In response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, and specifically to an increased number of cases in the Twin Cities metro area, Springboard for the Arts is implementing the following changes. Beginning on Monday, March 16, we will be limiting public access to our offices and resource centers. We are encouraging all employees to work remotely, moving meetings and consultations to digital platforms, and postponing all public events through May 18 at the earliest. We are committed to continuing to serve artists and communities, providing services, and doing so in a way that supports public health. We will update our plans as we the situation progresses.
Coronavirus Resource Page
We have established a page on our website for coronavirus/COVID-19 resources for artists.
See more: https://springboardforthearts.org/coronavirus/
Emergency Relief Fund
We have also expanded the guidelines of our Personal Emergency Relief Fund to include lost income due to the cancelation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Artists can request up to $500 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost. At this time the fund is not available to compensate for future gigs or potential loss of business. Springboard for the Arts has committed an additional $10,000 from our budget to support this effort and is committed to working with partners to increase the fund based on demand.
See more: https://springboardforthearts.org/additional-resources/personal-emergency-relief-fund/
Office & Resource Center Hours
We are currently suspending our public office and Resource Center hours in both Fergus Falls and Saint Paul until at least May 18th. We will be monitoring the offices and on-site to ensure specific, essential functions can be met, but we will not have drop-in availability until after May 18th at the earliest.
See more: https://springboardforthearts.org/about-us/contact-locations/maps-parking-transit/
Consultations & Meetings
Springboard’s staff and Artist Career Counselors are equipped to meet remotely with artists looking to advance their career through consultations. We will work to keep all currently scheduled consultations and meetings, and ensure that services continue until we reinstate public access.
See more: https://springboardforthearts.org/professional-growth/career-consultations/
Workshops & Events
We are postponing all public-facing events through May 18th, and working with partners to reschedule events. Please stay tuned for rescheduled events and any virtual offerings during this period.
See more: https://springboardforthearts.org/events/
Incubator Fiscal Sponsorship
Our Incubator Fiscal Sponsorship program will continue to operate as usual in this period. If Incubator groups have projects or need to schedule meetings or check pick-ups or drop-offs, please be in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org for specific instructions.
See more: https://springboardforthearts.org/grants-funding/incubator/
Our materials-lending library in Saint Paul (A.V. Closet) will be suspended for the duration of the statewide shelter in place mandate, and no new or existing reservations can be made during this time. Please check back for updates or be in touch with email@example.com for specific questions.
See more: https://springboardforthearts.org/professional-growth/avcloset/
Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts
If you have questions about a performance contract, our volunteer attorneys are available for free phone consultations. Should you or your nonprofit organization need assistance reviewing a contract as it relates to force majeure and cancellation clauses, or other COVID-19 related issues, you can apply for pro bono representation. Contact legal@springboardforthearts.
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Principles for Ethical Cancellation
Many businesses, organizations and people are finding themselves in the position of canceling public events and gatherings due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. This is disappointing and scary for a lot of organizations and businesses who rely on in person events to fulfill their mission and to generate income. We have written down some principles to help support artists, independents workers, and creative organizations at this time.
See more: https://springboardforthearts.org/stories-writing/principles-for-ethical-cancellation/
This is an ongoing and evolving situation, which we will continue to monitor and update our plans as needed. We look forward to resuming regular programming as we are able. Please look after yourselves and each other.