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"Black Lives, Black Words is a Transformative Movement. It's not a theatre fad or diversity trend. It is an ushering in of the new theater artists that will be remembered in history beside their predecessors."

Loy Webb

Artistic Associate of Black Lives, Black Words & Jeff Award-Winning Playwright 

COVID-19 BLBW Resource Guide 


Calling all theater artists and freelancers!

In recognition of the unsettling impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on theatre makers and artistic communities across the world, We at Black Lives Black Words want you to know that you are not alone. We are here for you. Please find a useful guide of resources that we believe will help you to get through these difficult times. Please remember that by working together, caring for each other, and supporting one another, that we will get through this and be a stronger community. 


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                                                                                          Co-Founders of Black Lives Black Words International Project



Flex Jobs
Most advanced search options; focus on part-time and temporary work. 

Skip the Drive
Search by multiple categories, including entry-level, flexible, and part-time; positions in many fields. 

Teach Away 
Eight online platforms for teaching English as a second language. Many opportunities with flexible hours with pay $19-$25 per hour. Most require fluency in English and a Bachelor’s Degree. 

Applications will open in April. 4-hour-per-week minimum time commitment when volume allows, and applicants who are generally available 10+ hours a week are prioritized. Each paper has an associated fixed payment, based on the paper’s length and the editor’s pay tier. Trainees are paid an effective rate of $20 per hour, and full members $25-28 per hour. The average editor earns around $5,000 for the admissions season, with many earning $10,000+. 

In addition to possible employment opportunities here are a few programs and grants that we think might be assistance to you in your time of need. 


One Fair Wage

Tipped workers and other service workers are struggling. This source provides cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

Grant assistances for bartenders put out of work due to the Coronavirus. 

Restaurant Worker Relief Fund Assistance

This website provides necessary assistance to those in the restaurant industry struggling in these difficult times. 

Dramatists Guild 
The Dramatists Guild is providing a number of members-only resources to the entire community for free. Artists will be able to use their new online Resource Directory, and Resource Calendar, and have access to past issues of The Dramatist. If you are in need of assistance, and wish to join the Guild as a theatre writer, but do not have the financial resources to do so, please contact them at They will find a way to help you.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Created a temporary fund to meet the needs of artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. For as long as our Board of Directors determines it is necessary and prudent to do so, the Foundation will disburse $1,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 virus.

Indie Theater Fund Covid19 Emergency Grant
Unrestricted rapid relief grants to indie theater companies and individual artists in need due to the financial strain of closings etc related to Covid19. Grants of up to $500 on an on-going basis until funds run out.  

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
Provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories.

Authors League Fund
Since 1917, the Authors League Fund has helped professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune. The Fund exists to help professional writers continue their careers with dignity by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses. Repayment of this emergency support is not required. 

PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund
The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund is a small grants program for professional— published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis. Depending on the situation and level of need, grants are in the range of $2,000.


Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program
The Actors Fund provides services and financial support to entertainment professionals facing personal or work-related problems. It is also a conduit for emergency financial assistance in times of pressing need or in response to catastrophic events.

Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program
The Actors Fund provides services and financial support to entertainment professionals facing personal or work-related problems. It is also a conduit for emergency financial assistance in times of pressing need or in response to catastrophic events.

Musicians Foundation
The Musicians Foundation provides grants to U.S. musicians in any genre in a time of acute need due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.


Our highly-trained advocates are available 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.

If you are feeling alone and struggling, please know that there is help available. You are not alone. 

Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, and designed to create and provide affirming and culturally competent services for the entire LGBTQ community
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC).