COVID-19: BCAC’s Preparedness Response

Page Updated January 14, 2021

In the coming months, The Broome County Arts Council will provide our Artist Members and Cultural Partners with as many resources as possible to help you mitigate financial loss during the special circumstances that COVID-19 presents in our community.

COVID-19 Artist Resources (PDF)

Save Our Stages Act | Grants for Independent Live Venues, Independent Movie Theaters, and Cultural Institutions 

As of January 14, 2021, applications are not available yet. For questions, email

Context: Due to the nature of COVID-19, live event venues are likely to be the last to reopen. These venues serve as hubs that anchor the economies of towns and city neighborhoods across the nation. Aside from generating millions in tax revenue, local community jobs around the country have been lost or put on hold while concerts, plays, festivals, fairs, and events have ceased. Social distancing, capacity limitations and other restrictions mean that the live event industry is unlikely to recover in the near future. This bill is designed to provide temporary relief to not only the venues, but the employees, promoters, managers, producers, and entertainers that support them.


Additional Resources and Emergency Relief for the Arts

Event Safety Guidance (adapted from U.S. Travel Association)

  • Businesses should adapt operations, modify employee practices and/or redesign public spaces to help protect employees and customers.
  • Businesses should consider implementing touchless solutions, where practical, to limit the opportunity for virus transmission while also enabling a positive travel experience.
  • Businesses should adopt and implement enhanced sanitation procedures specifically designed to combat the transmission of COVID-19.
  • Businesses should promote health screening measures for employees and isolate workers with possible COVID-19 symptoms and provide health resources to customers.
  • Businesses should establish a set of procedures aligned with CDC guidance should an employee test positive for COVID-19.
  • Businesses should follow best practices in food and beverage service to protect the health of employees and customers.

Covid-19 Social Study Artists are invited to participate in a research project about psychological and social experiences during this period of the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19).

Grants, Emergency Funding, and More

General Artist and Arts Organization Support

Musicians and Music Industry

Entertainment, Theater and Acting Industry

Literary Arts and Authors

Broome County Arts Partners Event Changes and Cancellations

*Check with individual venues throughout May as social distancing requirements are in flux.

BCAC Artisan Gallery

Author's Showcase - Postponed (New Date TBD)

Poetry Workshops with Joshua Lewis - Remainder of Spring Workshops and Events Cancelled, new schedule TBD for Fall 2020

Binghamton Philharmonic

Dual Destinies - Postponed

Clocks and Clouds - Postponed

Binghamton Theater Organ Society

Pop Pipes: WOMEN - Date changed from May 10th to June 10th

Binghamton University Cinema Department

Harpur Cinema Film Screenings (All) - Cancelled for the semester

BU Visiting Film / Video Artist Series - Cancelled for the semester

Broadway in Binghamton

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story - Rescheduled for Sunday, November 1, 2020. Tickets for original March performance dates will be honored for the new date.

Fiddler on the Roof - Cancelled; Season Ticket Holders will receive a credit that will apply toward 2020 - 2021 season ticket renewal; Ticketmaster single ticket purchase holders will receive automatic refund. If you purchased your tickets at the Arena Box Office please visit for instructions on receiving your refund.  If you purchased your tickets through any other ticketing agency, you will need to contact them directly.

At this time Broadway in Binghamton is closed however employees are working from home to answer any questions patrons may have and can be reached via email:

Cooperative Gallery 213

Introspection by Karen Kuff-Demicco - Postponed

Karen Kuff-Demicco's show, "Introspection" will be up until April 25, 2020. However the gallery will be closed to the public until at least April 13, 2020

Emerging Artists Awards Ceremony

Winners will be showcased at BCAC Artisan Gallery in May as planned.

Goodwill Theatre, Inc.

Mayhem Poets - Postponed (New Date TBA)

That Physics Show - Postponed (New Date TBA)

enJoy Jazz Night - Cancelled

Comedy with Jen Kober - Postponed (New Date TBA)

Eroica Trio Classical Musical - Postponed (New Date TBA)

Hedy! The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr - Postponed (New Date TBA)

*If you already have tickets for this event but have not received an email about the postponement, please contact the Box Office at so we can inform you of new show dates as they become available.*

Orazio SALATI Studio & Gallery

Gallery Hours - Saturdays 11-3 & By Appointment During the Week

Viggo Holm Madsen / The Darrel J. Dunlap Collection - Postponed

Phelps Mansion Museum

May First Friday Event - Cancelled

Redeemer Lutheran Church

First Friday Christian Music Jam - Cancelled

Roberson Museum and Science Center

Arts Adventure - Postponed (New Date TBD) *Tickets will automatically be transferred to the new date. Those wishing to receive a refund should contact MGrasso[at]*

All Roberson events are postponed.

The Memory Maker Project

5th Birthday Bash - Postponed (New Date TBD)

Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church

Candlechant (First Friday event) - Cancelled