Creative Community Spotlight

Updated as of April 28, 2020

On December 31, 2019, the first instances of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus responsible for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), were reported. Since then, the COVID-19 virus has continued to spread globally, including throughout the United States with cases now reported in all 50 states. The disease has afflicted both young and elderly people and can be easily spread even by infected persons do not appear symptomatic. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic (greater than a local or regional epidemic, a disease event of global proportions).

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which include the most recently discovered strain causing the infectious disease COVID-19. The virus responsible for COVID-19 is not the same as the coronavirus responsible for the SARS outbreak of 2003, but the two are genetically related. The current coronavirus outbreak has devastated people around the world as well as businesses of every size that hire and employ them. It has severely impacted the entertainment and creative community. From acclaimed actor Tom Hanks to community theater casts and crews, from creative freelancers and boutique design studios to worldwide advertising agencies, and from indie film producers to international film and music festivals, devastating personal and economic effects have been and continue to be felt.

We are dedicating this page to bringing our clients and friends a creative business and legal perspective on the COVID-19 crisis. We are closely monitoring the situation and will focus this blog on providing accurate information on issues that our clients are facing now or may face soon.

External Coronavirus Resources

Oregon Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for self-employed, contract, and gig workers not eligible for regular unemployment benefits
OHSU Coronavirus and COVID-19 Resources for Oregon
World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Myth Busters
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Symptoms
CDC Coronavirus Prevention and Treatment
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) COVID-19 Updates and Resources

External Community Resources

Call 211 from a mobile phone
Call (503) 222-5555 from a landline
AIGA Eye on Design Guide to Self-isolation for Designers and Creatives

External Industry Information and Economic Relief Resources

Many private resources responded promptly to provide financial support to creators in the COVID-19 outbreak. Funds may be exhausted or temporarily depleted, but organizations are also actively fundraising and bringing on partners to expand.

Film and Television

Dear Producer Film and Television Artist Resource List
Entertainment Industry Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund
FilmLA Covid-19 Resource Center
Hollywood Support Staff Relief Fund
SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Fund
Actor’s Fund Entertainment Assistance Program
Nashville Filmmakers Guild Film Action Fund
New York Cinema Worker Solidarity Fund
Oregon Media Production Association COVID-19 Impact Survey

Music Creators and Performers
Jazz Foundation Musicians Emergency Fund
Recording Academy/Musicares COVID-19 Relief Fund
North Carolina Artists Relief Fund

Authors and Writers

ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors) Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
Authors League Fund
PEN America Writers Emergency Fund
Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC)
Carnegie Fund for Authors
Oregon Science Fiction Convention Clayton Memorial Medical Fund

Photography and VR/AR Professionals

Authority Collective COVID-19 Mutual Aid and Resources List


Portland Area Theatre Alliance Valentine Fund

Visual Artists

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grant
Bay Area Artists Safety Net Fund
Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) Emergency Assistance
CERF+ National Studio Artist COVID-19 Impact Survey
NYFA Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40
NYFA Rauschenberg Emergency Grants for unexpected medical emergencies
North Carolina Artists Relief Fund
Washington State COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund

Small Business

Portland Small Business Relief Fund First-round applications close April 1. Additional funding options coming soon.

External Creative Workplace Resources

Oregon Employment Department COVID-19 Available Benefits Chart
Pandemic Preparedness and the Americans with Disabilities Act

ISS Law Resources

Attorney phone consultation Schedule a complimentary consultation for your creative business legal questions
Article Oregon Commercial Eviction Moratorium
Article Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Creative Businesses During the COVID-19 Crisis
Article Oregon Sick Leave Under Closures to Prevent Coronavirus Spread
Article Effects of COVID-19 on Creative Contracts

Updated Creativity and Design Events and Film Festivals

Adweek Live Updates: Tracking How Coronavirus Is Impacting Brands and Agencies
Portland International Film Festival
IndieWire’s Film, Television, and Event Cancellation List
Design Portland
AIGA Design Conference