COVID-19 Relief: Artist & Arts Community Resources

We know that for the Kingston theatre community, the cancellation of shows and events can have a major impact on the finances and wellbeing of individuals artists and companies. We’ve compiled some resources to help support our theatre community in response to COVID-19. Please note that the intention is for this list to continue growing. If you have a resource you would like to share, please email

If you are looking for additional information regarding COVID-19 and guidelines to help keep yourself and others healthy, we recommend you visit the following websites: Kingston Public Health, Government of Ontario, Government of Canada, and World Health Organization.


Canada Council for the Arts (Running list of updates)

Federal government supports for individuals

Federal government supports for businesses

Financial Resources

The Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists

CBC – Canada Council for the Arts Digital Originals

Canada Emergency Support Benefit (CERB) Application Process Walkthrough

AFC Emergency Financial Aid Application

Akin Rent Relief Fund

CBC Creative Relief Fund

Government Assistance Guide: What Am I Eligible For?

Actors Fraternal Benefits Society – The AFC is Emergency Financial Aid for entertainment industry members with urgent financial need. This post discusses with the AFBS can and cannot do.

Tracking Financial Losses due to COVID-19

Application: Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers & tip-based workers

COVID-19 Black Emergency Support Fund

Freelance Artist Resources – An aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

Template: Fundraising in Difficult Times

Hosting a Virtual Event

The Social Distancing Festival (Submissions welcome)

Ways of Gathering in the Age of COVID-19: A Guide to Livestreaming on HowlRound TV, by HowlRound TV

Principles for Ethical Event Cancellation, Springboard for the Arts

Online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability, by ArtsReady

Petitions and Political Action

Small Arts Org COVID Draft Letter, Feminist Art Collective. You can use this draft letter to advocate for small businesses and arts non-profits by sending a copy to your MP.

Draft Letter: COVID-19 And Freelance Worker Precarity In Canada, Christopher Willes. You can use this draft letter to advocate for freelancer workers in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic by sending a copy to your MP.

Petition: Guaranteed Basic Income for Canada During COVID

Petition: Cancel rent and mortgage payments during Covid-19

Petition: Guarantee paid sick days to ALL workers to help stop the spread of the coronavirus

Support for Arts Administrators

Federal Government Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy