New NYC fund to assist arts and social-service organizations coping with pandemic

Posted on: March 23, 2020

“So far, it’s only targeted for New York City, but Friday morning a group of foundations announced a $75 million fund to help social service and arts and cultural organizations struggling to survive the slew of demands and cancellations brought on by the coronavirus outbreak,” write Geoff Edgers and Peggy McGlone in Friday’s (3/20) Washington Post. “The hope, organizers say, is that the NYC Covid-19 Response & Impact Fund will … serve as a model for similar funds or grants outside New York, to address the unprecedented shutdown of museums, concert halls and other venues and its impact on artists, writers and musicians…. The fund will provide grants and loans to groups with budgets of $20 million or less.… Arts leaders say they’ve been moved by the improvised, communal expressions that have emerged in recent days…. The South Carolina Philharmonic … live-streamed their [Saturday] concert, performed without an audience in attendance. It wasn’t for the money…. Deciding to stream the program of Zhou Tian, Mozart and Schumann ‘ended up being the best decision we could have made,’ said Rhonda Hunsinger, the orchestra’s executive director. ‘It served a greater purpose than we even knew it could.’ ”