Maurice Sendak Emergency Relief Fund
WHO CAN APPLY?
Q: What is a children’s picture book?
A: A children’s picture book is a printed book utilizing a combination of images and text to form a visual and verbal narrative; though it may also be a wordless book with no text. It's primary audience is children.
Artists working in educational books, graphic novels, or comics are not eligible for this grant.
Q: I am a self-published illustrator and/or writer, am I eligible to apply?
A: No. Writers and illustrators that have self-published a book are ineligible to apply for this grant.
Q: I have been collaborating on a project for a picture book, can I apply as an individual?
A: Yes. If you have collaborated on a children’s picture book project in the past five years with another artist, you are able to apply using this project as evidence of your practice.
Q. Where do I find the application?
A: A link to the application will appear on this page beginning Thursday, April 23 at 1:00 PM EDT.
Q: When will recipients be notified?
A: We anticipate applicants will be notified by Friday May 15, 2020.
Q: What kinds of income losses are covered?
A: The fund will cover any documented lost income opportunities including, but not limited to: cancelled freelance commercial projects, teaching, speaking, or consulting assignments; lost temp work; layoffs or furloughs as a result of business closures, etc.
Your income loss does not need to be specifically related to your practice as a picture book illustrator or writer. It can be connected to your part-time / temp / additional employment.
Q: What kinds of losses are NOT covered?
A: More speculative, less quantifiable losses such as potential sales from a book fair that was cancelled or postponed or a fee-for-service engagement that was in the discussion phase, but for which no agreement was reached or contract signed, no matter how promising the conversations had been.
There needs to be a clear agreement between you and another stakeholder where a specific payment was agreed upon. Each agreement needs a date of activity, scope of services, and fee to be paid.
Q: Is this income taxable?
A: Yes, all recipients will be asked to complete a W-9 and will receive a 1099 if the grant is $600 or more.
Q: My losses total less than $2,500, may I still apply?
A: Yes, the maximum grant is $2,500, but applicants can request less.
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 web links.
Q: How are the decisions made?
A: Applications are reviewed for completeness and must have clearly documented losses of income. Applications are funded in the order received until the total amount of the fund is distributed.
Q: What constitutes clear documentation?
A: A contract, letter of agreement, email, or other communication from another party committing to and confirming the date of activity, scope of services, and fee to be paid.
Q: May I include more than one activity in my application?
A: Yes, we understand artists frequently have a variety of things going on at once. You may apply for as many activities as meet the criteria, but the maximum grant will not exceed $2,500.
Q: What constitutes “activity” in my artistic discipline?
A: Evidence of activity is a minimum of one book published in the last 5 years (between 2015 and 2020) and/or a current contract for publication.
Applicants will need to provide an online link to the published work. This can be a link to either their website or the website of a bookseller or an executed contract or agreement stating the title of the picture book and the date of publication.
For applicants currently under contract, a redacted contract showing the artist’s name, and publication information should be submitted.
An artistic CV, link to applicant website or copies of press releases can also be submitted.
Q: I meet all the eligibility criteria but I have received a grant from NYFA and or a Sendak Fellowship, am I still eligible?
A: Yes, all past recipients of either NYFA or Sendak Fellows are welcome to apply.
Anyone connected to The Maurice Sendak Foundation (by employment or freelance work) are not eligible.
NYFA employees, members of the NYFA Board of Trustees or Artists' Advisory Committee, and/or an immediate family member of any of the previous are not eligible to apply.
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