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Coronavirus Info

As the situation with the health threat posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we'll be updating this post with information and resources. We are coordinating closely with the IA, the AMPTP, the studios and production companies large and small, and monitoring advisories at all governmental levels. We will continue to provide information as it becomes available.

The health and safety of our community is our first priority. If you have any questions or concerns  — of whatever variety — please reach out to us.

MEMBERS - information on DUES can be found here.

Below we have included links to many resources. We encourage you to visit the CDC and WHO for information regarding the virus, situation updates, personal protective precautions and recommendations for community preparedness.

Other Resources you will find below:

Katie Murphy – Assistant Business Rep
katie [at] ialocal871.org

Office: 818.509.7871



Note: Information on this site is not intended to substitute for actual medical care or professional medical advice. If you believe you are, or may be, ill, contact your primary care health provider immediately.

CDC COVID 19 Factsheet
Info for Travelers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html#_blank




Messages from Governor Newsom
Governer's Newsroom - https://www.gov.ca.gov/newsroom/

Messages from Mayor Garcetti

California Department of Public Health

LA County Department of Public Health

OSHA Covid-19 Guidelines

Cal/OSHA Covid-19 Guidelines


When the Paycheck Stops - Recorded Webinar from Labor Community Services and the LA Fed.

FAQs which were addressed in the April 14 EDD Webinar
These have been approved by EDD but they cautioned us that these answers are good for now, but that they may change as the EDD process for getting benefits out changes.

Pandemic Unemplyment Assistance (PUA) How-To

April 15 update: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/04/15/governor-newsom-announces-new-initiatives-to-support-california-workers-impacted-by-covid-19/

EXPANDED EDD HOURS- the Employment Development Department (EDD) will launch a new call center on Monday that will operate 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

PUA ROLLOUT ON APRIL 28th- The EDD will also stand up a one-stop shop for individuals applying for unemployment insurance and the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program starting April 28. The PUA will provide federally funded benefits distinct from UI program for certain individuals out of work or partially unemployed due to COVID-19. This includes the self-employed, individuals who may be employees but who lack sufficient work history and independent contractors. Federal guidelines include gig workers and California’s gig workers will continue to be protected by our strong laws against misclassification in the administration of PUA. PUA benefits will be issued within 24-48 hours – not the traditional 21 days for regular UI claims.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR UNDOCUMENTED CALIFORNIANS- (our members are likely documented but may have family members who are not)- California’s $75 million Disaster Relief Fund will support undocumented Californians impacted by COVID-19 who are ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits and disaster relief, including the CARES Act, due to their immigration status. Approximately 150,000 undocumented adult Californians will receive a one-time cash benefit of $500 per adult with a cap of $1,000 per household to deal with the specific needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals can apply for support beginning next month.

The state’s Disaster Relief Fund will be dispersed through a community-based model of regional nonprofits with expertise and experience serving undocumented communities.

California has developed an immigrant resource guide to provide information about COVID-19 related assistance, including public benefits, that are available to immigrant Californians.

In the state of California, if your employer has shut down operations or reduced hours due to COVID-19, you can file an unemployment insurance claim.

Our general advice is to file for unemployment as soon as possible to minimize the time it will take for you to collect benefits should you become eligible. Filing for unemployment simply creates an account with a state's department of labor; it does not mean you are seeking benefits for any particular week. 

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has announced if you cannot work because you have been exposed to COVID-19, they will provide short term benefit payments. Paid Family Leave can be used if you find you are taking care of a family member who has been quarantined.

For more information go to: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm

Info Just For Entertainment Industry Workers from EDD: https://edd.ca.gov/unemployment/entertainment.htm


Unemployment calculator from Zippia
Zippia analyzed each state's unemployment policies to determine how much unemployed workers at every income level can expect to receive under the coronavirus stimulus. They turned the data into a calculator to determine your potential benefit, along with additional resources and maps.

Members who are working out of state: SB 271, which passed last year, is effective as of January 2020. It ensures that our members who make California their home have full access to UI, SDI and PFL benefits, regardless of whether work on a production takes them to another state.

Work search requirement:

The EDD is currently waiving the work search requirement for COVID related unemployment claims. However, if you are concerned for any reason and want to make sure you are covered, you may go ahead and put yourself on the Local’s availability list. It costs you nothing, satisfies the work search requirement, and can’t be done retroactively.
Log in at www.ialocal871.org and navigate to: https://www.ialocal871.org/My-871/My-Profile/Update-My-Availability. This cannot be done retroactively. If you need your login and password email Office@ialocal871.org.

From the EDD:
https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/eligibility.htm accessed on 4/16/2020

“Due to the impact of COVID-19, we made the following temporary exceptions for all Unemployment Insurance claims until further notice:

  • Waiting Period – The 7-day waiting period is waived for claims beginning on or after January 19, 2020. After you submit your first two-week continued certification, you will be paid for the first week of your claim.
  • Work Search – You are not required to look for work each week to be eligible for benefits.”



IATSE members in Southern California should apply only to MPTF, and the rest of the country should apply only to The Actors Fund. The only exceptions in Southern California are Local 600 and Local 33 who should apply to The Actors Fund.

Motion Picture Television Fund (Southern California Residents)

Intake line: 323-634-3888,  https://mptf.com/help/
All members including sports are eligible

Actors Fund (IATSE members who don't live in Southern California)

Emergency Financial Assistance: 
Instructions for COVID eligibility: https://actorsfund.org/am-i-eligible-help

Other Relief

Will Rogers Pioneers Assistance Fund is pleased to announce Phase 2 of our COVID-19 relief effort.

Individuals can now apply for a Phase 2 Emergency Grant.

Please Note: Phase 2 grants are open to a larger population of film industry workers than Phase 1. Some individuals who did not qualify for Phase 1, will qualify for Phase 2. Please carefully review the criteria here:  https://wrpioneers.org/covid19grant/

United Way of Los Angeles

211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for health, human and social services in Los Angeles County. 211’s phone lines are open 24/7 and are answered by trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time with an updated services database of over 50,000 services.
Call 211 for help: https://www.unitedwayla.org/en/get-help/ or www.211.org

Federal Student Loans

Federal student loan payments will be suspended through September 30.

Good information from the Department for Professional Employees here:

This article from Forbes gives a great breakdown of the current economic relief on this front, including what you should and should not do.

Relief Fund for Hollywood Support Staff - currently not taking any more applications
For support staffers, #PayUpHollywood, Scriptnotes Podcast, Junior Hollywood Radio & Television Society (JHRTS) and YEA! have teamed to create the Hollywood Support Staff COVID-19 Relief Fund (applydonate).

Crowd-sourced guide to local services

Here is a great LA-based, crowd-sourced guide to local services available during COVID-19--covering government benefits, worker/housing/low-income resources, entertainment, best practices, etc. 



Webinar recording:Workers Compensation During Covid-19 from Law firm Ford & Wallach



Covered California

If you haven’t yet qualified for MPI coverage, COVID-19 is now a qualifying event to get Covered California insurance plans. You do not have to have the virus to qualify. Special open enrollment has opened up because of the threat of getting the disease and being uninsured.




For updates visit: https://www.mpiphp.org/home, Click on the COVID-19 tab, and select Latest Updates.

MPI tells us their call systems are getting experiencing long wait times and recommend people email service@mpiphp.org. As a reminder, please include your name, date of birth, MPI ID (or last four numbers of your Social Security Number) and mailing address (or phone number) when sending emails to MPI. This will help expedite the process of responding.


UCLA Health

The UCLA Health Coronavirus Patient Hotline is (310) 267-3300. 

Exer Urgent Care
Urgent care (Anthem), for a $15 copay, is available at all Exer Urgent Care clinics. http://exerurgentcare.com/
Members should ask their favorite Urgent Care if they’re covered by MPI or the individual health plan. Some are. 


(Courtesy of the Actors Fund)

  • Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact—meaning within about six feet—with people who have a cough or other respiratory symptoms.
  • Healthy people do not need to routinely wear face masks to prevent infection, but use a mask if you are caring for someone who is ill.
  • Get the flu vaccine. Older people should also consider getting vaccinated against pneumonia.

If you feel ill:

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your bent elbow, (NOT YOUR HAND) and immediately dispose of tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with others including handshakes and hugging.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • If you think you may have been exposed to Coronavirus, contact a health care provider promptly if you develop a fever, cough or have difficulty breathing.
  • Before you go to a clinic or hospital, call ahead so the staff can take appropriate precautions.
  • Wearing a face mask can stop the spread of droplets that can transmit the virus to others.




Helping Kids cope with the COVID-19 pandemic

Watch the entire CNN/Sesame Street Coronavirus town hall

How to talk to your children about protests and racism (Article)

Short podcast put together by NPR and the Sesame Street Workshop. A primer and understanding on how to talk to young children about race:
Talking Race With Young Children (Podcast Episode)

The Children’s Community School in Philidelphia did all the research and legwork on this information.

Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race

Virtual Summer Camp:

This summer, the L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer over 100 full-day and half-day summer camps at 50 parks countywide. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is offering free and discounted camps at some sites on a first-come, first-served basis.

Family Maker Camp
Makers Summer Camp focuses on hands on learning for children. It's project focused where your child builds things based on their interests. With a focus on science, technology, and art it brings multiple disciplines together. Your child receives daily potential activities they may like ranging from creating slime to building unique art portraits.

Camp Wonderopolis®
Camp Wonderopolis® is the free online summer-learning destination that's full of fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics boosted by Maker experiments!

Camp Google
Google offers a four week interactive summer camp at absolutely no cost. Offering some of the highest quality educational content, Google partners with other giants like NASA, Khan Academy, National Geographic and NPS to create fun and engaging content for children. The summer camp learning activities explores things like the ocean, space, nature and music. Although it's official start date is July 13th, kids can still watch last years educational videos and activities.

Varsity Tutors Virtual Camp
Varsity tutors offers week long interactive summer camps to keep your child's mind active. Some of the virtual camp themes they offer are art, lego, detective and fairy tales.


List from Washington Post

Here's The Entire List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the AFL-CIO are partnering to provide union families with helpful lessons and tools for kids in pre-K through 12th grade who are now learning at home and coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Access lessons, online tools, resources and more.

Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.


A Great Google list of resources, many are free
Parents Supporting Teachers COVID-19 Resources List, Created for Parents, by Parents, with support from Reclaim Our Schools Los Angeles (ROSLA) and the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)

Calendar with when a bunch of different educational livestreams are happening. (NOTE: it’s in Eastern time)

This is from a tech teacher in Aurora, CO.

Another resource from LAUSD

Large spreadsheet with basically All Subjects and virtual ways to learn:

LAUSD Resources

Northshore Learning – Resources by Grade Level
PBS SoCal – Resources by grade Level
Virtual Field Trips

Credit: Claire Fry
Individual Links - resources and Activities :


Harry Potter At Home
Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone
(Other chapters coming…)

Draw Your favorite Disney characters via these easy-to-follow YouTube character tutorials.

Lincoln center Concerts for Kids
For family audiences, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is teaming up with a remarkable group of artists who will bring world-class performances and diverse musical perspectives straight from their homes to yours. We’re excited to share these short performances recorded by the artists themselves with your family at home. New concerts are released on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm ET and Sundays at 11:00 am ET, then available on demand.

Crayola lesson plans, art-infused, standards-based activities and lessons

826: A Good Time to Write: Remote Learning Kit

KIDs &Parents- GoZenOnline offers anxiety relief songs, relaxation exercises and tips for parents on its YouTube channel.

“Read & Learn with Simon Kids” is a new video series hosted on the Simon Kids YouTube channel.

Free Audiobooks for kids – places and suggestions

Moovlee offers yoga and meditation exercises for kids that are led by a cartoon monkey.

Actors reading children’s stories. Rami Malek, Viola Davis, Kevin Costner, etc. Free but donations are accepted that benefit the SAG AFTRA foundation.

Sadler Wells Dance -Family Dance workshop for Kids aged 2-6

The Apricot Lane Farm of the Biggest Little Farm movie in Moorpark is hosting Friday livestreams at 10am
Or visit their you tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/apricotlanefarms

Random suggestion generator in various “to do while at home” Categories

Audible Stories

Mystery science
Khan academy
Scholastic Learn at Home
Free Daily Art Lessons on Facebook from “Make”
Download Coloring Pages from over 100 Museums
Bio- interactive – expected to be posting resources specifically for teaching remotely/teaching at home in the next couple of days
Music Education – Save the Music (things in Orange are available online)
Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari
Cleveland Inner City Ballet - Virtual Online Ballet Instruction Program
Cosmic Kids Yoga – You tube

Georgia Aquarium underwater cams-

Art For Kids YouTube Channel: 

P.E. Classes online:

Music Lessons:

Grade Level Work books for Parents from Teachers:

Over 100 Activities for Kids on a Dime Budget:

Social Studies - 42 Fun Websites to Learn and Teach Social Studies From Home:

Authors Read-Aloud Online: Google Doc is at:

Storytime from Astronauts: Astronauts are reading books from space.

Apps for Special Needs Students at Home:



How to Use Zoom for Video Conferencing & Virtual Meetings


Sync on set Webinars

Media Services

La Public Library online Learning resources

Free Month Trial from The Great Courses:

Free Ivy League classes- 

Open Yale Courses

Coursera –

Harvard University Classes
Carnegie Mellon University

Duke University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Stanford University

UC Berkeley

Social Justice Classes
Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History
Learners will deepen their understanding and appreciation of ways in which race, ethnicity and cultural diversity have shaped American institutions, ideology, law, and social relationships from the colonial era to the present.

African American History: From Emancipation to the Present
The purpose of this course is to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present.

An introduction to American government and politics

Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History
Learners will deepen their understanding and appreciation of ways in which race, ethnicity and cultural diversity have shaped American institutions, ideology, law, and social relationships from the colonial era to the present.

Love as a Force for Social Justice
This course will explore the concept of agape love (compassion/kindness) as a force for social justice and action and as the inspiration for service and the application of knowledge to positive social change

Storytelling 101: Make Your Voice Heard
Black Lives Matter Stories

LGBTQ Pride: From Origins to Evolution Teach-Out

The Safe Zone Project
A free online resource for powerful, effective LGBTQ awareness and ally training workshops

Drawing Classes

10 University Art Classes You Can Take for Free Online

Drawabox is a set of free exercise-based lessons that focus on the fundamentals - the skills you'll need to make sense of all the other resources and tutorials out there.

Proko.com -30 days free

Ctrl+Paint is a free learning resource dedicated to the basics of digital painting. Each bite-sized video covers a different concept, allowing you to learn complex subjects in manageable increments.

Line of Action - Free/Paid
Customized to your drawing goals.

SVS Learn -Emphasis on Storytelling
Learn illustration from the best! Prepare for a career in illustration with our online classes.
For a limited time we're giving a select number of people 30 days free access to all 80+ courses in our membership. But keep it a secret because not everyone is getting this opportunity.

Adobe Classes
Beginner’s Guide to Image Editing in Photoshop, Pluralsight
This series of step-by-step videos will teach you Photoshop terms and definitions and get you started with using basic tools and techniques. You’ll start off by resizing and resampling images, then move on to correcting the colors of an image and removing unwanted information.
Note: free with trial
Duration: 1 hour, 31 minutes

Photoshop Training Channel

Adobe Illustrator tutorial

Adobe InDesign Made Easy: A Beginners Guide to InDesign, Udemy
We know that 105 lessons seem like a lot—but the majority of these lessons are under 10 minutes. Designed by Infinite Skills, this course is a resource for anyone wanting to learn the powerful, often-intimidating page layout and design program. By the end of the class, you’ll be well versed in creating print and digital-ready documents in InDesign.
Duration: 11 hours/ 105 lectures


All types of free classes here – from learning Procreate or Photoshop, to Cooking, to starting an online business.

Art/Art History Classes
Charting the Avant Garde: From Romanticism to Utopic Abstraction

Classes from MoMA
What is contemporary art?

Modern Art & Ideas https://www.coursera.org/learn/modern-art-ideas

In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting

Fashion as Design

Seeing Through Photographs

Playwriting Classes

Cooking classes
Bread Ahead IG LIVE Baking

Restaurant Kitchen Basics Mini Course: Cooking with Eggs
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World of Wine: From Grape to Glass

The Art of Baking with Yuppiechef

Beer: the science of brewing


Cuisinart Culinary School (Via YouTube playlist)

Milk Street Cooking School
The Art of Kitchen Improv and 12 other Cooking Classes free through April 30

Lauren Koeppe of Create Hospitality and her fiancée Page Jeter are hosting a cooking show via Instagram @createhospitality. They go live nightly at 7 p.m. PST, each time cooking a new dish.

Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen is helping Angelenos cook at home via Starry Kitchen’s subreddit
Fermentology - NC State: Join us for a series of short talks (20 minutes on average) about the culture, history and science behind the foods you have at home.
Recordings on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOhUw_dukMNGv0c6BJRsacQ

Harvard University - Science & Cooking
Audit this class taught by top chefs and Harvard researchers that explores how traditional and modernist cooking techniques can illuminate basic principles in chemistry, physics, and engineering.

Start Writing Fiction

Writing for Self-Discovery
By signing up for a two-month free trial to Skillshare Premium, you can use this course to take you through six meditative writing prompts that help open your mind, leave judgment behind, and make the most of your writing. You’ll also have access to over 100 courses on everything from interior design to business analytics.

Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar.

The Art of Storytelling (part of Pixar in a Box, above) is here: https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar/storytelling

The Clues to a Great Story

Storytelling 101: Make Your Voice Heard
Black Lives Matter Stories

Sundance Co//ab - Summer 2020 Writers' Cafe
Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 - 10:00 am (PT) - Quiet Writing Space
10:00 - 10:30 am (PT) - Optional Breakout Rooms
Looking to add a bit of discipline to your writing schedule? Then join us for an hour of dedicated writing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00 am (PT) in our online Writers’ Café. It's the perfect time to join others working on their projects or simply exercising their creative muscles. We’ll have a writing prompt posted to spark the imagination and the room’s chat function enabled if you want to pose a question, get community feedback, or make new connections. It's free, so there’s no reason not to pull up a chair and join in.

Career Classes
Effective Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

Introduction to Time Management

How to Plan your Career Path

Becoming Career Smart: How to Sell Yourself

Successful Career Development

Dealing With Difficult People In Life & Work
Discover how to deal with difficult people and conflict, and build healthy relationships with this free online course.

Make Money from Home: How to Build an Online Business

Personal / Business Networking Skills For Maximum Success!
Learn the key strategies for people of all levels to network successfully this free online networking skills course.

Collaborative Working in a Remote Team
Learn how to work effectively and collaboratively with your team, whether you're at home or on the other side of the world.

Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management
Learn the basics of project planning and management so you can run effective projects at work or in daily life.

The Manager's Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Managing People at Work

The Art of Negotiation

Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills
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Introduction to Negotiation: A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive Negotiator

Introducing the Art of Negotiation

Introduction to Negotiation: A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive Negotiator

Diploma in Communication Skills - Revised
Develop your soft skills by mastering the art of communication and persuasion, with this free online course.

Improving Communication Skills

Writing Professional Email and Memos

Communication in the 21st Century Workplace

Communication Strategies for a Virtual Age

Intercultural Communication and Conflict Resolution

Public Speaking Essentials: How to Craft Your Personal Story

Learn a language for free. Forever.

Hello Talk
Learn a language by chatting with native speakers around the world. For free!

Customizable flashcards and quizzes for language lovers

Music Lessons
3 months free guitar, bass or ukelele lessons from Fender


An Introduction to Screenwriting – University of East Anglia

Existentialism in Literature & Film – - Hubert Dreyfus, UC Berkeley

Creative Activism - - Peter Woodbridge, Coventry University

Holocaust in Film and Literature – – Todd Presner, UCLA
http://www.openculture.com/holocaust-in-film-and-literature-a-free-online-course-from-ucla Introduction to Film Studies - Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan, IIT Madras

Philosophy in Film and Other Media - Related Materials - Irving Singer, MIT
or https://www.youtube.com/watch" target="_blank"> https://www.youtube.com/watch

The Film Experience – - David Thorburn, MIT

Film, Images & Historical Interpretation in the 20th Century: The Camera Never Lies
This course is a short taster on the topic of the use of Images, Film, and their use in historical interpretation in the 20th century.
Starts May 4

Moviola – all kinds of bite sized Practical filmmaking lessons here

No Film School – not classes so much as tons of information and video essays.

Other Classes
Free Classes About COVID-19:
20+ courses from institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and the World Health Organization (WHO). All are free to enroll

Disney Imagineering in a Box
Learn how to be an imagineer, the people responsible for the creation, design, and construction of Disney theme parks. Offered through the Khan Academy, this class comprises 32 videos from Imagineers with interactive activities to give you the opportunity to dream and design a theme park experience.

Nikon School
The venerable camera brand offers 10 online classes centered around photography. You can all of them for free through April 30. Learn everything from the basics of your DSLR camera to the art of making a music video. While some classes take just 15 minutes to complete, others run more than an hour.

Science Of Exercise

Master Gardener Series: Vegetable Gardening
Become a vegetable growing pro with this online class that only takes four to six hours to complete. This course teaches you how to select a proper garden site, prepare soil, plant vegetables, and identify common insect and disease problems.

Feng Shui Your Home Office
If your office is need of some serious help with energy flow, download this course with videos and ebook to help you out. (Enter the code “freeoffice” at checkout.)

Get Organized!

Astrophysics: Exploring Exoplanets

Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology

Learning how to Learn

Comics: Art in Relationship

The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture

Free books, plays & other Literary texts

List of resources:

This ‘National Emergency Library’ is offering free online access to 1.4 million books

La Public Library online Learning resources

Free Audio Books
Great list of where & how to get free audiobooks.

Fot the Curious

For science enthusiasts, this site curates tons of articles that you don't need a science degree to appreciate.

How Stuff Works
An award-winning source of unbiased, reliable, easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works.


TED talks
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

COVID Related Ted talks:

Social Justice Talks

Writing/story talks

Film & Film Festivals

Films on Racial Justice - Many companies are making films about Racial Justice free for a time. Here's the ones we found so far:

Selma - Paramount Pictures has made Ava DuVernay's Selma free to rent on all digital platforms through the month of June.

Just Mercy - Warner Bros. made wrongful conviction drama Just Mercy, starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, free to rent for this month

The 13th - Netflix has made DuVernay's Oscar-nominated doc The 13th, which takes a look at the country's prison industrial complex, free for viewing on the streamer's YouTube channel.

The Criterion Channel announced that it would be taking down the pay wall in front of many films from black filmmakers, including work from Maya Angelou, Julie Dash and William Greaves, among others. https://www.criterion.com/

Monthly short film festival
Watch & vote every month



LA Times – daily updates:

Here Are All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus Crisis (Updating)

National Theatre – Free theatre on Thursday nights (available on youtube for 7days) Starting April 2

Shakespeare at the Globe

Stratford Festival Theatre

Individual plays (some are limited time only)

all wear bowlers
production: Kirk Douglas Theatre, Center Theatre Group, 2005

Dead Centre’s hallucinatory experimental theatre masterpiece has been made available for public consumption – just click on this link and use the password ‘context’.

Orange Tree Theatre’s Production of “Amsterdam” -until April 27
Maya Arad Yasur’s acclaimed play about the legacy of the Holocaust in Europe’s present

Royal Court Theatre and Abbey Theatre production of “Cypress Avenue”
This hard hitting black comedy Cyprus Avenue tells the story of a man struggling with the past and terrified of the future.

Central Park’s Delacorte Theater as part of the New York Shakespeare Festival
King Lear- 1974, Starring James Earl Jones, Raul Julia, Rosalind Cash, Paul Sorvino

Broadway plays/Musicals

Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals Each show goes live on the channel on Friday at 7pm BST (2pm EDT, 5am AEDT), and usually remains viewable for 48 hours afterward.

Dance/Physical theatre

Cirque du Soleil – 60 minute highlight specials from various shows.

English National Ballet - Each Wednesday will see a fresh dance performance broadcast on ENB’s Facebook and YouTube channels, available to stream for free for 48 hours.

The Royal Opera House - opera and ballet: a major opera or ballet will be streamed every Friday at 7pm for a month.

Sadler’s Wells (Dance) shows and workshops for free

Metropolitan Opera Streaming new opera every night 

‘Abraham in Flames’
A young girl comes of age in Tehran in a 2019 performance of this chamber opera with music by Aleksandra Vrebalov. The work is inspired by librettist Niloufar Talebi’s personal experiences as well as the writings of Iranian poet Ahmad Shamlou. Available anytime. Free.

The Royal Opera House - opera and ballet: a major opera or ballet will be streamed every Friday at 7pm for a month.

Glendale Noon Concerts
Every FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAY at 12:10-12:40 pm. Free.


Virtual Family Concert: John Williams: Maestro of the Movies
Available for viewing until July 14.
Lights, camera, action! Celebrate the treasured film music of John Williams in an exhilarating performance featuring your favorite themes from “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park,” and more! This 45-minute online concert replaces the live Family Musical Morning series performance originally scheduled on May 30. Audiences of all ages will enjoy performances of selections from John Williams’ film scores.

Vancouver Symphony
Beethoven Fest – Virtual Finale

Cellist Yo Yo Ma has a #songsofcomfort on his social media accounts:

La Phil at home- playlist

Colorado Symphony Digital Ode to Joy

Museum virtual tours

Using Google Art & Culture, you can take a virtual tour of museums throughout the world.  


Getty resources

Visit the Guggenheim from home

British Museum very cool interactive timeline

The Louvre – online Tours

Van Gogh Museum

Frida Kahlo Museum

Israel Museum

A Free Jean-Michel Basquiat & Keith Haring Virtual Exhibit Opens To The Public Today

Other Virtual Tours

List of resources

Virtual Tours of 12 Incredible Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings

Winchester Mystery House

Google Maps Virtual Tours (Includes places like Venice, Petra, Grand Canyon, Mt Fuji)



Self-care tips during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Mayo Clinic

Here are a few tips you can use to take care of yourself:
Physical health:
  • Fuel your body by eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of water.
  • Aim to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
  • Exercise every day.
  • Take deep breaths and stretch often.
  • Avoid risky or destructive behaviors, such as abusing alcohol or drugs, excessive gambling or ignoring public health recommendations.
  • Spend time outside, such as going for a walk in the park, but follow social distancing guidelines.
Mental health:
  • Set and maintain a routine at home.
  • Focus on things you can control.
  • Use technology to maintain social connections with your loved ones. Consider a regular check-in schedule to give you something to look forward to.
  • Focus your thoughts on the present and things to be grateful for today.
  • Listen to music or read books.
  • Consume reliable news sources that report facts, and avoid media that sensationalizes emotions. Limit your exposure or take a break from news and social media if you find that it makes you anxious.
  • Lean on your personal beliefs and faith for support.
  • Look for ways to help your community, such as blood donations, checking on older people in your neighborhood, or donating supplies or money to local organizations.
  • Acknowledge and appreciate what others are doing to help you and your community.

Symptoms to watch for:
If any of the these things become persistent or interfere with daily functioning and are outside the norm for the COVID-19 pandemic, contact your health provider for help and guidance:
  • Trouble focusing on daily activities
  • Anxiety that turns into feelings of being out of control
  • Strong feelings that interfere with daily activities
  • Having emotions that become difficult to manage
  • Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness



Headspace and the LA County Department of Mental Health have partnered to provide support and resources during this challenging time.

You can access meditations, as well as sleep and movement exercises, designed to help you care for your mind — all free through 2020.
Coursera: From de-mystifying mindfulness to understanding the science of happiness, we’re making popular wellness courses available for free.

CreativeLive would like to extend our Health & Wellness classes for free to the creative community.

Audible – Free Audio Experiences designed to invite relaxation and Sleep

Optum - public toll-free help line number, (866) 342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for as long as necessary. This service is free of charge and open to anyone.

Several coping and disaster tools and resources available

Awakened Breathwork – ONLINE!
Classes are NOW ONLINE on Wednesdays at 6pm PST so you can reap the benefits from the comfort of your home. 

Great Portal site to wellness & mental health resources

Yale class on how to be happy

Lots of Wellness resources here for navigating uncharted times

Sound healer Roxie Sarhangi is offering sound baths over Instagram. Her next scheduled event is March 18 at 7 p.m. Follow her on Instagram @roxiesoundhealing

Meditation app "Calm" is offering several free resources here, including sleep meditations, sleep stories, video tutorials on stretching, meditations for kids, and more. 


Yoga With Adriene

FREE Online Quarantine Pilates Pack

UltraCore Power is proud to announce its 100 % FREE XR30 AT-HOME – Fitness Program


Yoga app Down Dog’s Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute classes will be free until May 1.

Dancer Kelleia Sheerin will host her “Kelleia & the Jazz” dance classes live on Instagram. The next one is on Thursday, March 19 at 12:30 p.m. PST. Find her on Instagram @kelleiaandthejazz.

305 Fitness: This all-levels dance cardio fitness class feels like an ‘80s-style aerobic workout. Head over to YouTube for free live and recorded classes with themes like throwback Thursday and country hoedown.

Edge Performing Arts Center: The Hollywood studio is one of L.A.’s premiere places to train for a dance career in film, television and stage. Head to Instagram to find free class videos in jazz, ballet barre and contemporary.

Dancing Alone Together is an online platform and resource for livestreamed classes, performance footage and dance projects.

The dance community has also compiled class lists:



IATSE C.A.R.E.S. is designed to provide support to our most at-risk, elderly, and/or disabled members during the COVID-19 crisis.

LA Labor Volunteer Corps
If you are in good health, join the relief efforts by taking part in the LA Labor Volunteer Corps, organized by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor:

PHONE VOLUNTEERS Care Calls is our newest volunteer program that provides quick-and-easy, friendly check-in calls with our older industry members who are sheltering-in-place. We provide the talking points and you call on behalf of MPTF to say hello and let them know about the services we provide especially during this COVID-19 time.

GROCERY RELIEF Volunteers deliver pre-packed boxes of essential groceries to those in need. We are focusing on our most vulnerable industry members who are retired, elderly, disabled, or those living with health risk factors

Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely—anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection works.

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project recruits passionate volunteers to staff the crisis intervention services for LGBTQ youth. (Most of these are online/on the phone). All volunteers must be at least 18 years old and there are a variety of roles available.
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