Artists and Freelancers COVID-19 Relief

Industries have come to a near-complete standstill, threatening the financial security of many artist and freelancers. This has resulted in canceled assignments, projects, commissions, and etc. While freelancers are now eligible for unemployment benefits, most can't afford to pay rent and other bills.

The goal is to raise a minimum of $25,000. With the plan to send a one-time payment of $500. If the goal is met, this can provide payments for up to 50 artist/freelancers to help cover the cost of things like rent, utilities, groceries, etc. If the goal of $25,000 is achieved, relief can be provided to additional artists/freelancers.

These payments will cover only a fraction of lost income, providing desperately needed relief to artist/freelancers who are hurting from the shut downs. This fundraiser hopes to provide them with a lifeline so they can keep their voices and their potential intact.

Freelancers represent 35% of the total U.S. working population and could represent more than half of the country's workforce by 2027. Yes. We're that deep!

Please support with whatever you can during this crisis.

#the35percent

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Funds contributed will go directly to relief for out-of-work artists and freelancers. The total amount distributed will depend on the amount donated in the coming weeks. 

For transparency purposes, records and receipts of distributed funds on request AFTER the campaign has closed. However, all personal, identifying information of applicants will be kept confidential.

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Now accepting submissions for assistance.

Eligibility Requirements
In order to qualify for assistance, recipients must satisfy all of the following requirements:

1. Be an artist or freelancer who primarily resides in the United States. To qualify, an eligible artist/freelancer must have worked in their field as their primary source of income for at least one year prior to their application. Eligible artists include all art forms. Eligible freelance businesses include sole proprietors, limited liability companies, independent contractors, or other entity provided there is no more than one employee.

2. To be eligible, you must be able to answer ”Yes“ to the prompts listed below.

- I am a practicing artist or freelancer able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to my work and career.
- I am experiencing financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- I am 18 years of age or older.
- I have been living and working in the U.S. for 1 full year.

3. Show proof of work. (Website, Portfolio, Resume, CV).

4. Share the GoFundMe donation page. (As funds are still being raised, this is to ensure maximum visibility).

* Submissions will be viewed in the order that they are received.
* Funds will be distributed on an on going first-come, first-served basis as they become available.

Submit for Funds Here: https://forms.gle/vrjJNoHLEX3pMQReA

Donations

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  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Israel Taylor 
    • $10 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $6 
    • 2 mos
  • Geremiah Edness 
    • $40 
    • 2 mos
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Organizer

Aaron Ricketts 
Organizer
Philadelphia, PA
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