We ask our community to help grow this relief fund with donations of any size.
The influence of COVID-19 has been devasting on the arts community according to a recent survey completed by Creative Pinellas. With the sudden cancellation of events and performances and closure of galleries, museums, arts organizations and creative businesses, the estimated loss of revenue and employee income over a 90 day period is a staggering $5.4M.
The relief fund was established in late March by Creative Pinellas, the Pinellas Community Foundation, the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance to help ensure that the vibrant arts and cultural landscape of our community remains intact through this emergency.
To date, $134,800 has already been distributed to artists, arts organizations and creative businesses with urgent needs. The need has far outweighed funds raised though and additional support is needed. Donations of any size are appreciated.
The goal of this fund is to help ensure that the vibrant arts and cultural landscape of our community remains intact through this emergency. The Community Arts Relief Fund can help mitigate the financial suffering of artists, arts organizations and arts businesses whose livelihoods have been suddenly decimated by the cancellation of performances, closure of arts walks and arts businesses, and the shuttering of arts education programs.
In order to qualify for relief funds, the artists, arts organizations and small creative businesses need to demonstrate specific, current and immediate financial need. Grants are being awarded based on demonstrable need, prioritizing funding to the most vulnerable. All applications are reviewed and evaluated by a volunteer advisory committee using a common set of guidelines for a fair-minded process. The total number of awards granted is based on the amount of money raised to support this fund.