You are here

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.

Visit Our Brief Service Response Center                               Unemployment Benefits and PPP FAQ

Coronavirus Resource List

This list gives those in the arts community access to sites and services that may be of assistance in navigating the challenges created by the Coronavirus pandemic.  Please refer back to it periodically for new or supplemented entries.


Resources You May Need Now

Discussions of Available Resources

Lawyers for the Creative Arts / Perkins Coie Webinar on Business Interruption Insurance

  • Information on availability and structure of Business Interruption Insurance for performing arts organizations

Unemployment Relief and Related Benefits


Assistance with State Unemployment Benefits
     (Please be patient in case of high call volume)


  • Call (312) 738-9200

Legal Aid Chicago

  • Call (312) 341-1070


Federal and State Financial Relief Programs

Paycheck Protection Program (SBA)

Local Banks Serving PPP Loan Applicants

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Application



Resources Organized by Subject Matter

Federal Relief Legislation

CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds

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


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

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

Artist Relief

  • Fund created by small to mid-sized national arts grantmakers
  • $5,000 grants available to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19


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


Goverment Assistance

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.