Arts Alliance Tulsa (AAT) has established the Play your pART RELIEF FUND to help stabilize the sector with immediate relief grants for vulnerable arts organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19. Arts organizations are bracing for worst case scenarios which could include closure, bankruptcy and insolvency. The goal of AAT’s Play you pART RELIEF FUND is to enable arts and cultural organizations to maintain essential functions and retain core staff throughout the current public health crisis so that they are positioned to reopen when possible.
ABOUT THE FUND
The Play your pART RELIEF FUND has been created by Arts Alliance Tulsa as an emergency response of its mission to strengthen and support the arts for the benefit of the Tulsa community. AAT is committed to the health and recovery of our 43 member organizations and will serve as the hub for the COVID-19 Play your pART RELIEF FUND. With the cooperation of our stakeholders, constituents and members, AAT will continue developing information, conducting fundraising, receiving contributions, and distributing grants.
This effort is aimed at providing immediate relief to enable arts organizations to retain the core functions and staff they need to reopen when possible. AAT plans to continue raising support for continued granting as the longer-term impacts become known and arts and culture organizations begin their recovery efforts.
GRANT TYPES AND LENGTH
Grants will be made as emergency relief payments. Award amounts will vary based on scope of programs, emerging needs, and total resources available. Additional rounds of grants will be made depending on resource availability.
GRANT MAKING PROCESS
Arts Alliance Tulsa will work closely with an advisory committee to make grants that respond to the most immediate and critical needs among our 43 arts and cultural organizations, many of whom don’t have the staff or resources to raise funds outside of their current plans.
All 43 Tulsa arts nonprofits that comprise AAT’s alliance membership have been surveyed recently about the general needs and projected impact of the COVID-19 restrictions on their staff, operations and revenue stream.
1 DONOR + 1 GIFT = 43 BENEFICIARIES TULSA ARTS NEED YOU TO PLAY YOUR PART!!
Note: To bolster charitable giving in a time of economic downturn, the CARES Act provides a $300 above-the-line tax deduction for charitable giving for those who do not itemize their deductions. This is not a permanent provision and will expire at the end of tax year 2020. The CARES Act also raises itemized charitable contribution deduction limits for individuals who itemize their deductions from 60% AGI to 100% AGI and claim the charitable contribution deduction.
HERE’S WHAT ARTS ALLIANCE TULSA IS DOING TO HELP RIGHT NOW:
During difficult times, people often turn to the arts for hope, inspiration, courage, and a vision for how to move forward. Here is what Arts Alliance Tulsa has implemented so far and what we are planning in response to the grave situation facing the Tulsa arts community.
– Created a comprehensive COVID-19 and the Arts Resource page providing up-to-date financial opportunities, information and resources to Tulsa’s arts nonprofits.
–Created a private communication platform for sharing issues, exchanging ideas and collaborating on solutions among our nonprofit groups.
–Conduct on-going risk assessment surveys with all 43 AAT member groups to determine their current status and to estimate critical needs in the near future.
–Postponed AAT fundraising events until 2021.
–Cut AAT’s 2020 operating expenses to make more funds available to our 43 member organizations in their time of need.
–Established the Play your pART Relief Fund to raise awareness and funds in order to stabilize and support the Tulsa arts community at this unprecedented time.
–Analyzed and re-prioritized criteria for grant allocations based on the urgent needs of our most vulnerable organizations.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP NOW:
–Stay informed. Some events and arts experiences are moving forward virtually. Check with the individual organization to stay up to date on their plans and follow Arts Alliance Tulsa (AAT) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.
– please consider donating your unused ticket back to the organization.
–Share a message of support on social media, either sharing Arts Alliance Tulsa’s posts or creating your own.
–If you have the resources, consider making a financial contribution to your favorite arts and cultural organization.
–Galvanize financial support for the survival of 43 Tulsa arts nonprofits during this critical time, join AAT’s emergency response by donating to the Play your pART Relief Fund
WHY IS YOUR SUPPORT IMPORTANT? - AN UNCERTAIN TIME: COVID-19 & THE ARTS
An Important Message to Supporters of the Arts and Arts Alliance Tulsa (AAT):
We want to be clear – a loss of revenue for arts organizations is not loss of profit, it’s loss of the funds that provide paychecks for artists, musicians, teachers, staff, and contract workers, coupled with a loss of powerful artistic experiences for people in our community.
These losses are profound. Tulsa’s latest Economic Impact Study tracked that the arts and cultural sector in the Tulsa area is a $228,871,178 industry directly creating and supporting nearly 8,000 full time jobs, with thousands of additional jobs indirectly supported in restaurants, parking, childcare and more, in addition to generating over $21,800,000 in city tax revenue. Beyond immediate and long-term economic impacts, arts forge a healthy social environment, build neighborhood vitality, promote health and wellness (including mental health), and foster youth development. Now and in the future, the health of our community relies on the health of our arts organizations.
There is a role for everyone in responding to and recovering from this public health emergency. Over the past 4 years, Arts Alliance Tulsa has worked to strengthen the Tulsa community by raising funds from individuals and businesses to support the nonprofit arts sector with cash grants and audience building services. AAT is currently focusing its resources to support the sector through data gathering, information sharing, and galvanizing financial support for general operating expenses, typically the most difficult yet critical funding to access. We stand firmly with the arts community every step of the way.