Music Friendly Communities Have Stepped Up To Help Out
Our Music Friendly Communities have stepped-up to help out creatives in their cities during the COVID-19 crisis.
San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture launched the Corona Arts Relief Program in partnership with the Luminaria Artist Foundation. They were accepting grant applications to Bexar County artists for professional development training as well as technical assistance for lost revenue during these times of canceled performances and events. The response was overwhelming to the point of needing to pause applications in April. To help raise additional funds, musician Garrett T. Capps is hosting Viva – A Live Telethon Supporting the Arts & Artists in San Antonio. It will be streamed on Facebook Live, YouTube and other sites.
Hear Fort Worth teamed up with United Way of Tarrant County and Film Fort Worth to create the Creative Industry Relief Fund. Their initial goal was to raise $20,000 to help issue grants to musicians, filmmakers and visual artists. The fund was originally started by Fort Worth musician Rachel Gollay’s Artist & Service Worker Relief Fund, which raised $10,000 in aid. They are still accepting applications, which will be considered and distributed on a first come, first served basis. About the fund, Visit Fort Worth Creative Director Tom Martens said, “Members of the music community have been ambassadors for our city and we need to support them in this crisis. We want to support musicians who have lost so much work and income. We’re grateful to Rachel Gollay for starting this initiative and to the United Way for helping us expand it.” You can help keep the fund going by donating here: https://www.unitedwaytarrant.org/artistsrelieffund/