NEW YORK (AP) — A coalition of arts organizations is distributing more than $4 million in aid to nonprofits across the United States that suffered losses during the pandemic.
The Emergency Fund for Literary Arts, established in 2020, includes the Academy of American Poets, the Community of Literary Press and Magazines, and the National Book Foundation. It will distribute $4.3 million in funds to 313 publishing and literary arts organizations across the country.
Grantees range from the Asian American Writers Workshop to the Texas Book Festival. The emergency fund, which allocated $3.5 million in 2020, was made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.
“These grants continue to be vital because the impact of the COVID-19 emergency continues to be very much in our lives,” Elizabeth Alexander, president of the Mellon Foundation, said in a statement Thursday.
“Across the United States, readers, writers, poets, students and teachers rely on our country’s vibrant ecosystem of magazines, presses and literary organizations, revealing the power and possibility of the literary arts to the general public. We are proud to continue our support of this emergency fund and look forward to the remarkable poetry and literature it will help cultivate.”
But the grants won’t cover all or even most of your recipients’ losses. According to the Literary Fund, those supported project an accumulated deficit of more than $18 million.