How to Help: Donate to Benefit WNY’s Creative Community



Written by Emily Morrow

Published on April 16, 2020

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With the cancellation of events, performances, workshops, and gigs, anyone who relies on event-based income is losing essential revenue that is key to their continued operations. Sadly, the arts and culture industry in WNY is suffering greatly from these changes.

Companies, organizations, and individual artists are taking a major hit. They need your help to ensure that they are there on the other side of this.

How can you help? Consider donating to the WNY Arts Emergency Relief Fund – a Go Fund Me campaign started by Arts Services Initiative of WNY raising money for this very cause.


“We’re in the initial stages of creating this fund and working on collecting donations from local foundations, corporations, and, hopefully, you: neighbors within our community who want the arts to withstand this crisis and be there when we make it to the other side of it. 100% of the proceeds from ASI’s WNY Arts Emergency Relief Fund will be distributed directly to eligible arts organizations and artists of all disciplines,” the campaign states.

Based on survey results from 175 artists and arts organizations from across Western New York, the current total loss of revenue/income is $2,530,406 over one month. The total anticipated loss from respondents is $4,339,319.


The campaign explains, “WNY’s creative community needs your support now more than ever. In addition to loss of revenue, we know from history that public funding for the arts gets cut whenever we face economic upheaval. Your donation will help ensure that our vibrant and diverse arts and cultural community will survive this global health crisis and be available when this ends.”

Like Explore Buffalo walking tours, local restaurants, breweries, and many more, the WNY creative community is so essential to the resurgence of the region. Let’s do what we can to show this group some love and support!

Donate to WNY Arts Emergency Fund >

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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