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 and Transperformance.

COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund


For over a year 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 losses. 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 health crisis. The funds raised here will be distributed as relief grants to eligible artists and arts producers. 

The Northampton Arts Council is administering a second COVID-19 Artist Relief Grant for all artists and arts producers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and who contribute to the artistic vibrancy of Northampton, Florence, and Leeds. This decision was made in response to the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s most recent COVID-19 impact survey of the cultural sector in Massachusetts. Since March 2020 working creatives in Massachusetts which includes individual artists, teaching artists, and scientists/humanists cite $30,403,616 in lost personal income due to the pandemic. In Western Massachusetts alone 558 artists reported lost income of $4,901,683. 

The second 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 $TBD 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 MightyCause campaign. If you would like to donate by check, visit our donation page on this website for information. All funds raised will be distributed through this grant round. 

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“Artists and arts 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 NOW. 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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COVID-19 Artist Relief Application Open


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 MIGHTY CAUSE CAMPAIGN. If you would like to donate by check, visit our donation page on this website for information. All funds raised here will be distributed through this grant round.

DONATE NOW


HOW CAN ARTISTS AND ARTS PRODUCERS APPLY FOR RELIEF?
APPLICATION FORM CLOSED


In order to qualify, you must:
  • Be an individual artist, teaching artist, or arts organizer working in any artistic discipline who has facilitated an arts project, arts program, arts workshop, or arts exhibition in Northampton, Florence, or Leeds in the past three years.
  • Be experiencing a loss of income that is impacting their livelihood and/or ability to carry out their artistic and programmatic mission.
  • Be 18 years or older.

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 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.

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE?
May 15: Deadline to apply. 
May 25 (New date June 15): Awards finalized; email notifications are sent with contracts.




“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

The Northampton Arts Council remains committed to supporting arts in Northampton, Florence and Leeds. Our monthly board meetings will continue via Zoom, under the leadership of executive director, Brian Foote. All are invited to join the Northampton Arts Council Facebook Group, which aims to create an online community for artists and arts producers. The Board will continue to seek new ways to bring our community together, even remotely, through the arts. 

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
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.

The Northampton Arts Council believes that art is for everyone. We strive to produce, support, and sustain arts and cultural initiatives that uphold all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically marginalized based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, neurodiversity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion. We affirm the need to redress historical inequities in the arts and cultural sector and commit to supporting equitable and inclusive practices through all aspects of our work.

You can reach out to us at admin@northamptonartscouncil.org with questions or concerns.

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