Disaster relief and preparedness
The League, together with a number of other national arts organizations, has worked with Congress and federal agencies to ensure that arts organizations in communities affected by disaster have improved access to federal relief.
Congress recognized the public value of performing arts organizations by addressing a significant inequity in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster relief policy. A provision approved by Congress in October, 2006 added nonprofit performing arts facilities to the list of organizations eligible for future FEMA disaster relief assistance.
Plan ahead and have the proper documentation in order - namely, if your orchestra rents a facility, you'll need to show language from your rental agreement that spells out that your orchestra is responsible for repairs. Advanced preparation is essential to navigating a natural disaster and other unexpected emergencies. Find more information below.
HOW YOU CAN HELP MUSICIANS AND ORCHESTRAS AFFECTED BY THE HURRICANES
DISASTER PREPARATION AND RELIEF—GENERAL
- ArtsReady, providing resources on response, recovery, and readiness
- ArtsReady's page with resources related to acts of violence
- FEMA issues policy regarding performing arts eligibility
- CERF+ — While many of its resources are dedicated to crafts people, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, CERF+, has a web page with resources available to artists of all types. Be sure to explore the various links on that page.
- Disaster response and recovery resources from the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
UPDATES AND RESOURCES—HURRICANE HARVEY
- News on orchestras affected by Hurricane Harvey
- National Endowment for the Arts Statement of Support
- The Texas Commission on the Arts has a web page listing a variety of resources available to musicians and other artists.
- Harvey Arts Recovery supports the disaster recovery needs of the Greater Houston arts, culture, and creative community in our 10-county region. As a collaborative effort of Houston's arts services sector, our focus is on aiding individual artists and rebuilding and restoring smaller organizations.
- The American Federation of Musicians’ Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was established to help AFM musicians and their families who have been affected by the storm. All proceeds from this special relief fund will go to AFM members impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
- MusicCares, affiliated with the GRAMMY awards, is pledging support to those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Musicians and music professionals can request disaster relief by contacting the South Regional MusiCares office at 615 327 0050 or toll-free at 877 626 2748, or by submitting an application. Anyone can make a donation to the fund. To donate, visit www.grammy.com/musicares/donations and choose Hurricane Relief in the gift designation drop-down menu.
- IRS Relief: The Internal Revenue Service is offering relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey, and their resources will continue to be updated as Congress considers a dedicated relief package.
UPDATES AND RESOURCES—HURRICANE IRMA
- News on orchestras affected by Hurricane Irma
- ArtsReady has published a communiqué on preparing for and responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
UPDATES AND RESOURCES—CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES