ArtsMemphis is proud to announce its year-end fundraising campaign to respond to the significant needs of Memphis and Shelby County’s arts community.

ArtsMemphis awarded $2.8 million to 71 local organizations and hundreds of artists and individuals employed in the arts sector just this year, and is calling for ongoing contributions to sustain this critical level of grant-making.

In addition to its annual granting programs, ArtsMemphis instituted the Artist Emergency Relief Fund in partnership with Music Export Memphis due to tremendous impacts from COVID-19. The Fund has supported over 600 artists and arts and culture sector workers who reside in Memphis.

“The arts sector was one of the first to close in March and will be one of the last to fully reopen,” said Elizabeth Rouse, President & CEO of ArtsMemphis. “Through our countless conversations with partners and grantees, coupled with data points we’ve collected, we have confirmed there is a long road ahead.”

Per September 2020 survey results from area arts nonprofits, a $20 million income loss is projected from March through December 2020. Layoffs and furloughs, not including contracted individuals, have impacted 20% of employees from surveyed organizations.

“The financial impacts have been devastating; however, arts organizations and artists continue to be resilient, creative, and collaborative during these challenging times,” continued Rouse. “This campaign is intended to continue to fuel their efforts.”

ArtsMemphis’ fundraising campaign calls upon the investment in an industry that, while impacted by today’s economic, social, political, and health landscape, is a critical driver in our city's economy and will play a huge role as we recover from the impacts of this pandemic.

“When we look back on this time, I believe our support of the arts community, along with the creations we’ve fostered through our grant programs, will showcase a remarkable, shared response to our trying times,” said Rouse.

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