#WeGoUnScene – Support our industry!

How it works

Post a picture of yourself at work using the hashtag #WeGoUnScene on Instagram, Twitter – or post a picture directly on our Facebook page.

Include a short story on why you enjoy working in the entertainment industry.

We’ll repost the photo on Instagram or highlight it on our Facebook page to show others that #WeGoUnScene.

LEAN (Leadership Emergency Arts Network) NETWORK

We are in extraordinary times with a sector (and society) faced with unprecedented obstacles and changes.  AND YET we are an extraordinary sector, filled with extraordinary people, and we need to all work together to weather this storm.  LEAN was formed as an immediate, ad hoc, pro bono response network to help arts organizations, big and small, deal with what is coming at them.


We are former arts leaders who care deeply about our sector. We have a network of hundreds of years of experience among a selection of phenomenal volunteers who all feel as we do.  We believe in service leadership – now more than ever in this extraordinary time. We are offering our services in this crisis environment – the help each other get through it to help make sure we all end up standing at the end of this.

This initiative was pulled together by The Lean Team: Celia Smith, Michele Maheux and Jeanne LeSage.

TOartist COVID19 Response Fund

For more information on making a pledge or donation, please contact Leslie Francombe, Philanthropy and Sponsorship Manager, at leslie[at]torontoarts[dot]org.

All donations made to the fund will be eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

Fund Launch date: March 26, 2020
Funds raised to date (April 7, 2020): $723,051
Artists this will support: approximately 723
Artists who have reached out in need: over 1,600
Donate today to give relief to even more artists ​

CARFAC Ontario Survey

What do you need to create and share art during the COVID-19 pandemic? CARFAC Ontario is collecting information from artists about their most urgent needs, and any identified new resources that will allow them to continue producing and presenting work during the COVID-19 pandemic. This information will be consolidated, and shared with arts councils to advocate for and inform any necessary modifications to their guidelines and granting programs, and to assess the need to create new funding streams.

For example, are you suddenly in need of a new computer, or new software? Do you require specific technology to collaborate with others remotely? How do you imagine publicly presenting your work if physical spaces are closed? Are there new materials or resources you suddenly find yourself needing (i.e. home studio equipment)? And are there any ways that arts councils can alter their funding criteria, guidelines, and programming to better respond to your needs?

Please note, we are looking for information exclusively about creating and sharing art; this is not intended to inform the creation of an emergency relief fund.

We will not share your personal information.

If you have any questions, please email:

Jason Samilski
Managing Director, CARFAC Ontario

Global Relief Fund For Live Music Crews

UPDATE: Applications are now open until 1 May 2020

The Crew Nation fund is here to help support live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19. You can apply for financial assistance from the Crew Nation fund below.

Live Nation has committed $10 million to Crew Nation – contributing an initial $5 million to the fund, then matching the next $5 million given by artists, fans and employees dollar for dollar.


To qualify, you must:

  • Be a live entertainment touring or venue crew member who makes 50% or more of your income from this field. Crew members are all of the front of house and backstage staff that help bring concerts to life.
  • Provide documentation proving financial impact due to COVID-19 from show or tour cancellations or postponements in March or April (e.g., pay stubs, copy of your contract, flyers or links to event sites listing your involvement in the canceled or postponed event, letter/email from employer identifying cancellation, etc.)
  • Provide a copy of your most recent tax return or equivalent documentation.

Please note, even if you meet the above qualifications, you will be ineligible if you: 

  • Received or anticipate receiving pay from your employer from April 1, 2020 through April 30, 2020.

Lost Work Survey

The IATSE is lobbying the government on behalf of entertainment workers who are losing work due to COVID-19.  Although there are sectors that we don’t currently represent, as the union behind entertainment, we believe all workers have the right to be represented and so we are fighting for everyone, regardless of membership status.

In order to show the government the catastrophic effect this is having on our industry, we are compiling data to show the losses to entertainment workers. 

Financial support for entertainment workers

The AFC is the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry.

You are professionally eligible if you:

  • Are working age and have earned the majority of your income from entertainment industry work in 2019


  • Are over 65 and have earned the majority of your income from the industry over your working life

If you do not meet these guidelines exactly, we still encourage you to apply. We are aiming to help as many people as possible during this crisis. 


URGNT LIVE is a Toronto-based online venue. What started as livestream series in empty venues created in response to the COVID-19 outbreak has quickly adapted to promote social distancing and create a curated platform to present and support the best of the city’s musicians. Our goals are:

  • to unify the arts industry in Toronto in a safe and creative way; 
  • to raise money to pay a nominal fee to all involved parties to help with lost gigs and wages as a result of the quarantine; 
  • to document and catalogue this unique period in history; and
  • to make compelling content available to audiences when they need it most.

Urgent times call for urgent creativity. Our artists will lead the way.

The videos are free to watch, but the project is not. To pay your cover charge to support the economy of culture, go to our gofundme page.


Need emergency financial aid? AFC Helps. Learn more