March 12, 2020
Alberta Music team members will be working from home for the foreseeable future and use of our resource centre will be postponed until further notice. Even working remotely we remain entirely willing and able to serve all members, artists and industry during this time. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us without hesitation.
The health and safety of our team, our members, our guests, and our communities is our top priority and we’re keeping a close eye on public health updates and new around COVID-19, aka Coronavirus.
*Updated September 15, 2020*
Alberta Music has received a number of inquiries about how to prepare for a possible coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from our colleagues in the arts sector. We are happy to share the links below where you can access general communications for individuals and for workplaces.
Alberta is taking aggressive new public health actions to limit the spread of the COVID-19.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide more information as it comes available.
Please visit alberta.ca for more information.
If you are in the position to do so, please support local.
- Alberta Health Services: Information and guidance from AHS regarding the current outbreak of COVID-19. Alberta Health Services is the lead agency for any health operations and public communications.
- Government of Alberta: Learn about COVID-19 and actions being taken to protect the health of Albertans.
- Government of Alberta Financial Assistance: Financial assistance for unexpected emergencies is available through the Emergency Needs Allowance
- Health Canada: Travel health notice.
- Government of Canada: More specific information pertaining to mass gatherings can be found here.
- CERB: Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis.
- Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator
- The Globe and Mail: How to apply for EI and other COVID-19 emergency government income supports
- Government of Canada: Canada Emergency Response Benefit Application
- Government of Canada: Indigenous Community Support Fund
- Unison Benevolent Fund: Financial assistance
- Calgary Arts Development Fund: $1.15 million has been allocated toward providing immediate relief to some of the arts organizations as well as arts and cultural workers in the most urgent need due to COVID-19 impacts.
- National Arts Centre #CanadaPerforms: #CanadaPerforms is a $700,000 short-term relief fund that pays professional Canadian artists and professionally published authors for their online performances.
- Glad Day: Glad Day is uniquely positioned to be able to identify and support LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers who are in dire financial need.
- Format’s The Photographer Fund: Format created the Photographer Fund to honour that hustle and help independent photographers who are facing unprecedented financial hardships in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak stay on their feet.
Music Industry Resources
- Canadian Live Music Association: Recommendations from Canada’s Live Music Industry
- Music Managers Forum
- Unison Benevolent Fund: COVID-19 resources for the music community
- CMRRA: update from President Paul Shaver
- FACTOR: Update on cancellation policy
- CAPACOA: Response for the live music sector
- ROZCA Foundation: Funding, Management, and Wellness resources
- PRS Foundation: Advice for overseas activities or performances
- HUB International: Managing your business through the Coronavirus Crisis
- Event Safety Alliance: Preparing your organization for the Coronavirus Outbreak
- She Shreds Magazine: Supporting musicians and live professionals during COVID-19
- Canada Council: Important information related to COVID-19
- Bandzoogle: How musicians can ask fans for support during the coronavirus pandemic
- EAC: Resources to help artists, collectives and organizations navigate through this difficult time
- Starlite Sessions Call to Action: Help advocate for aid towards independent venues, promoters, agencies or festivals by signing the petition/ spreading the word/ writing to your MP’s, MLA’s, PM, Premier.
- Sound Diplomacy Music Cities Resilience Handbook: A plan for how music can drive recovery, build resilience and create better cities and urban development for all of us
- Support Canadian Venues: Working to make sure musicians, artists, fans, and crew all have a place to come home to when this health crisis is over. Add your voice and help them be heard. Sign the petition and write the Federal Government what Canadian Independent venues mean to you
Mental Health & Safe Spaces
- World Health Organization: Coping with stress during COVID-19 outbreak
- Canadian Mental Health Association: Protecting your mental health
- Unison Benevolent Fund
- Coping with coronavirus Anxiety
- Offers counselling and health solutions
- Alberta Health Services
- Spotify: Meditation and Mindfulness for Musicians
- I Lost My Gig Facebook Group: A space for arts and other vulnerable freelance and gig workers in Canada and beyond to share stories and resources addressing the impacts of COVID-19
- *Updated September 11: Guidance for Singing and Vocal Performance
- *Updated August 20: Guidance for Restaurants, Cafes, Pubs and Bars
- * Updated July 16th- Guidance for Outdoor Vocal Concerts
- Considerations for Recording Studios as they Reopen
- Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
- Alberta Biz Connect: Workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely.