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To support creatives and creative organisations in the visual art sector and the creative and cultural space outside of government, below is a set of resources which may be of assistance (source - https://vansa.co.za/art-info/artright/coronavirus-covid-19-resources/):
- Artist Relief Project: Initiative run by Artly World Nonprofit offering short term relief and long-term assistance for artists, musicians and performers impacted by event cancellations and venue closures
- Business and Arts South Africa Artist Relief Grant: BASA will consider applications from individual artists for once-off, short-term financial aid for COVID-19-related medical care and/or prescription medicines. The aid can also be used to offset the loss of income due to the cancellation of confirmed engagements, because of the nationwide lockdown or other emergency measures.
- Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Emergency Covid-19 Fund: Cultural and artistic sector, emergency support to artists or artistic production entities that have seen their projects cancelled or in areas to which the Foundation commonly attributes support
- Field of Vision Documentary Freelancer Relief Fund: International funding opportunity for freelancers involved in documentary filmmaking
- Format Photographer Fund: Photographers facing financial difficulties due to Covid-19.
- Hear My Voice Poetry Relief Fund: Hear My Voice, is a non-profit poetry organization based in Tshwane (South Africa). The fund is aimed at providing help to South African freelance poets who have unwillingly forfeited income from canceled events and possible bookings due to covid-19. The fund will go towards paying poets a meagre honorarium for partaking in a series of live-streamed readings and performances. It will further provide poets who want to host their own live-streamed shows the resources to do so by providing access to a paid version of Zoom which has no time restrictions and offers streaming capabilities to Facebook and various other social platforms. All events will be streamed on the Hear My Voice and the respective poet's Facebook pages:
- The fund will avail R1 000 per poet for their live-streamed performance that is curated by Hear My Voice, alternatively the poet can choose to do their own live streamed event using our platform and charge an access fee or solicit donations.
- · Patreon Artist Fund: The grant program is open to any creator, anywhere in the world, who is being demonstrably impacted by the COVID-19 situation.
- · Small Business Relief COVID-19 Fund: financial assistance for small to medium sized business.
- · South African Banks Repayment Relief: Offering various interventions including loan and debt repayment holidays for qualifying customers.
- · South African Filmmakers Relief Fund: The main aim of this non-profit organisation is to raise funds to not only help struggling creatives to keep on creating content on a small scale, like music videos and short films for free, but primarily to help pay the salaries of every single person working on a shoot. These smaller projects will not only keep our artists alive, but will continue to support other struggling elements such as casting agents and gear rental companies. Lower budget productions with smaller skeleton crews also pose significantly lower health risks. To further ensure the safety of everyone involved, we will partner with a medical team for every shoot to provide us with not only health and safety guidelines, but also frequent check-ups.
- · South Africa Future Trust: Oppenheimer Foundation provides financial assistance to employees of South African SMMEs who are at risk of losing their jobs or will suffer a loss of income because of COVID-19 and payroll support to companies with a turnover of less than R25 million.
- · Sukuma Relief Programme: Rupert Foundation and Remgro fund for businesses affected by Covid-19 (*Note: temporarily closed however still accepting grant proposals to the value of R25 000 for qualifying sole proprietors)
- · Tourism Relief Fund: adjacent industry to the arts - galleries and organisations can apply as “Attractions”
- · Youth Business Fund: A relief fund initiative of the Youth Chamber of Commerce and Industry South Africa to assist young people in business who are already affected by Covid-19. The fund assists with labour costs, operational costs etc.
- · The Vulnerable Artist Fund: The fund is specifically for artists facing situations where they are unable to support themselves and their families during this period in South Africa.
- · SAFE Relief Application: South Africa fund for entertainers. SAFE is a Non-Profit Organisation galvanising the entertainment industry by creating positive, wide reaching initiatives together and delivering heartfelt support to our most severely affected people.
Spokesperson for the Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais
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Last published 15 May 2020
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