Because the arts bring communities to life.
With $160K of support from ECCF’s Creative County Initiative, the Essex County Creative Nonprofit Resiliency Grant Program succeeded in helping forty-seven creative nonprofits weather the early economic devastation of COVID-19, and the CCI creative network continues to grow and strengthen as a result. The Essex County Artist Fund remains open for individual artists economically affected by COVID-19.
The order that all “non-essential” businesses cease in-person operations in March effectively canceled income of over $20,000 from community arts events and $5,000 in earned income at Gloucester Stage. Looking ahead to the summer season, the organization put plans in place if the cancellation of shows would become necessary. The decision to cancel the first production (of five) in June was made on April 10th and the cancellation of the second production in July will likely be announced April 30th. This amounts to over $152,000 in ticket sales lost for the 2020 fiscal year – which does not include the projected loss of individual donations and corporate underwriting. Cost-cutting measures have been put in place (including taking advantage of the CARES Act) but Gloucester Stage is in dire need of funding to counteract the revenue loss and make the production of theater, in any form, possible this year.
Non-Profit: Gloucester Stage Company – Gloucester
Learn more: gloucesterstage.com
Mission: The Gloucester Stage Company’s mission is to present professional productions of intellectually stimulating and socially relevant theater, provide a nurturing work environment in an inspirational setting for artists of exceptional talent, enrich the greater theater landscape by introducing audiences to new work, and contribute to the cultural and educational development of Cape Ann.
Socio-Economic programming for all productions at Gloucester Stage provides access to performances for EBT Card members, Seniors, College Students, Veterans, and local residents for significantly reduced prices or just a donation.
Additionally, all actors are paid employees with full health and pension payments made by the organization during their employment on stage. These individuals rely significantly on the ‘gig-economy’ and look to producing organizations like Gloucester Stage for a large portion of their salary.
Learn more about the Essex County Community Foundation