The Oklahoma Film + Music Office is aware of the enormous financial burden to those whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19. We are deeply saddened that it is resulting in loss of work due to venue closures, halts on productions, festival and event cancellations, and travel restrictions. To help support the concerns of the industry during this time, we have expanded our website to include organizations providing economic relief funds to qualifying applicants.

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, we encourage you to follow the CDC, Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and Oklahoma State Government websites.

For Considerations and Resources for Oklahoma Filmmaking during COVID-19, please visit the OF+MO Reopening Oklahoma page.

Top Five Action Steps for Arts + Entertainment Industry Workforce During COVID-19

Actors Fund Emergency Assistance
To help our community manage during this public health crisis The Actors Fund has partnered with several industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those who have immediate financial needs.

Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers
Americans for the Arts is proud to have been brought on as the research partner in that effort, and in that role was asked to develop and deploy the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, which is designed to capture financial and creative impact of COVID-19 on creative workers, highlight the resiliency and generosity of the creative sector, and make sure that the 5 million creative workers in the U.S. are supported and heard during this ongoing crisis and the eventual recovery.

Americans for the Arts Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Arts and Cultural Organizations
This survey is designed to collect information about the financial and human impacts that the spread of the coronavirus has had on arts and cultural organizations since that date. The survey also collects basic information about the participating organizations so that the data can be analyzed by specific geographic regions, artistic disciplines, and budget categories.

Artist Relief Initiative
Practicing artists living in all fifty states, territories, and Tribal Nations, working in any discipline, are able to apply for the $5,000 grant. Applicants must be 21 or older, able to receive taxable income in the United States regardless of their citizenship status, and have generally lived and worked in the United States for the last two years. Applications for Cycle V close at 11:59pm ET on September 23, 2020.

Artist Relief Project
Funds will support artists in any discipline, who have been directly impacted by event cancellations and venue closures due to COVID19-related health concerns. The funds raised will offer relief to artists in the immediate short term in the form of a one-time stipend and in the long term in the form of resources for alternative, sustainable economic opportunities.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Freelance Artist COVID-19 Resources
Freelance Artist Resources is an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.

Oklahoma Commerce – COVID-19 Resources
The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) event is a rapidly changing situation and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce is closely monitoring updates and guidance from our federal and state partners. Commerce staff have compiled a list of common SBA Loan Application FAQ’s.

Oklahoma Tax Commission Free Tax Assistance
The federal government will send one-time economic stimulus payments that will be direct-deposited (or mailed) based the filing of 2019 or 2018 taxes. Filing your taxes will ensure you receive this one-time economic stimulus payment. If you have not filed your taxes for 2018 or 2019, this is your first step. The federal government is sending up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child, depending on your income. Extension to file 2019 income taxes is July 15, 2020.

Oklahoma Unemployment Benefits
Oklahoma unemployment benefits will now be extended to self-employed and 1099 “gig” workers. Acceptance and approval applications for benefits is determined only by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

SAG-AFTRA
SAG-AFTRA members who are in an emergency financial crisis related to COVID-19 may request assistance to cover basic expenses like rent, mortgage, utilities and medical bills. To apply to the fund, members must have paid their dues through October 2019.

Sundance Institute COVID-19 Respond and Reimagine Plan
In an effort to support artists impacted by COVID-19, Sundance Institute is launching a $1 million urgent fund to support the immediate needs of artists in our community, as well as other filmmakers in need and organizations that share our focus on inclusive storytelling. One-third of the fund will support Institute-curated artists participating in Spring/Summer Labs on our digital platform Sundance Co//ab, while two-thirds will be dedicated to emergency support for the wider community of independent artists, deployed in collaboration with partner nonprofit organizations.

The Motion Picture Television Fund
The Motion Picture Television Fund is here to help those members of our industry workforce who are undergoing hardship due to COVID-19 related issues—thanks to the generosity of our community. Call the intake line at (323) 634-3888. (Application is not available online – only via phone, but click the link above for the website and other resources they offer.)

Tulsa County Film Recovery Program
The Tulsa County Film Recovery Program is a program focused on driving an economic boost through film production, mitigating COVID-19 risk on-set and giving education opportunities to the local film crew to retrun to work safely. This Program is available to production companies on a first-come, first-served basis. Each production that applies is eligible for up to $20,000 based on the percentage of local crew hired, booked lodging at a Tulsa County area hotel, direct spend in Tulsa County and other qualified expenditures. All funds must be used to offset production costs related to COVID-19 spending in Tulsa County, must be incurred and spent between August 2020 through December 30, 2020. The $90,000 recovery program is made possible through Tulsa County CARES Act funding.

Top Five Action Steps for Arts + Entertainment Industry Workforce During COVID-19

Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers
Americans for the Arts is proud to have been brought on as the research partner in that effort, and in that role was asked to develop and deploy the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, which is designed to capture financial and creative impact of COVID-19 on creative workers, highlight the resiliency and generosity of the creative sector, and make sure that the 5 million creative workers in the U.S. are supported and heard during this ongoing crisis and the eventual recovery.

Americans for the Arts Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Arts and Cultural Organizations
This survey is designed to collect information about the financial and human impacts that the spread of the coronavirus has had on arts and cultural organizations since that date. The survey also collects basic information about the participating organizations so that the data can be analyzed by specific geographic regions, artistic disciplines, and budget categories.

Artist Relief Initiative
Practicing artists living in all fifty states, territories, and Tribal Nations, working in any discipline, are able to apply for the $5,000 grant. Applicants must be 21 or older, able to receive taxable income in the United States regardless of their citizenship status, and have generally lived and worked in the United States for the last two years. Applications for Cycle V close at 11:59pm ET on September 23, 2020.

Bluegrass Trust Fund
As a commitment to our professional bluegrass community, the IBMA Trust Fund Board of Trustees has set aside up to $150,000 of current assets for COVID-19 crisis assistance and has established an account specifically for COVID-19 Relief.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund
Equal Sound, an organization that strives to break down traditional genre boundaries through events and advocacy, is inviting musicians who have lost income due to COVID-19 to apply for funds. Applicants must provide proof they had a confirmed concert cancelled over the coronavirus to receive grant funds.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund
If you are seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition due to COVID-19 you can apply for support from our COVID-19 Relief Fund. Application deadline of December 1, 2020.

Freelance Artist COVID-19 Resources
Freelance Artist Resources is an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.

Freelancers Relief Fund
While Freelancers Relief Fund Applications have been temporarily closed, a resource page lists state and federal government opportunities for new relief programs for independent workers impacted by the coronavirus.

Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund
Financial assistance in time of extraordinary need, emergency or catastrophe to individuals who are or have been employed full time in a facet of the country music industry (i.e. performer, songwriter, publisher, radio, session musician, etc.).

Jazz Foundation of America
Musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz and roots music know they can call our office at any time or walk through our doors for help in solving an emergency. We average 30 individual musician emergency cases a day and approximately 9,000 assists every year. We prevent homelessness with housing assistance, keep artists healthy with pro bono medical care and provide financial support that keeps the lights on and food on the table.

Music Health Alliance’s COVID-19 & Tornado Relief Grant
Music Health Alliance’s COVID-19 & Tornado Relief Grant will provide emergency financial assistance to music professionals who have been negatively impacted by the Nashville Tornados and/or the COVID-19 public health crisis. Emergency financial assistance is available for people who are unable to pay their basic living expenses (food/housing/health care) over the next two months. We ask that if you have the resources to cover that period, please wait to apply. These are unprecedented times and we all must steward our resources very carefully.

MusiCares Grants of Up To $1,000 For Music Industry Professionals
Music industry professionals may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage). Initial grant requests can be made up to $1000 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost. Should we receive additional funding, we will evaluate the grant amounts available.

Musicians Foundation
The Musicians Foundation CV19 Emergency Aid Grant Program Application is available online only. Modest, one-time grants up to $200 will be available to professional performers, educators and composers who meet basic criteria. The application is now open for new submissions, but the form may be temporarily closed at times when application volume is very high.

Oklahoma Commerce – COVID-19 Resources
The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) event is a rapidly changing situation and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce is closely monitoring updates and guidance from our federal and state partners. Commerce staff have compiled a list of common SBA Loan Application FAQ’s.

Oklahoma Tax Commission Free Tax Assistance
The federal government will send one-time economic stimulus payments that will be direct-deposited (or mailed) based the filing of 2019 or 2018 taxes. Filing your taxes will ensure you receive this one-time economic stimulus payment. If you have not filed your taxes for 2018 or 2019, this is your first step. The federal government is sending up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child, depending on your income.

Oklahoma Unemployment Benefits
Oklahoma unemployment benefits will now be extended to self-employed and 1099 “gig” workers. Acceptance and approval applications for benefits is determined only by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

Pinetop Perkins Foundation
Support for elderly blues musicians in resources such as transportation, funds, medical care, and more. Eligible beneficiaries must be 50 years of older, plays professionally on stage on a local, regional or national level, has played on professional albums/CDs, household adjusted gross income is less than $30,000

Red Dirt Relief Fund
As an organization that provides a safety net of emergency assistance to Oklahoma music people, we cannot imagine a more critical time to come to their aid. The Red Dirt Relief Fund, Inc., is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has provided more than $170,000 to 50+ music people in 21 Oklahoma cities and towns since its inception in 2012. Grant recipients’ situations range from loss of work after accidents, chronic illness or medical emergencies to loss of property due to fire and tornado. $50,000 in COVID-19 relief has been pledged for Oklahoma music people

Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 Fund
Sweet Relief is here to provide immediate assistance and we have created this DONOR-DIRECTED FUND with a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.

The Blues Foundation HART Fund
The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses. Throughout the year at various events the HART Fund provides free health screenings for musicians, with services including but not limited to checking blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, prostate cancer, Hep C, anemia, thyroid, kidney and liver testing via blood work.

Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture’s Play Tulsa Music (Music Recovery Program)
The Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture’s (Tulsa FMAC) Play Tulsa Music is a music recovery effort designed to help fund Tulsa County music venues and get Tulsa musicians back to performing live music safely. The Play Tulsa Music program funds are available for venues in Tulsa County hiring musicians to perform live music from September 2020 to December 2020. Tulsa FMAC will work with Tulsa Regional Tourism/Tulsa Regional Chamber accounting team to disburse allocated funds in compliance with CARES Act.

ASCAP Wellness Service for Members
If creating music is your life, ASCAP’s mission is to support you every step of the way. And that means supporting the whole you. That’s why we’re so proud to introduce the ASCAP Wellness Program, designed especially for our music creator members, intended to help nourish your body, mind and spirit so you can be your creative best.

Backline: Come Together: COVID-19 CRISIS
The support groups will aim to address the anxieties associated with COVID-19’s effects on the music industry, provides information and resources, and support.

Entertainment Health Services
We know it can be difficult to navigate a career while struggling to have a life of your own, especially in the entertainment industry. That’s why EHS offers a comprehensive list of counseling and life coaching services that assists our clients with managing the day-to-day stress in entertainment as well as balancing personal life struggles.

Lifeline: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Mental Health: Actors Fund
Mental Health. Our licensed clinicians help industry professionals and their families deal with and provide ongoing support services for issues like work and personal stress, anxiety, depression and life transitions.

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to responding to COVID-19. Oklahomans are resilient and we at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services are here for you during this time of uncertainty.

Oklahoma Museums Association
Wellbeing is an important part of our lives each day, especially now as we face a unique set of challenges. Learning how to take care of yourself is an important step, not only in the present, but for the rest of your life. How you address your wellbeing‒whether it be emotional, physical, social, workplace, or societal‒will improve your quality of life.

Tour Support
Offering independent touring contractors whose tours have been postponed or cancelled one month of free online therapy through Better Help, plus two free weeks of emotional wellness coaching.

Cherokee Nation Film Office
The Cherokee Nation Film Office is aware of the immense impact COVID-19 has had on the film industry, and we have been working to compile resources for those who may be directly or indirectly affected.

Folk Alliance International: Ask an Expert
Join a group of industry experts to discuss the legal and operational impacts of widespread COVID-19 closures on the performing arts industry.

National Independent Venue Association
Independent venue hubs are critical to their local economies and tax bases as employers, tourism destinations, and revenue generators for neighboring businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and retail. Independent venues exist in every state across the country; they were the first to be closed, they will be the last to open.

Tulsa Film, Music, Arts, & Culture
The mission of Tulsa Film, Music, Arts, & Culture is to develop and connect resources to grow and enhance the Region’s creative industries + promoting Tulsa as a creative hub and cultural destination

Entertainment Partners – COVID-19 Webinars
A series of free live workshops specifically designed for production professionals and everyone interested in production. Your guide to some of the most pressing topics facing producers, finance and studio executives today, hosted by Entertainment Partners’ team of legal and production experts.

Folk Alliance International: Ask an Expert
Join a group of industry experts to discuss the legal and operational impacts of widespread COVID-19 closures on the performing arts industry.

Freelancers Relief Fund
While Freelancers Relief Fund Applications have been temporarily closed, a resource page lists state and federal government opportunities for new relief programs for independent workers impacted by the coronavirus.

Sundance Co//ab Training
In addition to financial resources, Sundance Institute identified urgent needs for support and training on several key topics — including mental health, community building, and distribution and marketing strategy. They are creating a series of free public and private offerings for independent artists on Sundance Co//ab, a community for global storytellers to learn, share work, and find resources.

It Takes Our Village (Fundraiser)
Founded by Bruna Papandrea (Founder & CEO, Made Up Stories) and Gregg Fienberg (Producer), a coalition of writers, directors, and producers are raising funds for Below-the-Line crew members impacted by COVID-19. The money raised will go to The Actors Fund and The Motion Picture & Television Fund.

Netflix Pledges $100 Million in Relief to Out-of-Work Production Community
The money will go to those involved in halted Netflix productions as well as “third parties and non-profits providing emergency relief,” according to chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

Oklahoma T-Shirt Company Fundraising Help
Times are tough but so are we, and we’re all in this together! Let’s get your business or organization the support it needs and allow your customers to help out from afar (social distancing friendly).

Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief
Supporting the global music community in an unprecedented crisis.

Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 Fund
Sweet Relief is here to provide immediate assistance and we have created this DONOR-DIRECTED FUND with a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.

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