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Our team is highly attuned to the impact of this pandemic on artists and the broader community and is working with other organizations locally and nationally to create responsive opportunities that support artists experiencing economic repercussions. Below we have compiled a list of resources for artists, including emergency support.

COVID-19 ARTIST RESOURCES + FUNDING

Updated as more resources are made available. Did we miss something? Send it to jen@forecastpublicart.org

EMERGENCY RELIEF, GRANTS + FUNDING

  • AGMA Relief Fund // The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need. AGMA contracts with The Actors Fund to administer this program nationally as well as to provide comprehensive social services.
  • Artist and Arts Worker Relief Fund // Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is part of a collective that is launching an Artist and Arts Worker Relief Fund for Houston area artists and arts workers. The fund will help secure food, health, and housing security for artists and employees of arts businesses and nonprofits. The process of reviewing submissions, and approving awards is ongoing, through December 31, 2020.
  • The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. // is a 501 (c) 3 charitable foundation that financially assists professional visual artists and their families in times of emergency, disability or bereavement. The Artists’ Fellowship’s Board of Trustees and Officers serve as volunteers in service to our community of artists. Assistance is given without expectation of repayment. One does not need to be a member of the Fellowship to receive assistance nor does membership in the Artists’ Fellowship entitle one to assistance from the foundation. Meeting monthly from September to June, the Board of Trustees reviews all applications to determine if they have been properly submitted and if they are eligible. Applicants are encouraged to do this early in the month. The Board does not meet in July and August.
  • Artist Relief // a consortium of funders announced the creation of the Artist Relief Fund, a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19. For Cycle VI, Apply by 11:59pm ET, September 23, 2020.
  • Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund // intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). If you fit this description and you are in need of short-term, immediate financial assistance, we would like to help. Funds will be disbursed in the amount of US $200 per person, on a first-come-first-served basis. We will be accepting funds indefinitely. Apply by 11:45pm CDT, August 31, 2020.
  • CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund // Artists who have suffered from a recent, career-threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster, can apply for funding. CERF+ also has a list of resources centered around the pandemic.
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant // grants between $200 and $2500 for visual and performing artists. Applications reviewed monthly.
  • Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program // provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need.
  • The Haven Foundation // offers interim financial assistance to freelance professionals in the arts who face crises. The Foundation’s reach is the United States, and its awards are granted with a view to helping individuals overcome temporary adversity and return to full-time work. Due to application volume, The Haven Foundation will give cash infusions to several foundations [listed on their site] who are offering relief.
  • NALAC COVID-19 Relief Efforts // The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) recognizes the compounding impact that the COVID-19 public health pandemic is having on our communities and artistic field. In this moment of uncertainty, we return to the importance of confianza – the act of mutual trust and support to carve a way forward.
  • New Orleans Creative Response // Antenna, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Junebug Productions, and The Weavers Fellowship have established a collaborative emergency relief fund as part of a broader initiative called Creative Response, to support New Orleans creators impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by an ever-growing network of art and social justice-based organizations, Creative Response will provide emergency grants of $2,000 to local creators, distribute art and activity kits to New Orleans youth, and is currently serving as a resource hub of information, opportunities, advocacy, and professional development support for creators and organizations.
  • Personal Emergency Relief Fund // Springboard for the Arts has expanded the guidelines of their Personal Emergency Relief Fund to include lost income due to the cancelation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity due to COVID-19 precautionary measures. In solidarity with our friends and colleagues, Forecast has committed $2500 to this fund to help them meet the growing demand and reach artists as quickly as possible. We ask you to join us in supporting artists during this unprecedented time of cancellations and loss of income. 7/23/20 update from Springboard: As of July, we have funded 2,101 applications, and allocated $1,050,000 to artists and creative workers. We have paused accepting applications to the Emergency Relief Fund as we assess this work and plan for the future, as well as replenish the fund. We hope to re-open the fund in August in its original iteration, to help artists in Minnesota recover by helping pay an unanticipated, emergency expense.

FURTHER FUNDING + EXTENSIVE RESOURCE LISTS COMPILED BY OTHERS

  • 3Arts// 3Arts Emergency Resources // 3Arts works to sustain and promote artists in the six-county Chicago metropolitan area. Our focus on women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities stems from the need for a diversity of voices and visions to be supported if our city is to prosper and inspire.
  • Alliance of Artist Communities // Emergency Relief Programs // In the event of an emergency, the Alliance can offer support for artists by connecting them with our diverse network of residency programs across the country.
  • Americans for the Arts // Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center // Up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field.
  • ArtPlace // Running List of Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic // While not comprehensive, we hope the running list of resources below is a start to help mitigate/navigate the effects of the virus (whether it be financial, health, etc) going forward.
  • Minnesota Citizens for the Arts // Minnesota Arts Community’s Coronavirus Resource Center // for artists, grantees, and arts organizations
  • National Endowment for the Arts // COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations // a compilation of resources with national reach for artists and arts organizations is now available on the National Endowment for the Arts’ website. This list will continue to be updated as new resources are announced.
  • Public Art Saint Paul // Artist Resource for immediate response to COVID19 // Public Art Saint Paul is committed to supporting artists during this global health effort in response to COVID19.
  • Springboard for the Arts // Coronavirus / COVID-19 Resources for Artists // an evolving list of resources for information, exchange, and support in this time.
  • The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture // USDAC Community Care // The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is a people-powered department—a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging.
  • WomenArts // WomenArts Emergency Funds list // WomenArts is dedicated to increasing the visibility of women artists in all art forms. WomenArts does not make any emergency cash grants. Unfortunately we do not have the staff to advise you about finding emergency funds. We are providing this list to help you find other organizations where you can apply for funding.

OPPORTUNITIES, TOOLS + MORE

CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) HEALTH RESOURCES

DO YOU WORK IN THE ARTS? PLEASE TAKE THESE IMPACT SURVEYS

  • Americans for the Arts Survey of Arts Organizations to measure the impact on the field // The survey will capture a broad spectrum of data and stories that will demonstrate how the arts and culture workers triumphed and survived this crisis as well as the effect of the outbreak on operations through cancelled events, lost wages, and additional expenses.
  • Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Council Survey // We know that people and organizations in our state’s arts and creative sector are being tested and challenged as never before. The physical, emotional, and financial toll that COVID-19 is taking is beyond our ability to measure, at this point. To help us get a handle on what’s happening and guide our immediate and longer-term responses to COVID-19, we need your input. Please take FIVE MINUTES to complete a very brief and simple survey. We will begin reviewing the information on March 25, so please complete the survey by then. However, we know that the situation is evolving every day, so we’ll keep the survey live and will continue to review new responses as we receive them.

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On March 12, 2020, Forecast made the decision to help #flattenthecurve, and help slow the spread of COVID-19

It is out of deep care and concern for the most vulnerable that we make the following temporary decisions today to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our community.

  1. As of Friday, March 13, Forecast will close our public-facing office location until further notice.
  2. Our office will be closed, but our team is not slowing down! We are working remotely and are available via phone, email and video conferencing. We are hard at work from home, continuing to support artists, communities, and projects here in Minnesota and around the counrty. Out-of-state travel has been canceled until further notice.
  3. Upcoming Forecast-produced events in March are postponed.

In alignment with the values of our organization, we:

  • Outright reject the spreading of ignorance, racism, and xenophobia associated with this pandemic.
  • Are well aware that not everyone can work from home. We are staying highly attuned to the economic impact any decision we make could have on staff, contractors, vendors, artists, small businesses, and others working with us. We will continue to get payments out on time, grants out on schedule, and new projects in the queue that support public artists.
  • Are working with other arts organizations to create responsive and online opportunities to support artists who are already experiencing the economic hit from canceled events, performances, talks and other paid gigs. We encourage everyone who was planning to attend a show, concert, fair, opening or event to find other ways to take those dollars and donate to those artists, Venmo them, commission and buy their work and continue to support local artists in every way you can. Please follow this link to crowd-sourced information that we did not create but we can all participate in, and is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.

Thank you all for your understanding during this unprecedented and still-developing situation. The well-being of our staff and our community is our top priority. Like everyone, we are continually monitoring trusted resources like those listed above and will provide updates as we have them.

Sincerely,

The Team at Forecast