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Following is a list of links I've found so far to Coronavirus relief funds.  If I've missed any that have been posted to date, I'd appreciate if you would add them to this thread.

From @pherank:

SFB has sent out a notice regarding the creation of a SF Ballet Critical Relief Fund "to support our dancers, musicians, students, and staff during this uncertain time".


From @LadyBubbles:

Some of the ABT dancers shared this link on IG a few days ago (Alexandra Basmagy has it linked in her bio) https://pages.donately.com/dancersemergencyfund/campaign/dancers-emergency-fund

From @California posted the letter from ABT, with the following info:

Send an additional gift to the ABT Crisis Relief Fund here.


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On 3/24/2020 at 8:47 PM, California said:

Washington Ballet sent out email today about their emergency fund-raiser. Here it is on their web site:


Pacific Northwest Ballet has a fund: https://www.pnb.org/support/special-projects/relief-fund/

Update:  The Kennedy Center is included in the potential Stimulus Package for 25 million and  hopefully NEA funds will go to ABT.  https://www.kennedy-center.org/our-story/message/ https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/25/politics/trump-kennedy-center-funding-stimulus/index.html https://support.abt.org/ABTCrisisReliefFund   

Rutter appears to be proud of her 50% pay cut down to an estimated $600,000 and  CNN states about 800 people were laid off.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/arts-groups-have-never-been-very-flush-with-cash-now-theyre-facing-an-even-bigger-battle-for-survival/2020/03/22/5c308dd8-6a1b-11ea-abef-020f086a3fab_story.html?utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter#comments-wrapper

“We have to figure out how to make it to May 10, and if we have to [close] longer than May 10 what does that mean?” says Deborah F. Rutter, the Kennedy Center’s president. “We have to be responsible, make sure everybody is healthy...

 At the Kennedy Center, Rutter hasn’t had time to calculate the cost of an eight-week shutdown, but it could top $20 million and more if this summer’s 14-week run of “Hamilton” is affected. The arts center depends on its box office, which accounts for more than half of its $279 million annual budget...Rutter said she has taken a 50 percent pay cut (she earned $1.2 million in 2018, according to tax filings), and her senior-team salaries have been cut, too."

3/28/20 https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/arts-groups-have-never-been-very-flush-with-cash-now-theyre-facing-an-even-bigger-battle-for-survival/2020/03/22/5c308dd8-6a1b-11ea-abef-020f086a3fab_story.html?utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter#comments-wrapper

Rutter is laying off NSO [effective 4/3/20 ]with no benefits [effective 5/31/20] and now not taking her salary.  Union grievance filed.  "Rutter told her staff earlier in the week that she was suspending her $1.2 million salary until the crisis ended, saying she needed to be the first to sacrifice and that more cuts were coming. Weekly payroll for the musicians is $400,00o, an arts center spokeswoman said."

The Met/Lincoln Center used to not show ABT [renter] as existing events for purchase under dance.  KC doesn't show TWB renter. NYCB benefits as a member of the CIG-Cultural Institutions Group.





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I thought it was interesting how SFB is describing their budgetary needs:

How to Help While We Shelter in Place

Company Class $50

$50 is equivalent to sending one member of San Francisco Ballet's Corps de Ballet to Company Class each morning. With your support, our artists can continue to take class online with our Ballet Masters. As special thanks for your gift, you will receive a special video message from one of our Company dancers.

Behind the Curtain $75

It takes a committed staff behind the scenes to keep us together during this time. From extending immigration status for our artists to making sure we prepare our company to work remotely from home, your gift will support the unsung heroes of this crisis. In gratitude, a member of our staff will walk you through how to use the videophone product of your choice, i.e. Zoom, WebEx, Teams, Skype and/or FaceTime. We will also give you a shout out on our Instagram account!

Online Classes at San Francisco Ballet School $150

For $150, you can pay a teacher to create two 30-minute pre-recorded dance classes to send to our students. Help us not only keep our students active but also keep our teachers employed! As special thanks for your gift, you will receive a music file download featuring our very own SF Ballet Orchestra.

A Midsummer Night's Dream $200

Opening night on March 6 was also closing night, and SFB lost $672,000 in revenue for tickets that we were unable to sell for the rest of the cancelled run. For your gift, we are happy to mail you a beautiful copy of the program book from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Let There Be Music $250

Our stage may be dark and our orchestra pit empty, but ballet thrives on having live music. Keep our musicians working by helping to subsidize their instrument maintenance and preparation. In recognition, you'll receive a personalized thank you video from one of our SF Ballet Orchestra members.

Continuity for Artists $500

With no performances to rehearse for, we still need your help to keep our Dancers paid during this time. As special thanks for your gift, you will receive a special video message from one of our Company dancers.

Online Creative Content $1,000

With the enthusiastic partnership of all of our artists and creators, help us continue to provide you content that will remind you that there is still joy and beauty in our world. Your gift will help us pay the royalties and hosting fees to keep this content coming and our artists employed. As special thanks, you will receive an invitation to virtually meet with one of our Company dancers.

They are also listing the donors on the fund page (presumably if those people agree to be named).


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