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From March 23 to April 15, 2020, under the leadership of Mayor London N. Breed, San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) and Grants for the Arts (GFTA) supported artists and arts organizations that anchor our already vulnerable and vitally important cultural communities with the San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund. This $1.5 million Relief Fund, administered by the Center for Cultural Innovation, helped mitigate COVID-19 related financial losses that these anchors of arts communities have been facing.
The City made available an additional $250,000 to re-open this Fund for individual artists, from May 3 - May 15. Renamed the San Francisco Artists Relief Fund, and administered by CCI, this Fund directly supported the financial needs of artists of historically vulnerable communities who have been impacted by the COVID-19 related economic shutdown.
The Fund prioritized the financial needs of artists and organizations who are of and serving cultural populations that have been and remain financially vulnerable—black, indigenous, immigrant, trans, and people with disabilities. It is imperative that we do not lose their participation in shaping the County’s unique and diverse cultural identity.
Through Rounds I and II, 699 individual artists were supported along with 65 arts and culture organizations.
The San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund was made possible by the San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, John & Marcia Goldman Foundation, Nion McEvoy & Leslie Berriman, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and individual donors.