Photography Crew Resources for Covid-19

We are all in uncharted territory right now but we are going to get through it, stronger and more connected to each other than ever before. I hope that you and all your loved ones are staying safe. (Inside, away from other humans as much as possible)  I’ve put a list of resources together that I hope will be helpful while we all navigate life during Covid-19.


I will continue to add links and news that I find helpful as I come across them. If you have other resources you’d like to add to this page please email me at


Last updated: 3/24/2020

Community Talks for Photographers and Photo Crews

Upcoming Events


ASMP: The Importance of Personal Work in Challenging Times with Jason Lindsey

Apr 16, 2020, 3:00 PM CST / 4:00 PM EST

Past Events / Links to Video or Recordings


Workbook Radio, in partnership with the Dear Art Producer Podcast, bring you timely conversations on topics affecting the commercial art community.


APA Open Talk Past Episodes


Panel: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (ASL & Captioned)For US-Based Freelance Artists and Cultural Workers in all Disciplines

Financial Resources for Freelancers

In an unprecedented move, the stimulus bill expands unemployment protections to gig workers, freelancers and self-employed individuals, who typically don’t qualify for unemployment benefits. Read more About Expanded Unemployment Benefits For COVID-19 in this Forbes Article.


Freelancers Union Relief Fund – Freelancers Relief Fund will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income due to Covid-19 and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs.  100% of all donations will be distributed directly to freelancers in need. Applications for funding will open on April 2, 2020.

Petitions to Sign | Act Now

Congress must expand the Families First Act to protect the self-employed laterally impacted by COVID19.


Tell Congress to include displaced entertainment workers in relief package.


IL Residents:


Please join in with me in sending this letter to our State and Us Senators! Link to letter and instructions here.


Responses to this questionnaire will assist the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in evaluating specific areas of need at this time.

News + Articles for Freelancers and the Self-Employed

On Friday 3/20, the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor announced two new refundable tax credits that offer relief to employees, small and midsize businesses, and the self-employed under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Here are the specifics of these tax credits as they apply to the freelance community.


AICP calls out brands for owing hundreds of millions in late payments amid coronavirus pandemic.


Fortune Article: Coronavirus economic relief proposals are overlooking the 57 million Americans who are self-employed


Photoshelter Blog: How Freelance Photographers Are Dealing with the Economic Effects of Coronavirus


Collecting Unemployment When You’re Self-Employed


CNBC Article – 5 actions freelancers should take right now to protect against crises like COVID-19


Forbes Article – List Of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Relief Programs


Covid-19 + Coronavirus Lists of Resources

AICP (Association of Independent Commercial Producers) has put together a list of coronavirus resources for our industry. They also are shared an amendment to your Terms and Conditions (<pdf download) during Covid-19 Times.


ASMP Covid-19 Resources for Photographers


An aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.


PhotoPolitic List – Disaster Relief Organizations


Authority Collective COVID-19 Mutual Aid and Resources


The Art of Freelance Blog wrote a thoughtful response to freelancers during the Covid-19 Outbreak: Thoughts on Freelancing in a COVID-19 World  with links to a ton of resources.


Photographers and Producers – Therese wrote a blog post on a few steps to protect yourself during these times, and going forward.

Free or Discounted Resources for Photographer’s and Freelancers

Get 2 free months of Adobe Online – steps here.


If you’re a photographer stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has got your back. The trade association has made all of its 1,100+ online photography classes free for the next two weeks. (posted 3/21)


Creative Live Free Health and Wellness Videos – Right now it’s more important than ever to focus on our health and wellbeing – not only for ourselves but to support one another. You can now stream these health and wellness classes 24/7.


Peloton is offering a 90 day free trial period on their workout app. You do not have to own the bike they do all sorts of workouts (body weight, free weight, yoga). You will have to enter a credit card and remember to cancel it in 3 months time however.

Film Office Restrictions for Covid-19

The Chicago Film Office is not issuing film permits through May 15. (Date could change)


LA Film Office – By order of local authorities, on-location filming has been shut down in the City and County of Los Angeles. FilmLA is not accepting or processing any applications to film at this time.


New York Film Office – Effective March 21, 2020 through at least April 17, 2020, existing film permits are suspended and no new film permits will be granted, with the exception of film permits for the news media. Starting immediately, OFTB staff will be working remotely. If you need information about permits, please contact us at 212-489-6710.

Health Resources and General News on COVID-19

CDC Guidelines


World Health Organization


Quick Stats – Worldwide Corona Cases – – A teenager from the Seattle area has built a website that is keeping the world updated on the COVID-19 pandemic as it spreads. The website has been visited by 12 million people since it launched in late December.

Good News! (non – photo industry related)

Because I think we all need a little  break from the normal news cycle, and because a lot of people are out there doing amazing things for their communities right now.

“Our innovative biotech companies and our state-of-the-art manufacturers are teaming up with the state of Illinois to ramp up production of personal protective equipment, also known as PPE, through a newly launched alliance: the Essential Equipment Task Force,” Pritzker said during his Monday afternoon press briefing.


A Liverpool couple has stepped up in a big way to help out workers at a county-operated coronavirus test site in Syracuse. They’re making 300 face shields using 3D printers in their basement.


Woman helped elderly couple get food when they were too scared to go shopping during coronavirus outbreak.