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. 

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“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


HOW TO HELP
  • Donate. Even if it’s a small amount. Every dollar helps.
  • Share/post the link to the fundraiser with a personal message about why this campaign matters to you.
  • Invite people in your network to donate. Tag folks that might be able to help spread the word.
  • Join our Facebook group to contribute to our local artist community
  • Like our Facebook page for more information and updates
  • Email us with feedback/ suggestions on how we can do better to support artists
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HELP OUR ARTISTS - COVID-19 Artist Relief Application deadline has passed
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.

DONATE


HOW CAN ARTISTS AND CULTURAL PRODUCERS APPLY FOR RELIEF?
APPLICATION FORM IS CLOSED
In order to qualify, you must:
1. Be an artist or arts organizer in the Pioneer Valley who has actively contributed to our region’s cultural vitality with regularity, or within the past year.
2. Be an artist or arts organizer who has facilitated a public project, program or exhibition in Northampton, Florence or Leeds in the past three years.
3. Be 18 years or older.
4. I am experiencing a loss of income that is impacting my livelihood and/or my ability to carry out my artistic and programmatic mission.

HOW WILL FUNDS BE DISTRIBUTED?
Applications will be evaluated based on eligibility and need. The objective is to provide financial support quickly to the producers of art and culture in our community who have lost their usual income. We expect more applications than we have funds to give, but aim to provide support to as many eligible applicants as possible.

TIMELINE
April 16: Application opens. GoFundMe Campaign opens.
May 15: Deadline to apply. GoFundMe Campaign closes.
May 28: Awards finalized; email notifications are sent.

APPLICATION CLOSED


“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

In addition to the new artist relief grant, The Northampton Arts Council informed all grant recipients who were awarded funds during our ArtsEZ 2019 and our Local Cultural Council FY20 grant cycles that they have been automatically granted a 6 month extension. Grant recipients can complete the public component of their project at a later date or shift to an online format open to the public. All previously awarded grants have also been automatically and immediately converted into artist relief funds for any artists who need to use their grant to offset any living expenses incurred during this difficult time.

HOW TO HELP
  • DONATE. Even if it’s a small amount. Every dollar helps.
  • SHARE/POST THE LINK to the fundraiser with a personal message about why this campaign matters to you.
  • Invite people in your network to donate.
  • Tag folks that might be able to help spread the word.
  • Join our FACEBOOK GROUP for more information and updates
  • Like our FACEBOOK PAGE
  • EMAIL US with feedback/suggestions on how we can do better to support artists

NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL 
The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton, Northampton Summer Park Series, Transperformance and Silver Chord Bowl, and advocating on behalf of the arts community.

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