Arts Alliance Illinois held a webinar last Friday to review financial relief opportunities for freelancers, independent contractors, and gig economy workers in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

The webinar explains the newly expanded unemployment benefits program, opportunities for individuals in small business relief programs, and other potential sources of assistance for independent contractors.

The webinar can be viewed below or at

The Alliance has also developed an FAQ related Small Business Loans (including local, state, and federal programs with nonprofit eligibility) —click here to access it.

COVID-19 Policy Briefing: Unemployment Benefits

A representative of the Illinois Department of Employment Security will answer your specific questions, as well as questions from past webinars. There will also be a review the expanded unemployment benefits program that will open on May 11 for independent contractors. This is your opportunity to go straight to the source for answers and to provide input.

Tune in at 3:10 for an up-to-the-minute policy update from Jonathan VanderBrug on COVID-related relief.

Date and Time: Thursday, April 30, 3:00pm CT

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How you can help: Visit our advocacy page to quickly connect to your legislators and voice your support for financial relief for artists and arts organizations affected by the COVID-19 crisis.