On Friday, July 3, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey announced that $2 million in relief funding from the State’s Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund will be delivered to Arizona’s arts and culture sector.
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On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the National Endowment for the Arts announced $44.5 million in federal relief grants nationwide. $1.2 million will come to Arizona through grants made to 16 Arizona nonprofit arts organizations and local arts agencies.
The Arizona Commission on the Arts will administer $428,700 in CARES Act funding via the AZ CARES Grant program in support of arts and culture organizations across Arizona.
In the coming weeks, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will host or cohost several online conversations and convenings. We will add to the list below as new events are scheduled.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today its guidelines to swiftly distribute funding to nonprofit arts organizations from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to preserve jobs and help support organizations forced to close operations due to the spread of COVID-19.
Initially seeded with $130,000 from the Arizona Community Foundation and another $25,000 from other partners, the fund can provide approximately 150 grants. More than 500 applications were submitted in the 8 hours the application portal was open.
We know the need is substantial. At its current level we expect the fund can support about 150 artists. Thus far, thousands of individuals have shared and visited the ERF page on our website.
As part of broader crisis response strategies, Arizona arts funders and service organizations have set up a collaborative fund to provide emergency relief grants of $500-$1,500 to artists and arts professionals experiencing cancelled events and residencies or terminated contracts due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Federal relief package includes direct support for both nonprofit cultural organizations and state and local arts and humanities agencies, as well as economic relief provisions for independent contractors, “gig economy” workers, artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses working in the creative economy.
During this period of rapid change and uncertainty, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will be in contact more frequently to provide information on evolving resources and developments, to let you know how the Arts Commission is responding, and to invite you to engage with us—such that your perspectives guide us—as we navigate the current crisis together.