“Los Angeles’s arts organizations embody the diverse cultures of our region and are critical to making us one of the most vibrant, innovative, and collaborative arts communities in the nation,” said Joan Weinstein, director of the Getty Foundation, in a press release announcing the LA Arts Recovery Fund. “By organizing the LA Arts Recovery Fund, we’re mirroring their commitment to collaboration, coming together to provide what we hope will be meaningful support at a time when the very existence of these organizations is threatened. In the process, we hope to help create a more equitable and inclusive arts sector for the future.” Last year, the Getty also jumpstarted a $10 million relief fund for museums and visual arts organizations.
This year’s fund is an unprecedented public-private initiative to connect dozens of funders from national philanthropic organizations with LA-based arts and cultural nonprofits, in an effort to preserve jobs and retain the cultural capital of LA’s creative workforce. Los Angeles County arts and cultural organizations with annual operating budgets of $10 million and below prior to March 2020 are invited to apply for funding support.
The fund has raised $38.5 million so far to devote to this effort, and is continuing to solicit new donors in a push to reach $50 million. Supporters of the fund include the Ahmanson Foundation; Vladimir & Araxia Buckhantz Foundation; California Community Foundation; Ford Theatre Foundation/LA County Department of Arts and Culture; J. Paul Getty Trust; Jerry and Terri Kohl; Robert Lovelace and Alicia Miñana; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Music Man Foundation; the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation; the Perenchio Family Fund; Snap Foundation; and Sony Pictures Entertainment & Sony Global Relief Fund. The fund includes a challenge grant from the Ford Foundation’s “America’s Cultural Treasures” initiative, designed to support Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts organizations in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to acknowledge and honor the diversity of artistic expression in the United States.