Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council: Emergency Fund for Artists

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In response to COVID-19, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council has expanded its Emergency Fund for Artists to support those impacted by the virus. With the cancellation of events and gigs to reduce the spread of the virus, artists who make their income partially or fully through gigs and freelance work are losing essential income, creating the perfect storm of economic hardship.

Artists and creative workers living in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, Lawrence, Indiana, Greene, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties are eligible to request up to $500. The fund will be open, but not limited to, the following uses: financial losses due to cancelled events, including performances in all performing arts, disciplines, readings, and speaking opportunities. And, offsetting loss of income for teaching artists who could not teach during this time because of cancelled classes and school closures.

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About the Host

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) champions the arts in Southwestern Pennsylvania, providing financial, professional, and political support for the arts and culture sector. Comprised of more than 400 diverse artists and nonprofit organizations, GPAC offers valuable research, legal and business consulting, networking, and professional development opportunities so that artists, arts leaders, and organizations can grow their skills and advance their practice. GPAC provides grants for artists and arts organizations. We also lead the region’s arts advocacy at the local, state, and national level, and model best practices for accessibility and equity in the arts.

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