A fundraising campaign for artists, cultural workers, creatives based in Manila, Philippines.
This is an effort to start a Relief + Recovery Fund for independents, freelancers, those earning from daily wages, who are affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
In a recent survey conducted among 500 cultural workers, artists and creatives, #CreativeAidPH in collaboration with Nayong Filipino Foundation Inc. have identified a mean income loss of 98,209 Php (1,927.74 USD) and a mean projected income loss of 171,050 Php (3,357.53 USD) caused by cancellations, postponements and projects put on hold since January 2020, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The respondents of the online survey are 47% Female, 72% from the National Capital Region (Metro Manila), 58% Freelancers, 61% with dependents. Project Cancellations vary from a minimum of five (5) projects cancelled to a maximum of forty (40), excluding an outlier with 350 cancellations.
Moreover, President Duterte has announced community quarantine for Metro Manila from March 15 to April 14, 2020. Two days after the declaration of the Metro Manila quarantine, the president announced a Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine covering Metro Manila and the provinces in the same island cluster. During this time, classes are suspended. Work is shifted to a work-from-home setup if not suspended. Only frontliners are allowed to report to work: healthworkers, people working in establishments providing basic needs, police & military, media. The general policy is to stay at home. Only one member of the house can go outside to buy supplies during a certain time. This follows that gatherings, events, projects have been either cancelled or postponed, or on-hold indefinitely.
#HomeNotAlone is a response to this current state of artists, cultural workers, and creatives. While there is no available emergency relief fund from the Philippine Government and its agencies relating to the creative sector, we are acknowledging the urgency to setup this open-source fund where people from around the globe can share and reallocate resources to provide immediate support for the Filipino artist community.
#HomeNotAlone will occur in two phases: (1) Emergency Relief Response and (2) Long Term Recovery Response.
(1) Emergency / Relief Response
The goal is to raise a minimum of 250,000 Php (5,000 USD) to provide immediate support to workers in the creative sector during this time of crisis. We are targeting to provide subsidy of 5,000 Php (100 USD) to a minimum of fifty (50) workers in the creative sector by April 30, 2020.
Who will receive this subsidy? Performance artists, cultural workers, and production crew for live events based in Manila are free to apply. Requirements would be artist profile or resume, work reference and a letter narrating how COVID-19 has affected them. The subsidy will be awarded as funds are available.
As of this writing (March 25, 06:30 AM PHT), we are still working on creating the system to collect applications. And we will post updates on the application process within the next two days. Awarding of subsidies will also be transparent. Frequent updates will posted in this account.
(2) Long Term / Recovery Response
The goal is to raise a minimum of 250,000 Php (5,000 USD) to setup a recovery fund to jump start artist projects covering the period of June 2020 to May 2021.
Who will receive this recovery fund? Para Sa Sining artists and collaborators programming for the said period: June 2020 to May 2021. This period will cover research phase, pre-production, and the production of projects and programs which will include: workshop sessions, conversations, exhibitions, performances among others. Works will be under the #TaoTayo (We Are Human) creative season of Para Sa Sining, where artists will explore narratives on what it means to be human.
Developments in terms of research and production will be shared once the season commences.
Along with this fundraising effort, #HomeNotAlone is also a campaign promoting creative release through online sharing & collaboration where anyone can share a photo or video on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) answering the question "how are you coping in these times of the COVID-19 Pandemic?" To create a digital movement, we encourage the use of the hashtag when uploading photos and videos of those who wish to participate. As part of the campaign's Phase 1 (Emergency & Relief Response), this effort to share stories and creativity encourages empathy and togetherness when we are forced to stay home and be physically distant.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER
Para Sa Sining Collaboratory Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit corporation established in 2014 with the vision of "building a culture of inclusion through Collaborative Art." Through interdisciplinary, transmedia and multi-genre works & programs, we create platforms for conversation, cultural exchange and collaboration.
Para Sa Sining is an open community of artists coming from different fields. It has engaged over 800 artists, creatives, cultural workers, volunteers, production & stage managers in the past five years.
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Thank you very much for valuing the welfare and the work of the creative sector during these trying times. We thank you for your continued trust and support for the creative community. Let us continue being each other's support as we live through this crisis.
Mabuhay tayong lahat! PADAYON!