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NYC Dancers Relief Fund (COVID-19)

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Hey Y'all! This fundraiser is run by The Dance Union, an organizing group facilitated by J Bouey, Melanie Greene, Troy Ogilvie, Christine Wyatt, and Jeremy Guyton as the Twerk Team. The Twerk Team members are also Co-Hosts of The Dance Union Podcast.

Many of our community leaders have jumped into action to support the financial hardships that have fallen upon the dance community due to the coronavirus. We are grateful for these efforts, and also realize that these funds will not be available to undocumented folks or folks working the nightlife scene in our community. Please consider donating to this campaign to support your fellow dance artists/community members.

We are prioritizing the needs of New York City-based freelance BIPOC, disabled, trans/NB/GNC/queer, dance artists as well as those who will not have access to emergency funds due to immigration status. 

This Fund offers urgent relief to freelance dance artist that have suffered financial losses in the dance field due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the government enforced social restrictions, on a weekly rolling basis!


Weekly Timeline:
-Monday @ 11:59 PM ET: Weekly Deadline and Applications Pulled
-Tuesday/Wednesday: Review applications
-Thursday: Send Award Emails
-Friday - Sunday: Send Funds
-Monday, December 7th: Deadline for 1st Week


**If you are a theater artist in NYC, please visit the Indie Theater Funds relief efforts  . We are grateful to be working closely with them to amplify and support one another's campaign efforts**

+For more resources, please check out The COVID 19 Freelance Artist Resources 

+Mutual Aid Database 

+Corona Virus 2020 Artist Relief Funds 

+Our collaborators, Shawn Escarciga and Nadia Tykulskern are running the NYC Low Income Artist and Freelancer Relief Fund: they seek to provide support for low-income, BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB/Queer artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being affected by this pandemic in NYC

+Our collaborators, Dance/NYC: Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund  for freelance dance workers and dance making organizations in the NYC metro area

+Public Letter of Concern by Working Artists for Ethical Cancellations 

+Hire Artists resources for finding work during the crisis 

+ The Actors Fund: Funds for those in the entertainment industry (non-equity included) and dancers. Please review the requirements on the page linked above. 

Questions? Concerns? Want to help out in other ways?
Please contact us.



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The Dance Union
Brooklyn, NY

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