Category: COVID-19

Atlanta COVID-19 Artist Impact Survey – Preliminary Findings

 

C4 Atlanta recently closed the Atlanta COVID-19 Artist Impact Survey. Our staff would like to share some of the preliminary findings ahead of our full data analysis. We will be sharing more detailed findings shortly.

The purpose of this survey was to gauge the overall impact of losses by individual artists and impact due to COVID-19 related social distancing and medical issues.

C4 Atlanta partnered with Dekalb Entertainment Commission to distribute the survey.

The Atlanta Regional Commission has agreed to help with data analysis and is currently pouring over our data for deeper dives.

This survey is modeled off of another survey by MidAmerica Arts Alliance of midwestern arts organizations. We have used their survey as a model in order to compare data between our two regions. In addition to releasing our findings publicly, we will share our data with MidAmerica Arts Alliance in order to compare trends nationally in COVID-19 impact.

We intend to release a follow-up survey later in the summer gauging longer-term impact and changes as the pandemic progresses.

All findings are as of April 24, 2020, the date our survey initially closed.

 

Here is a snapshot of our preliminary data:

  • As of April 24, the total amount lost for all artists responding (about 978 of 1014 total responses) is between  $5.1 and $6.9 million.
  • Initial lost income estimates (per artist) – As of April 24, it is estimated that the average about of income lost is between  $5,230 – $7,092 per artist and could be even higher since some artists reported losing $20,000+.

 

Who responded: 1014 individuals

    • Gender:  66% women, 32% men, 2% nonbinary
    • Ethnicity: 62% White, 23% Black, remaining 15% Asian, Latinx, and other races or declined to answer
    • Disciplines: From all sorts of disciplines but the largest sectors represented were 28% theatre or acting, 23% film production, 14% visual, 12% music, with other disciplines represented in smaller percentages.
    • Percentage of overall income derived from art making or arts industry work: 50% get most or all of their income from their art practice. 65% get at least half.

 

What has been lost (as of April 24, 2020):

 

 A graph showing "To Date, How many jobs/gigis have you lost due to COVID-19 cancellations/closures/precautions? (It is okay to estimate.)

  • Amount of Gigs/Jobs lost: 66% have lost 3 or more paying gigs; 34% have lost 6 or more

 

    • A graph showing "To date, what are your estimated lost wages/earnings due to temporary closures/cancellations related to COVID-19? (It is okay to estimate.)
      • 75% of responding artists have lost more than $1000 so far;  40% have lost more than $5000 so far. Some have already lost more than $20k.
      • Overall 83% have lost enough to impact their livelihood
      • If they earn income from outside of the arts, 72% have lost or partially lost that income.

What does that mean for them?

a graph showing "Please finish this sentence: Right now I feel confident I can meet my basic financial obligations until _______."

      • For April 2020, 25% are NOT confident they can meet their financial obligations
      • By August that number rises to 75%
      • If they were to have to rely just on savings, 40% could make it three months or longer. 15% could make it six months.
    • A graph showing "how has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your creative output?"
      • 64% report that their creative output has decreased. (Only 17% report their creative output has increased.)

What do they need? 

 

A graph showing "How has COVID-19 impacted your livelibood as an artist to date? (check all that apply.)"

 

  • 44% reported that their mental health was impacted.

 

A graph showing " What typses of support do you need right now? (check all that apply.)"

  • Top Three Biggest Needs:
      • Salary and wages – either gigs, if feasible, or replacement (63%)
      • Mortgage or rent relief (40%)
      • Communication tools/resources (19%)
  • A graph showing " have you applied or do you plan to apply for any form of emergency relief funding?"
  • 58% of responding artists intended to apply for some form of emergency relief funding.

We’ll release more findings shortly!

Special thanks to our partners Shelbia Jackson at Dekalb Entertainment Commission, Josh Phillipson and Maria Sotnikova at the Atlanta Regional Commission! Thanks also to the many other artists, artists groups and arts organizations who shared this survey.

 

Dekalbe Entertainment Commission logo and C4 Atlanta logo.

 

COVID 19 Concerned: Unemployment Town Hall with Georgia Labor Commissioner and Atlanta Artist Relief Fund

C4 Atlanta has recently shared some Pop-Up Classes for COVID-19 related issues. In an effort to make the content of these programs more accessible, we have recorded them so that artists may share the content with others or refer back to it.

On April 21, 2020, C4 Atlanta participated in a Town Hall presented by Atlanta Artist Relief Fund with Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. Moderated by Paul Glaze – Atlanta Artist Relief Fund. Find Atlanta Artist Relief Fund at www.atlartsrelief.org if you need to join our meal train or some other form of assistance.

Other Panelists include: Grace Kim – Another Helping – Nonprofit and Small Business Management Consultant

Jessyca Holland – Executive Director of C4 Atlanta, a resource for Atlanta-area artists that provides professional development

Glenn Pieson – Member of IATSE Local 479 who has organized within his local to help answer questions around the process.

This post contains the recording of this session. The original session was live-streamed via YouTube on April 21, 2020. All information was current as of April 21, 2020 to the best of knowledge of the Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, the moderator, and facilitators.

Please note: Content in this workshop is provided for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be construed as an alternative to working with a social worker or other professional.

Click Here to Download a Written Transcript of the Town Hall with Mark Butler.

The purpose of this session was to provide clarity and information regarding the unemployment process in Georgia. The Labor Commissioner explained some of the difficulties that may be affecting folks applying for unemployment.

Some of the questions answered:

  • Can you apply for W-2 employment for regular state unemployment and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for 1099 work?
  • Why is the process so slow? What are some of the difficulties in implementing this program?
  • What do you do about work that is underdocumented or undocumented? Can you go back and retroactively document past work in order to show income?
  • What if you applied too early as a freelancer? Will it affect my eligibility?
  • Is there an appeals process?
  • Are weekly work searches still required? Will the “state of emergency” affect your need to do work search?
  • What do you do if your qualify for benefits but it shows that you only qualify for $0?
  • Is PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) adequately funded? Will the money run out?
  • And more!

Due to some technical difficulties with the Commissioner’s feed, some of our panelists couldn’t contribute as planned during the time we had the Commissioner for. Therefore, Paul took over the QnA session. They did stay to clarify some things we learned and answer some larger questions to the best of our abilities. Please note, we are not professionals. We had the opportunity to discuss some of these issues with the Commissioner, so we tried to do the best we could to get some authoritative answers on the record

Links Shared by Facilitators During this Session:

C4 Atlanta: 1-800-WOW-ARTS c4atlanta.org

C4 Atlanta Lost Gig Fund: c4atlanta.org/covid19apply

Atlanta Artist Relief Fund: atlartsrelief.org

Georgia Department of Labor Unemployment Information for Folks Affected by COVID-19: dol.georgia.gov/gdol-covid-19-information

Georgia Department of Labor Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Information (for folks SPECIFICALLY able to receive unemployment because of the expansion of eligibility from the CARES Act): https://dol.georgia.gov/pua

COVID-19 Concerned: Personal Finance During Crisis

C4 Atlanta has recently shared some Pop-Up Classes for COVID-19 related issues. In an effort to make the content of these programs more accessible, we have recorded them so that artists may share the content with others or refer back to it.

On April 24, 2020, C4 Atlanta welcomed Rebecca Selkowe,  as facilitators for COVID-19 Concerned: Insurance Edition. 

This post contains the recording of this session. All information was current as of April 24, 2020 to the best of knowledge of our facilitators.

Please note: Content in this workshop is provided for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be construed as an alternative to working with a social worker, health insurance navigator, or other insurance professional.

This program will not cover how to apply for relief programs like SBA loans or Unemployment Insurance but will cover information about what kinds of information is needed to apply and how to decide whether UI or SBA loans are right for you.

This workshop will focus on options available to artists affected by COVID-19 for personal finance help during COVID-19. This workshop is intended to help answer questions artists have about what options are available to them, how to navigate making decisions about what programs to apply for, and tips to manage or decrease current financial burdens.

Rebecca focused her workshop on a process of Intention, Attention, and Action. The process doesn’t change for artists because of the crisis, but the process may happen faster. This can help artists to take some of the fear of financial burden by focusing on what their needs are, fact-gathering, and planning a specific time to take action.

Rebecca shared some basic information about different financial relief programs available to artists during COVID-19. Some, such as state Unemployment Insurance for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, still had information coming out about the application process when this workshop aired.  Also, much of the information available is state-specific. The information shared here is based on our location of Atlanta, GA. Rebecca focused on the documentation and information folks may need to apply. Artist relief fund efforts were shared that could be stop-gap measures to help artists find ways to meet financial gaps, especially while waiting for other relief mechanisms to be awarded (such as UI or SBA Loans).

The different types of SBA relief available to freelance artists and sole proprietors were broken down so that artists could understand the differences between the programs offered. On the day of this workshop, additional funding for these resources was allotted by the Federal Government.

Lastly, Rebecca shares some basic money management expertise for how to handle money, investments, and budgeting during a time of crisis. She shared some tips for artists around debt reductions, best practices for handling your budgeting during times of uncertainty, and what to do about funds invested in the market, such as IRAs and 401ks.

Links Shared by Facilitators During this Session:

The Actors Fund: (917)281-5975 actorsfund.org

C4 Atlanta: 1-800-WOW-ARTS c4atlanta.org

Actors Fund Emergency Fund for (crisis fund for artists in any area of entertainment – also handling crisis funds for entertainment unions): actorsfund.org/am-i-eligible-help

Actors Fund Full Training Schedule (includes other online programs with Rebecca offered through Actors Fund): actorsfund.org/workshops

C4 Atlanta Full Training Calendar (all programs offered online during COVID-19 social distancing): c4atlanta.org/training

C4 Atlanta Lost Gig Fund: c4atlanta.org/covid19apply

C4 Atlanta COVID-19 Resources Blog (lists MANY relief funds and other artist resources for COVID-19): c4atlanta.org/2020/04/resourcefulness-is-the-bedrock-of-artistry/

TILA Studios Relief Fund (For Black Women Artists): tilastudios.com

National Black Arts Festival Artist Relief Fund (for Black Artists): nbaf.org (initial deadline has now passed)

Atlanta Artist Relief Fund: atlartsrelief.org

Kickstarter LIst of Artist Resources (shared courtesy of National Black Arts Festival Instagram site): kickstarter.com/articles/covid-19-coronavirus-artist-resources

Artist Relief Fund (MANY funders – up to $5000 for eligible artists, rolling applications): artistrelief.org

Georgia Department of Labor Unemployment Information for Folks Affected by COVID-19: dol.georgia.gov/gdol-covid-19-information

Georgia Department of Labor Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Information (for folks SPECIFICALLY able to receive unemployment because of the expansion of eligibility from the CARES Act): https://dol.georgia.gov/pua

IRS.Gov information about eligibility requirements and disbursement for Economic Stimulus: irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center

Get My Payment Economic Stimulus Tool AND Non-Filers Enter Your Information (for getting your economic stimulus check if you have not filed or what to know when you might receive your payment): irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

SBA Loan Information from SBA.gov: sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Open Path Collective (for sliding scale psychotherapy for uninsured folks): openpathcollective.org

Not mentioned in session but also helpful:

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources: covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/

Smartpath Money Moves Quiz (fill out and it will help you identify sources of financial support that you may be eligible for based on your personal situation): moneymovesquiz.com

COVID-19 Concerned: Insurance Edition – Recap and Recording

C4 Atlanta has recently shared some Pop-Up Classes for COVID-19 related issues. In an effort to make the content of these programs more accessible, we have recorded them so that artists may share the content with others or refer back to it.

On April 22, 2020, C4 Atlanta welcomed Renata Marinaro, of Actors Fund, and Amir Jones, of The Health Initiative, as facilitators for COVID-19 Concerned: Insurance Edition. 

This post contains the recording of this session. All information was current as of April 22, 2020 to the best of knowledge of our facilitators.

Please note: Content in this workshop is provided for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be construed as an alternative to working with a social worker, health insurance navigator or other insurance professional.

Facilitators shared information not only on Insurance Basics (common terms, what is usually covered, etc.) but also covered a ton of COVID-19 related information for arts workers who may be looking for new coverage, can’t afford their current coverage due to lost income, or who may have lost coverage from an employer. Renata and Amir also covered some options such as short term plans and health share plans that some folks may be considering if they are unable to apply for coverage on the Marketplace outside of open enrollment. These kinds of options differ greatly from Marketplace insurance plans, and the facilitators covered the key differences of which artists should be aware of. Also, for those currently uninsured who did not have previous coverage, the facilitators mentioned low-cost and free healthcare services options that are accessible to low-income and uninsured peoples.

For those who have coverage, but are finding it difficult to afford it, Renata mentioned special income considerations for artists to know about that could help them save money through higher subsidies on their marketplace plans. For those that have had their coverage dropped, they would likely qualify for special enrollment on the marketplace due to losing coverage. They may also qualify for COBRA, but the facilitators mentioned that there may be both financial and coverage considerations for artists to think about before deciding which is best for themselves and their families.

Links Shared by Facilitators During this Session:

The Actors Fund: (917)281-5975 actorsfund.org

The Health Initiative: (404) 688-2524 thehealthinitiative.org/

C4 Atlanta: 1-800-WOW-ARTS c4atlanta.org

Actors Fund Emergency Fund for (crisis fund for artists in any area of entertainment): actorsfund.org/am-i-eligible-help

Medicare Information at Actors Fund: actorsfund.org/basics-medicare

C4 Atlanta Lost Gig Fund: c4atlanta.org/covid19apply

Health Insurance Marketplace: healthcare.gov

C4 Atlanta Local Resources for Uninsured and Low-Income Artists: c4atlanta.org/health-resources/

Kaiser Permanente Bridge Program: Available to C4 member artists who meet all program eligibility requirements (see the webpage for all eligibility requirements): c4atlanta.org/bridge

Grady Financial Assistance Program (for uninsured, low-income folks in Fulton and Dekalb Counties): gradyhealth.org/financial-assistance-program/

Georgia Gateway (for understanding Georgia Medicaid eligibility – also includes information for other government programs such as SNAP, TANF, and WIC): gateway.ga.gov/access

Federally Qualified Health Center (A list of low cost and free clinics for the uninsured): findahealthcarecenter.hrsa.gov

National Association of Insurance Commissioners (to verify whether you plan is an ACA regulate plan or not): naic.org

To find lower cost and county hospitals: essentialhospitals.org (click on “our members”)

Needy Meds (lists free drug access assistance programs for help getting prescription medication, especially for high-cost medications) – needymeds.org

GoodRX.com (to compare drug prices and receive medication discounts) – goodrx.com

More resources for Georgia Based Health Insurance Enrollment help: 

Out2Enroll: out2enroll.org

Georgians for a Healthy Future: healthyfuturega.org

The Health Initiative: thehealthinitiative.org/