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Resources for Arts Advocates & Grantmakers

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to unfold, we stand in solidarity with arts and cultural organizations and artists throughout the nation. We will continue to provide data-driven knowledge about the health of the sector and build a running list of resources to help guide your next steps.


How to Advocate for the Arts

Build a powerful, fact-based case that provides insights into the cultural workforce of your community, its economic impact, and its community impact with our free Advocacy Report subscription. Data currently reflected in these reports communicate the pre-crisis reach and impact of the arts and can be used as an important reminder of community contributions from the cultural sector as we rebuild our nation's institutions.

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Understanding the Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 Sector Benchmark Dashboard from TRG Arts and Purple Seven

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The Alchemy of High-Performing Arts Organizations

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PPP Data on Preserving Jobs in the Arts and Culture Sector

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Recommended Reading

Where Low-Income Jobs Are Being Lost to COVID-19

Monthly updates on the places and industries most at risk provided by Urban Institute.

Set Up to Help Your Grantees Survive

By Mario Morino and Lowell Weiss
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (September 22, 2020)


Culture is Powerful, and it’s in Crisis

By Gonzalo Casals
Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (August 13, 2020)


Freedom Maps Report

By Maria Cherry Rangel and Ron Ragin (July 28, 2020)


A ‘New New Normal’ for Foundation Giving: 3 Acts That Will Make a Difference

By Antony Bugg-Levine
CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund (March 20, 2020)


7 Things You Can Do To Support Your Arts Community

Americans for the Arts (March 18, 2020)


How Grantmakers Can Respond to Crisis

Grantmakers in the Arts (March 11, 2020)


6 Steps for Grant Makers to Take Now to Ensure Nonprofits Recover From Coronavirus Spread

By Antony Bugg-Levine
CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund (March 9, 2020)

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