We are all standing witness to a history that will be told for generations. Such a time calls for introspective creativity and resilience that's common to the arts and humanities. No one will be exempted from the impacts of COVID-19. While we recognize that attention must be paid first and foremost on the life-saving work happening at this moment in time, including social distancing and increased testing, we also need to do better than simply live. Before Utah can begin its recovery, it's important to know what recovery is needed. It is in this spirit of unity that we collect and release the following sobering data.

Utah Cultural Alliance is proud to partner with Utah Department of Heritage and Arts, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Utah Humanities, Utah Museums Association, Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP), and Salt Lake City Arts Council to measure the impacts of COVID-19 on our cultural sector. We are proud to work together to support what Utah needs to recover its physical, emotional, and fiscal health. 


We invite all who care about the arts, museums, and humanities to:

  1. Donate to the state's fund to support cultural nonprofits.

  2. Find virtual events as well as see what's open NOW on We invite all to support #cultureyourway -- at the risk and comfort level that works for you. Whether it's virtual, adapted (drive-in, curbside, window, etc.), or in-person, this industry as options for you!

  3. Participate in bi-monthly conference calls for the cultural industry in Utah (click here for a schedule)

  4. Explore COVID resources including grants, SBA loans, and more for recovery that we've put together for UCA Members*

  5. Attend webinars for the cultural sector with trainings on surviving COVID (click here for a schedule // click here for past webinars)

  6. Show off how you're participating in culture while #stayinghome! Creating art and engaging in the humanities is a great way to keep your sanity while keeping all of us healthy. Tag #utculturefromhome on any social media platform. We'll amplify what you post!

State of Utah invests $20.5 Million 

The Utah Legislature has made a significant and vital investment in this industry at a time when we need it the most. Between the Create in Utah and Multi Cultural Affairs grants, that investment totals $20.5M. Additionally, they have given our industry access to both rounds of Shop in Utah Grants, Safe in UT Grants, and the Commercial Rent program totaling $94M. The legislature has made the second largest investment in the country to the cultural industry. And truly with the additional programs, perhaps the greatest. They have invested $22.9M towards making our schools safe. In UT, the cultural industry is allowed to open. Arts education is allowed to happen in schools. Not all states are so lucky.

It is time to express our gratitude. We at Utah Cultural Alliance, Utah Department of Heritage and Arts, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Utah Humanities, and Utah Museums Association ask each of you to personally write a thank you note to the legislature. Please write your to your personal and organizational legislators as well as to all members of Executive Appropriations.

  • Contact info is here
  • If writing a personal thank you note is too much work, click here to send an email 


  1. COVID-19 Language Accessible Resources
  2. COVID Recovery Resources for UCA Members including streaming resources, program apps, videostreaming, and funding opportunities* 
  3. COVID-19 Recovery:
    1. Federal Relief Funds for Culture within the CARE act* including NEA, NEH, and forgivable SBA loans
    2. State Relief: Utah Leads Together 2.0 // click here for the plan // click here for industry guidelines for reopening // click here for our summary.
    3. Regional, county, and city Relief options*
  4. Information on Forgivable SBA Payroll Protection Loans and Disaster Relief Loans*
  5. FMLA and Sick Leave info for Employers*
  6. Recordings of Cultural Sector COVID Webinars
  7. COVID-19 Resources for UT Cultural Organizations
  8. COVID-19 Resources for Business:  
  9. Apply for Unemployment Benefits & Info for Employers about Unemployment:
  10. Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely
  11. Racial Equity & Inclusion Fund


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  • Kathie Webster
    commented 2020-03-17 20:00:23 -0600
    Due to the Coronovirus-19, the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds will lose any additional funding requests for the year due to the suspension of our concert season. The group will also honor the requests from members that would like a refund of part of their yearly membership dues since the rehearsals have also been cancelled. The band counts on the publicity they have from a full performance season. With the cancelling of the final two concerts, we have lost one-third of the audience member support from the year.