Indie Theater Fund to Award Rapid Relief Grants to Indie and Off-Off-Broadway Theatre
Grants of up to $500 will benet those affected by the
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Indie Theater Fund will award rapid relief grants of up to $500 to
support the indie and Off-Off-Broadway theatre community, prioritizing those working in houses of 99 seats or
less and operating with budgets under $250,000
While such small theatres could, in the rst days of New York's mass gathering restrictions, operate if limiting
capacity to 50 percent, a new mandate from Mayor Bill de Blasio will close small theatres, nightclubs, movie
theatres, and concert venues beginning March 17.
READ: Small Theatres, Concert Venues to Close in NYC Effective March 17
The Emergency Fundraising Campaign for Independent Theaters, which began March 12, has raised over $10,000
The campaign also includes plans for supporting paid digital live-streaming of independent theatre,
creating an Indie Theater-Makers Wellbeing Group via Facebook to promote community-wide conversations,
strategic fundraising advice available in partnership with Sarah Benvenuti from Benvenuti Arts, and legal
consultations to address the needs of the community.
Randi Berry, founder of Indie Theater Fund, said in a statement, "Based on responses to the impact of COVID-19
in our community, we are allocating our Community Resource Funding and Urgency Funding to support our indie
theatre community, including our 546 active members.”
The Board of Indie Theater Fund has also partnered with NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund and
allocated additional funds to support the needs of low-income, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, trans, gender
non-conforming, non-binary, queer artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being affected by this pandemic.
For more information, visit IndieTheaterFund.org. Grant applications for artists and companies are available there.
March 17, 2020