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Hillsborough Arts Relief Program will give artists $500 grants

Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts and the Gobioff Foundation partnered to establish the fund. Here’s how to apply.
Tampa muralist Cam Parker, 33, poses for a portrait in front of his mural of Lady Gaga in the 1700 block of N Franklin Street in Tampa in 2017.
Tampa muralist Cam Parker, 33, poses for a portrait in front of his mural of Lady Gaga in the 1700 block of N Franklin Street in Tampa in 2017. [ ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times ]
Published Apr. 22, 2020
Updated Apr. 22, 2020

Individual grants for artists living in Hillsborough County affected by the coronavirus are now available through the Hillsborough Arts Relief Program.

The fund will provide financial assistance to artists who are temporarily unable to meet their basic needs, including food, utilities, bills, childcare, housing and healthcare. The one-time $500 grants will be paid by Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts (TBBCA) to applicants who are approved by a review panel. The goal is to get financial assistance to as many artists as quickly as possible.

TBBCA was selected by the Gobioff Foundation to partner on the artist grants. The Gobioff Foundation’s funding of $100,000 was matched by a grant from the Vinik Family Foundation.

The Hillsborough Arts Relief Program grant overview and link to the application are on the TBBCA website: tbbca.org/programs-events/harp.

“TBBCA is honored to have been selected and entrusted by the Gobioff Foundation to partner on this new program,” Susana Weymouth, executive director of TBBCA, said in a news release. “It is essential that we support our talented artists during this pandemic crisis that has caused so many to lose or shrink their income from the work and gigs and on which they rely.”

The grants are available on a first-come, first-funded basis. The program will run until funds are no longer available or need has been resolved.

To be eligible, you must be a practicing artist and Hillsborough County resident who is older than 18 years old, able to demonstrate financial need, and legally able to receive taxable income in the United States.

Artists who don’t earn their primary income from their work are also eligible, as long as they can prove that income was lost due to cancellations or other circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Eligible artistic disciplines include craft, dance, design, film, media, music, theater and performance, traditional arts, visual arts and writing. Applicants will need to provide a curriculum vitae or resume and provide online links to establish that they are artists.

"Artists are a hard-working integral part of our society,” Neil Gobioff, president of the Gobioff Foundation, said in the news release. “Like any worker who relies on an income from people gathering together, they are struggling to earn at the moment. The Gobioff Foundation wants to support our local artists because they bring the truth of our being (joy, love, sadness, discourse, introspect) into the light for our community to come together.”

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