The economic impact of the coronavirus shut down has been devastating for many industries. We are encouraged to order take-out and give extra tips to the staff of restaurants, in order to help compensate for the lack of business, but seldom is there much talk about artists, whose income has also come to a screeching halt.
In a recent article in the Jacksonville Business Journal, our executive director, Joy Young, shared that there is already a collective loss of over $1 million in revenue in the arts and culture sector on the First Coast.
In an effort to assist individual artists (including performers, writers, fine art, etc)we have started the The Artist Relief Fund. The intent is to raise support through individual donations and in partnership with social entrepreneurs, corporations, and local businesses.
Void Magazine and Strata Mfg. have been huge supporters, starting us off with the proceeds from the Void this Virus t-shirt sales that raised over $1200. Void is continuing their incredible support by starting a special online sale that will donate $5 for every sale.
The small grants of $250 certainly won't make up for all the losses felt, but with your help, we can alleviate a bit of stress and help cover some bills.