Fund provides $500 grants for artists and performers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 1, 2020) – The Arts & Science Council (ASC), the chief advocate, resource hub and steward for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region’s cultural community, has launched the Mecklenburg Creatives Resiliency Fund to support artists and performers living in Charlotte-Mecklenburg that have been financially impacted by COVID-19.
“Many creatives rely on public performances and events as primary sources of income,” said ASC President Jeep Bryant. “This fund provides emergency funds to creative individuals in our community as they navigate potentially dire economic situations as a result of the pandemic. The fund is open to donations from anyone who is able to join us in providing financial support during this challenging time.”
As of April 1, data from an ongoing COVID-19 impact survey for artists and organizations, conducted by ASC, shows that more than 90 percent of artists have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The biggest impact is related to event cancellations (87 percent). Nearly 80 percent have experienced a loss of artistic income.
The fund, established with an initial contribution from ASC, provides $500 grants to eligible artists as long as funding is available. The fund will also accept donations from the public. Requests will support reimbursement for medical expenses related to COVID-19 testing or care, including mental health counseling, unanticipated childcare or dependent adult care expenses due to social distancing and compensation for lost income due to a cancellation of a specific scheduled gig, exhibit, sales or similar opportunity due to COVID-19 precautionary measures.
The grant criteria and application are available on ArtsAndScience.org.
To donate to the Mecklenburg County Resiliency Fund, visit ArtsAndScience.org.
ASC is the chief advocate, resource hub and steward for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region’s cultural community. Its core functions include advocacy, cultural education programs, cultural planning, fundraising, grant making, public art and workshops and trainings for the cultural community. ASC works to ensure Culture For All by combining resources from local and state government with those of the private sector to maximize community impact throughout the cultural sector.
ASC’s mission is to ensure access to an excellent, relevant, and sustainable cultural community for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. Stay up to date on ASC news and happenings at ArtsAndScience.org and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Krista Terrell, APR