Updates and resources for creators and creative employers

COVID-19 Creative Community Spotlight

COVID-19 Creative Community Spotlight

Our resources have outgrown this initial post. Please visit our dedicated COVID-19 creative business and legal resources page here.

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

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
Community resources

Call 2-1-1 from a mobile phone
Call 503-222-5555 from a landline

External Economic Relief Resources

Oregon Economic Injury Worksheet

A worksheet to support Oregon economic loss due to the virus responsible for COVID-19. If your creative business has been adversely affected, complete and submit a worksheet to your local or tribal emergency manager.

Oregon Local and Tribal Emergency Manager Contacts
Oregon Media Production Association COVID-19 Impact Survey

Creative Workplace Resources

Paid and Protected Sick Leave Under Closures to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

Creative Contract Resources

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