Erie Arts & Culture extends heartfelt gratitude and thanks to Arundel Cellars and Brewing Company for their generous contribution of $2,000 to our Emergency Financial Assistance Fund.
On March 24, Arundel graciously approached the agency to offer assistance to artists during this difficult time. From March until April, Arundel donated $2 of every online or to-go purchase of a bottle of wine or 12-pack of High Key for a total of $2,000.
“We chose to donate to this fund because we have had the pleasure of hosting so many local musicians at Arundel,” says Adam Schwindt, Marketing Director, Arundel Cellars & Brewing Co. “In this way, we hope to help community musicians and others hurt by the impact of the coronavirus on their livelihood.”
So far, the funds have done so. Erie Arts & Culture awarded $31,450.00 in total funding to 108 applicants in the first three cycles. We are receiving applications for our fourth round of funding, which closes on May 20, 2020. Creative and cultural professionals who are experiencing a disruption in income as a result of the current pandemic are encouraged to apply here.
Though not intended to solely supplement their lost income, this fund acts as a safety net for those individuals that find themselves in a dire circumstance and unable to cover basic needs. Funding amounts distributed in the first two cycles ranged from $150 to assist with groceries to $500 to assist with rent.
Thank you again to Arundel Cellars and Brewing Company for helping to make this possible. As Fred Rogers stated, "'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." Arundel is one of the helpers of which he was speaking.