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

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NYWIFT Updates

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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.


Grants, Loans, Financial, and Urgent Needs Programs



Actors Fund Financial Eligibility

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

AGMA Relief Fund

American Documentary Emergency Fund for Artists

Artists Fellowship Emergency Assistance

Artist Relief Project 

Artists Relief Tree (ART) Through Facebook

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

ASJA Writers Emergency Fund

Authors League Fund Emergency Grant

Bernie Myers Emergency Grant Fund

Black Spatial Relics Grant for Black Artists

Brooklyn Community Foundation COVID 19 Response Fund

Carnegie Fund for Authors

Creative Change COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Stipends for Artists & Cultural Strategists

Dance Relief Fund

Dramatists Guild Emergency Relief Fund 

FCA Emergency Grants 

F.E.E.L. Request Groceries or Volunter to Deliver

Field of Vision Documentary Freelancer Relief Fund

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants

Freelancers Union Relief Fund 

HFLS Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan

IATSE Application for COVID-19 Hardship Distribution

IATSE National Benefit Funds

Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grant

LEF New England Documentary Fund 

Max’s Kansas City Project Emergency Grant

Medically Tailored Meals for New Yorkers Living with Serious Illness

Northern Manhattan Emergency Response Fund – Hispanic Federation

NYC Assistance and Guidance for Businesses Impacted

NYC Emergency Food Resources

NYC Employee Retention Grant Program

NYC Food Delivery Assistance 

NYC Free Meals 

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

NYFA and AWAW Emergency Relief Grant

NYFA and Rauschenberg Foundation Emergency Grant Program for Media Artists

NYFA Grants and Resources List

NYFA Tri-State Relief Fund for Non-Salaried Visual Arts Workers 

Open Road Alliance Grants and Low-Interest Loans

Pen America Writers Emergency Fund

SAG-AFTRA Foundation COVID-19 Disaster Fund

Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance

Tribeca Film Institute Emergency Artist Support Fund 

Trinity Church Wall Street Emergency Response Grants

Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program *NEW*

West Village Businesses Currently Open 




Compiled Resource Lists From Organizations:

Actors Fund Resources List for Actors

Artwork Archive Financial Relief Resources

The Career Artist COVID Anytime Resource List

CERF+ Emergency Resources List

Creative Capital Resources List

COVID-19 Risk Assessment Guide for Independent Documentary Filmmakers

Independent Resource Spreadsheet for Freelancers

National Endowments for the Arts Resource List

NYC Cultural Affairs Resources

NYC Government Resources

NYS Youth Leadership Council Resources 

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Resources 

Words of Mouth List of Artist 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



Business Resources and Strategies



1099 Visual Resource Chart

Annuity Guide to COVID-19 and Your Finances

Bankrate’s 7 Ways to Get Through Coronavirus Furlough

Independent Artists Assemble List of Resources for Freelancers

Coronavirus Communications Triage Kit

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council Breaks Down CARES Act

Brand Communications in a Time of Crisis

Freelancer’s Union Member Survey

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

Unemployment Insurance Provisions

Puget Sound All Girls Film Challenge Web Events

IDA Guide to Applying for Federal Relief 

NextAdvisor – Protecting Your Credit During a Pandemic

Unemployment Benefits Information

Resources for Workers Impacted by Coronavirus Layoffs and Lost Wages


Personal Resources and Strategies


Is Covid-19 Leading to More Relapses?

NYS COVID-19 Coping Circles

How to Deal with the Financial Impact of Delaying Your “I do”

Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health

How to Receive Virtual Medical Treatment While Under Quarantine

Teletherapy for Addiction and Mental Health – The Recovery Village

60 Digital Resources for Mental Health

Domestic Violence Support – WFN

NYC Mental Health Resources

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

Dating During Social Distancing

Times Up How to Cope with Anxiety and Lonliness

NYPL Documents Guide

Online Substance Recovery Treatment Through Sunshine Behavioral Health



Family & Childcare Resources



ThriveNYC Resources for Seniors

NYPL Online Storytime

Jessica Gonzáles Rojas Talks Learning and Teaching From Home

Discover Data Science Kids in STEM Guide

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

Varsity Tutors Virtual School Day

Varsity Tutors Virtual Summer Camp



Resources for Nonprofit Organizations


COVID-19 Resource Center for Nonprofits

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.