Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals The purpose of the COVID-19 Relief Fund is to support individuals whose creative practices and incomes are adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Grants of $1,000 will be available to Massachusetts individual artists and independent teaching artists/humanists/scientists who have lost income derived from their work as a direct result of COVID-19 related cancellations and closures. Pending Council approval, expected April 7, 2020, the program guidelines and online application will be available April 8, 2020, at 10am ET, with an April 22, 2020 deadline. Read more.
Of Note: Updated list of emergency funding opportunities for artists.
Covid Crisis Financial/Legal Help Webinars for Creatives Sunlight Tax is providing a series of webinars for artists with a sliding scale fee. Learn more.
Essex County Artists The Essex County Artist Fund will be opened on Monday March 30, 2020. Funding will be distributed beginning April 13 and through May 30, 2020. Applications will be reviewed by a panel weekly and they will notify you within 10 business days about the status of your application. Applications accepted from all individual artists, musicians, actors, writers, or other creative professional living in Essex County, Massachusetts. The fund will prioritize lower-income artists.
Cape Cod Artists Cape Cod Arts Relief Fund provides one-time relief funds of up to $500 per individual artist. Applications accepted starting April 1, 2020. Funds will be distributed beginning in late April. Applicants must be artists who live, work, create, and/or perform on Cape Cod and have been financially impacted as a result of the pandemic.
Boston Area Dancers Beginning April 1, 2020, the Boston Dance Alliance’s Dance Relief Fund will disburse stipends of $250 to assist with immediate basic needs.The fund will disburse grants on a first-come, first-served basis until April 15, 2020 or until all donations are exhausted. A second round of grants may be announced after that date. The Boston Dance Alliance Dance Relief Fund is designed to support freelance dancers, choreographers/dancemakers, dance teachers, and teaching artists in any dance genre who have lost income due to cancelled or postponed paid rehearsals, performances, and teaching.
Opera Performances Although the Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Norma was canceled due to COVID-19, the opera will be streamable on classical WCRB.
Also, the Metropolitan Opera hosts free Nightly Met Opera Streams. These free streams present encores of past performances from its Live in HD series. The encore presentations begin at 7:30 p.m. EST each night and will then be available for an additional 20 hours thereafter. Each showcase is also be viewable on the Met Opera on demand apps.
Media Artists MTA Arts & Design invites new media artists to submit artwork to be considered for upcoming digital art installations and opportunities at Fulton Center in lower Manhattan. Artists with prior experience in multiple channel installation, and capable of creating a dynamic environment with moving images, are encouraged to apply. It is recommended that artists experience the digital art installations at Fulton Center prior to applying. The program runs for two minutes at the top of every hour throughout the Fulton Center complex and the Dey Street pedestrian tunnel that connects multiple New York City Transit lines to the World Trade Center PATH station. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Image credit: From top to bottom: photograph of Juan Diego Flórez and Diana Damrau in La Traviata Marty Sohl/Met Opera; Elena Stikhina singing in the Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Norma. Photograph by Ben_Gebo.
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