As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been countless exhibition closures, gig and event cancellations, all translating into lost income for low-income artists, musicians, and cultural producers.
We seek to provide support for low-income artists and musicians whose livelihoods are being effected by this pandemic. Whether it's from cancelled gigs, lost jobs, or a lack of business due to coronavirus, our intention for this fund is to collectively raise money in order to provide emergency and preventative resources to those at financial risk.
At this time: the fund will go to support artists and musicians in :
- Greater Montréal
- Greater Toronto region
*** Depending on how much we raise, we may be able to support other regions. You may still fill out the survey if you are outside these areas and we will keep you updated.
TO APPLY FOR FUNDING AS A LOW INCOME ARTIST/MUSICIAN/DANCER/PERFORMER:
Please complete this survey . All information shared remains confidential.
We will asses the applications for funding on a rolling basis and each week we will disperse it accordingly to all those who apply via the survey. Our goal is to give $200 per person. The more funding we receive, the more money we can provide to more people. Funding dispersement schedule is each week starting on March 22nd.
UPDATE: We have received 58 applications and the fund is currently at $1000. Our current fund will be exhausted well before we can get to everyone. At this moment, our goal is to give every applicant at least $200. We have therefore paused application processing until the fund grows to reach our goal. The most important thing you can do right now is share and spread the word. This will allow us to help as many artists as possible and accept more submissions as soon as possible. Thank you.
TRANSPARENCY OF DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS:
As survey applications come in, we will withdraw the funds and send them directly to the individual artists requesting them (the beneficiary). Funds will be split equally each week between everyone who applies for aid. We will be keeping public records of all fund distribution (while maintaining individual privacy) available in a Google Sheet. Funds will go directly to the artists to counter any lost income incurred as a result of cancelled jobs, gigs, and illnesses due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Organizations and partners who would like to get involved: please contact us!! email@example.com
Want to help us monitor and moderate this GoFund Me? We can use all the help we can get! please get in touch!
Any other questions, please contact us.
THANK YOU to the NYC Low-income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund and Seattle Artists Relief Fund for providing a solid model for seeking support for artists effected by the pandemic. We have borrowed some language above because it feels effective and necessary.
- Ross Brown
- Margaret Walker