COVID-19 Resources

Dear Presenters,

For an industry whose long-standing motto is "the show must go on," the events of the past couple of weeks have been shocking. We want you to know we are here for you and will be scheduling calls with Michigan Presenters to keep us connected, supported, and engaged as we work through this unprecedented time. You can contact me at, or call or text me on my cell at 231-690-5130. Like many of you, I am working from home and am available throughout the day.

Over the next several weeks, the board of Michigan Presenters will also discuss plans for our June conference. We are not certain this will take place in Kalamazoo, and if that's the case we will put together a virtual convening to advance our mission and provide professional development opportunities for our membership. Coming together, whether in person or virtually, is critical, especially now as we begin the process to restart ourselves.


We’ve put together some resources for you below. We hope these are helpful to you. Please also stay connected by following us on Facebook and sign up to receive email newsletters from us.

Stay safe, be well, look out for one another.


Xavier Verna, President

Michigan Presenters Nonprofit Network

On Sunday, March 22, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-20 , requiring all theatres, cinemas and indoor performance venues (among other similar businesses) to close to the public through April 13, 2020.


On Monday, March 23, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21, the Stay Home, Stay Safe order through April 13, 2020.

Please complete this brief survey for Americans for the Arts to assess the economic impact of COVID-19 on the arts sector:


Find real-time results with this dashboard.

Here are some resources, including some great suggestions by the epidemiologist from the University of Michigan who spoke at our March 13 conference call:

Journalists to follow, recommended by epidemiologist:

From epidemiologist: "Some academic research centers have been on top of the outbreak since it began. They have good data from around the world and are compiling additional resources."


Additional Resources:

TRG Arts will be hosting a series of free 30-minute roundtable discussions with their CEO. Sign up here.

Colleen Dilenschneider issued a report addressing when patrons anticipate returning to regular attendance behaviors. Check it out here.

DATA UPDATE: How COVID-19 is Impacting Intentions to Visit Cultural Entities – March 23, 2020

Capacity Interactive put together some digital marketing suggestions and examples in a blog post.


Emergency Preparedness Example:



Resources on remote teaching (Google drive)

Some positive messaging from Tim Cusack about how to cope

Americans for the Arts Resource and Response Center:

ArtsReady has put together a set of valuable resources. Visit ArtsReady for more and replay the following webinars from APAP and ArtsReady’s partners in the field:

From Michael Kaiser of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, PRACTICAL STEPS DURING A TIME OF UNCERTAINTY.


Association of Performing Arts Presenters:

APAP and the Alliance of Performing Arts Conferences hosted the first in a series of important field-wide conversations. You can now watch it online: "We Are Stronger Together: Navigating Crises and Sustaining Healthy Relationships in the Era of Coronavirus." Also posted is the full transcript and the chat box thread.

Washington Post Article:

The virus has arts groups hanging by a thread. Some ideas about saving them.

Notes from the Michigan Presenters conference call on Friday, March 13:

Michigan Presenters COVID-19 Preparedness Conference Call Notes


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