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San Antonio artists split $1 million in COVID-19 relief funds

More than 100 San Antonio artists affected by the pandemic are splitting $1 million in COVID-19 relief from the city.

Krystal Jones, the city’s director of arts and culture, said the money allows artists and nonprofits to focus on their creativity instead of how to make ends meet.

“The pandemic placed the San Antonio’s arts community in a vulnerable position with significant financial impacts,” Jones said.

The city estimated an 18 percent loss in creative jobs amid the pandemic.

For individual artists to be eligible for the funding, they had to have been a professional artist for the last three years. Jones said they focused on low-income artists who derived most of their income from their art.

The city received 151 applications from individual artists for the money and approved funding for 136 — who were mostly musicians (39 percent) and visual artists (34 percent). Payments range from $7,200 to $7,500.

Jones pointed out that the majority of artists receiving money have an “income of 50 percent below the average median income.”

“So these are artists that are really in need,” she said.

As for nonprofit organizations, 54 applied for funding and 46 were approved. Funding was based on the organization’s budget, whether it had a current grant with the department and “if the organization’s programming promotes, preserves and enhances the identity and character of specific communities including women, LGBTQIA+, African American, Latino/a, Asian American and Native American.”

The nonprofits that received the most funding were the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center ($262,000), American Indians in Texas at the Cultural Missions ($256,000) and Say Si ($256,000).

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