The emergency relief fund Artist Relief
has released findings from its new survey assessing how artists are impacted by COVID-19, and the results paint a bleak picture, with 95 percent of respondents reporting loss of income due to the pandemic. The coalition of seven U.S. arts grantmakers has received more than 55,000 applicants for its unrestricted $5,000 relief grant since launching
on April 8th, and just completed its first funding cycle. The coalition also launched the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers
, which has garnered more than 11,000 responses; the survey is co-presented with the non-profit Americans for the Arts.
The survey’s results—which highlight that 62 percent of artists have become fully unemployed because of COVID-19—demonstrate the extremely harsh financial reality faced by artists in the current crisis. Additional findings indicate that 66 percent of artists are unable to access the resources necessary for their work; 80 percent do not have a plan to recover after the crisis; and the average decline in estimated total annual income is $27,103.
Deana Haggag, president and CEO of United States Artists, an Artist Relief coalition member, said in a press release: