The Arts in Mitigation Fund

Call for Artists 

Project Grant Amount: $34,000

Medium: Work can be a variety of media, including stories, images, video, or site-specific.

Description:  The Fund seeks to support projects that expand the public’s understanding, through the arts, of how people are integral to our lifelines. The intended outcome of the funding is to make visible often unseen and under-supported lifeline workers and to cultivate a greater understanding of how we’re all in this together. The artist may focus on how resilience and community look along several critical lifelines, including:  

Lifelines 


A lifeline enables the continuous operation of critical government and business functions and is essential to human health and safety or economic security.

  • Lifelines are the most fundamental services in the community that, when stabilized, enable all other aspects of society to function.
  • FEMA has developed a construct for objectives-based response that prioritizes the rapid stabilization of Community Lifelines after a disaster.
  • The integrated network of assets, services, and capabilities that provide lifeline services are used day-to-day to support the recurring needs of the community and enable all other aspects of society to function.
  • When disrupted, decisive intervention (e.g., rapid re-establishment or employment of contingency response solutions) is required to stabilize the incident.

Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. In order for mitigation to be effective we need to act now—before the next disaster—to reduce human and financial consequences later (analyzing risk, reducing risk, and insuring against risk).

Eligibility: The project should respond to the many ways a community or several communities band together for resilience and strength in the face of a natural disaster or health crisis. In times of disaster how we can find strength in each other and how do we contribute to our local communities?

  • Artists and/or art collaboratives living or working in the Denver Metro Area.
  • The project must adhere to the social distancing requirements in effect at time of release of the project.  
  • The project should be connected to local communities and their stories. 
  • The project should not have a political agenda or be focused on political messages. 
  • If the artwork is an object, it must include a maintenance schedule.  

Review Metrics: We would like to highlight positive aspects of community strength and the creative, impactful, challenging and inspiring ways that communities work together through disasters. In this message other key factors that we would like to highlight and communicate are: 

  • Tells a story – Communicates a message, shares a story. 
  • Trust – Develop trust by understanding the culture, context, and history of communities outside of disaster, as well as when an event occurs.
  • Inclusion – Bring the cultural perspectives of all stakeholders to the table.
  • Cross-cultural communication – Design communication efforts as cross-cultural encounters.
  • Support local practices and successes – Learn about the ways people are already prepared and enhance these efforts using culturally aware strategies.
  • Incorporate the concept of Lifelines - How people impact and control our lifelines. 

Application Checklist: 

  • Project Title
  • Lead Contact Information (Name, e-mail, and partners/collaborators on the project)
  • Project connection to local communities in the Denver Metro Area
  • Lifelines the project address
  • Project Description
    • Vision
    • Form/Medium
    • Project issue and intent
    • Community Engagement
    • Desired Outcome
  • Accessibility of your project
  • Timeline
  • Budget
  • Work samples (5-7)
  • Project references (3)

Funding Timeline:

  • Opportunity posted: May 26, 2020
  • Informational Session: June 16, 2020
  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2020
  • Selection Process Complete: July 7, 2020
  • Notification Sent: July 14, 2020
  • Grant Award(s) and Agreement(s): July 24, 2020
    • Reporting will coincide with major project milestones and will be defined in the agreement(s). A minimum of three project update reports will be submitted. 
  • Project must be completed within a six-month timeline of awards being sent.  

Informational Session Information: June 16, 2020

Please direct questions or comments to RedLine’s Deputy Director Robin Alli Gallite - rgallite@redlineart.org 

The Colorado Artist Relief Fund is a collaboration between multiple arts organizations and funders working at state, regional, and local levels. The fund will pool private and public funding to be administered through RedLine. Current partners in this developing initiative include Arts & Venues through the IMAGINE 2020 Artist Assistance Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Colorado Creative Industries, and RedLine. Individuals, foundations or organizations will be able to contribute to the Colorado Artist Relief Fund at:  https://www.redlineart.org/colorado-artist-relief-fund.

Foundations or corporations interested in partnering on this initiative should contact  louise.martorano@redlineart.org

The fund will continue to provide grants of up to $1,000 to individual artists who live in Colorado who are experiencing immediate unforeseen emergency needs due to COVID-19, and whose incomes are being adversely affected due to cancellation of events, classes, performances, and other creative work. Grants will be made on a rolling basis. 

Funding will be made available for artists that have ongoing creative endeavors through multiple disciplines including visual, digital, film, music, performing, teaching, etc. This program will prioritize lower-income artists and artists who have no other source of income.

Grants are open to artists who need assistance with basic expenses such as food, rent, medical costs, childcare; or who need additional funding to develop skills, applications, or equipment that will allow them to transition their income-generating practices to online or virtual platforms and practices. These grants can be used for, but are not limited to:

1. Recouping financial losses due to cancelled events:

  • Performances in all performing arts disciplines
  • Work in creative disciplines
  • Readings, panels, and speaking opportunities

2. Reimbursement for travel expenses related to creative work that was paid for by the artist including:

  • Attending conferences and convenings that have been cancelled
  • Artist Residencies
  • Touring

3. Offsetting loss of income for teaching artists who could not teach during this time because of cancelled classes and school closures

4. Offsetting the cost of transitioning in-person income-generating artistic endeavors to virtual or online platforms (eg. the purchase of equipment or software that would allow teaching artists to provide lessons online).

Requirements:

  • Supporting documentation will be required on the application

Timeline:

  • Denver Arts & Venues in partnership with the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs, RedLine and Colorado Creative Industries will review applications on a rolling basis, each week
  • Once an application is received, you will receive notification once your application has been reviewed and processed. 
  • A personal W-9 from the grantee will be required to process payment

    For questions, please contact Louise Martorano, Executive Director, RedLine, louise.martorano@redlineart.org




CMRF 


The Colorado Music Relief Fund was launched on May 21, 2020 and is accepting applications.

If you have already applied for the fund but have not yet heard back regarding a funding decision, please bear with us. We are still reviewing applications and are going through them in the order that they are received.

ABOUT THE FUND:
The Colorado Music Relief Fund is a collaborative effort across sectors, with steering committee members from 7S Management, The Bee Vradenburg Foundation, The Bohemian Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries - Division of OEDIT, Colorado Music Hall of Fame, Colorado State University, Energize Colorado, KBCO, KSUT, The Marigold Project,  RedLine, and more. On Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM MT, The Colorado Music Relief Fund (CMRF) will launch with a virtual event Banding Together: A Concert for the Colorado Music Relief Fund,’ presented by Breckenridge Brewery, to generate much-needed relief funds to help all those in the Colorado music industry affected by COVID-19. 

Additional Resources 

Musicians and music industry workers residing in Weld and Larimer counties can also apply for funding through the Bohemian Foundation NOCO Music Relief Fund.

Musicians and music industry workers residing in El Paso and Teller Counties can also apply through the Bee Vradenburg Foundation

The Colorado Music Relief Fund provides grants of up to $1,000 to musicians and music industry workers (lighting, recording, security, transportation, management, etc.) who live in Colorado, who are experiencing immediate unforeseen emergency needs due to COVID-19, and whose incomes have been adversely affected due to cancellation of concerts, events, classes, performances, and other creative work. 

Grants are made on a rolling basis. 

The Colorado Music Relief Fund prioritizes lower-income musicians and music industry workers who have no other source of income.


Eligibility:

Grants are open to musicians and music industry workers who have lost more than 25% of their weekly income due to COVID-19 closures, and who need assistance with basic expenses such as food, rent, medical costs, childcare. 

These grants can be used for, but are not limited to: 

1. Offsetting loss of income due to cancelled concerts, events, and performances

2. Offsetting loss of income for teaching musicians who could not teach during this time because of cancelled classes and school closures

Requirements:

  • Documentation of lost income (cancellation notices, or email documentation of cancellations or lost work) will be required on the application
  • W9 for individual/applicant will be required to disburse grant funds. 

 Timeline:

  • Due to high volume of applications, notifications will include our best estimate of the current payment disbursement schedule. We are focused on disbursing funds as fast as possible to respond to the urgent needs.  

    For questions, please contact Louise Martorano, Executive Director, RedLine, louise.martorano@redlineart.org


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