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COVID-19 Resources and Brief Service Response Center

The economic effects of business closures are taking a harsh toll on the performing arts community. Lawyers for the Creative Arts is committed to helping the Illinois art community understand the legal issues arising from performance cancellations.

We've created our Brief Service Response Center to provide general advice by telephone on issues relating to cancellations. The Response Center is open for individual artists and managers of arts organizations affected by the Coronavirus crisis. The application form is short, and we will attempt to respond to you in a timely manner. We ask that you please be patient as we work through the requests.

For those needing representation by an attorney for any arts-related matter, please continue to use our normal Legal Referral Service, which remains fully operational. Additionally, LCA's Patricia Felch Arts Mediation Services are ready and able to provide neutral mediators to assist with all kinds of arts disputes.

If you live outside of Illinois, you may want to contact the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts organization in your state. A list of these organizations can be found here.

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Coronavirus Resource List


Lawyers for the Creative Arts has received a number of inquiries from performing arts organizations and individual artists related to best practices in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

This list includes various sources dealing with this, or similar, health-related business issues. Reviewing this list may be of help to you. Please refer back to it periodically for new or supplemented entries.



Resources Organized by Subject Matter

Illinois Arts Relief

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund

  • Grants for Individuals
    • $1,500 unrestricted, one-time grants to as many eligible artists as possible
  • Grants for Organizations
    • Open to all 501c3 arts organizations operating in and serving Illinois
    • Grant size will range between $6,000 - $30,000, depending on organizational budget, extent of lost revenue, and amount of non-recoverable expenses


Federal Relief Legislation


CARES Act - Relief for Small Businesses

  • Webinar - Monday, April 6, 2020, 11:00am CST
  • 7(a) Loan Application Process
  • Eligible Expenses
  • Loan Forgiveness Eligibility


CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds

  • Resources for Individuals
  • Resources for Small Nonprofits
  • Resources for Large Nonprofits


What does the CARES Act do for Arts and Culture Sectors

  • New Small Business Loan Program
  • Unemployment Insurance Expansion for Gig-Economy Workers
  • Recovery Rebates
  • Business Provisions


Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Other Employer Considerations

  • Emergency Paid Sick Leave
  • Emergency FMLA
  • Government Funding
  • Sick Leave, Disability Accommodations and other Applicable Laws


State and Local Updates

COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits


Contracts and Cancellations

COVID-19 Impact on Office Leases for Non-Profits and Associations

  • Webinar - Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 10:00am CST
  • Theoretical Impact - Key Lease Clauses
  • Immediate Practical Impact - Deal Structuring
  • Potential Future Impact - Supply & Demand
  • RSVP to: 


A Musician’s Guide to COVID-19 and “Force Majeure”

  • Force majeure overview
  • Financial Relief from MusiCares
  • Host Virtual Shows
  • Create and Collaborate Online
  • Up Your Social Media Game


Additional Resources and Assistance


Private Assistance

Chicago Artists Relief Fund

  • Fund created by Chicago-area artists intended to support area artists facing financial hardship due to Coronavirus related cancellations
  • Donate to the fund
  • Applications for assistance - temporarily suspended -  reach out to with questions


League of Chicago Theatres

  • Chicago Theatre Worker's Relief Fund
  • NEA Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations
  • Chicago Theatre Artist Guide
  • Freelance Artist Resources


Chicago Dancers United

  • The Dancers Fund
  • Short-term financial assistance for Chicago dance professionals


ArtsReady - An online emergency preparedness service for arts/cultural organizations

  • The economic and legal impact of COVID-19 on the arts sector
  • Webinars and guides for organizations and artists
  • Information and emergency funding for artists
  • Communicating with Audiences


Prepare Respond Serve

  • Emergency response technology resources
  • Team collaboration and file sharing
  • Leading and managing remote teams
  • Cloud security
  • Remote access


Goverment Assistance

COVID-19 Business Stimulus Funding Update

  • Small Businesses
  • Nonprofits
  • Tax Provisions


U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • Coronavirus Emergency Loans
  • Small Business Guidance and Checklist


Chicago Department of Housing

  • COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant
  • 2,000 Chicagoans will get $1,000 in rent relief


Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund

  • Low-interest loans of up to $50,000 for small businesses 


Illinois Department of Employment Security

  • Apply for Unemployment Insurance
  • Top 10 Things You Should Know About Unemployment Insurance


City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

  • Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations


U.S. Small Business Administration

  • Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Declarations


National Endowment for the Arts

  • News and Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations


Area/Industry COVID-19 Impact Surveys

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Arts Alliance Illinois

Americans for the Arts

Association of Performing Arts Professionals

Dance USA

Theatre Communications Group



Public Health Resources


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Specific updates on nature, extent, risks, and treatment of Coronavirus
  • Establishing Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan


Illinois Department of Public Health


Chicago Department of Public Health

  • Specific guidance for Event Organizers, Community-based Organizations, Businesses and Employers, and others.


Practical Hints for Handling Food

  • COVID-19 Food Safety Tips