Remember Social Crowding?
Letter to the Ossipee Family on COVID-19
As we write this from our extended homestay in the woods of Maine, we currently hope and plan to celebrate the summer of 2020 with our dear festival and string camp community this July. Like everyone else, we will continue to monitor information from the CDC, and other federal and local authorities. As we continue our planning, we will be following their recommendations. Our first and foremost concern is for the safety and well being of the Ossipee family—artists, staff, volunteers, ticket buyers, friends. Although current projections do not indicate that we will need to cancel the event, the events of the last few weeks have shown that circumstances are changing rapidly, and this concept will need to be continually evaluated. In the meantime—we urge our supporters to continue to purchase tickets.
In the event of a cancellation, ticket buyers will have three options. The option to have a full refund, to roll over their ticket until 2021, or to donate their ticket to the festival, which is a 501c3 non profit organization. Those who wish to roll over their ticket will be sent new 2021 barcode tickets. Those who wish to donate their ticket money will receive a letter to use the donation as a tax deduction. 100% of donated funds will go to our artists.
On this note—as you sit at home reading this, hopefully with at least a few rolls of toilet paper, please keep the vulnerable in mind. If you are in a position of stability, we urge you to find ways of supporting those who are struggling. If you are struggling, please speak out so that others may find and assist you. We are all in this together, and there is no shame in needing each others’ help.
In the last few weeks we have seen real fear and uncertainty ripple through the community of artists who have performed for you over the last twenty one years, a feeling which has extended outwards to the complex network of agents, managers, and venues that work together to keep the arts alive.
While we may not be able to see live music right now, you can still support our artists by purchasing their music or other merchandise. Many of them also teach and offer classes online. Now could be the time learn a new instrument!
We will be posting a list of ways to support the arts and our performers on our website in the next few days, and we encourage you to visit it. The basic grassroots principles apply—if everyone does a little, it adds up to a lot. (Hey, and the same goes for washing your hands and staying home).
Finally, we would like to offer our support to our family and friends impacted by the recent tornado in the Nashville area. There are many organizations working to support these folks. We encourage you to seek them out and offer what support you can.
We are looking forward to Ossipee 2020 more than ever. This will pass. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones, and keeping on thinking about how great it will be when we are all together (in close contact!) at Ossipee this summer!
The Number ONE way to support Ossipee artists is to continue to purchase tickets, and to choose to hold them over to 2021, or receive a tax deductible donation acknowledgment for donating your ticket to our non-profit. Donated funds will go to the artists, and held over tickets will go to holding artist deposits over a year.
The number TWO way to support Ossipee artists is to go to our lineup page and click on the individual artist pages. You can follow the artist pages to their personal websites, where you can find more information about merch, CDs/LPS/downloads, lessons, and anything else they are doing. We will be posting as many live-stream performances by Ossipee artists as we can.
General resources for donors to the arts and for artists in need:
No-Depression list of how to help roots music artists CLICK HERE
The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Click HERE
Americans for the Arts COVID-19 funds HERE
Billboard Magazine Coronavirus Resource Guide Click HERE
NPR A State-by-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis Click HERE
A List Of Live Virtual Concerts To Watch During The Coronavirus Shutdown Click HERE
Resources for Musicians
IBMA Resource List for Musicians click HERE
Springboard for the Arts Grants of $500 for cancelled gigs, click HERE
New York Foundation for the Arts grants click HERE
Resources for Funders
- Are you a funder? Here are 7 ways you can support your arts and culture community.
Relief Funds and Financial Assistance
- The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant is for painters, printmakers and sculptors
- Arts Administrators of Color Network launched a relief fund to support BIPOC artists and administrators.
- ArtsFund created the COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund for arts organizations.
- Artwork Archives has compiled a list of emergency grants for artists.
- Boston establishes an artist relief fund.
- EqualSound launches relief fund supporting musicians who have lost gigs due to the pendemic.
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts has a relief fund for artists who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates
- Frederick Arts Council (Maryland) launched a GoFundMe campaign for relief funding.
- Greater Columbus Arts Council (Columbus, OH) announced a relief grant for artists.
- Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (Pennsylvania) launches a relief fund for artists in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, Lawrence, Indiana, Greene, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.
- Ijeoma Oluo has started a GoFundMe campaign to support artists in Seattle affected.
- Max’s Kansas City Project has emergency grants for New Yorkers in the creative arts
- Mellon Foundation Joins Consortium Supporting Small and Mid-size Arts Organizations through $75-million NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund
- Michigan Music Alliance’s Michigan Artist Relief Fund (in collaboration with Walk the Beat–a music nonprofit regularly raising funds to get musical instruments in kids’ hands)
- Musicians Foundation is accepting aid applications.
- NC Artist Fund Relief Fund: a collaboration between Artspace, PineCone, United Arts Council and VAE Raleigh
- New York Foundation on the Arts launches relief fund resource page for several disciplines and geographic focus.
- Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund (Portland, OR) organized by Portland’s Creative Laureate, Subashini Ganesan, and Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Kim Stafford.
- Rauschenberg announced an Medical Emergency grant program for artists.
- San Francisco Foundation (San Francisco, CA) released emergency fund for organizations.
- Spokane Arts launched a relief fund for individual artists
- Springboard for the Arts has several resources and relief funds.
- Theatre Bay Area has set up the COVID-19 Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund.
- WomenArts has a fund roundup on their website
The Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians provides a modest grant to temporarily or permanently disabled musicians who are members of the AFM.
Telephone: (212) 869-1330 ext. 224
The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need. AGMA contracts with The Actors Fund to administer this program nationally as well as to provide comprehensive social services. Financial assistance is available for rent, utilities, mental health and medical care, as well as other basic living expenses. Grants are made case-by-case, based on need. Through March 31, due to the devastating toll COVID-19 has taken on their members, the AGMA Relief Fund will temporarily double the cap of financial assistance available to AGMA members in need.
Telephone: East Coast: (212) 221-7300, Ext. 119; Midwest: (312) 372-0989; West Coast: (323) 933-9244, Ext. 55. For emergencies on evenings and weekends only: 212-621-7780
Email: East Coast: firstname.lastname@example.org; Midwest: email@example.com; West Coast: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Foundation offers small grants to support opera and classical music professionals, with a focus on pensioners.
Telephone: (212) 986-6094
The Blues Foundation has established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses.
Telephone: 901-527-2583, Ext. 10
The Housing and Emergency Assistance program provides jazz and blues artists with an experienced social worker to assess his/her situation and provide rapid assistance including financial support, legal services, housing counseling, and more.
Telephone: (212) 245-3999
The Musical Sustenance Program offers emergency funds, monthly living stipends, and assistance in obtaining social services to artists working in the Southern musical tradition, focusing on those 55 years or older with an annual income of $18,000 or less.
Telephone: (919) 643-2456
MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, including addiction resources.
Telephone: West Coast: (800) 687-4227; Central: (877) 626-2748; Northeast: (877) 303-6962
The Local 802 Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) administered by the Musicians’ Assistance Program (MAP). A New York State licensed social worker provides confidential social services to members and their families. It is funded by the Musicians’ ERF and administered by the Actors Fund.
The Musicians Foundation assists professional musicians (who have worked at least 5 years) with grants for medical and allied living expenses in the case of emergency situations.
Telephone: (212) 239-9137
The fund provides financial and medical assistance to Rhythm & Blues artists of the 1940s through the 1970s.
Telephone and Fax: (800) 980-5208
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Sweet Relief offers assistance to all who reach out. While financial grants may not be available to every applicant, other resources information, counseling and financial services are additional options each artist may take advantage of.
Telephone: (888) 955-7880
Contact Information for Roots & Bluegrass Musicians wanting to learn how to teach online classes:
* Nate Lee has offered to help people get started with online teaching. Feel free to contact him at 469-383-4840 or email@example.com.
** Mike Mitchell has also offered to help people get started with online teaching. Feel free to contact him at 540-267-6069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** The Jazz Education Network has created two webinars for getting started with online teaching.
An increasing amount of healthcare providers are offering testing, screening, and televisits at a discounted or waived fee. Here are official statements (with links to more information ) from some of the top healthcare providers in the United States (as of 3/20/20).
- Aetna will waive co-pays for all diagnostic testing related to COVID-19.
- Anthem’s affiliated health plans waive member costs for COVID-19 testing, while supporting telehealth and 90-day maintenance medication supply.
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) announced that its network of 36 independent and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies will waive prior authorizations and increase coverage for COVID-19.
- Centene intends to cover COVID-19 testing and screening services for Medicaid, Medicare and Marketplace members and is waiving all associated member cost share amounts for COVID-19 testing and screening.
- Cigna will waive all co-pays and cost-shares for COVID-19 testing as recommended by your healthcare provider.
- Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) – “Effective immediately, we won’t require prior authorization and won’t apply member co-pays or deductibles for testing to diagnose COVID-19 when medically necessary and consistent with Centers for Disease Control guidance. This applies to all members we insure.”
- Humana – “Testing for COVID-19 will be fully covered with no out-of-pocket costs for patients who meet CDC guidelines at approved laboratory locations. This applies to members of Humana’s Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and commercial employer-sponsored plans. The CDC continues to offer free testing for coronavirus.”
- Kaiser Permanente will not charge member cost-sharing (including, but not limited to, copays, deductibles, and coinsurance) for all medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19.
- UnitedHealthcare has waived all diagnostic test cost-sharing for insured members.
Links for Ossipee Valley String Camp Instructors offering online classes.
ALISON DE GROOT:
GABE HIRSHFELD/CHARLES CLEMENTS/PATRICK M’GONIGLE/GEORGE CLEMENTS: