COVID-19: BCAC’s Preparedness Response

Page Updated May 3, 2021

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.

NYS Covid Update 5/3/21: NY Joins Neighboring States on Lifting Most Capacity Restrictions

New York State, along with a coalition of neighboring states, will take a “major” step toward reopening.

“Beginning Wednesday, May 19 most capacity restrictions will end across the tri-state area,” Governor Cuomo said. “That includes retail stores, food service, gyms, fitness centers, amusement parks, and family entertainment centers, hair salons, barbershops, offices, museums, theaters, etc. No capacity restrictions on all of those activities.”

COVID-19 Artist Resources (PDF)

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

Applications will be available April 8, 2021. For questions, email SVOgrant@sba.gov. Award amount up to $10,000,000; estimated average award $1,000,000.

Save our Stages Act / Shuttered Venue Operator Grant Slideshow (4/5/2021)

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.

Grants, Emergency Funding, and More

General Artist and Arts Organization Support

Musicians and Music Industry

Entertainment, Theater and Acting Industry

Literary Arts and Authors