COVID-19 Arts Resources

Creative Compass is a service of Arts Cleveland. We remain available to serve our creative sector – but staff are working remotely until further notice. We will focus our efforts on gathering resources to help our creative sector. We will work with our partners and funders to facilitate information gathering and sharing, and we will continue to educate and advocate on behalf of our creative industries.

PPP & Shuttered Venue Operators Resources

A second wave of federal COVID relief funding for businesses is on the horizon, including the second Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (fka Save Our Stages). Important resources to help your business apply for these funds are available:

PPP2 Loans: How to Calculate Revenue Reduction + Max Loan Amounts

See this guide and FAQ for help calculating your business or organization’s revenue reduction and payroll costs (and the documentation required to support each set of calculations), so you can determine your eligibility and loan amounts.

DUNS Number and Slides

Your business MUST have a DUNS number and be registered on to apply for these funds. It can take a week or two to get your number and become registered, so time is of the essence. See the slides for info on how to do this.

Notarized letters

I’m registering a domestic entity (e.g. your business) on How do I comply with the requirement to submit a notarized letter formally appointing an Entity Administrator? Here’s how


The Small Business Administration will have the latest info on obtaining these funds. Check their website frequently and sign up for email updates


For music venues: sign up to become a member of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) to be kept in the loop. There is currently no membership fee to join!


Information and Updates

Moving Online

The Effects of COVID-19 on the Arts

Artists and creative workers are at the core of the creative industries and a significant part of the gig economy. They do not benefit from paid sick leave and other forms of paid time off. Cancelled gigs mean no pay, and with little safety net, that puts our creatives at risk.

We must also remember that many nonprofit organizations and education institutions who are significant sources of employment for creatives rely heavily on endowments. The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on our markets further exacerbates the earned revenue issue already at play in those organizations because of lost ticket sales. Moreover, ticket sales rarely cover the costs of these events.

Nonprofit organizations rely heavily on contributed income from foundations whose grantmaking is heavily influenced by the market. For our for-profit creative businesses, such as live music clubs, art galleries and the like, access to capital is regularly an issue. However, in times like these, it is critical.


Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is working to update event cancellations on If you have postponed or canceled an event that is posted, you are welcome to login and update the event by adding ” – Canceled” or “- Postponed” to the event title and offering additional details in the event description.

As cancellations and closures are rapidly changing, please visit or contact the organization to confirm activities.