This blend is smooth, warm, and vibrant...much like the type of performers we wanted to be! Let's take a moment to appreciate the artists who make the world a rounder place. $2 from every APPLAUSE sold will be donated to ArtistRelief.org.
Artist Relief is an initiative organized by the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists—all small to mid-sized national arts grant makers—that have come together in this unprecedented moment guided by the understanding that the wellbeing of artists has financial, professional, social, and mental dimensions, and should be fostered with a holistic framework of support.
As such, Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward.
The initiative will operate as organizers, monitoring the impact of the pandemic and continue to fundraise to assist with the rapidly escalating needs of the country's artists. According to Artists and Other Cultural Workers: A Statistical Portrait, a study published in 2019 by the Office of Research & Analysis (ORA) at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), there are 2.5 million working artists in the United States.Practicing artists living in all fifty states, territories, and Tribal Nations, working in any discipline, are able to apply for a $5,000 grant.