Providing needed relief to festival enterprises, organizers, and workers affected by the 2020 Coronavirus Outbreak:
As the Center for Disease Control and the Executive Branch of the US Government continues guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 including public advisories to avoid all gatherings of more than 10 people potentially well into mid 2021, many festivals and other music and arts events scheduled for the 2020 season were cancelled or postponed indefinitely.
It’s no secret that these “social distancing” and “stay at home” measures have had an irreversible impact on many business sectors associated with the music and art scene for decades to come. The cancellation of the 2020 festival and theater show season has no doubt been a devastating loss to hundreds of businesses that depend on these events for most of their annual livelihood and it is clear that many vendors may not recover and may have to cease operations.
To assist festival related businesses that have lost customers, individual workers whose jobs vanished, and festival organizers that lost deposits and other required expense investments in 2020, The Foundation and Ministry of L.I.F.E. in conjunction with the Conscious Universe Productions‘ Make the FEST of It Campaign. the Festival Friends Advocacy Network and a host of other sponsoring festival friendly businesses and organizations are working with the non-profit 501c3 charitable ULC Denver to administer the “Festival Friends Relief Fund” in an effort to ease the impact of this unfortunate situation.
Visit the crowdfunding site today to support the effort in whatever way you can and learn more about the fund and what the administrators have in store for the resources it garners in the coming months.
Applications for Festival Friends Relief Fund Awards will be made available through a Foundation and Ministry of L.I.F.E. in the coming weeks to any festival organization, individual, or business that can verify the loss of income above a specified amount through a security deposit process, the loss of a job they were hired to perform, or the loss of sales revenue as a result of a contract with an event that was cancelled or postponed for a period of greater than 4 months.
Eventual award recipients will be chosen from eligible applications received by a forthcoming deadline and determined by a committee to be meet the specified criteria. They are intended to be grants or forgivable loans for affected parties that providing assistance in replacing funds that were not recoverable due to the unforeseen Covid-19 Crisis.
For more information and questions about the administration of and application to the Festival Friends Fund or for details on how you can offer the Festival Friends Fund a private gift, contact them directly at FestivalFriends@ULCDenver.org.
Another way to contribute to the fund is by subscribing to or purchasing tickets to events associated with the Make the FEST of It Campaign. Contact them directly at at info@MaketheFESTofIt.com or download the official campaign Press Release.