APRIL 10, 2020 - Artist Assistance (list updated 4/24/20)

Are you an artist looking for additional financial assistance.  Here are a few grants available.  More resources can be found on the Regional Arts and Culture Council website.

Application Deadline: none
Geographic Scope: Global

The Artist Relief Project will support artists in any discipline who have been directly impacted by event cancellations and venue closures due to COVID19-related health concerns. Relief will be provided to artists in the immediate short term in the form of an emergency stipend, and in the longer term in the form of programs, resources, and support for alternative, sustainable marketing opportunities. Anyone pursuing the arts as a career (any discipline, any level of experience) is eligible to apply.

Application Deadline: none
Geographic Scope: Washington

The COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists in Washington State whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19. 

Application Deadline: none
Geographic Scope: USA

The Creator Fund provides financial assistance to active creators who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The Fund covers medical, childcare, housing, or grocery needs.

Application Deadline: none
Geographic Scope: USA

The Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund provides direct financial assistance to musicians in the U.S. who have lost work as a result of Corona-related event cancellations. The Fund will pay out a maximum of $500 per gig on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application Deadline: none
Geographic Scope: USA

Freelancers Relief Fund will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household in the U.S. to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs, including food or food supplies, utility payments, and cash assistance to cover income loss.

Application Deadline: none
Geographic Scope: USA

To help address the concerns of the music industry during this time, MusicCares has expanded their services to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or performances due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Music industry professionals may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage).

Application Deadline: none
Geographic Scope: Global

The COVID-19 Fund supports 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. Except for retired or semi-retired older (ages 55+) musicians or industry workers, the applicant must have, or recently have had, a serious medical condition.



MARCH 21, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 recommendations by the CDC and the State of Oregon, we are delaying our opening of Thurgood.   Opening dates will be dependent on further recommendations. For ticketing options, please contact our box office by emailing boxoffice@portlandplayhouse.org or calling Tuesday – Saturday 12-4pm.  Thank you.


MARCH 17, 2020 – Due to the COVID-19 recommendations by the CDC and the State of Oregon, we are delaying our opening of Thurgood by one week.  This start date may change pending further recommendations. If you have purchased tickets for the first week, a member of our staff will be in touch with you to move your dates.  You can also contact our box office by emailing boxoffice@portlandplayhouse.org or calling Tuesday – Saturday 12-4pm.  Thank you.

MARCH 12, 2020 – On March 11, Gov. Kate Brown announced that all gatherings of more than 250 people in Oregon will be canceled for the next four weeks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 virus.

+Portland Playhouse, while not restricted under that ban, is doing everything we can to make our theatre a safe place for both our staff, actors and creative teams, and patrons.

+As always, all active use surfaces- box office computers and counters, concessions area, bathrooms, water stations etc, are sanitized daily, as are our reusable concession containers, coffee pots and carafes.

+Additional hand sanitizer has been placed around the theatre and office spaces, reminders to wash hands with soap and water for 20 second or more are at every sink.

+Staff members are encouraged to work from home if they feel unwell and are compensated for their time if they take sick leave.

In addition, Portland Playhouse will limit ticket sales to 85% of its capacity to allow for space between patrons, if desired.

We will continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation closely, and we will be following the protocols recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to keep our community safe.

If you feel unwell, we ask that you refrain from attending a performance. We are happy to exchange your ticket for a performance in the future when you are feeling well again.
When you do attend a performance or event, please remember to:

+Bring your own reusable container to use for concessions if you do not wish to use ours.

+Take your time at the sinks in our bathroom. It’s a pleasant space. Soak it in while you soap your hands for at least 20 seconds. We don’t mind if you sing out loud while you do.

+Keep that hug to yourself. There’s a lot of love to be felt during times of stress, but we ask that you wave or wink a hello instead of shake hands or embrace (jazz hands are also acceptable).

+We understand it is also allergy season. If you do have to cough or sneeze, please do so into your elbow.

+And, it must be said again and again and again – wash your hands with soap and water. This is still the best known way to prevent the spread of this virus.

Stay well and take care!
We look forward to seeing you at Portland Playhouse.


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