Organizations establish funds to help support artists during pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic has halted concerts, exhibits, and shows of all kinds, leaving many artists and performers in difficult economic situations.

In April, data from an ongoing Arts & Science Council COVID-19 impact survey showed more than 90 percent of artists have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The biggest impact (87 percent) is related to event cancellations. Nearly 80 percent have experienced a loss of artistic income.

Local organizations are working to help – read on for info on two funds established to assist artists.

Arts & Science Council’s Mecklenburg Creatives Resiliency Fund

The Mecklenburg Creatives Resiliency Fund, established by the Arts & Science Council, provides $500 grants to eligible artists as long as funds are available.

Eligible requests include compensation for lost income due to cancellation of a scheduled gig or similar opportunity because of COVID-19 measures; reimbursement for medical expenses related to COVID-19; and reimbursement for unanticipated childcare or dependent adult care expenses due to social distancing.

To be eligible, applicants must be 18 or older, a permanent resident of Mecklenburg County, and not currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program. Applicants must also have generated income over the past year through work in the fields of visual/folk/performing/multi-disciplinary arts, and literature.

As of May 18, $82,507 had been donated to the fund and $57,000 had been granted to 114 artists.

The fund is accepting donations from the public. To donate or apply for funding, visit artsandscience.org.

Music Everywhere CLT’s Charlotte Music Community COVID-19 Relief Fund

Music Everywhere CLT, a nonprofit initiative to grow Charlotte’s music scene, launched the Charlotte Music Community COVID-19 Relief Fund in partnership with FAIR PLAY Music Equity Initiative and Tosco Music. The fund awards grants up to $500, with the aim of helping members of the local music community with loss of income due to COVID-19.

To be eligible, applicants must be 18 or older and not a fulltime student, live in Mecklenburg County, and have the majority of income come from music-related work. The program is meant to help those who are struggling to meet basic needs, like food, shelter, or medical care, due to loss of music-related income because of COVID-19. The use of the grant money is unrestricted and can be used for the recipients’ most pressing needs.

The organization is accepting donations for the fund, and will continue to grant money until funds are exhausted. To donate or apply for funding, visit musiceverywhereclt.com.