The Cultural Alliance of York County Establishes Artist Relief Fund in Response to Coronavirus

by | Mar 26, 2020 | News

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting staggering pressures on artists in York County. With strict guidelines to stem the spread of the virus, public gatherings are banned, venues are closed, performances, shows, events, classes and gigs are being cancelled. Artists are losing income – immediately and into the foreseeable future. The Cultural Alliance of York County, in partnership with its generous donors, are addressing the urgent need of artists and performers by taking immediate action to deploy money through the York Artist Relief Fund.  The Cultural Alliance York Artist Relief Fund will award grants of up to $500 to individual artists who live in York County whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Focused on lost income, current and into the foreseeable future, the York Artist Relief Fund will replace the Artist Professional Development Grant for the rest of 2020 to provide one-time relief to artists who live, work, create, and/or perform in York County. Only one grant per applicant is allowed.  Recipients of 1st and 2nd Quarter Artist Professional Development grants are not eligible to apply.

For more detailed artist relief fund guidelines and to apply, visit www.culturalyork.org or contact the Cultural Alliance at kelley@culturalyork.org.

The York County Artist Relief Fund will open for applications on Wednesday, March 25th and will be open on a rolling basis for as long as the fund can sustain requests. This funding was not originally intended as relief funding, and the funds available are limited.   The Cultural Alliance urges those who love York County’s cultural scene to help address the urgent needs of the artists and creatives in our community by giving directly to the Cultural Alliance York Artist Relief Fund at www.culturalyork.org/contribute.

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