The Photo Industry During COVID-19, Coronavirus Outbreak

Mon 16th Mar, 2020

in Official Statement

American Photographic Artists (APA)  is an association of photographers for photographers.

We will get through this turbulent time by helping each other with information and resources. 

Last Updated: March 30, 2020

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The U.S. Senate has provided a “Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act” 

Guide to the CARES ACT for Small Businesses 

CARES ACT - Summary

From the Office of Congressmember Karen Bass (in Los Angeles)  Relief Information 

CARES Act Assistance for Freelancers National Writers Union

CARES Act Outline of Stimulus package from UPrinting 

Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) – a temporary boost to unemployment compensation

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides emergency unemployment assistance to workers who are left out of regular state UI or who have exhausted their state UI benefits (including any Extended Benefits that might become available in the future). Up to 39 weeks of PUA are available to workers who are immediately eligible to receive PUA. The program will expire on December 31, 2020, unless otherwise extended.

Importantly, this program will provide income support to many workers who are shut out of the state UI systems in this country. In fact, workers who are eligible for state UI are not eligible for the PUA program.

Those eligible for PUA include self-employed workers, including independent contractors, freelancers, workers seeking part-time work, and workers who do not have a long-enough work history to qualify for state UI benefits.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

We suggest you contact your accountant to review the forms and find out if your business is eligible. Then contact your bank to find out if they are an approved lender. 

Banks that can help  

US Chamber of Commerce - download the guide for Emergency Loans:Small Business Guide


Format -online portfolio site providing $500 to select photographers financially impacted by Covid-19

Adweek list Adweek Freelance and Out of Work? Here's How to Get Help Now (March 23, 2020)

Photographer to Photographer (advice and inspriration) Photographer to Photographer

Freelancer Artist resources COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Freelancing in a Covid World

IRS  Tax Day now July 15 

PhotoShelter resources PhotoShelter

Artnet resources Artnet

Unemployment Benefits

Quickbooks list of Resources  

Film LA - Filming Restrictions  Resources 

PHLEARN - List of Artist Relief Funds and Grants 

Sony Alpha - CARE Act gives Photographers, Other Freelancers Benefits

Links to Publishing and Information Organizations

Copyright Office Announce Temporary Changes to Certain Timing Provisions for Person Affected by the Covid-19 Emergency 

OTHER ASSOCIATiONS -During this unpcredented time, we must all work together and share information. APA works closely with a Coaltion of Visual associations, writer associations, the Copyright Alliance, and other freelancer groups. We are all trying to help members and the industry get through a difficult time.  

AICP Covid Resource Guide


NPPA Covid Resource Guide

PPA Covid Resource Guide 

ASMP Covid Resource Guide

Graphic Artists Guiild  Covid Resource Guide 

Freelancers Union Covid Resource Guide

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Covid Resource Guide

New York Foundation for the Arts - Emergency Grants

Art Dealers Alliance Petition for Grants and Loans to Small Art Businesses (under 4 employees) 


AGENCY ACCESS: WEEKLY -with Creative Consultants, Jennifer Kilberg, Lynn Kyle, Karen D'Silva
Wednesdays 12:00-12:30 pm EDT

Weekly Thursday's 7:00-8:00 pm EDT - next is April 2

ASMP - Town Hall Weekly
Fridays 3:00-4:00 pm EDT - next is April 3

GRAPHIC ARTISTS GUILD: Practical Financial Advice for Creatives in Crisis
Presented by Jason M Blumer, CPA
Wednesday, April 1, 3pm EDT

GRAPHIC ARTISTS GUILD: Recession Proof Your Business
Presented by Ean Murphy, Moxie Bookkeeping & Coaching, Inc.
Friday, April 3, 1:30 pm EDT

GRAPHIC ARTISTS GUILD:Now More Than Ever: Why Communication is Essential for Your Business
Monday, April 6, 5pm EDT
Presented by Danielle Hughes, More Than Words Marketing

GRAPHIC ARTISTS GUILD:What In the World Is a Force Majeure?
Presented by Michele Berdinis, Beeline Legal
Friday, April 10, 11am EDT

PPA - How to Apply for an Economic Disaster Loan
Thursday, April 2, 3:00 PM EDT

PHOTOSHELTER - Stay Creative at Home
Tips from our community on how to stay focused and clear the mind, ways to keep working (when it feels like there’s no work), photo project ideas and more.

Friday, April 3, 12pm EDT
Register HERE

WORKBOOK - Where Are We Now?
Past Webinar From March 20th - view here
With Dawn Kleidon (FCB), Wendy Gordon, Heather Elder, Kourtney Sellers 




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