Theatre Bay Area, in partnership with Dancers’ Group and InterMusic SF, launched the COVID-19: Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund on March 20, 2020 as a resource for performing arts workers who are facing a loss of income due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Distributed $430,250 through 580 grants to individual performing arts workers
TBA is grateful to have been able to provide some amount of relief to these grantees with the help of more than 493 individual donors and funders, but the immense need remains.
185 applications remain on the waitlist to be funded
Approximately 15 new applications are submitted every week
A few quotes from past Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund Grantees!
arts workers need your support
Our goal is to raise $140,000 in order to fund applications both on the waitlist and newly submitted applications. No donation is too small, and every bit of support will make an impact on the arts workers in our Bay Area community.
As the pandemic continues and with theatres still closed, Theatre Bay Area remains committed to serving the Bay Area performing arts community. We are so grateful to have raised $489,825 so far — only $10,175 is needed to reach our original goal of $500,000.
With the closure of arts venues and cancellation of shows, and with shelter-in-place orders due to COVID-19, workers in the performing arts have lost untold amounts of expected income. Many are losing secondary income (teaching
jobs, restaurant/bar jobs, gig work) as well. Most of these artists were already living very close to the margin in our high-cost-of-living area, and have no emergency funds to fall back on. We want to make sure our Bay Area arts workers have the immediate relief they need to survive this crisis.
you would like to join the artists and performing arts supporters who have made tax-deductible donations to the Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund, please click here to donate online or contact development officer Shannon Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the current shelter-in-place orders, limited staff is in the physical office once a week to collect
mail. Please send checks to Theatre Bay Area, 1119 Market St. 2nd Floor, San Francisco CA 94103.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and be well.
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Partnering with the relief fund is a fantastic way to give back to our severely impacted performing arts community. Whether you are part of a non-arts-related business interested in donating a portion of your proceeds, a teacher
interested in giving a percentage of your weekly classes, or an artist looking to support other artists through a live streamed show, we would love to partner with you! No donation is too small, and every bit of support will
make an impact on the arts workers in our Bay Area community.
Theatre Bay Area is thrilled to partner with ShadowOfaDancer, the performing art and instruction service offered by Jessica Woodman. She has generously agreed to donate 10% of the proceeds from her "Giving Saturday" classes of GYROKINESIS® Online:Flow to the Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund. You can register for a "Giving Saturday" class here.
Q: Who is eligible to apply to the Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund?
“Performing arts workers” includes all aspects of the performing arts including actors, administrators, box office/event staff, carpenters, dancers, designers, directors, dramaturgs, musicians, playwrights, production staff, singers,
teaching artists, technicians, etc.
Any resident of the San Francisco Bay Area who has worked professionally or vocationally in local performing arts, who has been an active participant in the arts community (those whose life’s work is the performing arts, regardless
of the income derived from work in the performing arts) and has experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19 because of:
Loss of performing arts work
Loss of supplemental income/job
Q: How do I apply for the Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund?
Please know that all applications are important to us, and please keep in mind that the total number of grants given each week is entirely dependent upon the funds raised each week. Applications are funded in order of priority of need and availability of funds.
Panels are held to review applications on an ongoing basis after approximately 50 new applications are submitted. Notifications of your application status will be sent to all applicants every Friday evening. At that time, you will be notified that you have received funding; that your application is waiting to be reviewed; or that your application is on the waitlist and will be reviewed the next week. The total number of grants given each week will be dependent upon the funds raised.
Learn more about applying from TBA's membership and events associate Mikah Johnson
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