When you donate to the Cape Cod Arts Relief Fund, this is who you’ll be helping:
- A music teacher from Hyannis who develops programming for special needs students. She recently had her contracts cancelled due to school closures.
- A ceramic artist from Yarmouth had all of his classes stripped away and he was forced to close his studio. His bills are still there, but he has no income to cover them all.
- A freelance sound engineer living in Woods Hole who has little savings and no safety net to get him through this time. The money he would have received from working at local theaters has disappeared.
Painters, poets, musicians, writers, actors, and other creatives bring meaning to our world and connection to our communities. They depend on social integration, not social distancing. Today, they are being devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We can’t let them fail.
This pandemic has put staggering pressure on the arts and culture sector on Cape Cod, with artists and arts and cultural organizations among the first to feel the financial impacts. The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and its partners artist and educator Pete Hocking of Provincetown, Terrence Meck and the Palette Fund, and RogersGray are addressing the urgent need of artists as well as arts and culture nonprofits by taking immediate action to deploy money for immediate needs through the Cape Cod Arts Relief Fund.
We have been able to move swiftly with the support of the Arts Foundation’s Board of Directors who have matched the initial seed investment.
Now we are calling on you to assist us in building this new funding stream for our local artists. Please consider any amount by donating online.
Applications to the Cape Cod Arts Relief Fund are available now here.
One-time relief funds of up to $500 per individual artist will begin to be distributed mid-April. Applicants must be artists who live, work, create, and/or perform on Cape Cod and have been financially impacted as a result of the pandemic. Learn more about eligibility here.
A second phase of this effort will focus on cultural nonprofits and ways the AFCC can support them once the pandemic is over. Depending on monies raised we hope to support our cultural organizations through our regular grant process in the fall.