CORPUS FAMILY MUTUAL AID FUND

ABOUT CORPUS:
CORPUS WAS STARTED BY NYC HARDCORE TRIO SHOW ME THE BODY IN 2017. IT FUNCTIONS AS A PLATFORM AND LABEL WITH FOCUSES ON LIVE EVENTS, RELEASING MUSIC, AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZING. CORPUS IS A SMALL GROUP OF ARTISTS AND ORGANIZERS WORKING TO EMPOWER NYC YOUTH EXISTING IN THE SUBCULTURES THAT HAVE SHAPED THE CITY'S HISTORY. CORPUS ALSO WORKS TO EMPOWER A GREATER COMMUNITY TO BE PART OF A CULTURE THAT REPRESENTS THE SPIRIT OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A NEW YORKER. SOME COMMUNITY TENANTS INCLUDE INTELLECTUAL WARFARE, SELF-DEFENSE, MUTUAL RESPECT, AND SOLIDARITY.  CORPUS FAMILY IS THE SECTOR OF CORPUS THAT'S SOLE PURPOSE IS DIRECT ACTION.

THE CORPUS FAMILY MUTUAL AID FUND IS FOR CORPUS ARTISTS AND PEOPLE WORKING IN THE NYC DIY/EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC COMMUNITY THAT ARE RELIANT ON LIVE SHOWS/GIGS, AND HAVE BEEN FINANCIALLY IMPACTED BY COVID-19. APPLICANTS NOT WORKING DIRECTLY IN LIVE MUSIC ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. 

HOW THIS WORKS: 
THE EFFECTS OF COVID-19 HAVE WORSENED PRE-EXISTING INEQUITIES AND FURTHER MARGINALIZED THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY VULNERABLE . THIS IS A MOMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH FINANCIAL PRIVILEGE TO STEP UP AND OFFER SUPPORT TO THEIR COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ARE FACING ECONOMIC INSECURITY OR ALREADY SUPPORTING THEIR FAMILY/COMMUNITY. ANYONE CAN APPLY BUT THIS FUND WILL PRIORITIZE APPLICANTS DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTED BY THE PANDEMIC. 

10% OF OVERALL PROCEEDS WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THE BLACK ALLIANCE FOR JUST IMMIGRATION  (BAJI ). 15% OF OVERALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO SUPPORTING CORPUS, WHICH INCLUDES CORPUS LABEL AND STUDIOS, CORPUS FAMILY PROGRAMMING, AND FUTURE CORPUS SHOWS/EVENTS. 75% OF OVERALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DIVIDED AMONGST APPROVED APPLICANTS. 

ABOUT APPLYING:
PLEASE ONLY APPLY IF THE MAJORITY OF YOUR INCOME COMES FROM WORKING IN NYC LIVE MUSIC/SOUND COMMUNITY (MUSICIANS, DJs, PROMOTERS, SECURITY, DIY VENUE OWNERS AND STAFF, PRODUCERS, DOOR PEOPLE, SOUND PEOPLE, PHOTOGRAPHERS, ILLUSTRATORS, DESIGNERS, ETC.) APPLICANTS NOT WORKING IN LIVE MUSIC ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. 

APPLICATION:
APPLY FOR AID HERE. (GIVEN THE HIGH VOLUME OF NEED WE ASK THAT APPLICANTS CONSIDER THEIR ACCESS TO FAMILIAL WEALTH AND TIES TO OTHER STABLE SOURCES OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT. IF YOU DO HAVE ACCESS TO FINANCIAL SUPPORT, PLEASE CONSIDER ALLOWING OTHERS TO APPLY AHEAD OF YOU.) 

THIS FUND PRIORITIZES THE FOLLOWING ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: 
- CORPUS ARTISTS AND AFFILIATES
- PEOPLE BORN AND RAISED IN NYC
- ARTISTS/MUSICIANS PERFORMING IN NY
- BLACK, BROWN AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
- QUEER/TRANS/GNC PEOPLE 
- DISABLED PEOPLE
- DIY VENUE ORGANIZERS AND STAFF
- SINGLE PARENTS
- ESSENTIAL WORKERS
- LOW-INCOME RENTERS FACING EVICTION
- COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS
- PEOPLE THAT DO NOT BENEFIT FROM GOVERNMENT AID
          (i.e. UNDOCUMENTED RESIDENTS, SEX WORKERS, ETC.)
- PEOPLE WHO ARE ECONOMICALLY INDEPENDENT
          (i.e. IF YOU PAY YOUR OWN RENT, BILLS, ETC.)

FUNDRAISING GOALS AND DISTRIBUTION PLAN: 
$10,000 - Release CORPUS TV Graffiti Episode / Distribute 75% to approved applicants, distribute 15% to CORPUS, distribute 10% to BAJI
$20,000 - CORPUS Family Mutual Aid EP Release / Distribute 75% to approved applicants, distribute 15% to CORPUS, distribute 10% to BAJI
$30,000 - Distribute 75% to approved applicants, distribute 15% to CORPUS, distribute 10% to BAJI
$40,000 - Free CORPUS generator show post COVID-19/ Distribute 75% to approved applicants, distribute 15% to CORPUS, distribute 10% to BAJI
 
GOOD REASONS TO CONSIDER DONATING:
- IF YOU ENJOY CORPUS EVENTS/PROGRAMMING
- IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT CORPUS ARTISTS
- IF YOU HAVE EVER ASKED FOR/RECEIVED A GUEST LIST SPOT TO A SHOW
- IF YOU ARE A BRAND, PUBLICATION OR COMPANY THAT HAS BENEFITED FROM THE DIY MUSIC SCENE OR AN ARTIST’S LIKENESS
- IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO WEALTH AND CLASS PRIVILEGE, ARE A PRODUCT OF OR PARTAKE IN THE GENTRIFICATION OF NYC 
- IF YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SELF-ISOLATE OR WORK FROM HOME WITHOUT ADVERSE FINANCIAL IMPACT 
- IF YOU ARE SOMEONE WITH HIGH INCOME OR HIGH NET WEALTH WHO RECEIVED A STIMULUS CHECK 
- IF YOU ARE STILL EMPLOYED, ON SALARY, OR GETTING A PAYCHECK FOR NON ESSENTIAL WORK 
- IF YOU HAD THE PRIVILEGE OR RESOURCES TO FLEE NYC DURING COVID-19 
- IF YOU WANT TO DIRECTLY SUPPORT GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING OR YOUTH CULTURE

EVERYONE WHO DONATES WILL GET A PDF DOWNLOAD OF: CORPUS ZINE, COFFIN ZINE, AND COFFIN MANUAL.  

MORE ABOUT CORPUS FAMILY:
CORPUS FAMILY
IS AN EXTENSION OF CORPUS, FOCUSED ON COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING, DIRECT ACTION, LOCAL ARTIST SUPPORT, AND FUNDRAISING. RECENT CORPUS FAMILY INITIATIVES HAVE INCLUDED THE “CLOSE THE CAMPS” TEE , CORPUS DISTRO PROGRAMMING , “WORK SETS YOU FREE” SCREENING AND PANEL, AND MORE. UPCOMING INITIATIVES INCLUDE CORPUS BOOK CLUB, CORPUS SELF DEFENSE, AND CORPUS STUDIO RESIDENCY. 

WE ARE A MAJORITY POC WORKING GROUP THAT FUNCTIONS ON A CONSENSUS BASIS. WE OPERATE UNDER A NON-HIERARCHICAL MODEL AND ARE CONTINUOUSLY DEVELOPING OUR OWN PROCESSES TO MAKE DECISIONS AND AMPLIFY MARGINALIZED VOICES WITHIN OUR OWN GROUP. 

MORE MUTUAL AID EFFORTS IN NYC AND COVID-19 RESOURCES:
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NYC BLACK FOLK MUTUAL AID FUND 
CLUB A KITCHEN COMMUNITY AID FUND FOR COVID-19
 
LOW INCOME ARTIST/FREELANCER RELIEF FUND 
DISCAKES NYC COVID-19 MUTUAL AID FUND FOR IMMIGRANTS IN NYC
 
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS 
SAVE CHINATOWNS - DUMPLINGS AGAINST HATE 
BROOKLYN SWOP EMERGENCY COVID RELIEF FOR SEX WORKERS 
BRONX MUTUAL AID NETWORK - FAM 
TAKE BACK THE BRONX TENANT AND RENT STRIKE SUPPORT 
NYC SHUT IT DOWN 
COVID-19 MUTUAL AID FUND FOR LGBTQI + BIPOC FOLKS 
BLACK BROWN AND INDIGENOUS ARTISTS FUND 
FINANCIAL SOLIDARITY FOR FORMERLY INCARCERATED PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES MUTUAL AID PROJECT 
ABOLITIONIST MUTUAL AID FUND FOR INCARCERATED COMRADES 
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COVID BAILOUT NYC 
NYC CONNECTS AT CENTER FOR INDEPENDENCE OF THE DISABLED 
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CHILDCARE NYC TIMEBANK 
BLACK MAMAS BAILOUT COVID 19 
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