Michael Stephens
Mar 12 · 3 min read

Hello!

I have compiled a list of resources about COVID-19 — most are for those in the Seattle/King County area. I have broken these down into categories. Keep in mind — this list is NOT exhaustive, but hopefully can provide some help and peace of mind. Please feel free to share.

Small business resources:

**FOR OWNERS AND EMPLOYESS**

· Employee and employer info and programs to help — including: unemployment insurance, paid family & medical leave, shared work, and standby status:

https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19

· COVID-19 resource list for impacted Washington businesses and workers:

https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources/covid-19-resources-businesses-and-workers

· Utility Discount Program for Seattle:

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Seattle City Light (SCL) will provide immediate utility relief for customers, both residential and commercial, financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Effective immediately, all SPU and SCL customers can set up deferred payment plans if their financial stability has been jeopardized by COVID-19.

https://www.seattle.gov/humanservices/services-and-programs/affordability-and-livability/utility-discount-program

· Weekly small business webinar about COVID-19 –

The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development is committed to responding to and supporting our small businesses to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19. As this is a rapidly developing issue, we will be holding weekly calls to share new developments, hear about the impacts you are experiencing, and answer your questions. Please join us every Wednesday, from 11:00am- 12:00pm.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/6719471105046052620?fbclid=IwAR1waxHRf8JJlSFzP0LE2yVQFOEX2_-rfC4n21O7r2W-5FPLlnmIlEoaBUc

· Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (Public Law 116–123):

Provides $8.3 billion in additional, emergency government spending to address the novel coronavirus outbreak.

https://scipol.duke.edu/track/hr-6074-coronavirus-preparedness-and-response-supplemental-appropriations-act-2020

· New Small Business Recovery Task Force — RESOURCES APLENTY:

https://artbeat.seattle.gov/2020/03/11/mayor-durkan-announces-a-new-small-business-recovery-task-force/

Info and Resources for Event Professionals, Gathering Spaces, Venues:

· Public Health info on large gatherings:

https://publichealthinsider.com/2020/03/11/new-limits-on-large-gatherings-other-emergency-strategies-to-slow-the-spread-of-covid-19/

· King County info on large gatherings — INCLUDING ENFORCEMENT INFO:

https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/March/11-covid-19-updates.aspx?fbclid=IwAR26APDiJtHfy4TBRZkuUiJqXf0_Z3eC2qF0UH5UVQHlNVfS_V4fnme8eD0

Resources for Musicians:

· SMASH (Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare)

At SMASH, our mission is to keep local musicians healthy. Working musicians must have access to affordable healthcare to prosper and continue to enrich our community.

https://smashseattle.org/join-smash

· MusiCares

MusiCares may grant short-term financial assistance for personal or addiction needs that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances. Funding may be awarded for needs such as rent, car payments, insurance premiums, utilities, medical/dental expenses, psychotherapy, addiction treatment, sober living, and other personal expenses.

Applicants must be able to document employment history in one of the following areas:

o A minimum of five years employment in the music industry

o Six commercially released recordings or videos (singles)

https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help

· Seattle Artists Relief Fund Amid COVID-19:

**You can donate to this as well as apply for funding**

https://www.gofundme.com/f/for-artists?member=3847452&fbclid=IwAR1IdvUTK66h4GSbN1jNqFEJcVQ4COB6kiDcK_y4Lln3qqefLQTmaBo95lA

General COVID-19 info and how it affects our area (Seattle/King County):

· Mayor Durkin’s resource blog:

https://durkan.seattle.gov/2020/03/a-transformative-consequential-event-in-our-city-region-and-state/?fbclid=IwAR0k4uaA7SRXSl5eSbRcaGesi7Oiwvn66xsyQ2rWTMZmxf0lZXsX02QdFlE

· Separating the Facts From the Misinformation About COVID-19:

https://elemental.medium.com/why-we-should-care-commonly-asked-questions-and-answers-about-covid-19-6b166f1876e9

· COVID-19 Response Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the region’s coronavirus outbreak:

https://www.seattlefoundation.org/communityimpact/civic-leadership/covid-19-response-fund?fbclid=IwAR0h8OTZVJOVOjmq3Jwf6WUjKxISG62cujTFn3EnenESRKjJ3KSoH8bRkcg

· Real time COVID-19 case info:

http://coronavirus-realtime.com/

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