Photo courtesy ASMP member Andy Batt
COVID-19 Info News Hub
The COVID-19 pandemic, information, and related actions by local, state, and federal governments are changing by the day. ASMP cannot guarantee or endorse the current accuracy of the information presented. The following links and webinars are being shared as additional resources to all visitors, though we always recommend caution and vigilance for outdated or incorrect information. Although the content we have created was accurate at the time of posting, that may have since changed given the fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation. As a result, please regularly consult federal guidelines and your state and local authorities for updates. Further, ASMP accepts no responsibility, and will not be liable for, the use of or reliance on the information provided. Bottom line? Check and double-check. We strongly recommend it.
ASMP COVID-19 Impact Survey
In this time of the health and financial crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that ASMP uses its resources in the wisest way possible to meet the needs of our community. We invite you to complete this survey so we can align our efforts to produce positive impacts. We will be using your data to guide the webinar series we are doing to address COVID-19 as well as using your responses to power our advocacy campaigns to get the enactment of legislation and financial aid process adjustments at the federal and state levels.
Message from the Executive Director
3.30.2020 The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic is profoundly affecting our membership and now more than ever ASMP needs to be there to support all those in our community who identify themselves as professional photographers.
If you have business or legal questions, or would like to submit suggestions about what ASMP could be providing members to assist with countering the economic and social impacts of this pandemic, please click on the button below to be taken to form.
ASMP understands this a stressful time for photographers and all creators, and in response, will be holding a series of virtual town hall meetings. During the town hall sessions, the ASMP team will give a quick update on the state of the industry with respect to COVID-19, then open the floor for questions and concerns from attendees. Register for the upcoming Town Hall Q & A below.
To view previously recorded COVID-10 Town Hall Q&As, go to Town Hall Webinar Archives.
ASMP is on the legislative frontline working to shape legislative actions that will assist ASMP members impacted by the pandemic. We need your assistance with campaigns to urge Congress to pass key legislation that supports photographers and small business owners.
ASMP Strictly Business
If you need to update or revise contracts or licensing agreements or need additional information on estimates, log in and go to the ASMP member-only business resources below:
Contracts for additional information about licensing agreements, model releases, etc.
ASMP Paperwork Share to research estimating techniques and learn from their peers by reviewing historic estimates from a variety of regions and specialties.
U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
U.S. Dept. of the Treasury Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
U.S. Small Business Administration
Additional business resources may also be found at the Small Business Administration (SBA)
Additional Government Resources
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
U.S. Copyright Office
The US Copyright Office has issued a USCO Pandemic Plan. The Copyright Office is engaged in planning and taking action to ensure that mission-critical functions continue during a pandemic period. See USCO Pandemic Plan for complete details.
U.S. Dept. of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
U.S. Internal Revenue Service: Coronavirus Tax Relief
03.18.20: IRS has extended 2019 tax filing and payment deadline to July 15, 2020 without penalty or interest. For more tax related information go to irs.gov.
04.01.20: American Bankers Association “The Industry Responds to the Coronavirus,” a list of banks and what they are doing to respond
03.12.20: Forbes Magazine post List of banks offering relief to customers affected by coronavirus
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Information Coronavirus Small Business Guide with information to navigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic
Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide and Checklist
COVID-19 State and Local Tracker. Multistate Dashboard tracking the activities of state and local governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ASMP Legal team helmed by ASMP Counsel, Thomas Maddrey, presented a webinar, Potential Business Ramifications of Coronovirus (COVID-19) on Thursday March 12, to address the situation, examining many of the possible business and legal ramifications such as force majeure, cancellation clauses, insurance coverage, and best practices in this and other scenarios.
Maddrey PLLC: Force Majeur FAQ: When a Pandemic Ruins Your Contract
PetaPixel: Tom Maddrey Interview Advice on Handling Contract Cancellations for Photographers
As ASMP is not a health services organization, we encourage you to direct medical and health questions to specific federal and local agencies charged with public health advisories listed below.
U.S. Government Official COVID-19 Site
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
State and Territorial Health Departments
Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker
Everyday Projects: COVID-19 Guide for Visual Journalists
ASMP is working with other creator groups to pool resources. Having access to resources for reliable information is a critical element in enabling everyone to make sound decisions. As other groups provide information we deem relevant, we will be posting their content here.
Creative Live: CL Now Streaming FREE Health & Wellness Classes
Graphic Artists Guild: COVID-19 Resources
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA): COVID-19 Help Sheet
Professional Photographers of America (PPA): We’re in This Together
Nature Photographers of North America (NANPA): You Got This
American Photographic Artists (APA): APA Coronavirus Resource Hub
Photoshelter Blog: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Photographers (UPDATED 3/19/20)
Phlearn: COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 and Freelance Artists: COVID-19 and Freelance Artist Resources (UPDATED 3/29/20)