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.
Our concert season was halted by COVID-19 emergency responses almost as soon as it had begun. We were able to complete one concert program in mid-March, but we were not permitted a live audience. We were able to stream the final performance of five world premiere operas a virtual audience with a total of 129 live views. In order to complete the program, we had to forego all potential ticket revenue. Four concerts and productions were canceled by our presenters that would have been world and local premieres of operas and chamber music in local venues nation-wide. Saturday, March 14, 2020 Emergence Composer Fellowship $2670 lost in potential ticket revenue Monday, March 16, 2020, Rumpelstiltskin by Marti Epstein $4,500 in lost presenter fees $2,551paid to artists in cancellation fees Thursday, April 8, 2020, Guerilla Opera All-Stars Concert $2,000 in lost presenter fees May 2-3 & Friday, May 8-10,2020 Let’s Make A Sandwich $3,500 lost in potential ticket revenue $6,200 paid to artists in cancellation fees Total losses = $21,421
Non-Profit: Guerilla Opera – Haverhill
Learn more: guerillaopera.org
Mission: Guerilla Opera is an artist-run, ensemble with a mission is to immerse audiences in innovative, experimental and thought-provoking new operas from cutting-edge composers in productions that reenvision the audience’s relationship to the art for profound and lasting experiences. Our art is to develop and reenvision new experimental works, champion cutting-edge music, and to inspire and influence future generations. We serve underrepresented communities by offering free and discounted tickets to students and underrepresented groups, with a robust program for patrons who are blind or visually impaired. Our partnership with the National Braille Press assists our efforts to enrich the opera experience for patrons who are blind or have visual impairments. In hubs, like Boston or New York City, there is easy access to professional quality productions, but because of issues of cost of transportation, commute time, low-income households, mainstream opportunities are frequently closed. Haverhill is a diverse city undergoing a renaissance. Our work in there serves to further to stimulate tourism from other cities by presenting extraordinary artists, connecting them to our community, stimulating cultural and economical growth, and simultaneously bringing new works to new audiences hungry for artistic experiences.
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