NYC Round 1
Monday, May 18, 2020
The Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage (CATCH) is awarding grants of $500 to folk, traditional and community-based artists impacted by Covid-19. CATCH is a consortium including City Lore, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Bronx Music Heritage Center, Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York Folklore, and the Folk Arts Program of the Brooklyn Arts Council. Decisions will be made by a committee comprise of our Relief Fund Partners (see below).
We are accepting applications in English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Haitian Creole, Chinese, and Portuguese. If you have technical difficulties, or would prefer to have a voice interview, or text message exchange to complete this application, please email [email protected] and indicate if you would like to be contacted in a language other than English.
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, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York Folklore, and the Folk Arts Program of the Brooklyn Arts Council have established The Folk Arts Relief Fund for New York City.
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.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
On July 2, 2020, the CATCH Folk Arts Relief Fund was completed. The CATCH Folk Arts Relief Fund gave away over $42,000 to over 80 ($500 each) folk and traditional artists in New York City. Our panel process was coordinated by our dedicated partner organizations. We are grateful to all of our Go Fund Me contributors for their contributions.