The Northampton Arts Council is an organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

COVID-19 Artists Relief Fund

Arts events, concerts, and productions have been cancelled in cities across the nation due to the effects of COVID-19. Artists, musicians, and performers whose livelihoods are dependent on these events are facing insurmountable loses. Now is the time to give back to the artists and performers who contribute so much to the quality, vibrancy, and enjoyability of our lives and culture. We are collecting donations to support artists in our community, who have been directly impacted by this global heath crisis. The funds raised here will be distributed as relief grants to eligible artists and arts organizations.

The Northampton Arts Council is administering a COVID-19 Artist Relief Grant for all artists and cultural producers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and who contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Northampton, Florence, and Leeds. This decision was made in response to an artist input survey that we administered to local artists, in which artists shared their concerns about loss of income due to cancelled exhibitions, concerts, performances, and more.

The COVID-19 Artist Relief Grant opportunity is in place of the ArtsEZ Grant that is typically offered by the Northampton Arts Council each spring. Northampton Arts Council is allocating $10,000 to the COVID-19 Artist Relief Grant fund. The Board would like to award as much money in artist relief as possible. We invite members of the community to donate to our artist relief fund via this GoFundMe campaign. All funds raised here will be distributed through this grant round. 


“Artists and cultural producers play a vital role in making Northampton a great place to live and work. We want to ensure that members of our artistic community have the support they need to make it through this crisis and create beauty on the other side of it. I’m grateful to the Northampton Arts Council Board for making the decision to allocate this fund towards artist relief and to the community for an outpouring of support for local artists at this time.”
-- Brian Foote, Executive Director of the Northampton Arts Council

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