CBS 19: Fund to help local artists impacted by coronavirus pandemic


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative and New City Arts are working together to help artists.

According to a release, the two organizations were inspired by Springboard for the Arts in Minneapolis to create the Emergency Relief Fund for Charlottesville Area Artists.

The fund has kicked off with $6,000 from the FUNd at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and program support from the Bridge and New City Arts.

The release says the current coronavirus pandemic is affecting artists who are independent workers and people who engaged in travel and exchange.

It adds that this fund supports artists in the area who have lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs and commission, performance or contract opportunities.

Artists can request up to $300 to compensate for scheduled work that has been lost.

Artists who would be eligible for funding are those who have lost income whether that income was from their art or from other jobs.

Eligible artists need to live within Charlottesville or the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa or Nelson.

People who would like to donate online can do so by clicking here. Designate “Emergency Relief Fund for Artists” when making the donation.

Those who would like to contribute by check or bank draft should contact Maureen Brondyke at

The release says all funds will be redistributed to artists in need.