Thanks to a resolution passed by Austin City Council in June, working artists and creatives in the capital whose livelihoods have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic could soon see relief.
The resolution provides for $ 3.5 million to fund the Austin Creative Worker Relief Grant. Eligible applicants can apply for $ 2,000 in funding to help cover the cost of living and fill financial gaps created by the pandemic and resulting bans and restrictions.
“The Austin creative community, which is instrumental in the structure of the city’s cultural and economic ecosystem, is facing unprecedented difficulties due to COVID-19,” said Sylnovia Holt-Rabb, acting director of the city’s economic development department, in a statement released this week.
“This program will ensure that individuals receive some level of financial support.”
Creative staff who work in many fields can apply, including the visual and performing arts, film and television, folk and traditional arts, art therapy, fashion, museums and heritage conservation, and more. Working artists are encouraged to apply, as are associate employees who make a living in a creative industry.
With a focus on the equitable disbursement of these funds, the Economic Development Department, tasked with administering the grant by the city council, is building partnerships with community organizations across the city to promote the grant to ensure the most vulnerable creative workers that all authorized persons are informed about the program.
From Monday, August 17, until Friday, August 28, creative sector employees can submit applications for the grant to ATXRecovers.com. Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years old and have been working in a recognized creative discipline in the past two years. An economic loss related to the pandemic. Please visit the website listed above for more information, including application requirements and a list of eligible areas in the creative industry.
The Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund, a similar program specifically for musicians administered by the Department of Economic Development, reopened for applications on Monday, August 10th. Even if an applicant has already received the $ 1,000 grant from the Musicians’ Fund, they have.You can still apply for the Austin Creative Worker Relief Grant, but can only receive up to $ 1,000 from the new grant program.