Resources for Arts + Nightlife Organizations

July 19, 2021

Many nightlife and arts organizations are still struggling, despite the return to a new normal.  The following are resources specifically for these industries.

ELEVATE  Nightlife
NYC Office of Nightlife is working with the Mayor’s office of Community Mental Health and Backline Care to connect the nightlife community directly with mental health services.  Visit the site to find free services that address the issues facing this community.

In addition every Monday from 4-5pm, there is a free weekly support group for industry professions, beginning Monday July 19.  Zoom id: 856 3024 7875

Hospitality Hire
The City’s Workforce1 Career Centers can tap a pool of 100,000+ candidates to identify qualified individuals to meet your Front-of-House and Back-of-House hiring needs by:

  • Sourcing job seekers through its candidate databases, paid advertisements (at no cost to you) and through local partner organizations;
  • Recruiting and screening candidates based on your needs—and referring the most qualified to your restaurant; and
  • Scheduling interviews

Webinars are taking place on Tuesday, June 29, and Thursday, July 8 from 10:00am – 10:30am. If you have questions or would like to receive a recording of the webinar, please email

Learn more & RSVP here. Can’t join on those dates but have immediate hiring needs? Submit a request for hiring assistance here.

Curtains Up NYC
Shuttered Venue Program
SBA has begun making the first round of Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) award decisions. See SBA’s FAQ if you have applied but have not yet been notified of an award. For more information and to view applicant resources, visit the SVOG website. For SVOG application portal technical support such as a password reset, browser suggestions, or how to use the multi-factor authentication with an app and the QR code, applicants can call 1-800-659-2955 or, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, 1-800-877-8339 and follow the prompts to SVOG assistance.

NYC live-performance venues, businesses, and non-profit organizations applying for SVOG and other federal assistance can access free technical assistance through Curtains Up NYC, a program partnership of MOME and NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS). Trained counselors are also available for virtual, one-on-one sessions. Information is available on the Curtains Up NYC webpage or 888-SBS-4NYC.

NYC Artist Corps
The application for City Artist Corps grants is now live and applications for the second cycle close on July 20 at 10am. This program of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York Foundation for the Arts with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is a historic investment in local artists.

City Artist Corps Grants are intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The program will distribute one-time $5,000 grants to over 3000 artists to help sustain their practice and engage the public across New York City’s five boroughs this summer beginning July. Artists working in any discipline are eligible to apply.


ELEVATE Nightlife Mental Health Initiative
Forum on healing from the collective trauma
On Wednesday, June 23rd, we launched ELEVATE Nightlife Mental Health Initiative with a forum on healing from collective trauma. This pandemic has been such a difficult time for everyone in the nightlife community and we have heard many painful stories. In response the Office of Nightlife is now working with our partners at the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health and Backline Care to connect the nightlife community directly with mental health resources and services through the new ELEVATE Nightlife Mental Health Initiative.  Watch it on YouTube.

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