Resources for Those Affected by COVID-19

March 23, 2020

We are actively compiling resources that may be useful to those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Connect with the greater Open Signal community on our Switchboard forum; it's the perfect platform for engaging with staff and producers.

Phone and Internet Access:

  • Keep Americans Connected:
    FCC Chariman Ajit Pai has issued the Keep Americans Connected pledge, which offers free unlimited smartphone data from all four major service providers: Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T.
  • Comcast Internet Essentials:
    Any new Internet Essentials customers will receive the first two (2) months service free of charge and Comcast will assist them with the acquisition of a note book computer.
  • AT&T:
    AT&T is offering Cisco Webex Meetings for 90 days to businesses, universities and schools. They are also joining the Open COVID Pledge by making their patents available free of charge during the pandemic.
  • T-Mobile:
    T-Mobile is working with its partners to provide its Lifeline customers with extra free data up to 5GB per month over the next two months. Additionally, T-Mo is increasing the free data allowance for students and schools in the EmpowerED digital learning programs, ensuring that they’ve got at least 20GB of data per month for the next 60 days.

Remote Learning:

  • Unity Learn Premium:
    Unity is offering complimentary access  to Unity Learn Premium for three months, from March 19 to June 20. Courses include C# Survival Guide, AI for Beginners and High Fidelity Game Visuals.
  • Create with Code Live:
    Unity is also offering Create with Code Live, free, interactive virtual classes open to students, teachers, and anyone else interested in learning to code.

  • Scholastic Learn at Home:
    Scholastic is offering 20 days free access to Scholastic Learn at Home, for up to 3 hours per day.
  • Mystery Science:
    Mystery Science is offering free science lessons for K-5 students.

Emergency Funds:

  • Community Response Fund:
    The MRG Foundation's Community Response Fund will provide flexible resources to groups in our region led by and working with the communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the social and economic consequences of this outbreak.
  • Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund:
    Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund which folks can donate directly to in support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.
  • Contact your legislators to co-sign on the letter from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees to extend relief efforts to freelance and contract workers in the entertainment industry.

Additional Resources:

  • She Shreds Magazine:
    She Shreds has compiled a list of of resources for musicians and live music professionals affected by COVID-19, as well as ways fans can support artists right now.
  • The COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources:
    An aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

For verified, up-to-date information on the coronavirus outbreak, please visit:


Yousef Hatlani Marketing Manager yousef [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 536-7622

Pronouns: he/him/his

I manage Open Signal's marketing department, directing our communications and helping shape our brand. I come from a for-profit background, having worked with various marketing firms since graduating from Portland State University.

I have also been involved in Portland's music scene since 2008, working as a sound tech for KPSU and a promotions assistant for the dearly departed Backspace. I have served as the photo editor & co-founder of Faces on the Radio since 2012 and am a musician and DJ.

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