Artists and arts organizations are critical to Baltimore’s culture and economy and have been significantly impacted by the rapidly evolving Coronavirus pandemic. In response, the Bromo Arts and Entertainment District will assist artists from varying creative industries with financial support. The Bromo Artist Relief Fund is specifically for artists whose place of business and/or home is located within the geography of the Bromo District.
Applications open on April 3rd and will close on Friday, April 17th at 5pm. Grants will be awarded the week of April 27th. Twenty $500 grants will be made available to artists working in all disciplines. Mimicking the newly launched “Boston Relief Fund”, giving parameters are as follows:
The fund will be open for but not limited to the following uses:
Recouping financial losses due to cancelled events. This includes, but is not limited to:
Performances in all performing arts disciplines
Readings, panels, and speaking opportunities
Reimbursement for travel expenses related to creative work that you paid for yourself. This includes, but is not limited to:
Attending conferences and convenings that have been cancelled
Offsetting loss of income for teaching artists who could not teach during this time because of cancelled classes and school closures
Support for artists working full or part-time in the service industry who have lost supplemental income used to support their creative practices.
Applications will be reviewed to ensure that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements. If eligible, applicants will receive a number that enters them into the grant lottery. Awardees will then be chosen through a randomized selection process. All awardees and applicants will receive notification from the Bromo Arts District organization the week of April 27th.
To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.
Loyola faculty have teamed up to offer consulting assistance to any business and nonprofit seeking advice and navigation of federal and state offerings. “Loyola Crisis Navigators” can add a capacity boost for any Baltimore small business, nonprofit, or startup where you can pick a volunteer “navigator” who is an experienced business advisor. View bios and schedule a consultation at: https://bit.ly/CrisisNavigators
In response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has created special grant opportunities that provide emergency funding to arts organizations and artists in Maryland as they adjust to losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled. Full guidelines and rubrics are available here.
For Organizations: to be eligible for MSAC Emergency Grants, the organization must submit proof of ineligibility or proof that an application has been approved or declined for one of the following:
For Independent Artists: to be eligible for MSAC Emergency Grants, the artist must submit proof of ineligibility for Unemployment Insurance (UI) or proof that they have either exhausted UI benefits, (including Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) or that UI benefits do not fully cover losses sustained as a result of the Governor’s declared State of Emergency in relationship to COVID-19.
Due to limited funding, grant requests will be prioritized to assist artists and organizations whose needs cannot be met through funding from other relief sources. To help with this process, applicants will be asked to upload evidence that their funding requests from the State and Federal relief sources above have been accepted, denied, or deemed ineligible. For specific questions about your artistic practice or organizations, please contact the relevant MSAC program director via our staff page.
Applying for a Grant
Grant applications are available to arts organizations and independent artists through Smart Simple. Applications will be reviewed upon submission, and Emergency Grants will be awarded throughout the fiscal year until allocated funding is depleted. Note that the timeline between approval and payment may be 90-days.
Sometimes in our lives we all have pain We all have sorrow But if we are wise We know that there's always tomorrow Lean on me, when you're not strong And I'll be your friend I'll help you carry on For it won't be long 'Til I'm gonna need Somebody to lean on From Lean On Me by Bill Withers
If there was ever a time when we need to lean on each other, it is now. Though we are physically apart for safety, together we are part of a unique experience that if we go it alone will weaken us—physically, mentally and artistically.
As this pandemic divisively plays out, the BOPA team is leaning into our role as Baltimore’s Arts Council, Film Office and Events Producer. Though we can’t gather like we did at Brilliant Baltimore in November and we’re hoping to for Artscape in July, we will continue to do all we can to strengthen the arts and community in Baltimore and beyond.
Creative Conversations are discipline-specific virtual gatherings in response to COVID-19, presented by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). More information, including topics and dates, is available below and on MSAC website.