The State of Illinois is offering relief to artists and artisans who may have lost their jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the "Arts for Illinois Relief Fund" in his daily briefing Wednesday, April 1. It's a fund that offers financial relief to people and organizations working in the creative industries, like musicians, artists, stage and production crews, cultural workers, etc.
Workers may apply for a one-time grant of $1,500; according to the fund's website, the grants are awarded "expediently and based on a lottery system."
State leaders are also asking for tax-deductible donations to the fund. Donations go directly to the applicants.
The Arts for Illinois Relief Fund is a partnership between the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, the philanthropic community, and the residents of Illinois.