Arts and Culture Coronavirus Relief Program - Individual Artist Grant

The Phoenix City Council approved using federal Coronavirus Relief Funding to help support working artists who have experienced financial hardship because of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis. This funding will be managed by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.​

The deadline to apply was June 11, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. 
  

 GUIDELINES

 Overview

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture was a partner in the statewide Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals, along with the Arizona Community Foundation, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Artlink Inc., and the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. The fund provided grants to 235 artists across the state of Arizona.

The Office of Arts and Culture announces the Phoenix Arts and Culture Coronavirus Relief Program for Individual Artists. This grant program will help support working artists, teaching artists, and other artist-based contract workers who have experienced canceled events and residencies or terminated contracts because of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis. This program will include the same goals, values, and commitments as the original statewide emergency relief fund.

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has an equity strategy that aims to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented marginalized groups' full participation from the agency’s programs and to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts and culture sector for all Phoenix residents.

The program is committed to a just and equitable distribution of the Coronavirus Relief Funding. To that commitment, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture will consider equity and geographic parity as part of our decision-making and will work to expand the reach of this relief opportunity to a broad, diverse community of artists.

 Grant Amount

Grants are up to $1,500. No cash match is required. Events, residencies, or contracts for which an individual is claiming lost income must have been scheduled to take place between March 1-June 30, 2020.

 Eligibility

  • ​Open to individual residents in the city of Phoenix who are 18 years of age or older.
  • Applicants must identify as a working artist whose practice is art-making, artistic production, teaching, artist residencies, arts and cultural events, or contract artistic-based work with nonprofit arts and culture organizations.
  • Applicants may only submit one application but may include multiple gigs/jobs/contracts in one application.
  • Events, residencies, or contracts for which an individual is claiming lost income must have been scheduled to take place between March 1, 2020-June 30, 2020. Due to need and anticipated demand, funds can only be applied to gigs/jobs/contracts that have been outright cancelled or terminated as opposed to postponed.
  • Artists who were awarded funds from the Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals are not eligible to apply to the Phoenix Arts and Culture Coronavirus Relief.

 Application

The Phoenix Arts and Culture Coronavirus Relief Program for Individual Artists guidelines will be posted on Monday, June 1, 2020 and the application will open on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 through MARGO, the Office of Arts and Culture’s online grants portal. The application will be open for 24 hours, as the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture understand the need is great and do not want artists spending their labor assembling requests when support is already under such significant pressure.

To prepare applicants to submit their materials on the June 10, 2020, we are providing the application questions and requirements. The purpose of the application is to verify that the canceled event, residency, or terminated contract meets the fund guidelines and to collect information needed to process the request. In this way, the Phoenix Arts and Culture Coronavirus Relief Program for Individual Artists is unlike some other grant programs where individuals are asked to “make the best case” for funding. Please do not feel you have to persuade. The simpler, the better.

  • Applicant contact information
  • Artistic discipline or area of arts-based work; information about other source(s) of income
  • Brief professional artist bio/artist statement
  • One of the following to upload: a link to professional information or a resume/CV
  • Amount requested, up to $1500
  • Brief description of each canceled gig/job/contract, including what it was, when it was scheduled to take place, when it was canceled, and how much income you lost because of the canceled event, residency, or terminated contract
  • Uploaded documentation of the canceled event, residency, or terminated contract because of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis. Documentation can include copies of emails, contracts, invoices, notification of cancelation, etc. Contact the Office of Arts and Culture if you have questions regarding appropriate documentation.
  • Demographic information. This information will be used for internal purposes; individuals’ information will not be disaggregated or made public in any way.

 Review Process

Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness by the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission, then considered through the dual lens of equity and geographic parity in accordance with Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s commitment for the program. Following that review and consideration, and depending on the amount of submissions received, applications may be entered into a process of randomized selection.

Potential applicants before the deadline date should take the time to become a City of Phoenix vendor to expedite payment if a grant is awarded.

 FAQs

​What is the deadline?

The application will open on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 through MARGO, the Office of Arts and Culture’s online grants portal. The application will be open for 24 hours. Read the full guidelines on how to prepare your application.

Who is eligible?

Please review the full guidelines for eligibility.

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Who do I contact?

Anel E. Arriola, grants and community engagement manager, 602-534-5084, anel.arriola@phoenix.gov.