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Artist and Organization COVID-19 Survey Results

ArtsMemphis deployed a survey on March 18, 2020 to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on artists and cultural organizations in Shelby County. The purpose of the survey is to determine how ArtsMemphis and our community can best help and connect artists and organizations to resources. We will continue to accept responses and will update the data regularly.

Responses (as of 4.13.20):

Artists: 200
Organizations: 61

Organization survey data indicated the following:
Total projected loss of income for March 2020: $1,191,958

Total anticipated loss of income April-June 2020 if regulated social distancing persists: $7,412,880

Number of individual artists in or affiliated with an organization who have been or will be financially impacted: 1623

Number of administrative staff in an organization who have been or will be financially impacted: 241

Survey Respondent’s Stated Current Needs (outside of unrestricted support):

  • Financial/long term crisis planning
  • Fundraising/donor communications during this time
  • Developing and promoting meaningful virtual experiences
  • Engaging students virtually
  • Health insurance
  • Mental health/therapists
  • Opportunities for staff at all levels to connect with colleagues outside of the organization
  • At-Home internet for staff
  • Cleaning supplies for facility

Note: ArtsMemphis has used these responses to determine the focus of weekly Arts Sector Support Calls, which occur every Thursday at 4pm. Topics covered include: Human Resources, SBA Loans, Development and Communications, IT Best Practices.

Survey Respondent’s Stated Future Needs:

  • Marketing when things rebound
  • “How will we know when it’s ok to resume?”
  • Updated regulations for events post-COVID-1

 

Artist survey data indicated the following:

Total estimated loss of income for March 2020: $513,779

  • Average Percentage of Income lost from inside of Shelby County: 85%
  • Average Percentage of Income lost from outside of Shelby County: 15%

Total anticipated loss of income April-June 2020: $1,467,506

 

 

Posted by Josie Ballin at 2:09 PM
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