Utah Film Industry COVID-19 Workforce Resources

The Utah Film Commission is here to support our local film industry. We are monitoring the rapidly evolving situation around COVID-19 and our focus is on the health and safety of our communities.

In an effort to better protect the public and Utah Film Commission staff from the spread of COVID-19, our offices at Council Hall will be closed to the public, effective March 16, 2020 until further notice. Staff will continue to be available to respond to requests for information, so please reach out to the Utah Film Commission at film@utah.gov with any questions or feedback.

For more information about COVID-19 from trusted sources, follow guidance from the Utah Coronavirus Task Force, the Utah Department of Health, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Below is an ongoing list of resources available to Utah residents and businesses in the film industry.

Utah Film Directory
Utah Film Commission offers a FREE Directory of crew persons and support services. Industry professionals search the directory for talented Utahns in the film industry to hire for future productions. To register as CREW or SUPPORT SERVICES, follow these easy steps: 

    • Login here
    • Create or update a current listing
    • Don’t forget to add a headshot or company logo to your listing
    • Save it to complete the listing

Utah Department of Workforce Services
The application for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is now available. This program extends benefits to individuals previously ineligible for unemployment benefits such as self-employed or gig economy workers. For more info and to apply visit http://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/.

Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development offers business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. Visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/ for information related to COVID19 for businesses.

Utah COVID-19 Commercial Rental Assistance Program
Beginning May 11, 2020, Utahns can apply for the COVID-19 Commercial Rental Assistance Program which grants $40 million in rental relief to Utah small businesses that have lost revenue as a result of measures taken during the pandemic to minimize the public’s exposure to COVID-19.

Utah COVID-19 PPE Support Grant Program
The COVID-19 PPE Support Grant Program is a $5 million initiative, called “Safe In Utah,” which provides grants to businesses to improve workplace safety for workers and customers during the
COVID-19 pandemic.

Utah Lead Together Small Business Bridge Loan Program
Beginning March 31, 2020, the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development is offering a bridge loan to Utah-based for-profit small businesses and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations with 50 or fewer employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Loan amounts range from $5,000 to $20,000 with 0% interest for up to a 60-month period.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
In partnership with Utah’s congressional delegation, the state emergency management division and the Utah Governor’s Office, businesses located in all Utah counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest loans through the Small Business Administration. The SBA offers a 
PDF that explains the application process in detail. For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or by email. You’ll need to select “Economic Injury” and “COVID-19” options. The process requires several financial documents and may take over an hour to apply. APPLY NOW

Local First Utah
Local First is Utah’s leading independent business alliance, committed to promoting the economic prosperity of locally owned businesses. Visit their website for Covid-19 Resources for Small Businesses.

Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development
The Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development is a resource for assisting companies connect with business resources. For more information about COVID-19 resources for Salt Lake City’s business community to plan, prepare, and respond to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, visit https://www.slc.gov/ed/covid19/.

Visit Salt Lake
Visit Salt Lake is a private, nonprofit corporation responsible for the promotion of Salt Lake as a convention and travel destination that has compiled Business Disaster Recovery Financial Resources including insurance, loan and unemployment information.

Ogden City Business Information Center (BIC)
The Business Information Center (BIC) is Ogden City’s one-stop shop for business resources, capital opportunities, counseling and mentoring. For a list of loans intended to support companies during a short period of economic hardship, visit https://www.ogdencity.com/1458/Business-Information-Center.

St. George Area Chamber of Commerce
The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce is a hub for meaningful growth of individual businesses in the greater St. George area. They are offering small businesses located in the City of St. George the St. George City Small Business Relief Grant to provide financial relief for losses and expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Save Small Business
Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to small employers.

Utah 2-1-1
2-1-1 is a free and confidential number that people across Utah can call or text to find the resources they need, including food pantry locations, legal assistance, tax help, volunteer opportunities, and more.

The Actors Fund
To help individuals manage during this public health crisis, The Actors Fund has partnered with several industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those who have immediate financial needs. Apply here for Emergency Financial Assistance.

SAG-AFTRA Foundation
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation has created the COVID-19 Disaster Fund that is now available to eligible SAG-AFTRA members who have been impacted by this pandemic.

The IATSE National Benefit Funds has waived all fees for COVID-19 testing for all participants enrolled in Plan A and all Plan C options as well as those enrolled in Triple S. Visit https://www.iatsenbf.org/ for more information.

Writers Guild of America West (WGAW)
The Writers Guild of America West  has compiled a list of resources to help writers weather the uncertainty of this crisis. Visit https://www.wga.org/members/employment-resources/covid-19-resources for more information.

Artist Relief
To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Visit artistrelief.org to learn more.

Visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information. If you have any specific questions, please contact our office at film@utah.gov.

Allie Russell is the Marketing Coordinator at the Utah Film Commission and is based in Salt Lake City. For any press and media inquiries, contact the Utah Film Commission at film@utah.gov