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User-friendly Funding Provides Relief For Self-employed Artists Of All Disciplines

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Supporting the city's independent artists ensures that its quality of life flourishes and grows.
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This effort, Ross explains, was inspired by the importance of artists to our community and to our economy.

As independent artists, musicians and creatives face another month of unemployment due to venue closings and restrictions, Arts United and the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne have joined forces to launch an Artist Relief Fund.

This user-friendly program is carefully devised to offer immediate assistance to individual artists who have lost work and income due to COVID-19 as well as information on resources and support for the future.

Eligibility includes musicians, visual artists, actors, filmmakers, photographers and dancers who work and teach among gatherings of people.

For a rundown on the scope of the project WBOI's Julia Meek spoke with Arts United's Dan Ross by phone to learn how it works and how it's working.

Applications are accepted every Friday in May and grants are awarded the following Monday. You can find out more and apply at the Arts United website and the Community Foundation website.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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