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COVID-19 Relief Fund for Artists, Musicians, and Others

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council is providing $225,000.00 in grants to

Individuals that have been financially harmed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Council said this:

“Mass Cultural Council believes in the power of culture, and we recognize that the work done by creative and innovative individuals is key to our vital communities. We know that the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has caused major disruptions for the careers of individuals who earn income through their work in the cultural sector. In response, Mass Cultural Council today announces the upcoming launch (pending final approval by our governing Council) of the COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals.”

According to the Council’s website, 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. Grants will be awarded by geographic region proportional to that region’s application demand. The individual grantees in each region will be randomly selected. Grants will be unrestricted.

Eligibility (Pending Council Approval)

You may apply for Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Relief funding if you are:

  • An individual artist working in any artistic discipline. Artist here is defined broadly to include, but is not limited to artists such as musicians, theater artists (including those that work on sound, lighting, and costume design), photographers, puppeteers, crafts artists, painters, poets and authors, vocalists, folk and traditional artists, dancers, etc.

OR

  • An individual teaching artist, humanist, or scientist who promotes education in the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences to people of any age, who typically works in schools or other educational settings.

AND you meet all five of the following requirements:

  1. You are 18 years or older.
  2. You are a legal resident of Massachusetts. We define “legal resident” as someone who meets the definition of a “full-year resident” in the Massachusetts tax code. Mass Department of Revenue web site to learn more.
  3. You have reported taxable income related to earnings working as an individual artist and/or as an individual teaching artist, humanist, scientist in your most recent tax return.
  4. The income you reported earning as an individual artist and/or as an individual teaching artist, humanist, scientist in your most recent tax return represented more than 25% of your total income from all sources.
  5. You can demonstrate at least $1,000 of lost income directly related to COVID-19 that is not eligible to be recouped through Massachusetts unemployment benefits.  This could include lost revenue due to:
    • Canceled jobs/gigs, classes, performances, exhibitions, shows, residencies, etc.
    • Organizational closures and/or suspended operations
    • Lost sales, commissions, vendor fees from cancelled markets, events, exhibitions, etc.

Expected Timeline

April 7: Council votes to approve program
April 8: Guidelines published; Application opens at 10 AM EST
April 22: Deadline to apply
April 27: Awards finalized; email notifications sent
May 4: Contracts sent out

Mass Cultural Council expects to award 225 $1,000 grants. Mass Cultural Council is funding this program by adjusting spending in several grant programs as well as reallocating resources from events and initiatives.

If you have questions about eligibility, the application timeline, or any aspect of the program, please contact us. Questions from individual artists should be directed to dan.blask@art.state.ma.us. Questions from independent teaching artists/humanists/scientists should be directed to diane.daily@art.state.ma.us.

You can visit the Council’s website by clicking here: https://massculturalcouncil.org/blog/covid-19-relief-effort-for-individuals/

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