Long Beach, CA
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Bookmark and Share
File #: 20-1113    Version: 1 Name: Mayor - Artists Fund
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 11/9/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/17/2020 Final action: 11/17/2020
Title: Recommendation to direct City Manager to report back to the City Council on establishing an Artists Fund that would provide emergency $500 direct or other financial support for a period of six months to cover cost of basic needs, for qualifying artists who live in Long Beach and have been impacted by COVID-19. These funds would be paid through CARES Act Community Block Grant Funds. We should look towards funding up to 150 artists who qualify across the city.
Sponsors: MAYOR ROBERT GARCIA, COUNCILWOMAN MARY ZENDEJAS, FIRST DISTRICT, COUNCILMEMBER JEANNINE PEARCE, SECOND DISTRICT, VICE MAYOR DEE ANDREWS, SIXTH DISTRICT, COUNCILMAN AL AUSTIN, EIGHTH DISTRICT
Attachments: 1. 111720-R-52sr.pdf, 2. 111720-R-52 Corresp. Kelly.pdf
TITLE
Recommendation to direct City Manager to report back to the City Council on establishing an Artists Fund that would provide emergency $500 direct or other financial support for a period of six months to cover cost of basic needs, for qualifying artists who live in Long Beach and have been impacted by COVID-19. These funds would be paid through CARES Act Community Block Grant Funds. We should look towards funding up to 150 artists who qualify across the city.

DISCUSSION
On March 4, 2020, the City of Long Beach (City) declared local health and City emergencies to strengthen the City's preparedness and ability to respond to COVID-19 pandemic. This was followed on March 16, 2020 by a "Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19" (Health Order) issued by the City's Health Officer to enact protective measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. These actions have saved lives but have also created significant economic hardships to many families, businesses, and government operations.

Artists are a crucial part of our City's economy, bringing color, culture and a vibrant spirit to our City's urban fabric. Over the last five years, hundreds of murals have been painted on walls throughout Long Beach, music played at theaters throughout the City and dance and other forms of art displayed rich diversity within our communities. The pandemic upended much of this artistic expression. Of all the industries affected most severely by COVID-19, the arts are near the top. With special events and live music cancelled, and museums and galleries closed, artists have had their livelihoods upended.

As the City has leaned in to support small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and landlords and tenants, it is important we also support artists. It is essential we do everything that we can to protect the people and organizations that make Long Beach the unique, growing and exciting city that we are. Despite the global pandemic, the cost of ?housing in Southern California has remai...

Click here for full text