Colorado Arts Relief Grant Provides Millions in COVID-19 Aid to Culture Sector

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The Telluride Bluegrass Festival received $ 200,000 from the first round of the Colorado Arts Relief Grant.

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As the creative sector grapples with the dire economic consequences of pandemic shutdowns, relief grants from private foundations and government have been vital to the survival of arts and culture throughout Colorado. Now, with the delta’s surge once again threatening artistic activities, the state is offering another round of emergency funding to individual artists and cultural organizations.

In the first round, the state distributed $ 7.4 million through 722 grants, of which $ 5,985,500 went to 123 arts, culture and entertainment groups. The most prominent of these were the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Z2 Entertainment, which operates the Boulder and Fox theaters. Another $ 1.365 million went to 599 people in 41 counties.

“Colorado’s arts, culture and entertainment industries play a vital role in our economy and are critical to our recovery and resilience,” said Margaret Hunt, director of Colorado Creative Industries, at the time of the first distribution. . “The Colorado Arts Relief program provides direct funding to the individuals, businesses and organizations most severely affected by COVID-19 capacity restrictions. ”

Colorado Creative Industries will open the second round of applications for the Colorado Arts Relief Fund on Monday, August 23, and it will be twice as large as the first.

the state arts agency, under the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, plans to donate an additional $ 15.5 million to a mix of arts, culture and entertainment businesses and organizations, as well as people working in the industry as artists and crew members.

There are two requests, one for businesses and organizations and one for individuals, which can receive up to $ 4,000. Priority will be given to performers and crew members who have already requested relief money and did not get a grant.

Companies will be eligible for general operating support of up to $ 200,000, and groups on the verge of permanent closure will be the priority, as well as those at risk of losing staff or attempting to rehire workers laid off during the period. the pandemic.

For more information, visit the Colorado Arts Relief Grant page online.

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