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Hamptons Arts Network Artist Relief Fund

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The Hamptons Arts Network Artist Relief Fund will award unrestricted $1,000 grants to support artists living/working on the East End of Long Island who have experienced dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The fund will award one-time unrestricted grants of $1,000 to visual artists, performers, filmmakers, writers, dancers, musicians, and teaching artists who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. In order to be eligible, artists must be living in New York State zip codes beginning with 119, and have maintained residence there for one year or longer.

Recipients for the award will be selected through a randomized lottery system, and a minimum of 100 grants will be awarded. Additional award cycles will open as funding allows.

Conceived by the Hamptons Art Network, the fund was galvanized by the fundraising efforts and lead gifts of artists Clifford Ross and Eric Fischl and has received wide support from the creative community, including artists, artist-endowed foundations, and gallerists. Those interested in donating to the fund to help expand its impact can do so here.

The Hamptons Arts Network (HAN) is a consortium of not-for-profit organizations working together to create a unified arts community of the Hamptons. Current member organizations include: Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Dia: Dan Flavin Art Institute, East Hampton Historical Society, Eastville Community Historical Society, Guild Hall, HamptonsFilm, Hamptons Doc Fest, LongHouse Reserve, The Madoo Conservancy, Parrish Art Museum, Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center, Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center & Museum, Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, Southampton African American Museum, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton History Museum, The Watermill Center. To learn more about the Hamptons Arts Network, visit hamptonsartsnetwork.org.


GRANT TIMELINE

Application Opened: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Application Closed: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 

Applicants Notified: Early September 2020


WHO CAN APPLY?

In order to be eligible for this award, applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a practicing artist and/or teaching artist with a demonstrated history of exhibitions, performances, film screenings, classes/courses, and/or publication(s), etc. within at least the past three years;
  • A full-time resident, for a minimum of one year, in a New York State zip code beginning with “119;”
  • Experiencing a dire financial emergency due to the COVID-19 crisis;
  • They are 21 years of age or older at the time applications open;
  • If awarded, recipients must be able to provide a W9, with a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
  • Cannot be employees, board members, directors, officers, or immediate family members of the aforementioned organizations, of any HAN organization or the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Contact information. Applicants will need to supply their full legal name and current contact information, including address, phone number, and email.
  • Demonstration of artistic activity. Applicants must demonstrate artistic activity by providing an up-to-date artist CV/resume and at least one supporting material, including: copies of press, recent grant award/residency letter(s), exhibition materials, and/or a link to their artist website or their gallery’s website. The applicant’s CV/resume and supporting materials should demonstrate artistic activity for at least the past three years.
  • Description of financial emergency. Applicants will need to provide a short narrative, up to 300 words, describing their current financial emergency as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. This may include loss of employment/income or accrual of emergency medical expenses that has compromised their food security, ability to pay rent/mortgage, medical bills, etc.
  • Proof of financial emergency. Applicants must provide at least one material demonstrating loss of income/employment or accrual of emergency medical expenses as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis. These materials should highlight recent job loss/opportunity postponement, medical emergency expenses, etc, and can include email, letters, invoices, or personal communication, including date/time stamped text messages.
  • Evidence of living and working in NYS 119 zip code. Upload two documents confirming residency in a New York State zip code beginning with 119. Evidence submitted must be on an official company document/letterhead, stating name, date, and address (the address does not need to be the same for each document. Applicants must upload one document from 2020, and one from 2019 or prior.
  • Proof of age. Enter date of birth. Nominees will be asked to upload passport or state-issued ID upon selection for the award, but not within the application.



FAQs

Requirements and Eligibility

Q: Who can apply for the grant?

A: This program is open to visual artists, performers (including actors), filmmakers, writers, dancers, musicians, and teaching artists living in a New York State location with a zip code beginning with “119” who have a demonstrated history as an artist, and who are currently experiencing a financial emergency as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, applicants must be 21 years or older, have lived in a “119” zip code for at least a year, and not be employees, board members, directors, officers, or immediate family members thereof, of any HAN organization or the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

In order to receive this grant, applicants must be able to provide NYFA with a W9, with a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

Q: How is a practicing artist defined?

A: For the purpose of this application, a practicing artist is defined as an artist who can demonstrate a current and ongoing commitment to their practice over at least the past three years. Activities can include, but are not limited to, exhibitions, artist talks, teaching artists, residencies, public projects, performances, publications, and/or video/film releases, etc.

Q: How is teaching artist defined?

A: For the purpose of this application, a teaching artist needs to have a sustained artistic practice and be working in an arts-focused institution, such as a museum/gallery, college or arts non-profit where arts classes are taught.

Q: What artistic disciplines may apply?

A: The application is open to visual artists, performers, filmmakers, writers, dancers, and musicians, in addition to teaching artists. This includes actors, choreographers, composers, ceramic artists, fiction & non-fiction writers, folk/traditional artists, interdisciplinary artists, multimedia artists, painting and drawing artists, photographers, playwrights, poets, printmakers, screenwriters, sculptors and craft makers, and artists teaching in these disciplines.

This opportunity is not open to architects and/or designers.

Q: What types of documentation will I need to provide as evidence of living in a New York State zip code beginning with “119?”

A: Documentation submitted must:

  • Be an official company document/letterhead that clearly states applicant’s full name;
  • Clearly states the date;
  • And clearly states the New York State address, with a zip code beginning in “119” (the address does not need to be the same for each document, as long as it still has a “119” zip).

The documentation can include, but is not limited to:

  • Utility bill(s);
  • Bank statements or bill(s);
  • Valid New York State government ID issued in 2019 or before, or;
  • Residential or studio lease.

Applicants will need to provide two documents: one from 2020 and one from 2019.

Q: What types of documentation will I need to provide as evidence of my financial emergency?

A: Applicants must provide at least one material demonstrating loss of income or emergency expenses as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis. These materials should highlight recent job loss/opportunity postponement, medical emergency expenses, etc, and can include email, letters, contracts, invoices, or personal communication, including screenshots of date/time stamped text messages.

Income loss does not need to be specifically related to your artistic profession, but can be. We recognize that loss of income from any supporting profession/employment/opportunity can impact an artist’s practice.

Loss of projected or supposed income (i.e. the sales of artwork as a result of a canceled future exhibition) does not qualify.

Q: What file types can I upload to my application form?

A: The application form accepts the following file types: PDF, JPG, DOC, DOCX, and weblinks.

Q: How do you define “dire financial emergencies?”

A: We understand that each applicant’s situation is different, so please ensure that you clearly outline how you are experiencing financial hardship from lack of income/opportunity or accrual of emergency medical expenses as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. If your circumstances threaten or have cut you off from accessing essentials like food, medicine, housing, and caretaking services, we consider this a "dire financial emergency.”

Application Process

Q: Where do I find the application?

A: A link to the application will appear on NYFA’s Submittable page beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).

Q: Can I submit a hardcopy application or submit an application via email?

A: No. All applications and supporting material must be submitted online via the Submittable platform. The application can be completed by someone other than the applicant.

Q: When will recipients be notified?

A: Recipients will be notified by early September 2020. If you have not received notification on your application by early September, you may contact NYFA at [email protected].

Q: Is this income taxable?

A: Though NYFA will not be issuing a 1099 on this COVID-19 related grant, we cannot advise on individual tax matters. Please consult your personal financial manager or tax accountant. Note: All recipients will be asked to complete a W9 for NYFA’s internal processing.

Q: How will applications be selected for funding?

A: Once the application closes, each submitted application will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. Qualifying applicants will be selected through a randomized lottery system. This ensures that early submissions are not given undue advantage over those submitting closer to the deadline, and creates equal opportunity among applicants of different backgrounds and abilities.

Q: How are applications reviewed?

A: Applications will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility by NYFA’s staff, and will be selected through a randomized lottery system.

Q: If I receive a grant, will I have to report on it?

A: No, recipients of the unrestricted award will not be obligated to report on their grant, and/or how the funds were spent.

Q: What can I use the grant for?

A: The Hamptons Arts Network Artist Fund grants are unrestricted awards of $1,000, which means that recipients can use these funds at their own discretion. Recipients will not be required to report on their expenditures.

Q: I have received a recent grant from NYFA, am I still eligible to apply?

A: Yes, upon meeting full eligibility criteria, past recipients of NYFA funding will be eligible to apply for this grant. This includes recipients to NYFA’s ongoing programs as well as emergency relief support.


QUESTIONS?

Email [email protected].

THIS FUND IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROSITY OF THE FOLLOWING SUPPORTERS 

$25,000+

Clifford Ross & Nicolette Donen

Martin & Michele Cohen

The Fischl Gornik Foundation

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

Willem de Kooning Foundation

$10,000+

Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust

The Fuhrman Family Foundation

Lana Pih Jokel

$5,000+

Larry Gagosian

David McKee

Per Skarstedt

$2,500+

Dedalus Foundation
Edwina von Gal

$1,000+

Sophie Chahinian

Christy A. Ferer

Stephanie Joyce

Robert Longo

Neda Young

$999 or less

Anonymous donor

Anonymous donor

Lillian Ball

Taylor Barton & G.E Smith

Judith Hudson

Carol Ostrow

Ellen Rautenberg

Irene Tully




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