Light Up Locals is a resource dedicated to supporting working musicians residing in Salt Lake City who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Focused on lost income, these one-time relief funds of $500 will be provided to artists for as long as the fund can sustain requests. Funding will be made available for artists practicing in all genres of music.
We are approaching this emergency funding with the assumption that musicians who need these funds will seek them. We acknowledge that the funds are limited and that needs far exceed the funds available. This funding is available for individual working musicians who are experiencing financial hardship and loss of income.
The Salt Lake City Arts Council serves artists at all stages of their careers and seeks to support people from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. Eligibility is not determined solely by the amount of money an artist generates from their work and we recognize that many individuals have careers that rely on multiple streams of income and financial support.
Opens: Tuesday, Sept 22, 2020, 9:00am
Closes: Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020, 5:00pm
Award Notification: November 2020. If you are awarded funding, you will be notified via email.
You must be able to positively affirm ALL of the following statements in application:
- I am a practicing musician able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to my work, career, and a public audience;
- I am 18 years of age or older;
- I am legally able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN);
- I live within the boundaries of a Salt Lake City. Please confirm with this map before applying Salt Lake City Districts Map (residence will be confirmed with the address you use in the application);
- You have not received Artist Relief Funding from the Salt Lake City Arts Council or the Utah Division of Arts & Museums via the Utah Individual Artists Emergency Fund (April 2020);
- I am not a full-time student in a degree seeking program.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I get funded, can it be taxed?
These funds may be subject to U.S. taxes. Consult with your tax advisor.
Do I need to file a final report if I am awarded these funds?
No final report will be required, and funding does not require that the recipient is contracted or obligated to perform any work for the Salt Lake City Arts Council. Rather than a final report, awardees will receive an online survey about the impact and use of the funds. The survey responses will provide important economic and cultural date on the arts.
Do I qualify for funding if I work within the music field, but I am not a practicing musician?
Funding is ONLY available to those who have demonstrated work as a practicing musician. We will not review applications for those who work within the music production industry. Examples include promoter, producer, booking agent, marketer, sound and or lighting technician, educator or music management services.
How will applications be reviewed and funded?
A committee composed of Salt Lake City Arts Council staff, community members, partners and/or non-applicant musicians will review applications. All applications that meet eligibility requirements and successfully complete application questions will be considered and may be funded.
Reviewers will score applicants based on the quality of their narrative responses. In addition, as a public entity, the Salt Lake City Arts Council strives for equity in our policymaking and distribution of resources, accounting for the different histories, challenges, and needs of the people we serve. These factors will be considered in making funding allocations as we look to ensure that artists of all music genres, identities, and geographic communities within Salt Lake City districts are represented.
Given the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on Salt Lake’s communities of color, a minimum of 25% of awardees will hold one or more historically underrepresented identities, with a priority on non-white or multiracial/mixed race applicants.
All applicant information will be kept confidential among the staff and review committee of the Salt Lake City Arts Council. Demographic collection is intended to improve accessibility and awareness of those served.
Accessibility and Accommodation
The Salt Lake City Arts Council is committed to making our processes accessible to all applicants. We are happy to provide support or access services for applicants with disabilities, applicants who speak languages other than English, and applicants with limited access to our online application system. For assistance on accommodation please contact Kellie Call via email,
Salt Lake City Arts Council
Felicia Baca- Executive Director
Kellie Call- Arts Program Manager
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