Friday, April 3, 2020, was the first day that small businesses could apply for federally-funded relief programs recently passed by Congress (Small Business Administration). Experts have advised that all small businesses (regardless of being an LLC, S-Corp, sole proprietor, or independent contractor) should apply as soon as possible due to potential demand. These funds are available to businesses as small as one person!
Beginning Friday, April 3rd through Tuesday, April 7th, Firelight Media, IDA, and ITVS hosted a series of hour-long webinars covering the basics of applying for the various SBA programs.
All webinars feature presentations by Cornerstone Government Affairs, a bipartisan consulting firm, specializing in federal and state government relations and business advisory services.
Watch a recording of the Friday, April 3rd webinar (ASL accessible):
Featuring Simon Kilmurry of IDA and Marcia Smith of Firelight Media with filmmaker Jacqueline Olive as an applicant case study; moderated by Tamara Gould of ITVS. This session includes live ASL interpretation.
Watch a recording of the Monday, April 7th webinar:
Featuring Jolene Pinder of Kartemquin Films with filmmakers Byron Hurt and Elodie Edjang as applicant case studies; moderated by Jim Sommers of ITVS.
Looking for additional resources?
(1) Start by downloading an FAQ: Filmmaker's Guide To Applying For US Coronavirus Federal Relief [PDF]
(2) Then read a summary of the CARES Act resources for workers and families [PDF]
(3) Next read a summary of small business loans programs [PDF]
For more detailed guidelines, view our collection of comprehensive COVID-19 relief resources for filmmakers.
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