Storm Sandy $ Help for Artists – NYFA

By Stanley Allan Sherman

New York, Connecticut and New Jersey Artists, help from three foundations which are being administered by New York Foundation for the Arts is here.

These are emergency relief funds for artists of all disciplines.  They will be from $1,000 to $5,000 but can be more or less depending on the situation.  For example: the great show Under the Skiff had to cancel performances, from what I read they would be eligible for the Storm Sandy relief grants.   If you lost physical work, props, damage to your home or studio or other places that you work, equipment, supplies or just lost of income because a gig got canceled – this help is meant for you.   The NYFA is now accepting application for Hurricane Sandy Emergency Relief Fund and grants will be issued every two weeks.

In addition to direct grants from the Emergency Relief Fund, NYFA has lowered the administration fee on cash-flow loans it provides to organizations to 3 percent through the end of the 2012 calendar year.

Here are the web sites:
New York Foundation for the Arts

From the NYFA website

NYFA Emergency Relief Fund

Supported by Warhol, Rauschenberg and Lambent Foundations,

The Andy Warhol Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Lambent Foundation (a project of the Tides Center) have established an Emergency Relief Fund, administered by NYFA to assist artists with damages and losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Eligible artists can be working in any discipline and reside in Connecticut, New Jersey or New York.

Damages are broadly defined and include, but are not limited to: damage to physical work; damage to homes/studios/other facilities; loss of equipment or supplies; loss of income, and reimbursement for cancelled performances/appearances/engagements. We anticipate the overwhelming majority of grants will range between $1,000 and $5,000, but there may be extraordinary circumstances in which slightly smaller or larger grants might be made.

To apply, please complete the NYFA Relief Fund Application
Artists will be asked to:

1. Describe the damage sustained as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Tell us the dollar amount of the damage and your method for determining the total.

2. Tell us if they have applied to other funds or organizations to cover this loss. If so, indicate where and the status of the request (amount received, application pending, application declined).

3. Include any appropriate support materials (pay stubs, photos, receipts, contracts, etc.) as well as, a current resume/bio or link to artist website.

A separate fund has been established for arts organizations; for information email

The Three Foundations involved
Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Lambent Foundation

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