The first initiative for the Fund is the Fill the Void: Artist Relief Funding Campaign, generously sponsored by Void Magazine and locally-based clothing brand Strata, which helped seed the Fund through sales of a limited-edition "Void This Virus" T-shirt. Additional support is provided by proceeds from the sale of stickers designed by Jeremy Convery; creation of an original painting by Nicole Holderbaum that was raffled;fees from a webinar sponsored by Indigo Art Therapy; $5 for every purchase made in Void Magazine's web store; and donations from individuals who care about our artist community.
The Coronavirus pandemic represents a sudden, unanticipated work stoppage for many individual artists. The Fill the Void: Artist Relief Funding Campaign provides funds directly to Duval County-based artists of all disciplines whose livelihoods in the arts have been negatively impacted by the crisis. Round One awarded 23 grants of $200 each. Round Two will fund 17 additional grants of $200 each.
Applicants must demonstrate three things:
that they are professional artists;
that they have lost work in their artistic field specifically due to the closures, cancellations and shutdown of businesses created by the pandemic;
and that they have a need for financial support due to the crisis.
Grants of $200 -- to be used for living expenses -- will be awarded. Awards will be made based on urgency, need, impact, and availability of grant funds.
Artists who received a grant in Round One may not apply for Round Two.
Round Two of the Fill the Void: Artist Relief Funding Campaign opens on Monday, May 18, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the available funding is depleted.
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is sponsored in part by the City of Jacksonville and by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.