Theater Artists Emergency Fund (Closed)


Theater Artists Emergency Fund

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The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is administering the Theater Artists Emergency Fund with support from the Arizona Daily Star and the Artists Emergency Fund Committee, a community organized committee. The purpose of the community-advised fundraiser and resulting funds is to provide relief awards to theater workers in Southern Arizona, both full and part-time, in light of economic hardship due to cancellations arising from COVID-19 ongoing pandemic.

Granted awards will reimburse theater artists for loss of income in amounts up to $500 from March 1 through July 31, 2020. AFTSA anticipates need will outpace available funds and will continue to do what we can to support the arts community as the health crisis progresses.

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The fundraising goal of $20,000 will help support individual theater artist professionals in Southern Arizona. The community led fundraising efforts will remain open through July 22, 2020.


If you would like to send a check instead of this online donation, please make the check payable to:

Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona

236 S. Scott Ave., Ste. 150, Tucson, AZ 85701

Memo:  Theater Help


  • Theater work accounts for over 1,000 full and part-time paid positions in Southern Arizona.
  • Theaters have significant direct economic impact within Southern Arizona. In particular, salary and benefits, which go to local residents, and physical plant costs (repair, rent, etc.) which typically go to local businesses, are direct expenditures that benefit the local economy. Theaters invested nearly $16M dollars  in direct expenditures in the most recent fiscal year.

Application Overview

The condensed deadlines outlined below are meant to get funding out for projects quickly. Please be sure to submit applications as soon as you can. We cannot accept late or incomplete applications. Applicants will be asked to fill out a brief set of questions, including contact information, demographics, and records relating to loss of income due to COVID-19.

Recipients will be asked to fill out a brief set of questions about the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on their work for a final report.

Important Dates

  • Fundraising Period: Open through July 22, 2020
  • Application Open: July 8, 2020
  • Application Deadline: July 22, 2020
  • Notifications Sent: August 6, 2020
  • Funding Sent: August 14, 2020


This opportunity is open to individual residents of Southern Arizona who are 18 years of age or older whose income, full or part-time, is related to theater artistic practice including, but not limited to, the list below:

  • Actors (stage, musical theater and improv artists)
  • Directors
  • All technical personnel (props, set builders and designers, sound, lights, costumers, stage managers)
  • Theater teaching-artists not currently employed by the school system
  • Box office personnel
  • Dramaturgs
  • Production assistants
  • House managers
  • Office support personnel working in theater companies

Applications will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. Distribution will be randomized according to an equity framework, taking applicant demographic diversity and geography into account.

Applying to the TAEF Grant

All applications must be completed online using All notifications regarding your grant status from the Submittable portal will be sent to the email address used to set up your account.

In the application, aside from contact and demographic information, please provide information regarding the financial hardship or loss of revenue because of COVID-19 from March 1 through July 31, 2020. Upon selection for this award, you will be asked to provide documentation of each cancelled event, residency, or terminated contract listed within the application as a result of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis. Documentation might include, but is not limited to: copies of emails, contracts, invoices, notification of cancellation, etc.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness, then considered through the dual lens of demographic diversity and geographic parity. Following that review and consideration, applications are entered into a process for randomized selection.


This fund’s partner institutions and donors are united in their commitment to a just and equitable distribution of opportunities and resources, public and philanthropic. We also know that significant crises, and responses to those crises, can preserve or even exacerbate systemic inequities.

As an extension of our collective commitment, we will consider racial equity and geographic parity as part of our decision-making and will work with existing networks and community leaders to expand the reach of this relief opportunity to a broad, diverse universe of artists and arts professionals.

Technical Difficulties?

If you encounter any problems with the online application platform, please reach out to the Submittable team at or (855) 467-8264.

If you have questions about the application process or content of your application, please contact Natalia Gabrielsen, Grants and Services Manager, at or (520) 624-0595.

Due July 22, 2020

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