"I think right now, we’re in an incredibly fragile position, all of us freelancers."
Artist Rescue Trust (A.R.T.) exists to provide support to musicians and artists whose ability to perform, tour and earn a living has been negatively affected by COVID-19. A.R.T. will provide $1,500 over three months to artists in need and amplify the stories, performances and creations they had hoped to share with the world before the pandemic limited their ability to do so.
Those of us who are close to the creative community know the financial pressures that have long been increasing for musicians and artists.
Their livelihood and existence is dependent on their ability to create and share their work, and for their communities to access it. The widespread cancellation of concerts, tours and live events has had a disproportionate impact on artistic communities across the country - especially those who rely on these events to pay their bills. Many artists supplement their incomes with gig work, freelance or service industry jobs which are also severely impacted. This is our moment to support the artists who fill our hearts and minds with their work.
What We Want To Do About It
Our goal is to provide $500/month for 3 months to artists in need.
We call on those who have the means to support the creative community to contribute to this fund.
We invite artists and creators who have financially suffered from cancelled events and bookings to apply to receive funding.
The bare minimum percentage of funds donated (estimated about 9% depending on whether donors cover their own processing fees) will be used to cover only essential direct costs to maintain the integrity of the project. These include non-profit financial administration (tax reporting, insurance, accounting), technology to administer ID checks and the distribution of funds, and bank processing/transaction fees. A.R.T does not take any fees to cover staff time, travel, marketing. All human effort on this project has been volunteered.
Who Is This For?
Professional artistic creators whose primary source of income is made through live performance, tours or exhibits.
“It’s probably going to be awhile before a lot of bands are going to be able to go out again because everybody’s just got to spend all their energy saving, trying to make up for the loss.”