In these uncertain times, museums across New Jersey have taken immediate action to prioritize the health and well-being of our visitors, volunteers, staff, and communities. Please find below a list of resources your institution may find helpful now and in the coming weeks.
This sheet was started March 14, 2020, to track impact of COVID on museum staffing across the U.S. Data has been crowdsourced based on staff knowledge and media reports. Sheet is backed up and archived twice a week. To enter new information, please use this Google Form: shorturl.at/tK013
The CARES Act passed at the end of March provides funding opportunities for museums and nonprofits.
Summary of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), from the National Council of Nonprofits
Paycheck Protection Program (Emergency Small Business 7(a) Loans)
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), US Small Business Administration
The IMLS is receiving $50 million and the NEA and NEH are receiving $75 million each in funding through the CARES Act for direct distribution to support arts and humanities organizations.
Advocacy & Data
The museum field wrote 33,000 letters to state representatives to advocate for inclusion in the relief stimulus. Persistent advocacy is imperative and collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 helps strengthen the message.
Please complete the following survey and continue advocating for Museums!
Stay Up-To-Date with Advocacy Alerts, from AAM
Advocate: Urge Support for the Arts, Americans for the Arts Action Fund
New Jersey museums are fortunate to have the support of Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez as well as many Congressional representatives, but advocacy is never done. Continue to make a case for support on behalf of all museums.
New Jersey Resources
Please send any comments, questions, and issues to firstname.lastname@example.org