LA’s Department of Cultural Affairs Offering Emergency Relief to Performing Artists

The first round of relief aims to support artists playing venues with “fixed theater-seating.”

As local and federal governments are struggling to sort out how to deal with a pandemic of COVID-19’s scale, Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs has announced its first official relief fund for artists, offering up to $1,200 (hmm, that number looks familiar) to performers dependent on an income from playing venues with “fixed theater-seating.” 

Specifically aiming to support “dance, music, and theater artists,” the DCA hints at this just being the first of multiple rounds of relief aimed at LA-based artists, presumably later offering support to performers scheduled to play local festivals or private or invite-only events at a later date. 

To apply for relief, artists must fill out an application and submit a resume reflecting at least three years of performance experience by midnight on May 1, or before the DCA receives approximately 450 eligible applications. For more information and to apply, artists can head to the DCA’s website.


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