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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webinars are being shared as additional resources to all visitors, though we always recommend caution and vigilance for outdated or incorrect information.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.
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.
Webinars & Webinar Archives
ASMP regularly hosts webinars to provide members information about navigating business and legal issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. ASMP invites industry experts to present their insights and vast knowledge to attendees at weekly webinars. Webinar topics include health and wellness, business concerns, among other topics. If you are not able to attend the live webinars, all webinars will be recorded and posted for viewing after the live event.
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To view previously recorded ASMP Strictly Business/ COVID-19 Webinars, go to ASMP Strictly Business/ COVID-19 Webinar Archives.
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.
To view previously recorded COVID-19 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.
The ASMP Health + Safety Guide contains six chapters about topics ranging from evaluating risk to cleaning and disinfecting, along with a list of current resources to assist you in decision-making related to COVID-19 exposure and returning to work.
ASMP Safety While Shooting Guide
NOTE: All documents are general in nature and you MUST adjust them to your specific situation. This is example language for general circumstances which will change, and may have already changed.
For information about business, government and public health resources to assist in addressing COVID-19 related issues, go to ASMP COVID-19 Business, Government and Public Health Resources.
To share state specific COVID-19 information about government benefit programs or business funding resources with the ASMP community, please log in and go to COVID-19 Forum in the ASMP Forums to post updates.
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.
See additional business and legal materials in ASMP Legal Education + Business Hub
SBA Programs – PPP and EIDL Related Articles
07.31.20: PPP Forgiveness FAQ
04.26.20:Post by Tom Maddrey, ASMP General Counsel (Updated – 04/26/20) The PPP / EIDL / SBA Programs Are Now (Almost) Open To New Applications
04.26.20: Post by Tom Maddrey, ASMP General Counsel (Updated – 04/26/20) Paycheck Protection Program :: Why Every Photographer, Artist, and Small Business Needs to Apply
04.26.20: Post by Tom Maddrey, ASMP General Counsel Major Updates to PPP and EIDL (Updated 4/26/20)
04.26.20: Post by Tom Maddrey, ASMP General Counsel How to Calculate PPP Payroll Amount for Independent Contractors, Sole Proprietors, LLCs and Corporations
04.23.20: Post by TomPost Maddrey, ASMP General Counsel Major Updates to PPP and EIDL (Updated 4/24/20)
04.16.20: Post by Tom Maddrey, ASMP General Counsel The PPP/ EIDL / SBA Programs are CLOSED for new applications/lenders
04.09.20: Post by Tom Maddrey, ASMP General Counsel (Updated) Paycheck Protection Program: Why Every Photographer, Artist and Small Business Needs to Apply
If you have 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 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.
Getty Images: Grants for Editorial Photography Related to COVID-19
LensCulture: COVID-19 Resources for Photographers
Creative Live: CL Now Streaming FREE Health & Wellness Classes
Graphic Artists Guild: COVID-19 Resources
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA): COVID-19 Help Sheet
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA): State-by-State Grant Aid
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
LendEDU: Managing Your Finances During the Coronavirus Outbreak (UPDATED: 3/27/20)
COVID-19 and Freelance Artists: COVID-19 and Freelance Artist Resources (UPDATED 3/29/20)
National Writers Union: Coronavirus Relief for Writers (UPDATED 4/1/20)
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