The Arts Foundation for Martin County believes that a strong arts and cultural sector actively contributes to the economic vitality and is central to a strong quality of life of the community. The global pandemic, COVID-19, threatens the stability of our economy and our way of life.
In response, the Arts Foundation created the MARTIN COUNTY ARTIST RELIEF FUND as a personal emergency relief fund to support Martin County creative professionals (artists in music, theatre, dance, literature, and the visual arts) whose creative work has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant amounts are available at $500, $250, and $100. We’ve modeled this program on one launched by our neighbors to the south in Palm Beach County which is to provide small grants aimed directly at replacing some of this lost revenue to artists, will help close the gap they are facing in the weeks and possibly months ahead.
On April 3rd, we included a poll with our monthly email and over one hundred people, mostly local artists, responded. And of those who responded 75% reported they’ve been hurt to some degree by the crisis. This response points to the urgency to unveil and launch a campaign to raise funds to help the individuals who bore the first wave of impacts of event cancellations – art shows, concerts, recitals and other activities. These artists are professionals who count on the revenue from these events to maintain their livelihoods. We certainly don’t want to exit this crisis having lost one of the things that makes this such a great place to live.
100% of the donations made will be available for the Artist Relief Fund. No funds will be used by the Arts Foundation for administration or service charges, unless you elect to cover them which is an option at the end of the form.
ARTIST RELIEF FUND grants are available for eligible applications with no set deadline beginning April 15, 2020. Eligible artists are limited to one ARTIST RELIEF FUND grant. The Arts Foundation for Martin County is committed to funding as many affected artists as possible and is launching a fund raising campaign on April 14, 2020. The Artist Relief Fund will continue as long as funds are available.