Emergency Fund

Artists Fellowship Emergency Assistance

CERF+ Emergency Resources List

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

Creative Capital Resources List

NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music, and Theater

Words of Mouth List of Artist Resources

Independent Resource Spreadsheet for Freelancers

National Endowments for the Arts Resource List

Artwork Archive Financial Relief Resources






Tell Congress to Include Displaced Entertainment Workers in Relief Package

Tell the Senate to Pass Paid Sick Leave for All Workers

The Action Network Petition to Protect Musicians and Entertainment Workers

Urge Congress to Support Museum Community Economic Relief

Freelancer’s Union Member Survey


Business Resources and Strategies



Independent Artists Assemble List of Resources for Freelancers

Coronavirus Communications Triage Kit

Brand Communications in a Time of Crisis

GrowthZone Resources for Associations

Top 10 Proven Tips to Setup a Temporary Work From Home Office Successfully 

Art House Convergence Preparedness Resources 

Practicing Remote Workplace Equity

Has Your Project Been Cancelled by SXSW or Another Festival? Women and Hollywood Wants to Help

KitSplit Guide for Gear Owners

KitSplit Guide for Freelancers and Production Companies

NYC Survey for Nightlife Businesses, Workers, and Freelancers Impacted by COVID-19

How to Look Your Best on a Webcam by NYT

Apply to Udacity’s Free Tech Training for Laid Off Workers

Women Make Movies Answers Questions About PPP and Unemployment Insurance

Field of Vision’s New Virtual Mentorship & Consultation Service

Sundance Co//ab Online Courses

How to Plan a Virtual Event Through Vimeo


Personal Resources and Strategies



National Alliance on Mental Illness Guide for Coping

CDC Guide for Managing Stress and Anxiety

30 Recipes for Lunch at Home

How to Talk to your Friends About Social Distancing

How to Prevent Feeling Totally Isolated in the Time of Social Distancing 

The Ultimate List of Free Meditation Resources

10 Workouts Through Amazon Prime

Stream Free Workout Videos through CRUNCH

CRUNCH Gym 45-Day Free Trial

YMCA 360 Health & Fitness Videos

Peloton Free Access to Workout Videos for 90 Days

TruFusion Fitness Videos 14 Day Free Trial

Yoga Green Book 30-Day Free Trial

450 Free Ivy League Courses

Scholastic Learn at Home Program – Daily Projects to Keep Kids Reading, Thinking, and Growing

Dating During Social Distancing

Discover Data Science Kids in STEM Guide

Times Up How to Cope with Anxiety and Lonliness


Resources for Nonprofit Organizations



Remote Workers and Telecommuting Practices for Nonprofits

Montana Nonprofit Association Work-From-Home Guide

How Nonprofits can Manage Uncertainty Amid Crisis

Financial Leadership in the Face of Impossible Choices

National Council of Nonprofits Guide

How We Can Support Each Other and Our Communities During the Coronavirus Crisis

Nonprofit Finance Fund Resources

Nonprofit Finance Fund NYC Response & Impact Fund

Tech Soup Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work



Feed Your Creativity



Watch the 40th Anniversary NYWIFT Muse Awards on YouTube

Tune in to the 3rd Annual NYWIFT Online Shorts Festival

31 Female-led TV Shows and Movies to Binge if you’re Self-Quarantined

12 Museums Offering Virtual Tours

NYC Women Filmmakers Content to Watch 

The Metropolitan Opera is Offering Free Streams of Performances 

A Spotify Playlist for Focus & Creativity, created by Joanna Bowzer

The Ten Best Movies on Netflix Right Now by NYT
Comfort Streaming TV Shows for Stressful Times by NYT

DJ D-Nice and Michelle Obama’s ‘Party with a Purpose’

Erykah Badu Offers $1 Access to Bedroom Concert Series

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Home Concert Series

Chris Martin Mini-Concert Insta Series

Alvin Ailey Full-Length Performances

The Paris Opera Free Online Performances

2,500 Museums to Virtually Visit

London’s National Theatre Streams Free Play Every Thursday

15 Broadway Plays and Musicals to Stream for Free

If you have additional resources to suggest, please contact us at communications@nywift.org.