The arts community is struggling and there is a way you can help! The South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund has been created in light of how the COVID-19 pandemic has effected live theatre workers in South Florida.
The purpose of the fund is to help theatre companies provide compensation to artists and other employees that have been laid off because shows and events were cancelled.
“Many local artists as well as those who work behind the scenes in box offices, technician booths, and scene and costume shops have lost their main source of income as this pandemic has closed all theatres across our region,” said Andie Arthur, executive director of the South Florida Theatre League.
The League is seeding the fund with money that was originally budgeted for their annual Soiree - a major networking event that normally happens right at the end of the annual Carbonell Awards. The application process will be for theatre companies only with the intent for them to pay laid off artists and other employees during this epidemic. The board of the League and executive director Andie Arthur are currently putting it together and will release it once there is a sizeable fund to allocate for this purpose.
When the pandemic is over, the League plans for the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund to be an operational fund that can be used in future crises, such as hurricanes and other natural disasters.
To donate, visit www.southfloridatheatre.com.