The COVID-19 Emergency Response Program is a Council District Specific program for nonprofit arts organizations or community-based commercial businesses that function as community cultural hubs, and individual artists based in Council Districts 1, 3, 4, 8, and 10.
Amount: $500 to $3,000
Funding Organization: Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Deadline: September 23, 2020 – 11:59 p.m., or until the first 300 applications have been received, whichever comes first.
Contact: Please contact the DCA Public Art Staff via email at email@example.com with the subject line “Council District Specific ERP” for questions.
In response to the continued economic shifts created by COVID-19, the Department of Cultural Affairs Public Art Division (DCA) and City Council are announcing the second iteration of an artist relief program. Art Development fees of $434,063 have been designated to establish a Council District Specific COVID-19 Emergency Response Program (ERP). This ERP funding provides targeted support in Council Districts 1, 3, 4, 8, and 10. Nonprofit arts organizations and small commercial businesses that function as cultural spaces must be headquartered in one of the five specified council districts, and individual artists must live in these districts as well.
DCA recognizes that COVID-19 has drastically altered the cultural landscape of Los Angeles and that we must, in turn, readjust our methods of support. The Department is committed to supporting the broadest swath of arts organizations, cultural businesses, and artists to protect the cultural delivery system, including those that DCA may not have partnered with in the past. These new partners will be critical to the economic recovery once the City fully reopens.
Anyone receiving funding through the Council District Specific COVID-19 Emergency Response Program must be willing to make their artworks and services available through real-time, virtual, and online platforms. In some instances, the artwork may appear in a physical public space. This effort is intended to showcase the artworks and services within the Council District, and citywide, and share new artistic voices operating in the pandemic. Artwork may be an original or a preexisting artwork relevant to the current climate and can be shared on a virtual platform.
To ensure citywide accessibility of this program, DCA will provide online links to a curated selection of the Council District Specific COVID-19 Emergency Response Program projects on DCA’s website and social media channels. DCA will also have a master list of projects with links to the art and cultural programs and services to various online teaching portals and will work with local organizations and public television programs to broaden our reach and to help cultivate new audiences.
The Council District Specific COVID-19 Emergency Response Program will provide emergency relief to Los Angeles-based nonprofit arts organizations and community-based commercial businesses that function as a community cultural hub, and individual artists who have not received a grant through the DCA Grants Division, or a public arts commission or through any of the programs operated under the DCA Public Art Division from July 2019 to June 2020.
Funding awards to nonprofit arts organizations will be tiered according to who is most vulnerable. Funding is as follows: $1,000 for community-based commercial businesses that function as a cultural space to showcase local artists; $2,000 for small nonprofit arts organizations with budgets less than $99,999 per year; $3,000 for mid-size nonprofit arts organizations with budgets between $100,000 – $800,000 per year.
A small amount of funding may also be used to provide support for individual artists with the most significant risk of hardship. An individual artist is defined as: any person who works greater than quarter-time for income as a creative producer (actor, animator, craft-maker, designer, dancer, DJ, literary writer, musician, painter, poet, photographer, playwright, sculptor, videographer, etc.) Artists must demonstrate financial need and detrimental impact caused by COVID-19, such as the ability to pay rent, utility bills, loss of employment, etc.
Funding for individual artists will be tiered in three categories: $500 for artists who work up-to quarter-time as a creative producer; $1,000 for artists employed part-time or full-time at any type of company; and $1,500 for artists who are full-time freelancers. Freelance artists are more vulnerable in an economic downturn than artists who perform creative services full-time within a company.
Artists who applied to DCA’s first round of the Citywide COVID-19 Emergency Response Program and resided within Council District 1, 3, 4, 8, 10 may apply for this award, but can only be the recipient of one of the awards, should you be awarded; DCA will be in communication with you about this, as awards for the first round will be announced at the end of September.
All applicants must:
- Reside within or be headquartered in Council Districts 1, 3, 4, 8, and 10 of the City of Los Angeles
- (Please visit http://neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org/to verify your home address is within the boundaries of the City of Los Angeles. Addresses falling outside of the specified council districts are ineligible. The search would yield a ‘Nothing Found’ result via this online tool.)
- Demonstrate professional creative experience over at least the past two (2) years on an attached resume.
- High school or college students creating projects for school accreditation are ineligible.
- Employees of the City of Los Angeles are ineligible to apply.
DCA will convene peer panelists as application readers to review the applications and score each application based on the stated criteria and equitable distribution across Council Districts 1, 3, 4, 8, and 10. Funding opportunities will be available until the full budget for the second round of this initiative has been expended.
If you are eligible for this relief, please complete the application below on JotForm and include your professional resume:
- Applicant Information:
- Official IRS Name of Applicant, email and telephone contact information
- Popular Name if Different
- Applicant’s physical mailing address (must be within the City of Los Angeles Council Districts 1, 3, 4, 8, and 10)
- Indicate Council District where you reside or where your organization/business is located.
- Contact person First Name
- Contact person Last Name
- City of Los Angeles Business Tax Registration Certificate (BTRC) Number (If you are a business)
- Questions regarding artist category and demographics
Statement of Interest that describes the impact of COVID-19 on your organization, business, or employment as an artist; and also describes how your proposed artwork or online services would address the pandemic.
- Arts Organization and Commercial Business Mission Statement Attachment:
- Describes the mission of the organization; staff configuration; general programming information; the statement should not exceed two (2) pages. The file must be in PDF format.
- Artist Attachment:
- Resume/CV does not exceed four (4) pages and demonstrates the artist’s two (2) or more years of professional experience. The file must be in PDF format.
All other materials, including links to websites, social media channels, etc. will not be reviewed by the panel.
Please note that all submissions must be completed through JotForm by September 23, 2020.