NYC Dancers Relief Fund offers urgent relief to freelance dance artists who have suffered financial losses within the dance field due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the government enforced social restrictions. The fund prioritizing freelance BIPOC, disabled, trans/NB/GNC/queer dance artists, as well as, those who will not have access to emergency funds due to immigration status. The fund is supported through private funds and public donors, and is managed by The Dance Union, an organizing group facilitated by J Bouey and Melanie Greene (co-hosts of The Dance Union Podcast). The Dance Union is fiscally sponsored by Culture Push.
To be considered for NYC Dancers Relief Fund, potential recipients fill out the application (here). Applications are evaluated based on prioritized demographic status listed above and percentage of dance income lost.
Successful applicants receive a relief gift between $200-$300. Funds are distributed through Venmo, Zelle, or Paypal. This depends on the applicant’s preferred method of payout. To view a running tally of distributed funds to date, click here.