PRESS RELEASE: City Council Passes Artist Relief Fund Motion

LOS ANGELES - City Council approved Councilmember David Ryu’s motion today to create an Artist Relief and Grant Fund. The fund would repurpose Arts Development Fee (ADF) funds into a grant program that would support artists and small arts nonprofits. The motion instructs the Department of Cultural Affairs to build a pilot of the program in Council District Four, as well as a framework for potentially scaling up Citywide. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

April 29, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

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213.407.7616

City Council Passes Artist Relief Fund Motion

Grant program would start in Council District Four

LOS ANGELES - City Council approved Councilmember David Ryu’s motion today to create an Artist Relief and Grant Fund. The fund would repurpose Arts Development Fee (ADF) funds into a grant program that would support artists and small arts nonprofits. The motion instructs the Department of Cultural Affairs to build a pilot of the program in Council District Four, as well as a framework for potentially scaling up Citywide. 

Los Angeles is home to thousands of artists and small arts organizations that are now at risk of permanent closure,” Ryu said. “I don’t want to see Los Angeles lose it’s creative heart. Right now, our ADF funds are sitting there doing nothing. We can repurpose this money into a lifeline for artists and arts nonprofits in need - and bring our City’s arts directly into peoples homes.”

A coalition of more than 150 arts organizations in Los Angeles have signed a letter in support of the legislation, calling for it to be expanded citywide. Arts for LA, a nonprofit network of Los Angeles artists and arts organizations, penned the letter.

“In Los Angeles, we proudly call ourselves the creative capital of the world, but we cannot continue to do so if we do not provide a lifeline to small and mid-size arts organizations that are at risk of permanent closure,” Gustavo Herrera, Executive Director of Arts for LA, said. “Councilmember Ryu’s motion will ensure equitable access to the arts for Angelenos.”

The motion approved today will convert a portion of the ADF funds allocated to Council District Four to build a relief fund and grant program, as well as create the framework for a larger, Citywide fund. The Council District Four program will need to return to Council for a final vote in the coming weeks.

ADF funds, which are managed by the Department of Cultural Affairs, are accrued by developers of large-scale commercial projects, who are required to pay a small percentage of their project cost into the fund to support the arts in Los Angeles. Each of the 15 Council Districts is given a portion of the ADF funds to spend, of the more than $10.9 million currently available citywide.

Read the letter signed by local arts organizations here.

Artists and arts organizations based in Council District Four that are interested in grant funding, please click here.

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Assistant City Council President Pro Tempore David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles’ 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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