COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates from the Cultural Council

Updated on April 2, 2020 at 10 a.m.

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County is closely monitoring all updates and public health advisories related to COVID-19, and will regularly update this page with new developments, event and program information and helpful resources.

The Cultural Council’s headquarters—including its galleries, visitor information center and gift store—is currently closed to the public until further notice.

Cultural Council Event Updates

Muse Awards
The Cultural Council has rescheduled the Muse Awards to January 14, 2021. This decision was not made easily, but the health and safety of our supporters and partners must always come first. For any questions related to the Muse Awards please contact Debbie Calabria, director of membership & annual giving, at

Institute for Cultural Advancement
All remaining Institute for Cultural Advancement sessions have been cancelled through May 2020.

Other Programs
The Council has also cancelled Culture & Cocktails on April 20, 2020. All other public programming in the building has been cancelled until further notice.

Cultural Council COVID-19 Relief Infographic

Cultural Destinations and Activities

As Palm Beach County’s local arts agency, the Cultural Council continues to share email updates with partners and track all cultural event cancellations, postponements and openings/closings. The Council will use its Twitter feed to communicate these updates and will use other social media channels as a source of inspiration.

Organizations: Please help us share your COVID-19 related updates by sending an email to

Virtual Cultural Experiences

Although many cultural organizations throughout The Palm Beaches are currently closed to the public, the Cultural Council has provided a list of Virtual Cultural Experiences, Tours & Classes perfect for the whole family to enjoy. While this page will be updated daily, please refer to each organization’s website for the most accurate times and dates, and remember to adhere to the CDC’s travel and safety guidelines.

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Palm Beach County Artist Relief Fund

Many Palm Beach County creative professionals make their income through gigs and freelance work. COVID-19 has greatly impacted their work. Help the Cultural Council support local creative professionals when they need it most by visiting our Facebook Fundraising page or donating through our website (*please indicate “Artist Relief Fund” in the gift designation field).

If you are an artist in need, applications will open April 6.

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National Resources

Be sure to check the following pages to read COVID-19 news, resources and grants available from our national partners. Below, you’ll also find a list of helpful resources for both artists and cultural organizations that will be updated as often as possible.

Americans for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts

Resources for Organizations

Americans for the Arts Survey

The Economic Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Arts and Cultural Sector
AFTA is gathering data and impact stories through this 5-minute survey. The survey will capture a broad spectrum of data and stories that will demonstrate how the arts and culture workers triumphed and survived this crisis as well as the effect of the outbreak on operations through cancelled events, lost wages, and additional expenses.

Research Services

Reflecting and recovering from the crushing blow of this epidemic on nonprofit arts and culture will require data as well as donations. Telling the story of your organization’s artists and participants and communicating your needs is more powerful with research. You can use this data for emergency fundraising, new grant opportunities, matching funds, and to adjust programs to our (hopefully temporary) new normal. The Council’s research partner Surale Phillips is committing pro bono services for 19 special projects over the next 24 months for local nonprofit arts organizations. Please send your request to

Devos Institute of Arts Management

Practical Step in a Time of Uncertainty
Michael Kaiser and Brett Egan (authors of “The Cycle: A Practical Approach to Managing Arts Organizations”) offer steps to be considered by arts organizations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pro Bono Consultation to U.S.-Based Arts Organizations
As the pandemic moves around the globe and across communities, nonprofit organizations are tasked with ensuring safe operations while still carrying out their missions—and, in many cases, increasing their workload. Wired Impact is collecting resources and links to help charities in their responses, including information about human resource management, fundraising, communications, event planning and more.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Briefing on Emergency Coronavirus Funding for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits
The foundation’s president and chief policy officer present a 33-minute discussion on how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act impacts nonprofits, what to expect in the implementation phase, and how it can help nonprofits during the coronavirus crisis.

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CARES Act: 9 Things To Know About The Payroll Protection Program For Your Nonprofit
Assistance is available to nonprofit organizations in need. Here’s what you need to know about the CARES Act and the Payroll Protection Program to apply starting Friday, April 3.

Wired Impact

As the pandemic moves around the globe and across communities, nonprofit organizations are tasked with ensuring safe operations while still carrying out their missions—and, in many cases, increasing their workload. Wired Impact is collecting resources and links to help charities in their responses, including information about human resource management, fundraising, communications, event planning and more.

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is now accepting applications from businesses suffering economic distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualified small business applicants must employee 2 to 100 people. Amounts are up to $50,000 per eligible business and up to $100,000 in special cases – the loans are interest-free for up to one year.

To learn more about eligibility requirements and additional details for applying, visit the Loan Program’s informational website.

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

Performing Arts Readiness

Emergency Preparedness Webinars
The Performing Arts Readiness project offers free webinars, on-site training, and presentations at professional conferences on various topics related to emergency preparedness.

Podcast: Capacity Interactive

How Arts Organizations Can Survive A Pandemic
In this podcast, Brett Egan and Erik Gensler discuss the seven clear steps arts leaders should consider when institutions are being put to the ultimate test. Brett also provides his guidance around fundraising, marketing, programming, and leadership during this unprecedented time.

Resources for Creative Professionals

Artist Relief Project

Any artist in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance. Stipends and support will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the only limitation being how much money we are able to raise.

Artist Relief Tree

Artist Relief Tree intends to support artists, particularly freelance artists, in a small way. Unfortunately we cannot hope to replace artists’ entire fees or lost work, but we wish to provide hope, make a small difference, and show solidarity with colleagues and friends. Visit the FAQ for more information or click below to join the waitlist.

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund which folks can donate directly to in support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.
If you are a BIPOC artists or administrators in financial need, please access this application form to understand how we plan to distribute funds and apply for any available money that is generated.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

The program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies, not for lost wages or income.

Equal Sound Coronavirus Relief Fund

If you are a musician who has lost income due to a cancelled gig as a result of the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak, please visit the FAQ here to see if you can apply.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions.

MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

To help address the concerns of the industry during this time, MusiCares (Grammy Awards) have expanded our services to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or performances due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Musicians Foundation

Soon, the Musicians Foundation will be launching a COVID-19 Emergency Aid Grant Program to give eligible applicants modest grants up to $200. We expect very high numbers of applicants, so we must limit amounts in order to spread available resources. Please check this page in the coming days to apply.

Actors Fund Emergency Assistance

The Actors Fund is offering resources for those working in the entertainment industry who have been impacted by lack of work due to COVID-19. Visit their FAQ here for more information.

Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW)

AWAW has partnered with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to launch an emergency relief grant program to support artists impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. As with AWAW’s annual award, the program is open to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States and territories, and aims to address the unique challenges faced by artists in middle age or older, particularly at this critical time. Applications are open April 6 through April 8.

Dramatists Guild Foundation

DGF provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness. Due to COVID-19 and a higher volume of applications, there will be a delay in contact.

Carnegie Fund For Authors

Carnegie Fund for Authors awards grants to American authors who have been published by a mainstream publisher and who are in need of emergency funds.

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood or emergency medical need.