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Martin County Artist Relief Fund Application

ARTIST RELIEF FUND - Arts Foundation for Martin County


New... 2021 Guidelines

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, has threatened 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.

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 has been raising money to support the find since April 2020. The Artist Relief Fund will continue as long as funds are available, but we'd love to see it last in perpetuity for other disasters and relief efforts. 

Eligibility - New Eligibility Requirements as of 1/27/2021

Who is eligible:

· Creative professionals with a demonstrable performance history that clearly indicates an active and sustained career in any of the disciplines associated with the performing arts including dance, theatre, and music. At this time visual and literary artists are not eligible. 

· Artists must be residents of Martin County, FL for 1 year prior to time of application.

Who is not eligible:

· Artists who are enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program of any kind at the time of application. Applications will not be accepted before graduation date.

· Artists working full-time as teaching staff at a college or university at the time of application are not eligible for the ARTIST RELIEF FUND.

· Artists who are 18 years of age or younger.

Eligible categories of support include:

· Fee coverage for cancelled performances.

· Fee coverage for performances the artist turned down due to health concerns related to COVID-19 (immunocompromised artists, caregiver artists, etc.).

· Funding for cancelled art-related speaking fees (visiting artist lectures, presentations, critiques).

· Funding for cancelled non-credit teaching opportunities (workshops, weekly classes). Note: this does not apply to teaching within a K- 12 or higher education institution.

Non-eligible categories include:

· Regular overhead costs (i.e. studio rent, utilities).

· Reimbursement for cancelled travel, lodging, and accommodations costs.

· At this time, the ARTIST RELIEF FUND does not cover estimated future lost income.

· Fee coverage for postponed performances or events with an amended contract in place. If a postponed date is ultimately cancelled, then the artist may apply when cancelled.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed and approved by board and staff of the Foundation with the goal of funding as many artists as possible. Grants are awarded at the sole discretion of the Foundation.

Grant Disbursement

Recipients of the ARTIST RELIEF FUND will receive the full amount of their approved grant within three weeks of the Foundation receiving the artist’s signed grant agreement and W9, but no sooner than May 12, 2020. This is subject to change, though every effort will be made to disburse funding as quickly as possible. Checks will be mailed to the address provided by the recipient on their W9 (and in the grant application). Generally decisions are made and grants are given within a 20 day timeframe.

Grants received through this program are considered taxable to the extent that is applicable by law. Recipients are encouraged to consult a tax professional for additional advice.

Additional Consideration

All recipients are required to participate in media and social media requests to share the impact of the ARTIST RELIEF FUND grant support.


Questions concerning the MARTIN COUNTY ARTIST RELIEF FUND that are not answered in this document should be directed to:


Nancy K. Turrell, CEO
Arts Foundation for Martin County
Phone: 772-288-5397 ext 4 | Email:
Elise Raffa
Arts Foundation for Martin County

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