PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Launches Second Round of Artist Relief Funds

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu and the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) launched its latest round of artist relief funding today, this time for arts nonprofits, businesses and individuals in Council District Four. The Council District Specific COVID-19 Emergency Response Program is the second round of artist relief money launched by Councilmember Ryu and the DCA since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

September 11, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

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Councilmember Ryu Launches Second Round of Artist Relief Funds

Latest round to help local businesses & nonprofits

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu and the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) launched its latest round of artist relief funding today, this time for arts nonprofits, businesses and individuals in Council District Four. The Council District Specific COVID-19 Emergency Response Program is the second round of artist relief money launched by Councilmember Ryu and the DCA since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I launched this program with one goal in mind: to support and sustain Los Angeles’ creative economy,” Councilmember Ryu said. “The artists and arts organizations of District Four have done so much to enrich our communities, and we must do everything we can to see them through this pandemic.”

The fund will award up to $3,000 to arts organizations in Council District Four, as well as Council Districts One, Three, Eight and Ten. Councilmember Ryu first proposed the idea of an artist relief fund in April, when he introduced a motion to repurpose the city’s arts development fee revenue into emergency relief for artists and arts organizations. The legislation was introduced with the support of 147 Los Angeles-based arts organizations

"Artists, small creative businesses, and nonprofit arts organizations are essential to helping us all get through COVID-19 and reimagining a more equitable and sustainable city," said Danielle Brazell, General Manager of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. "Deploying Art Development Fees to support the creation of new cultural programming keeps our cultural sector working during the pandemic and subsequent economic crisis."

The first round of emergency relief funding launched in August, with $500 to $1,500 one-time funding available to individual artists. This second round is geared toward small arts businesses and nonprofits, but individual artists who did not make it in the first round are also welcome to apply. Applications will be open until September 23 or until the first 300 applications have been received, whichever comes first.

Arts development fees are dollars that come to each council district from commercial development that can be used to support arts projects, facilities, and arts education programs that are free or low-cost and accessible to the public. With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down many uses for these dollars and creating incredible economic strain on local artists, Councilmember Ryu worked to repurpose the money into an emergency relief fund, gaining the support of the City Council and participation of four other Council Districts.

To qualify, applicants must demonstrate financial need and detrimental impact caused by COVID-19, such as an inability to pay rent or bills. Funds are available to full and part-time artists, as well as organizations and businesses serving writers, musicians, visual artists, DJs, actors, cultural-producers and more.

Artists and arts organizations can apply here and find an FAQ 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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