New Jersey

Below is a listing of some available Covid-19 programs to help artists, technicians, freelancers, ushers, bartenders, musicians and theater related companies in the New Jersey area.

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4/20 NJ Unemployment update – NJ Unemployment is now sending out the extra $600 for unemployed workers who were laid off and filed their claims as W2 employees. This $600 is in addition to any state unemployment compensation that you may receive.
The above additional unemployment is different than the available $600 per week from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program which was part of the overall C.A.R.E.S. act passed by congress in March.
The PUA is intended to cover gig workers, freelancers and those who make a lot of their income from 1099’s as private contractors. At this time NJ IS is accepting PUA claims . Click here to access NJ’s website for unemployment New Jersey Unemployment Department.

NJ has a great .PDF that explains if you are eligible for PUA and can be found here Do you qualify PDF from the state?




State Programs:

Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) Emergency Artist Fund 
(New York and New Jersey)

The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Emergency Artist Fund provides assistance to musicians and other performing artists facing the unexpected hardship of lost income from canceled shows and/or classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund will prioritize artists in New York and New Jersey from the Afro Latin and Latin Jazz musical community. Individual grants are up to $200.

Creative Catalyst Fund
(Newark, NJ)

Grants to support the creative practice of artists who have shown exceptional creative ability and commitment to social impact through their work. Awarded funds may be used to cover any expenses related to the artist’s practice, including but not limited to rent for studio/rehearsal space, supplies or equipment, or costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. There is no matching requirement.

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COVID-19 Assistance for artists