Folk Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund

By  | Published April 15, 2020

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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.

Los artistas populares y tradicionales se encuentran entre los miembros más vulnerables de las comunidades creativas, a menudo provenientes de nuevas comunidades inmigrantes y desatendidas. Muchos de estos venerados músicos y artesanos tienen impedimentos estructurales, incluyendo la brecha digital y las barreras del idioma para acceder a fondos federales de socorro o fuentes privadas de financiamiento. En respuesta, un consorcio de organizaciones está siendo dirigido por el Centro de Arte, Tradición  y Patrimonio Cultural/ the Center for Art, Tradition, and Cultural Heritage (C.A.T.C.H.) que incluye a City Lore, el Centro de Música y Danza Tradicional, el Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC), y el Programa de Artes Populares del Consejo de Brooklyn de las Artes/ Brooklyn Arts Council han establecido El Fondo de Alivio de las Artes Populares.

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.

El Fondo de Alivio de Artistas Popularesestá diseñado para ofrecer pagos rápidos a corto plazo a individuos y pequeños grupos de artistas populares y tradicionales que han  perdido ingresos como resultado directo de la pandemia COVID-19. Estará abierto a artistas de todas las formas de arte y música tradicional. Y será diseñado para cubrir las pérdidas resultantes de conciertos cancelados, actuaciones, exposiciones y otros eventos.

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Peter Rushefsky

Peter Rushefsky is the Executive Director of CTMD.
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