Folk Arts Relief Fund

Folk Arts Relief Fund

Folk and traditional artists are among the most vulnerable members of the creative community, often coming from new immigrant and underserved communities. Many of these revered musicians and craftspeople have structural impediments including the digital divide and language barriers to access federal relief funds or private sources of funding. In response, a consortium of organizations led by the Center for Art, Tradition, and Cultural Heritage (CATCH) and including City Lore, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD), Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC), Mind Builders Creative Arts Center, Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, and the Folk Arts Program of the Brooklyn Arts Council have established The Folk Arts Relief Fund for New York City.

The Folk Artists Relief Fund is designed to offer rapid short-term payments to individuals and small groups of folk and traditional artists who have lost income as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be open to artists in all forms of traditional art and music. It will be designed to cover losses resulting from cancelled concerts, performances, exhibitions and other events.

Please consider donating to the fund

Apply to the Folk Arts Relief Fund





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