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Emergency Fund Established to Support Individual Artists in Response to COVID-19

MEMPHIS, April 1, 2020—Today, ArtsMemphis launches its Artist Emergency Fund, a $50,000 emergency granting process made possible by the generosity of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and the Assisi Foundation.

ArtsMemphis was designated as a beneficiary of $25,000 from the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, who is collectively contributing over $415,000 to community agencies across sectors to provide flexible funding to those impacted by novel coronavirus and the economic consequences of the pandemic in our region.

The ArtsMemphis staff quickly compounded the $25,000 into $50,000 thanks to a matching gift from the Assisi Foundation.

“This is an honor that we do not take lightly, particularly as we navigate this unprecedented period,” said Elizabeth Rouse, ArtsMemphis President & CEO. “Our supporters over the years allow us to carry this invaluable responsibility to direct and grant funds to artists, whose creativity and passion continue to weave the fabric of our culture.”

ArtsMemphis will immediately redirect funds to individual artists to support recovery from lost income due to cancelled events, job layoff, or furlough. Self-employed artists of all arts disciplines as well as individual artists employed/contracted by nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Shelby County are eligible to apply.

Full details of the grant request and review process may be found here: https://www.artsmemphis.org/artist-emergency-fund.

Applications received from musicians of all genres and types will be reviewed in conjunction with and administered by Music Export Memphis (MEM), whose mission is to create opportunities for Memphis musicians to showcase their music outside the city, driving tourism, talent attraction and economic development.

"We're glad to be partnering with ArtsMemphis on this grant process, which will leverage more than $35,000 in additional funds we've raised through our partners specifically to support musicians," said MEM Executive Director Elizabeth Cawein. "Our longstanding relationship with ArtsMemphis has allowed for a process that is transparent and equitable for artists of all disciplines, at a time when the musicians we serve have seen their livelihoods disappear."

ABOUT ARTSMEMPHIS. The mission of ArtsMemphis is to sustain Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts. ArtsMemphis distributes $2.5 million annually to 70+ grantees, who collectively provide over 2.5 million annual art experiences. Learn more at artsmemphis.org.
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