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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Massachusetts Cultural Council COVID-19 Relief Programs & Resources



Massachusetts Cultural Council - Power of Culture - Announcing Relief Programs & Resources

Survey: Share How COVID-19 is Impacting Your OrganizationMass Cultural Council is issuing a second survey to collect data on the economic impact of COVID-19 on cultural organizations. Please respond to this survey for cultural organizations by April 14, 2020.
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Funding Opportunities

COVID-19 Relief Fund for IndividualsThe COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals provides $1,000 grants to people who have lost income derived from their work as individual artists and independent teaching artists/humanists/scientists as a direct result of COVID-19 related cancellations and closures in Massachusetts. Application deadline: April 22, 2020 at 11:59pm (ET).

Gaming MitigationNonprofit and municipal performing arts centers can apply to the Gaming Mitigation Program through April 17, 2020. Any performing arts organization that presents touring shows and artists are encouraged to review the program guidelines to determine whether they are eligible to apply.

Register for Safe Harbors Instructional SeriesThe Safe Harbors Webinar Instructional Series for cultural organizations continues April 13-15. Register for free sessions exploring Cash Flow Projections, Scenarios and Budgets, and Decision-Making Amid Crisis.
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Join Us for a Culture Chat

Culture Chats, our new series on Zoom, continue as we highlight the power of culture through resilience, adaptation, agility, and innovation.

They're meant to be a break from the gloom of the coronavirus, a little bit of sunshine to remind us all that the arts and culture are alive and well, if not necessarily in the theaters and venues where we’re used to finding them.
Upcoming Chats
April 8, 2020 – A Path Forward, with Pam Tatge, Jacob’s Pillow. 1-1:30pm.
April 13, 2020 – AHA! to VAHA!, with Lee Heald, AHA! New Bedford. 1-1:30pm.
April 22, 2020 – An Outdoor “Drive-by Exhibition” on Cape Cod, with Francie Randolph, Sustainable CAPE. 1-1:30pm.Check Agency Dates for future Culture Chats, and our YouTube playlist for previous chats.


From Our Blog
Two COVID-19 Relief Programs Approved
Our governing Council has approved two COVID-19 relief efforts to help individuals and cultural organizations address economic impacts associated with the coronavirus pandemic.


What We Heard at the Legislative Listening Session
The first-ever virtual hearing by the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development was pulled together in a matter of days, attracted more than 220 members of the public and told the stories behind the numbers of revenue loss, layoffs and hardship affecting the cultural sector in Massachusetts.


About the Mass Cultural Council
The Mass Cultural Council is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.




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