Western New York is incredibly lucky to have a vast and vibrant arts and cultural community that has an economic impact of $352M and employs over 10,000 full time equivalent jobs. As a result of all the cancelled or postponed events, programs, and projects, many artists and arts organizations are left without funding to cover basic living and operating expenses.
Based on survey results from 178 artists and arts organizations from across Western New York, the current total loss of revenue/income is $2,532,576 — and that’s as of March 31, 2020. The total anticipated loss from respondents is $4,459,319.
The arts need your support—now more than ever. Many organizations, especially in the performing arts, are not able to reopen and start in-person programming until 2021 at the earliest. In addition to loss of event revenue, foundations, corporations, and government are cutting their support of the arts during this time as well. Your donation will help ensure that our vibrant and invaluable arts and cultural community will survive this global health crisis and be around for you to enjoy and participate in once it finally safe to us all to gather in person.
All proceeds from ASI’s WNY Arts Emergency Relief Fund will be distributed directly to eligible arts organizations and artists of all disciplines. This fund is possible thanks to the generous support of local foundations, corporations, and you—individual donors and neighbors within our community.
ASI has created a WNY Arts Emergency Relief Fund with seed funding from Fund for the Arts. The Fund for the Arts is a funder’s cooperative of public, private, family and corporate foundations that assesses the needs of our arts community, promotes collaboration and strengthens the sector through systems change approaches.
To date, the Fund for the Arts has distributed just under $3M to strengthen our arts and cultural sector and supported creation of Arts Services Initiative of WNY and Young Audiences of WNY’s Art Partners for Learning program.
Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
First Niagara Foundation
M&T Charitable Foundation
John R. Oishei Foundation