New Relief Fund to Help Those in the Entertainment Industry in Chicago

A general view of the city of Chicago, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced Thursday that $2.3 million Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program will benefit members of the arts and entertainment industry with grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.

This new relief fund launched by Chicago officials will give a helping hand to those in the entertainment industry–arts administrators, teaching artists, artisans, curators, independent cultural producers and technicians–who lost income during the pandemic.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said, “The pandemic took a particularly devastating toll on our arts and culture community as shows were canceled, music venues were closed, and artists faced financial insecurity.”

– Ella Breedlove