PITTSBURGH — The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council announced it received $50,000 for its Emergency Fund for Artists via contributions from The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and The Opportunity Fund.
An artist of any discipline is eligible to request up to $500 in financial assistance so long as they live in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, or Westmoreland counties. While there is no deadline to apply, the arts council said funding will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The financial assistance is unrestricted and those who have previously received this fund are not eligible to reapply.
Funding from these contributions will be used to support artists of color during the Covid-19 pandemic with at least 70% of the funds being used for directly for Black artists, of which half will be for applicants who identify as Black women.
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