We are making every effort to ensure this page is up-to-date and comprehensive. If you know of a resource that would be beneficial for our arts community, please let us know by emailing us at info@artskingston.ca.



COVID Impact Statistics, CAPACOA

National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS)

Individual Artists Impact Survey, I Lost My Gig




The AFC — Emergency financial aid for entertainment pros

CBC Creative Relief Fund  Development and production funding

CBC Digital Originals — Micro innovation grants

Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers

Music Together — Short-term Performance Fund for Ontarian Musicians 

National Arts Centre — Canada Performs: Short Term Relief Fund for Online Performances

SOCAN — emergency program

Unison Fund — Unison COVID19 Relief Program for the Music Industry

Writers’ Trust of Canada — emergency relief fund for writers and visual artists

Woodcock Fund Grant — emergency funds for writers mid-project



Kingston’s Friends Feeding Friends — Groceries for Kingstonians in financial distress

United Way — Local Emergency Fund

YGK Restaurant Workers Relief Fund — Support for bar and restaurant staff



Recommended practices for paying artists during the COVID-19 crisis




Join the Kingston Arts Council workspace on Slack and participate to general and discipline-specific discussions with local artists and arts workers.


Canadian Network for Arts and Learning  — Resource List 

CBC Arts Artists and Freelancers Resource List

Ontario Nonprofit Network Resources for Non-profits

WorkInCulture List of resources for Non-profit cultural sector

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts — Resources for the Performing Arts

CAPACOA — Coronavirus Preparedness for the Live Performance Sector 

UNISON FUND Resources for the Music Community

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres Online conferences and support

Fractured Atlas — Fundraising in difficult times

Cuseum — Webinars for museums and galleries

National Guild for Community Arts Education — Resources and discussions for arts educators

I lost my gig website

Howlround Theatre Commons — Essays and resources for the performing arts

Canadian Music Trade — resources for the music industry

Ontario Artists Invited to Create a Free Online Store
Originally a City of Toronto initiative to help local independent businesses and artists build online storefronts, ShopHERE is expanding across Canada and is now available to independent business owners and artists in participating municipalities across the province. Artists and small business owners are invited to register to launch an online store customized with their information, branding, logos, etc. Participating artists/business owners will receive support in setting up the store along with training in areas like digital marketing, shipping, and inventory management, and can access free tools to support the launch of online stores. This is a free opportunity. To read more about the program, visit their website here.


Fractured Atlas – Article on how to transition to a virtual workplace

Eventbrite blog – Pivoting to Online Events

SpiderWebShow – Digital Resources Guides: DYI Livestreaming, Zoom, Slack, Trello

Howlround – How to Produce a Livestreamed Event

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) – Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming

OBS How-to Guide

How choirs can keep singing together during the lockdown

Voice Over Guide – Learn how to record yourself

GoogleMeet – Google’s version of Zoom

Discord – Alternative meeting platform

Twitch – Streaming platform

Telegram – communication platform

BandLab – social music creation platform

JamKazam – social rehearsing platform

Avid Pro Tools – Free recording software


LEAN Canada – Leadership Emergency Arts Network – Immediate, grassroots, pro bono response network to help Canadian professional non-profit arts organizations

NABS financial assistance for media, marketing, and communications pros

Creative Relief Collective — online directory, connecting the creative industry with consumers


Many arts events scheduled to take place in the upcoming months have been cancelled, and most arts venues will be closed for an indeterminate length of time. The KAC understands how stressful this situation can be for artists and organizers. The KAC will continue to work with artists, arts organizations and venues to provide support and information throughout this time.

You may encourage ticket holders to make a donation to your cancelled event instead of requesting a refund. If you are currently receiving CKAF funding or planning to apply to the CKAF program for the 2020 granting cycle, please read the KAC’s statement on funding. If your event is not scheduled to happen for a few months, we recommend that you follow health updates closely (resources below) and that you use the Mass Gathering Risk Assessment Tool for evaluating the viability of events happening in the coming months.

There is no way of knowing when “normal” activities will resume, however, and we will all have to be reactive and flexible. We encourage everyone to comply with public health advisories fully and completely. We wish to ensure that our grant recipients feel supported in making the best decisions they can for their audiences and for our community without fear of penalties. 

Principles for Ethical Cancellations – Article

I Lost my Gig Canada – Facebook Group

Dealing with Cancelled Gigs – Article

Managing Gig Cancelation – Article

Offering your closed venue should governments and healthcare organizations need spaces for testing, blood donations, etc.


It is important for artists and event organizers to track the impact of the loss of paid opportunities and the postponement or cancellation of events. Any potential compensation to be released following the crisis period will require documentation of impact; consider spending the time now to track and document revenue loss.

The Kingston Arts Council is monitoring Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council closely for any updates regarding support around financial losses due to COVID-19.

Generator – How to track financial losses

Metric Categories for Arts and Culture



YGkares — Kingston Peer Support Network

Kingston Region Small Business initiative — Not-for-profits can tap into the expertise, and skills of Smith School of Business students via a matching service at Applied Work Experience. Services include research, strategic planning, building a digital presence, web site development, sales and marketing, e-commerce, how to innovate and pivot, design thinking, writing government grant applications, and more.



Beyond the studio — podcast for visual artists

The Parsnip Ship — podcast plays

The Social Distancing Festival  online global artist’s community



Crisis Service Canada – Toll-free number 1-833-456-4566  and resources

Managing Information Overload – A guide

Why You Should Ignore All that Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure

Don’t Make Yourself a Project

Taking A Pause in Response to a COVID-19 World

Manage your Coronavirus Anxiety

Take Care of your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

Protect your Mental Health during a Quarantine


Headspace – Free Meditation

Sandy Walsh-Sousa’s meditation recordings



The KAC recommends that you carefully consider all health information and rely only on information provided by public health authorities to make decisions that affect your employees, programs and services. Here are trusted sources of information:

City of Kingston 

Ontario Public Health Unit – KFL&A

Public Health Ontario

Public Health Agency of Canada

CBC Coronavirus Guide