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 2020…

  • local nonprofit arts organizations had income losses totaling $20M.
  • 44% of the nonprofit arts workforce experienced layoff or furlough.
  • artist engagements were down 80%.
  • artists of all types lost income (640 Artist Emergency Fund grantees lost income totaling $9M).


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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