Resources for Authors and Artists BY YANNIS LOBAINA.


This section is a compilation of resources found on different websites, social networks, etc.


Thanks to the art services organizations, community leaders and funders for stepping up quickly during this crisis.

Many organizations and funders currently have or are in the process of developing COVID-19 contingency plans and recommendations, for independent artists, creative workers or arts organizations impacted by programs/event cancellations, venue closures, loss of work and revenue. 

To support organizations and individuals across the sector- for the month of May, we have decided to waive the posting fee for organizations experiencing hardship during this time. Please email and we will arrange to get your posting up.

Now is the time to post your remote jobs on the JobBoard and online training, events, call-for-submissions and more on the DiscoveryBoard.

Below is a list of resources that will be updated as we gather more information. Please contact us if you know of any other supports by e-mailing Thank you!


Creative Manitoba: Artist Taxes with Jean-Guy Talbot – April 15, 7pm-9pm EST

CIMA: COVID-19: Implications for Employers Webinar – April 8, 12pm Open to CIMA members only

Digital Main Street Webinars:

SaskMusic Presents: Managing Pandemic Anxiety with Cara Taylor – Monday, March 30, 7PM Open to everyone

The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning – Digital Rountable Discussions:

COVID-19: Measuring Impacts on the Music Industry – Deadline March 19, 2020 at 12PM
COVID-19 Resources for Artists, Writers & Media WorkersIncludes multiple emergency funds, upcoming scholarships, advocacy for freelancers, online training, mental health resources etc.
Social Distancing Festival – Includes listings of Live-Streaming Events (poetry slams, operas, concert etc.) from around the world. Event submissions are being accepted.
Glad Day Emergency Fund for LGBTQ2S Artists, Performers & Tip-Based WorkersIncludes a link for donations
GTA Black Community Support Fund – crowdfunding with links to other resources 
ArtsPond – I Lost My Gig Website | Facebook Group
AFC Helps – COVID-19 Updates
CARFAC Response to COVID-19
Canadian Music Industry:

Writers Union of Canada – Document Your Economic Losses from COVID-19
BC Alliance for Arts + Culture – COVID-19 Information
Canada Council – COVID-19 Information
Ontario Nonprofit Network COVID-19 Advocacy
Kingston Arts Council’s list of Resources
Museums Ontario- resources
Young Associates – Tips for completing record of employment forms with respect to covid-19
Google Doc of more resources
National Theatre School to give $60,000 in grants to theatre students, emerging artists for online projects during COVID-19 crisis – Globe and Mail article March 23, 2020
Canadian Artist + Musician Relief Fund Campaign
Generator TO

CHRC Resources (English)
CHRC Resources (French)
Digital Main Street – Resources for Small Business During COVID-19
Toronto Arts Foundation – COVID Response Fund
The Government of Canada introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to help workers and businesses.

Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan:

Canadian Heritage’s FAQs :

Canada Council for the Arts’ FAQs:

Tool for risk-assessment of mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Venues that may be willing to offer space to governments and health authorities for testing spaces, clinics, etc. If you are interested in adding your venue, please enter your information directly into the spreadsheet:

Document on various metric categories for COVID19 impacts that arts organizations are documenting. 

Volunteer Canada – COVID-19 and Volunteers Involving Organizations

Akin’s recently launched Rent Relief Fund

City of Toronto

Wishing everyone safety, health and peace of mind.

Breaking Barriers: Achieving Black Student Excellence Resources

Resources for Workshop on Anti-Black Racism For Educators. Resources by



Ontario, Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19

Ontario, Education Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.2

Government of Ontario Documents

Ontario’s Anti-Black Racism Strategy

Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy

Equity and Inclusive Education in Ontario Schools: Guidelines for Policy Development and Implementation

Ontario’s Education Equity Action Plan

Supporting Bias-Free Progressive Discipline in Schools: A Resource Guide for School and System Leaders

UN International Decade for People of African Descent

United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent

United Nations Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent on its mission to Canada

OCDSB, The International Decade for People of African Descent, (15 May, 2018).

OCSB, Declaration in Support of the International Decade for People of African Descent (May, 2019).

Adultification of Black Girls

Rebecca Epstein, Jamilia J. Blake, Thalia Conzález, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality (2017).

Adrienne Green, “How Black Girls Aren’t Presumed to Be Innocent”, The Atlantic, (29 June 2017).

Monique W. Morris, Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school — and how to change that.

Anti-Black Racism in Schools

Toronto District School Board, Black Student Achievement in TDSB: Factsheet.

James, C.E. & Turner, T. (2017). Towards Race Equity In Education: The Schooling of Black

Students in the Greater Toronto Area. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: York University.

Chelby Marie Daigle, Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Ottawa Forum Summary Report, City for All Women Initiative, (2017).

Robyn Maynard, “Canadian Education is Steeped in Anti-Black Racism”, The Walrus, (29 November 2017).

Gray, E., Bailey, R., Brady, J., Tecle, S. (2016, September). Perspectives of Black Male Students in Secondary School: Understanding the Successes and Challenges – Student Focus Group Results. Mississauga, ON: Peel District School Board.

Tana Turner, Dealing with Incidents of Racism in Ontario Public Schools, Turner Consulting Group, June 2019.

YouthREX, Doing Right Together for Black Youth: What We Learned from the Community Engagement Sessions for the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan (2017).

Natasha Henry, Anti-Black Racism in Ontario Schools: A Historical Perspective, Turner Consulting Group (May 2019).

Martha Kuwee Kumsa et. al, The Contours of Anti-Black Racism: Engaging Anti-Oppression from Embodied Spaces, (2014).

Kezia Royer-Burkett, “The Safety Epidemic Facing Black Children In Ontario Schools”, ByBlacks (13 May 2019).

Shree Paradkar, “As a Black student, he was told to dream small. He had hoped things would change for his son”, Toronto Star, (6 September, 2019).

Carl James, “The crisis of anti-Black racism in schools persists across generations”, The Conversation (26 August 2019)

Jamie Bradburn, “The story of Ontario’s last segregated Black school”, TVO, (26 February, 2018).

Byron Armstrong, “Separate But Equal – TDSB 2018”, ByBlacks (15 October, 2018).

Durham District School Board, Compendium of Action for Black Student Success, (2018-2021).


RSEKN Equity Podcast Series, Dismantling Anti-Black Racism in Schooling, ft. Phiona Lloyd-Henry & Natasha Henry, Episode 3 Chapter 1 (22 September 2019).

RSEKN Equity Podcast Series, Dismantling Anti-Black Racism in Schooling, ft. Tana Turner, Episode 3 Chapter 2 (22 September 2019).

RSEKN Equity Podcast Series, Streaming and Educational Pathways, ft. Alison Gaymes-San Vicente, Gillian Parekh, Diana Grimaldos & Annie Kidder, Episode 6 Chapter 1 (23 September 2019).

White Privilege

Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, (2018).

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Racial Equity Tools, Whiteness and White Privilege.

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack Peggy McIntosh

Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, White Privilege/White-Skin Privilege.

Safe@School, Power and Privilege.

Unconscious Bias

Priest N, Slopen N, Woolford S, Philip JT, Singer D, Kauffman AD, et al. (2018) Stereotyping across intersections of race and age: Racial stereotyping among White adults working with children. PLoS ONE 13(9): e0201696.

Keith Payne, Laura Niemi, John M. Doris, “How to Think about ‘Implicit Bias’”, Scientific America (27 March, 2018).

Dee, T., & Gershenson, S. (2017). Unconscious Bias in the Classroom: Evidence and Opportunities. Mountain View, CA: Google Inc.

Aneeta Rattan, Jennifer L. Eberhardt, “The role of social meaning in inattentional blindness: When the gorillas in our midst do not go unseen” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology Volume 46, Issue 6, November 2010, Pages 1085-1088.

Resources for Authors and Artists

Writing Tips

Janice Hardy’s Fiction University link  

Science in Sci-Fi, Fact in Fantasy   

NaNoWriMo Blog  

Sterling & Stone (Podcasts) 

Writers Helping Writers 

Writing with Jenna Moreci (Authortube) 

Writer Unboxed 

Jenna Streety (Authortube) 

The Write Life 

Reedsy (Youtube)  

The Reedsy Blog  

Rachelle M. N. Shaw  

Savannah Gilbo  

David Farland, Story Doctor  

C.S. Lakin – Live, Write, Thrive  

Helping Writers Become Authors

Story Grid 

Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris  

Jami Gold  


The World Needs Your Book   

Every Writer   

Advanced Fiction Writing   

Well Storied   

Just Write a Book   

Blood & Ink   

Goins, Writer   

The Write Practice Blog   

The Creative Penn Blog   

Jane Friedman   

The Artist’s Road   

Grub Street   

Writing Forward   

Practical Creative Writing   

Creative Writing News   

Peter Rey’s Blog  

This Itch of Writing   

Anne Skyvington   

Jenny Alexander’s Blog   

Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts   

Mind the Dog Writing Blog   

Writer’s Fun Zone   

Curtis Brown Creative   

Write to Done   

BookBaby Blog   

Make a Living Writing   

Writers in the Storm   

Writers Write   

auren Sapala   

The Writer’s Alley   

Writing Excuses   

Quick and Dirty Tips   

Kibin Essay Writing Blog   

Writer’s Digest   

Book Life by Publishers Weekly   

Daily Writing Tips   

CMOS Shop Talk by The Chicago Manual of Style   

Now Novel   

The Book Designer  

Jerry Jenkins   

The History Blog   

The Passive Voice  

Indies Unlimited   

AWC Blog – Australian Writers’ Centre   

Ead Everell   

Authority Pub   

Funds for Writers   


Publication Coach & Gray Grant Communications   


Kathy Steinemann   

Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent   

Positive Writer   

Pub Crawl   

Romance University   

Walden University Writing Center   

Nathan Bransford   

Kill Zone   

Textbook & Academic Authors  Association   

Books & Such Literary Management  

Psych Writer    

Writing Workshops

Writing the Other   


Gotham Writers   


CreativIndie – Guerilla Publishing   

CreativIndie – Bestseller Blueprint   

Writer’s Digest University   

Open Learn   

MIT OpenCourseWare   

Warwick (Podcast)  

The Write Practice Courses   

The Creative Penn Courses   

Jane Friedman Classes   

Australian Writers’ Centre   

Authority Pub Academy   

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