Recovery Fund


Arts Recovery Fund

Investing in a Strong and Accessible Arts Community

Thriving arts assets are at the heart of a thriving Memphis. For Memphis to recover from the impacts of this pandemic, its artists and arts organizations must recover. The Recovery Fund - a partnership with ArtsMemphis, Memphis Music Initiative and Music Export Memphis – will support the Memphis and Shelby County arts sector, one of the hardest hit industries.

In 2021…

  • local nonprofit arts organizations experienced a $24 million reduction in revenue.
  • 53% reduction in staffing, a majority of which is related to contract staff.
  • community participation in arts programming is down 41%.
  • of 79% of artists who were able to continue their work,  just 35% earned income from their work.


The Recovery Fund will accelerate recovery and support a resilient arts ecosystem by providing immediate and targeted infusion of funds and making investments in the people, processes and programming that will make our arts community stronger and more accessible.

Fundraising is underway for this effort and plans will be announced in the coming months.

For information:      Elizabeth Rouse |  [email protected] | 901-578-2787






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