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Pandemic Arts Brief – Monday, May 11

Happy Monday. Here’s the latest.

The show goes on in Tucson, with high school dramas and musicals moving online.

Add San Diego to the growing list of cities that plan to slash arts funding in 2021. Local activists have started a fund to ease the impact of the cuts.

A cross-trainer with a ballet background helps keep professional dancers in shape over Zoom.

A 14-year old piano whiz from Sioux City posts his home recitals online to calm his viewers’ nerves during the crisis.

Stay positive, stay together (but separately).

Pandemic Arts Brief – Thursday, May 7

We start today with something truly beautiful.

Thirty-two  ballet dancers from 14 countries perform “The Dying Swan” to raise half a million dollars to support dancers and dance companies left with no income during the pandemic.

Drive-thrus are poised for a Coronavirus-fueled comeback, from double features in Plymouth, Indiana to pop-ups in Pittsburgh.

Museums including the American Museum of Natural History, the Met, and the Guggenheim all announce major staff cuts.

New Mexico artists will stage an online digital festival to benefit local efforts to cope with the pandemic.

In Miami, the world’s first remotely-choreographed ballet?

Best to you all. G’nite.

Pandemic Arts Brief – Tuesday, May 5

What’s new in COVID arts? Let’s see.

Movie theaters in Texas begin to reopen as (sigh) coronavirus cases continue to rise.

At the intersection of sports and art, baseball artists also find themselves out of work.

Cooped up veteran knitters, new crafters, and mask-makers have inspired an “arts and crafts renaissance.”

A Las Vegas saxophonist who normally plays at strip clubs now performs on area sidewalks to comfort passers-by.

On the other side of the globe, Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s  executives and musicians will take pay reductions, with its leader taking the largest cut.

Hang in there, y’all.

Pandemic Arts Brief – Monday, May 4

Happy Monday. Hope this week is better than the last. Let’s get into it.

Music streaming service Bandcamp is waiving its revenue share on select Fridays, giving all the proceeds to struggling artists.

The trickle-down effect of cancelled arts festivals on the rest of the local economy is real.

One thing that’s keeping New York City’s COVID-19 patients (and hospital staff) sane? Live classical music concerts.

Citing the economic fallout from the pandemic, Philadelphia’s mayor may eliminate the city’s Cultural Fund and the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, at a time when the community will need the arts more than ever.

Oy. Hang in there, everyone.

Pandemic Arts Brief – Thursday, April 30

Today’s stories from the front line of the COVID-19 creative economy.

Teenagers in California teach music online and donate the proceeds to relief efforts on a platform invented by a high school junior.

A Western, Mass theater is determined to survive, and thrive, despite the pandemic.

San Francisco Symphony drops its summer seasons and implements across-the-board pay cuts.

L.A. City Council wants to convert developer cultural event fees to relief funds for small arts orgs.

Busking during a pandemic? Try Facebook.

Paris Opera dancers pay tribute to their country’s essential workers with a spontaneous online performance.

Seattle’s classical station cuts positions and braces for long-term declines in underwriting.

Take care of each other.

Pandemic Arts Brief – Wednesday, April 29

COVID-19 and the creative economy. Sigh.

Ariana Grande performs the most theater-geeky song ever to support artists during the Broadway shut down.

Pittsburgh Symphony will reduce salary for staff and musicians. No layoffs, as of yet (be thankful for that).

Coronavirus songs? Yup, we’ve got that.

Opera Philadelphia offers a Netflix-style online festival to replace what would have been the end of its season.

Be safe, be hopeful, be helpful.

Pandemic Arts Brief – Tuesday, April 28

A few creative economy pandemic tidbits:

Hoosier arts orgs will get a boost from the Indiana Arts Commission. Good thing, since they drop $8.4B on the local economy every year.

Louisville musicians have recorded a local star-studded single to raise money for the city’s relief efforts.

Musicians already struggling with mental health issues face even greater challenges in quarantine.

Some light on the horizon—people are getting geared up to visit arts orgs once things reopen.

Take care, stay safe, and make something.

Pandemic Arts Brief – Monday, April 27

Here’s the latest from the front lines of the creative economy.

COVID-19 has put almost two-thirds of creative workers out of a job, and nearly all of them have seen a loss of income. 82 percent will use their creative skills to support the recovery, and nearly half of those don’t care if they get paid to do itBut, really, you should pay them.

(Here’s the survey that provided this data. It will be live throughout the crisis.)

Twenty-two theaters in North Hollywood (NoHo, for those in the know) may have to close because of the pandemic. Toss a few bucks their way.

It’d be a good first step—SFMOMA’s furloughed staff ask its director to zero out his salary to keep workers employed.

Short-sighted school administrators at Minnesota State University Moorhead are proposing to cut the entire theater department, once classes resume. So, congrats, theater majors you survived the pandemic! Oh, wait…

A physician in Fairhope, Alabama deals with deep coronavirus fears through a pop-up art show.

Take care and stay safe!