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.
In an on-going survey by ilostmygig.ph, it has been recorded that a total of 5543 projects have been lost and Php268, 661,175 are recorded as lost income.
Moreover, President Duterte has announced community quarantine for Metro Manila since March 15, 2020. Gatherings, events, projects have been either cancelled or postponed, or on-hold indefinitely. It has already been 5 months since the start of the lockdown. Though some restrictions have been lifted, cultural work & the arts are still considered non-essential work. While some projects have managed to shift into the digital platform, artists and production staff who rely on live events have been badly affected by the crisis.
#HomeNotAlone is a response to this current state of artists, cultural workers, and creatives. While there is currently no available emergency relief fund from the Philippine Government and its agencies relating to the creative sector, we are acknowledging the need to setup this open-source fund where people from around the globe can share and reallocate resources to provide 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.
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.
(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 jumpstart artist projects covering the period of September 2020 to May 2021.
Who will receive this recovery fund? Para Sa Sining artists and collaborators programming for the said period: September 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.
We hope that you will contribute to this fundraising campaign to help artists and cultural workers amidst this global crisis. Should you want to donate to the cause, here are the available modes of donation. Any amount is welcome.
Bank Institution: BDO Unibank, Inc.
Bank Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Account Name: Para Sa Sining Collaboratory Inc.
Account Number: 004580429446
GCash (Philippines) : Micah Sofia Pinto 0917 513 6604
We would also like to ask for your help in sharing this campaign to your community in your social media platforms to help promote the campaign for artists in need during these trying times
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!