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Dear Janus Family of Artists and Supporters, 


The Janus Team has been busy checking in with our friends and family as we all navigate the life changes that accompany the current global health crisis. Our team has stayed in contact with one another, virtually of course, to continue our season planning and to discuss the impact of current events on our community and how we can help each other during and after the pandemic.

We are heartbroken at the cancellation of performances from many of our sister companies and by performing arts organizations the world over. We ache for the loss of this art and the impact it has had on our fellow artists. We commend the companies who have chosen to honor their contracts in full. 


We know that many of you have suffered a loss of income due to the cancellations not only through performing but from the closure of other service-based businesses. We recognize that fear, panic, anxiety and a feeling of displacement are weighing heavily upon our community. We feel it with you.


To do our part, we have curated a list of resources that may be helpful to you as you navigate this time. In addition to financial resources we have included information for mental healthcare, professional development and morale building. Please note, many of the most popular financial grants and relief funds have exceeded capacity and closed applications. Our list includes grants and funds that are still taking applications at the time of publication. We will continue to monitor available resources and update this list as we have new information.

It is our sincere wish that you remain healthy during this time and that these resources may be helpful to you. Stay strong, stay safe and we will see you on the other side. 

With love, 

The Janus Team

Updated March 30, 2020

Financial Help

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

Anonymous was a Woman - Emergency Relief Grant

Springboard for the Arts Emergency Relief Fund

Actors Fund – Emergency Financial Assistance

American Guild of Musical Artists – Relief Fund

Artists’ Charitable Fund for Medical Expenses

ConvertKit – The Creator Fund

Equal Sound – Corona Relief Fund for Musicians

Foundation for Contemporary Arts – COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Soze Foundation – Artist + Activist Relief Fund

Sweet Relief – COVID-19 Fund for Musicians and Music Workers

Legal Assistance

Lawyers for the Creative Arts – Coronavirus Resources for the Arts Community

Other Resource Directories

Statera Arts – Emergency Response Directory

COVID-19 & Freelance Artist Resources

City of Chicago - COVID-19 Arts Community Resources

Chicago Artist Guide – COVID-19 Resources for Theatre Artists in Chicago

Mental Health Resources

NAMI online mental health resources

Disaster Distress Helpline Call 1-800-985-5990

National Domestic Violence Hotline Call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224


Sharing Your Art from Your Home

Arts Alliance Illinois – Artist Content Platform Submission

Eventbrite – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources for Event Creators

Experimental Sound Studios – The Quarantine Concerts

StageIt – Online Concert Venue

Think with Google – A Guide to Hosting Your Events on YouTube

Howlround Theatre Commons – Ways of Gathering in the Age of COVID-19

Morale Building - Experience Art from Home

Storefront Rebellion – Chicago Theater Productions You Can Stream at Home

WTTW – Ways to Explore and Experience the World Safely from Home

Choose Chicago – Experience Chicago Online

Professional Development

Introduction to Personal Branding

Social Media Tips for Performers

Building a Website Class

Acting Resume Tips

Opera & Musical Theater Resume Tips

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