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Program Launches $250K in COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grants For Women Artists

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An organization called Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) has launched an emergency relief grant program to assist artists affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The proposal will dispense $250,000 in grants, up to $2,500 each, to artists who have suffered financial difficulties from loss of revenue or prospect as an obvious outcome of the crisis. The AWAW’s yearly award program supports women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States and regions. AWAW aspires to focus on the unique challenges faced by middle age artists or older, especially during these critical times.
Anonymous Was A Woman has joined with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to oversee the awards. Equally to AWAW’s annual award, the emergency relief grant has no stipulations, and the recipient may benefit from the award however they choose. While the annual AWAW award is selection-only, chosen by a board who can identify artistic accomplishments and potential. Candidates may apply directly for the emergency relief grant, solely awarded based on exhibited need.

The emergency relief grant program award of $250,000 is equal to AWAW’s total annual award, the grant offers $25,000 to ten recipients each year. The AWAW award will be presented in the fall of 2020. The AWAW award traditionally founded solely by founder Susan Unterberg is encouraging driven donors to give funds embarked for this program, directly to NYFA.

Although funded by Anonymous Was A Woman, the program is managed by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

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