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Supporting Performing Artists Affected By COVID-19

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UPDATE: The fundraiser has closed, and the funds have been disbursed.


With the swiftness of the outbreak of COVID-19 on the West Coast, the situation is changing very quickly. Cities are recommending curtailing all events. Office workers are working from home, major cultural institutions are shutting down.

Here are a few things that I believe:
* this is the largest public health crisis in generations.
* in San Francisco and Seattle we already should be self-isolating (this is the recommendation of the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management )
* it is important for the good of our community that we slow down the spread of the virus
* it is important to act immediately 
* not all concerts/performances have been canceled yet

With this fundraiser I intend to support performing artists (i.e. musicians, dancers, actors) whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the outbreak, as well as positively encourage artists to take a role leading by example, encouraging people to stay home and self-isolate.

Basic outline:
* I will run this fundraiser from March 10 to March 31
* At the end of that time, I will divide the funds amongst the artists in proportion to their losses
* I will set a maximum of $10,000 for calculating the proportionality, however if in enough funds are raised, artists will be reimbursed in full for their losses
* If, by any chance, more funds are raised than artists need, I will refund the difference to funders.
* I'll be transparent in my accounting, and show where the funds have gone.

To apply for relief, contact me via GoFundMe. You must:
* Be a performer whose shows on the US West Coast between 3/1/2020 and 6/1/2020 have been cancelled (by you, or by the promoter/venue/institution) due to COVID-19.
* Provide documentation of those cancelled shows, along with whatever documentation you can about expected income, as well as any cancellation fees etc. incurred due to cancelling the show

Disclaimer: None of these funds will go to me, however it may support musicians I work with as a producer.

Photo by v2osk  on Unsplash


  • MaryJane Bricka
    • $20 
    • 4 yrs


Joshua Penman
San Francisco, CA

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