Thursday, November 1, 2012

Disaster Relief for the Arts

Indie theatre companies and artists are feeling the adverse effects of Hurricane Sandy. Here are some funding organizations that might be able to offer you some relief.

If you are need of emergency financial assistance due to Sandy, the Gottlieb Foundation offers relief options.

TDF is offering help for Indie Theatres that need office space

The Drama League is offering their office to artists who need to charge electronic devices (520 8th Avenue, Suite 320)

From the Arts & Business Council of New York
With extraordinarily wide-spread destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, grantmakers across the country will be looking to help with the cleanup and rebuilding. Here are some resources to remember:

From Fourth Arts Block

  • Federal disaster resources will be available to you only if you register at FEMA. Go to and register as soon as you have the capacity! [FYI: New York City Arts Coalition is a good resource for arts organizations that have difficulty or questions about registering.] (It is also advisable to take pictures, document any damage, and keep a good record of what you spend post-Sandy.)
  • If you work in performing arts and entertainment and need assistance, reach out to The Actors Fund New York Office at 917-281-5936 or The Actors Fund Work Program NYC at 212-354-5480.They have stated their availability to support!
  • AIC-CERT responds to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public. For 24-hour assistance from trained volunteers, call (202) 661-8068.
  • Here is a list of Volunteer opportunities

ART/NY offers some great relief resources

TCG has a good list of Disaster Management Resources

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has an Emergency Resource page 

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