In the midst of a national pandemic, MTA is currently brainstorming ways to not only move forward with our local events in the future - that rely so heavily on local artisans, musicians, and vendors - but also want to find ways to help assist and support artisans during this trying time. We know how hard this is - emotionally, physically, and financially.
Last Friday, I was able to watch a live video from Radford's Local Government regarding resources for small businesses during COVID-19. While most of the resources were geared towards brick and mortar businesses and small businesses with employees, I still think some of the information below will be helpful to local artists. I've also done a bit of searching online to find a few resources specifically for artisans and included those links below.
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Roanoke Small Business Development Center - Keep up to date with available resources, participate in Zoom seminars, and set up one on one meetings.You can also chat online, email, or call for specific questions
Small Business Administration: Apply for loans and financial assistance. Many of these loans are expected to be paid back (however, they are offering low interest rates) and are to be used for items such as payroll, bills, etc; most loans are not intended to replace lost income or potential sales.
Also, please make sure to reach out to your local government, economic development or chamber of commerce.
Mayor: David Horton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Economic Development: Kim Repass, Kim.Repass@radfordva.gov
Chamber of Commerce: https://radfordchamber.com/covid19
There are a variety of online resources as well, that are offering assistance, grants, and financial help: COVID 19 & Freelance Artists: https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/ Cerf Plus - The Artists Safety Net: https://cerfplus.org/get-relief/apply-for-help/craft-emergency-relief-fund/eligibility/ National Endowment for the Arts: https://www.arts.gov/covid-19-resources-for-artists-and-arts-organizations Foundation for Contemporary Arts: https://foundationforcontemporaryarts.submittable.com/submit/b9feb8b2-3b40-4a12-bee3-b0e71294d17f/covid-19-relief-fund-application Musicians Foundation: http://www.musiciansfoundation.org/get-support/eligibility/ Facebook Business Resource Hub: https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/resource?ref=alias Go Fund Me Small Business Relief: https://www.gofundme.com/f/smallbusinessrelieffund The Virginia Commission for the Arts Grants: http://www.arts.virginia.gov/grants.html
MountainTrotter Arts is dedicated to local artists and will continue to work on ways to support the small and independent artist in our area. Please reach out to us at email@example.com