Arts and Entertainment
|ASC resiliency fund aims to take sting out of coronavirus pandemic|
|Artists can apply for $500 grants|
|Published Wednesday, April 1, 2020 3:24 pm|
|COURTESY ARTS & SCIENCE COUNCIL|
|The Arts & Science Council launched the Mecklenburg Creatives Resiliency Fund to help creatives impacted by financial burdens of the coronavirus pandemic.|
The Mecklenburg Creatives Resiliency Fund was launched by the Arts & Science Council to aid artists feeling the financial burden of COVID-19. The initiative is funded by ASC as well as the public. It provides $500 grants to eligible artists. ASC stated that the grants will help provide financial relief for medical expenses related to coronavirus testing or care, which includes mental health counseling, child- or dependent adult care expenses as a result of social distancing. Grant funding also serves as compensation for lost income pertaining to artists, such as the cancellation of a show, exhibit, sales, performance, or other related cancellations due to COVID-19.
Applicants must be a Mecklenburg County resident and lived here at least 12 months prior to applying. Additionally, applicants must at least 18 years old as well as a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree study as well as full time employees at businesses or organizations, excluding those who have formally incorporated their creative practice, are ineligible. Applicants must have generated income over the last year through what ASC describes on its website as “a sole proprietor, creative entrepreneur or contract employee in the fields of visual/folk/performing/multi-disciplinary arts, and literature.”
Event cancellations have had the largest impact on local creatives at 87%, according to ASC’s COVID-19 impact survey for artists and organizations. The survey indicates over 90% of artists have been negatively impacted by the virus, with 80% experiencing a loss of artistic income.
“Many creatives rely on public performances and events as primary sources of income,” ASC President Jeep Bryant said in a statement. “This fund provides emergency funds to creative individuals in our community as they navigate potentially dire economic situations as a result of the pandemic. The fund is open to donations from anyone who is able to join us in providing financial support during this challenging time.”
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