Announcing SCAC Arts Emergency Relief grants
Applications open, April 29
Application deadline: Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET
This is a critical update with vital information on assisting South Carolina arts and culture organizations and individual artists during, and as we emerge from, this time of crisis. First, I am happy to announce that as a result of tireless work by our team, South Carolina Arts Commission Arts Emergency Relief grants for organizations and individual artists will launch next week. The guidelines are available for review on our website now. Simply click here to access them. The application to apply for the Arts Emergency Relief grant will be open from Wednesday, April 29 through Friday, May 15. There will be a single user-friendly application which will ask which of the three eligible categories applies to you:
- Arts organizations who ARE current (FY20) operating support grantees (General Operating Support, Operating Support for Small Organizations, and Statewide Operating Support)
- Arts organizations who are NOT current (FY20) operating support grantees
- Individual artists
Second, the result of work with our partners at the South Carolina Arts Alliance and the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation is a free webinar series for South Carolina arts and culture organizations focused on financial best practices for moving beyond COVID-19. Thanks to our funding partners, leading nonprofit financial consulting firm FMA Consultants will lead these webinars beginning next week. Each 90-minute webinar will be hosted twice, with space limited to allow for manageable groups and Q&A. Session topics and dates:
- Understanding Financial Heath & Planning Ahead in a Time of Uncertainty Wednesday, April 29 (2:30 p.m.) OR Tuesday, May 5 (2 p.m.)
- Scenario Building & Contingency Planning Tuesday, May 12 (1 p.m.) OR Friday, May 15 (1 p.m.)
Today’s update marks significant progress toward helping practitioners of arts and culture find themselves as strong as possible when we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. We at the S.C. Arts Commission have been strongly encouraged by your determination and innovation in finding ways to share through technology. As always, we stand ready to assist you as we can.
Video training for arts orgs announced
Getting ready to move beyond COVID-19
The South Carolina Arts Alliance and funding partners the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and S.C. Arts Commission are announcing a free webinar series for arts organizations focused on financial best practices for moving beyond the coronavirus. As our state begins to slowly turn back “on” local economies, arts organizations are left wondering how they can prioritize fiscal sustainability through the continuing economic crisis, all the way through to being prepared for events that may have similar impacts in the future. The SCAA engaged FMA Consultants, a leading nonprofit financial consulting firm, to conduct a two-part webinar series for arts groups across the state.
- There is no charge to the organization thanks to the funding partners.
- Each 90-minute webinar will be hosted twice.
- Space will be limited to 50-60 participants per webinar to allow for manageable groups and Q&A.
Session topics and dates
- Understanding Financial Heath & Planning Ahead in a Time of Uncertainty
- Wednesday, April 29 | 2:30 p.m.
- or Tuesday, May 5 | 2 p.m.
- Scenario Building & Contingency Planning
- Tuesday, May 12 | 1 p.m.
- or Friday, May 15 | 1 p.m.
Platts updates constituents on virus response
Advocacy, policy, and funding updates from the SCAC
The South Carolina Arts Commission is working hard to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 landscape and continue providing excellent service during these challenging times. Despite working remotely, our team remains in frequent contact, collaborating to ensure your concerns receive the prompt attention they deserve. On a larger scale, we are striving to ensure that South Carolina’s arts and culture sector retains access to the latest resources and information it needs both to survive now and to thrive once we emerge on the other side of this situation. To that end, I write to share some recent updates we have made that warrant your attention. By now, I hope you’re aware of the ever-evolving COVID-19 response page on SouthCarolinaArts.com. New to the page are two sections of critical importance:
Advocacy Efforts and Policy Concerns
Our partners in the South Carolina Arts Alliance are actively communicating with federal and state policy makers to ensure the arts and cultural community is included in any kind of recovery relief programs. To learn more about these efforts or to become involved in them, visit the South Carolina Arts Alliance website.
Further, Americans for the Arts is aggregating data on the real loss COVID-19 closings will have on arts and culture. Please fill out the five-minute survey linked here. This will help them acquire important data that best positions arts and culture for a seat at the relief table.
We are working with state and national partners to stay up to date on opportunities for emergency relief and will continue to communicate often via the “Artists and Arts Organizations” and “Arts Education” tabs on the COVID-19 response page.
At this time we do not have access to emergency assistance funds, but we are communicating with the General Assembly regarding the potential for state disaster funds to be allocated for artists and arts organizations. Along with our partners at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, we are monitoring possible arts and culture emergency relief included for the National Endowment for the Arts in the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill just passed by the U.S. Congress.The S.C. Arts Commission team understands you are likely to be experiencing high levels of anxiety and worry right now. Your physical and emotional well-being matter to us as much as does the economic impact. Please know we are making every effort to provide you with valuable information as soon as it becomes readily available. Stay home, stay clean, and stay healthy. We are here for you.
Arts orgs: report your COVID-19 impact to AFTA
Submissions can be updated
Via our partners at the South Carolina Arts Alliance: Handwashing art by Amiri Geuka Farris
Americans for the Arts has created an easy survey for all arts groups to submit their expected impact from the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please fill this survey out as you are able. You may re-submit as new information is provided or decisions are made for your organization at a later date as well.
This data is VITAL is helping the SCAA, and Americans for the Arts, position the arts to have a stronger seat at the table as local, state, and federal governments work towards solutions and support for the economy.For arts-centric resources on COVID-19 and the arts, see the S.C. Arts Commission's resources page.
COVID-19 and the arts in South Carolina
A response resource for S.C.'s creative communities
An image of COVID-19, courtesy of CDC Artists and arts organizations in South Carolina will be affected by the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Beyond reminding you to wash your hands (see more about that flier by an #SCartists below), the S.C. Arts Commission is going to leave the science to scientists and public health practitioners, but we can be a resource for the creative communities we serve. Our goal is to provide information that can enable our constituents to be ready for “What if…?” And let’s face it—there’s a lot of that right now. Ed. note; 13 March 2020, 16:00 ET The SCAC apologizes for the extra click, but because of the significant need for this content to be "living," we are now directing you to the COVID-19 resources page on SouthCarolinaArts.com which we are updating frequently.
COVID-19: Are you ArtsReady?
Preparing for Potential Impact of the Coronavirus
This content snippet comes from South Arts' invaluable ArtsReady initiative. South Carolina is in a prime location to be affected by natural disasters of the tropical variety, and in the past couple of years had its experience with those... not to mention flooding, whether as a result of tropical systems or a standalone event. But being ArtsReady isn't just about weather; it can also encompass epidemics/pandemics and geological disasters. Coronavirus is perhaps the hottest topic of the day, so we wanted to share this with our readers. Also, please wash your hands. A lot.
Are you ready for a temporary closure? In Asia and Europe, public gatherings including performances, museums and festivals have been cancelled and shuttered to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus. Coronavirus Outbreak Shutters Italian Museums; Event Cancellations Continue in China and South Korea - Hyperallergic While the spread and impact of the virus here in the U.S. is not yet known, you should have a plan in the event that, in the interest of public health, your organization needs to delay or cancel events or temporary close. Read and learn more here, and sign up for South Arts' Arts Ready emails here.
Artists U offers artist learning opportunities this March
Hey there, #SCartists. Our friends and frequent collaborators at Artists U have two great FREE learning opportunities in Columbia next month. Both will take place in the centrally-located Congaree Vista in the centrally-located city. Here's info on each. - Ed.
Grant Writing For Artists (FREE workshop)
Friday, March 20, 6-9 p.m. If Art Gallery | 1223 Lincoln St., Columbia (29201)Based on 25 years of grant writing and art making, Artists U's Andrew Simonet will introduce artists to principles for writing simple, clear grants. You'll read some short proposals and act as a panel, scoring and discussing them. No bull, no fancy powerpoints, just real-world tools for artists who write (or want to write) grants. Get more info and register for "Grant Writing for Artists" here.
Presenting Your Art
ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED AND BY APPLICATION Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If Art Gallery | 1223 Lincoln St., Columbia (29201)In this workshop, we will take a hands-on look at each artist’s toolkit: work samples, artist statement, elevator pitch, and presentations. We will build a positive and rigorous conversation around the challenge of representing our art. In Artists U, we have sat on many panels and juries, and we will tell you: Most artists fail to convey the power of their work in their applications. Too many artists submit muddled images and convoluted writing and fail to connect the two. A huge barrier to getting new opportunities is how we represent our work in words and images. We owe it to our work to represent it well in images and language.
- Each artist will prepare a four-minute presentation about their work.
- Artists in this workshop must also attend Grant Writing for Artists workshop on Friday, March 20 (see above).
SC Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts accepting fall 2019 clients
The Nonprofit Organizations Clinic at the University of South Carolina School of Law, which provides free legal assistance to nonprofit organizations of all types, is accepting clients for the fall 2019 semester. Students provide legal assistance to nonprofit organizations, under the supervision of Professor Jaclyn Cherry, in transactional matters that include incorporation, preparation of by-laws, preparation and filing of 501(c)(3) applications, contract review, preparation and negotiation, real estate, intellectual property and land use issues. Students may attend board meetings, provide advice on various legal matters, and provide legal assistance to start up organizations or organizations that are merging, converting or spinning off new ventures. The number of clients that can be assisted is limited and once capacity is reached a waiting list will be created. If you are interested in becoming a client, please contact Professor Cherry as soon as possible at Cherryja@law.sc.edu or 803.777.3394
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Take 2: Want ‘A Stronger Bottom Line’ for your org?
The S.C. Arts Alliance can helpApplication deadline: Friday, June 21, 2019
Yes, we help provide arts education opportunities. Yes, we help artists make sustainable arts careers. And yes, we also serve as a resource to strengthen community arts groups: your local theatre, dance company, orchestra, and the like. To that end, the S.C. Arts Commission is partnering with the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Alliance (which advocates for all the things mentioned above, and more, in the halls of power in Columbia and Washington) to present the second iteration of "A Stronger Bottom Line," a small-group cohort of small arts organizations getting unparalleled, tailored financial management training specific to the arts. The idea is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your organization's financial operations. But don't take our word for it. Here's what some participants from the first cohort had to say:
“What a productive and informative program. I learned a great deal and am extremely confident that I can now provide a more thorough and necessary financial oversight and guidance for my organization. This program is immensely insightful. I wish everyone could have this opportunity.” - Footlight Players
“The SC Arts Alliance benefited greatly from this training. Our staff and board feel more confident in our ability to tell our financial story in a way that is transparent, meaningful, and useful. We highly recommend this training.” - S.C. Arts AllianceThis training is conducted by FMA Consultants. Here's who is eligible:
- Only nonprofit grantees of the Donnelley Foundation and/or the S.C. Arts Commission.
- Budget size < $750k
- Attendance by the executive director, plus lead finance staff or appropriate board member is required for each session. Commitment must be made with application.