ASMP is providing links from the worldwide community as well as resources we have created to help all photographers cope with this crisis. All links and information provided were accurate at the time of their posting, but this is a fluid and oft-changing situation, and you must check with your state and federal authorities to ensure what is referenced still applies. ASMP does not guarantee or endorse the accuracy of the information presented below — the following links are being shared as additional resources to all our members and visitors. Further, ASMP accepts no responsibility, and will not be liable for, the use of or reliance on the information provided.
ASMP New England remains on-hold for in-person programming but we are still committed to this group and providing you with the resources you need as we navigate the continued COVID-19 pandemic. We are here to offer a community for support. We are in this together. Please check back here for information on managing your business, government assistance, ASMP advocacy and virtual meet-ups.
Note: ASMP members should send in their questions and experiences to the Q&A on the ASMP National COVID-19 Info Hub. This helps ASMP as an organization be most up to date on the very fluid coronavirus situation and get you accurate responses to issues already settled.
A companion to ASMP’s Health + Safety Guide for COVID-19, this set of documents, forms, and videos discusses how creators should approach the business and legal issues facing them during the pandemic. This Guide, authored by ASMP General Counsel Thomas Maddrey and his team of attorneys at Maddrey PLLC, helps to identify some of the most pressing issues that the pandemic creates for your businesses.
Help ASMP Help You
- COVID-19 Advocacy: ASMP Sends Letters to Key Congressional Leaders Urging Additional Relief Funds
- Send letters to Congress about the need for additional stimulus for freelancers and small business owners
- If you are finding the info from ASMP useful and are in the position to help keep it coming, you may donate to the ASMP Legal Advocacy Fund.
Share your questions, experiences, and suggestions for Coronavirus issues with national counsel Tom Maddrey. Submit them here.
Town Hall Meetings
ASMP understands this a stressful time for photographers and all creators, and in response, ASMP held a series of virtual town hall meetings. To view previously recorded COVID-19 Town Hall Q&As, go to Town Hall Webinar Archives.
Financial Guidance & Assistance
- New Hampshire Self Employed Livelihood Fund (SELF)
- Boston Small Business Relief Fund
- U.S Small Business Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- SBA website for Covid-19 related loans
- Freelancers Relief Fund via Freelancers Union
- WBUR – Lost Income Due To COVID-19? Here Are Grants And Resources For Artists And Nonprofits
- NYT Article on Stimulus Bill: Expanded Unemployment, Tax Rebates and the Stimulus Checks
Re-opening & Working Safely
- Covid Restrictions by State:
- National Set Medics’ COVID-19 Guidelines for TV and Film Productions™
- The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Task Force’s Guidelines
- Fostering Creativity and Personal Health- MJ68 Productions
- COVID-19 Guide for Visual Journalists
Grants & Call For Entries
Virtual Events, Learning & Opportunities
- Adobe on Covid-19
- B&H’s Event Space
- Stuck Inside Webinars with Matt K
- Live Q&A with Sally Mann
- Support local – Hunt’s Photo Education has online courses
- Free e-books from Bobbi & Lee:
- Brush up on Your Photography & Processing Skills with Bobbi & Lee
- Bring Home the Leica Akademie
- Sprout Studio’s 14-Day Marketing Plan Challenge & Coronavirus COVID-19 First-Aid Hub
- ASMP launched a member-only digital publication called Legal Jump-start: ASMP’s Business & Legal Primer for Photographers.
- Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Reads & Resources
- Women Photographers Finding Solace in Personal Projects During Covid-19
- Boston Globe Slack Channel for Small Business Owners
- Freelancers Union Mutual Aid Society
- National Endowment for the Arts COVID-19 Resources
- WPPI and Rangefinder COVID Page
- Mental Health Resources to Help Prevent Creative and Professional Burnout
- Photographers making isolation sexy
- Amy V. Cooper’s Blog on Marketing & Business tips for Photographers
Great points from Heather Elder on what to think about during a slow time:
- Make a list of all your open jobs, with photos coming up on license, renewing licenses is income for you!
- Repurpose imagery for your clients…”hey remember that brand image library we created? let’s go back in and see how we can make it work more for you”
- Maintain your relationships with your clients– what are ways you can cultivate your relationships during this time?
- You are helping creatives/art directors/creative directors create content and solve problems – what are some ways you can create more content for your clients? DIG DEEP to find ways to collaborate differently!
- Take this time to reflect on your BRAND, photographers must think of themselves as a brand, who are you, what do you stand for, create a “vision statement”
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