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Artist Relief and Sundance Institute Join Forces

Artist Relief and Sundance Institute Join Forces

James Sullivan

Artist Relief and Sundance Institute Announce Partnership

The Artist Relief Fund today announced an important new alliance, officially partnering with the Sundance Institute.

The Sundance Institute is the parent institution of the Sundance Film Festival . In 1981, actor Robert Redford established Sundance to support independent arts, and filmmaking, especially.

The Artist Relief Fund launched last month in response to Covid-19 pandemic. It’s aim, to provide grant money of up to $5,000 per artist negatively impacted by the coronavirus. In addition, the Artist Relief Fund supports artists through professional, social, and mental health mentorship and counseling.

Many artists around the country and world are struggling due to the economic impacts of this global pandemic. Consequently, with businesses shuttered, events cancelled and commissioned work evaporating, many artists are hurting.

The rationale in partnering with the Sundance Institute is to raise the profile of the Artist Relief Fund. Moreover, the hope is to expand the donor base. The goal is to distribute more funds to a greater number of artists in need of support.

“Sundance Institute is an immeasurably important cultural institution and titan in their field. We’re thrilled to welcome them to Artist Relief. And aim to deepen our work to support artists in film, media, and theatre. We offer their example to other organizations looking to support their disciplines by strengthening platforms like Artist Relief so we can collectively manage the difficult months ahead,” said Deana Haggag, President and CEO of United States Artists, a coalition member of Artist Relief.

In short, we think this is a great initiative and certainly worth supporting. Below is the full press release.

Artist Svetlana Pochatun in her studio. Self portrait via Unsplash

Sundance Institute Joins Artist Relief as Field Partner

Acclaimed organization to lend expertise, regranting support, 
and fundraising capabilities to aid COVID-19 relief coalition.

NEW YORK — April 17, 2020 —  Artist Relief, the coalition of national arts grantmakers, is proud to announce Sundance Institute as its first Field Partner. In this new partnership, Sundance Institute will lend its expertise in the worlds of film, media and theatre, invest directly into the relief fund to act as a regranting channel for independent artists in those fields, and support the overall development and refinement of Artist Relief’s efforts to assist artists affected by COVID-19.

A national, multidisciplinary partnership between Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists, Artist Relief is an emergency coalition to provide emergency $5,000 grants and information resources to artists in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Artist Relief’s discipline-specific Field Partners will be integral to scaling the coalition’s initial efforts during this unprecedented emergency. Other partners announcements to follow in the weeks to come.

“We greatly admire the founding members of Artist Relief and their leadership in rapid, equitable funding of individual artists. They are the perfect vehicle to deliver the need-based giving that this moment demands. Sundance Institute is proud to join this collective initiative by investing directly into the fund and lending our expertise to ensure film, media, and theatre artists get the support they need during this unprecedented crisis,” said Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute.

Artist Relief Launches with $10 Million

Artist Relief launched on April 8th with $10 million, consisting of $5 million in seed funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation matched with $5 million in initial contributions from an array of foundations across the United States. Its Field Partner program premiers alongside a sustained fundraising campaign designed to continually expand the coalition’s impact.

“Sundance Institute is an immeasurably important cultural institution and titan in their field. We’re thrilled to welcome them to Artist Relief as we deepen our work to support artists in film, media, and theatre. We offer their example to other organizations looking to support their disciplines by strengthening platforms like Artist Relief so we can collectively manage the difficult months ahead,” said Deana Haggag, President and CEO of United States Artists, a coalition member of Artist Relief.

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Overwhelming response

Since opening applications, Artist Relief has been met with an overwhelming response from the country’s artists. As expected, applications for the $5,000 emergency grant have dramatically outpaced Artist Relief’s resources. This demand and underscores the urgent need to expand fundraising. At this time, Artist Relief is the only organization providing direct financial support to multiple artistic disciplines across the country. As it expands, the Field Partner program will grow to include like-minded organizations eager to regrant to their constituencies directly through Artist Relief, as well as play a key leadership role in the coalition’s advocacy and outreach strategies moving forward.

“Starting the Field Partner program is emblematic of the momentum taking hold in the field. We know that we must do more. And so we are mobilizing together,” said Carolyn Ramo, Executive Director of Artadia, a coalition member of Artist Relief.

Artist Relief is an emergency initiative. It relies on the support of a growing number of foundations and individual donors. Furthermore, it will continue to evolve as the needs of the country’s artists shift over the coming months. Visit artistrelief.org to make tax-deductible donations; 100 percent of donations will be applied directly to aid.

ABOUT ARTIST RELIEF

Artist Relief is an initiative organized by the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists—all small to mid-sized national arts grantmakers—that have come together in this unprecedented moment guided by the understanding that the wellbeing of artists has financial, professional, social, and mental dimensions, and should be fostered with a holistic framework of support.

ABOUT SUNDANCE INSTITUTE

Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization. It provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, and media to create and thrive. The Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. In addition, Sundance Co//ab, a digital community platform, brings artists together to learn from each other and Sundance Advisors and connect in a creative space, developing and sharing works in progress.

The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences and artists. The goal is to ignite new ideas, discover original voices, and build a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as The Farewell, Late Night, The Souvenir, The Infiltrators, Sorry to Bother You, Eighth Grade, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Hereditary, RBG, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Big Sick, Top of the Lake, Winter’s Bone, Dear White People, Little Miss Sunshine, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, State of the Union, Indecent, Spring Awakening, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Fun Home.

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