While the pandemic has been difficult for everyone, it has been especially difficult for culture and the arts.
With restrictions put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, many businesses and even industries were forced to alter their business model or close.
Movie theatres were shuttered, and production sets for movies and TV shows had to be closed to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Further, live theatre was also suspended as were live musical performances and dance exhibitions.
- Many entrepreneurs believe their businesses won’t survive a second lockdown
- Many Canadians lack motivation at work as pandemic drags on
- Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 2.0 per cent in August
In order to provide a lifeline for artists who have been struggling during this difficult time, the City of Brampton through the COVID-19 Relief Fund for Artists and Art Organizations.
With help from the Independent Artist Community of Learning Program, the fund is intended to help Brampton’s arts sector stabilize and strengthen, and contribute to the City’s economic recovery.
Through the relief fund, Brampton artists will be able to apply for up to $1,000 in relief funds apiece until December 4.
This funding is intended to help offset artists’ living and working expenses as a result of lost revenue due to the pandemic.
“Brampton artists have seen an unprecedented loss of revenue and opportunity from cancelled exhibitions, productions, community events, and more,” Mayor Patrick Brown said in a news release.
“I encourage all of our local artists to apply for our relief fund and learning program for support, to help strengthen our economy, and to take care of themselves as valued members of our community in this difficult time,” he continued.