2020 GRANT INVESTMENT PROGRAMS

The Effects of COVID-19

2020 was a year like no other. On March 13, when mass gatherings were necessarily prohibited, performances and exhibitions were immediately shut down.

Through targeted surveys, including a COVID-19 impact survey, we learned how deeply organizations and individual artists were affected in the immediate short-term and what was expected over the following three months. deeply organizations and individual artists were affected in the immediate short-term and what was expected over the following three months.

88%

of organizations had to cancel or postpone performances and exhibits

Organizations were planning on hiring

81%

fewer artists

53%

of staff were laid off

84%

of organizations stated that the financial impact of COVID was significant or major

We knew a serious and quick response was necessary and we understood that the end wasn’t in sight any time soon. What no one knew when the pandemic hit was that the disruption would last the entire year and continue into 2021.  

We responded quickly with a number of measures to mitigate the effects of this major disruption in an effort to help an overwhelmed sector.

 

Assurance was given to the 160+ non-profit organizations who receive annual operating grants that their grant investments would not be held back regardless of the programming restrictions they were facing due to COVID-19. 

Short-Term Relief Fund

$ 0

invested in 57 organizations and 133 individual artists to help them navigate the immediate shutdown of programming and cancellation of contracts

Emergency Relief funding

Administered on behalf of The City of Calgary

$ 0

granted to 101 organizations in recognition of the devastating effects of COVID to the arts sector

Online Programming Fund

Via contributions by Calgary Arts Development , Rozsa Foundation + Calgary Foundation

$ 0

granted to 29 arts projects 

Project Grants

$ 0

was added to the $750,000 pool of Project Grants for Individual Artists and Collectives through donations from RBC and Calgary Foundation, via the Calgary Arts Foundation, bringing the total of that fund up to $850,000 granted to 94

The kinds of numbers reported in previous years were all affected by COVID. 

 

The total number of public events presented by those organizations who received funding through our operating grant program in 2020 was 8,129 with a total attendance of 1,720,272. This is a 39% drop in activities and 59% drop in attendance from 2019 due to the pandemic.

Of the total number of public events, there were 4,494 activities for youth provided by our operating grant clients with a total attendance of 79,516. This is a 50% drop in activities and a 75% drop in attendance from 2019 due to the pandemic, as well as changes in the delivery of arts education programming by school boards.

 

Even though there wasn’t as much of a need for volunteers in 2020 due to the decreased live programming, arts organizations reported that 11,402 people volunteered contributing more than 203,795 volunteer hours of service. This represents a 55% decrease in the number of volunteers and a 64% decrease in the number of volunteer hours due to the pandemic.

We responded quickly with a number of measures to mitigate the effects of this major disruption in an effort to help an overwhelmed sector.

 

Assurance was given to the 160+ non-profit organizations who receive annual operating grants that their grant investments would not be held back regardless of the programming restrictions they were facing due to COVID-19. 

PHOTOS
Left to right:
Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ Juliet + Romeo | Photo: Noel Bégin 
Ethnik Festival of Arts and Culture before COVID shutdowns | Photo: Motif Photography
The Wonderheads workshop | Photo: Courtesy of the Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry
Snowblind at Lunchbox Theatre | Photo: Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo