Artist Emergency Relief Funds Awarded to Local Gig-Artists

Artist Emergency Relief Funds Awarded to Local Gig-Artists

Artist Emergency Relief Funds Awarded to Local Gig-Artists

In the first two weeks of applications received, the Augusta Cultural Arts Consortium (ACAC) has allocated $24,370 to 53 CSRA artists who have had gigs cancelled due to COVID-19.  The Artists live in Aiken, Columbia, Edgefield, Jefferson, McDuffie, Richmond, and Taliaferro Counties.

Some artists may not be applying because they assume all funds have already been distributed. The good news is that there are enough funds for another 2-3 weeks of applications. The ACAC has just over $25,000 remaining to assist local artists whose work has been cancelled.

In the first two weeks that the Artist Relief Fund was open, the ACAC received 58 applications. They reviewed documentation of artistic practice, cancellation of paid professional engagements, and residency for every applicant. The applicants range from those who normally perform at the Lincoln Center in NYC, and touring artists, to performers in local establishments, and wedding photographers.

Some of the amazing stories and feedback include:

“Music has been one of my many passions in life and performing live whether solo or with numerous local bands is a big part of how I make a living.  I’m so grateful for the Artist Relief fund being available to local artists, musicians and gig workers in the CSRA in these difficult times.” – Kate (RUCU) Anderson

“I am a professional world fusion performer specializing in belly dance and fusing modern, ballet, jazz, hip hop and folkloric dance styles. For the past 7 years I have traveled the world …. I live and breathe this style of dance and am honored to share it with the world and represent Augusta.” – Shoshannah Estell

“I have been supporting myself through music by gigging professionally for the last 8 years. I love to play, but music acts as my financial backbone as well and I have suffered greatly due to the spread of COVID19.” – Forest O’Quinn

“Independent contracted art teacher… I’ve been dedicated and passionate about bringing a rich art experience to children who aren’t normally exposed to the arts for over 20 years.” – Wendy Murphy

To apply for the Artist Emergency Relief Fund go to the Augusta Cultural Arts Consortium’s Facebook page, the websites of the consortium members, or link directly to the application at **ARTIST EMERGENCY RELIEF CLICK HERE**. Applications will be accepted until the funds are distributed.

The Artist Emergency Relief Fund was developed to assist local Gig-Artists, contracted, or self-employed artists of all disciplines including visual, musical, literary, performance, who were negatively impacted by COVID-19. The grants allow artists to recover up to $500 in income lost due to the cancellation of a specified scheduled gig or business opportunity (commission, performance, contract) due to mandated Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures.  The Community Foundation of the CSRA awarded the consortium a COVID-19 Emergency Grant in the amount of $50,000 to support local ‘gig-artists’ or contract artists who suffered financial setbacks due to the Coronavirus quarantine.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. All applications submitted prior to 2:00pm each Wednesday will be reviewed the following day.  If approved, a check will be issued that Friday.

The Artist Relief Fund is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of the CSRA and The United Way of the CSRA.  The Fund is overseen by the Augusta Cultural Arts Consortium, a consortium of local arts non-profits: Augusta University Department of Art & Design, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Greater Augusta Arts Council, Jessye Norman School of the Arts, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, The Augusta Players, The Morris Museum of Art and Westobou.