LA Arts Recovery Fund 2021

On May, 20 2021 the LA Arts Recovery Fund granted a total of $36.1M raised for post-pandemic rebuilding. The 90 nonprofit grant recipients represent small to mid-sized cultural organizations—spanning visual arts, theater, music, dance, literary arts, and arts education—all demonstrating exceptional regional or local significance in LA County.

But we need to do more to ensure the arts will continue to thrive for years to come. Join us in helping raise $50M to sustain, rebuild, and reimagine the arts as an essential part of life in LA. With your donation to the LA Arts Recovery Fund, we can extend grants to provide a third year of funding for these critical nonprofits. Your funds will strengthen nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, providing them with tools to serve LA communities.

You can make a difference by donating to the LA Arts Recovery Fund below.

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meet the grantees

The Fund provides operating support grants to 90 recipients, ranging from $5,000 to $2 million over a period of two to three years, to ensure that recipients can sustain vital contributions to their communities and recover and re-envision their futures.

Community Review Panel engaged the collective expertise of more than 50 panelists with deep knowledge of the Los Angeles arts sector to incorporate valuable community input and insights into the grantmaking process. The panel ensured cultural representation and proportionality by discipline to reflect LA’s diverse and vibrant arts ecosystem.

  • 71% of recipient organizations are founded by, led by, and/or have a Board majority of Black, Latinx, Asian, or Indigenous leaders.
  • 48% of recipient organizations self-identify as an organization of color.

For additional information on the grantmaking process, please visit the links below:
meet the panelists  | applicant faqs 

fund partners

Initiated by the J. Paul Getty Trust and administered by the California Community Foundation, the Fund is a collaboration of local and national philanthropy and is the largest-ever pooled private investment for arts in Los Angeles County. The Fund is designed to sustain community organizations, promote cultural and economic recovery, and restore community health and wellbeing. Early partners include The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Fund also includes a challenge grant from the Ford Foundation’s “America’s Cultural Treasures Regional Initiative” (ACT), designed to recognize Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts organizations that have made a significant impact on America’s cultural landscape, despite historically limited resources, and to acknowledge and honor the diversity of artistic expression in the United States.

Major contributors to the fund include J. Paul Getty Trust, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, Jerry and Terri Kohl, The Ahmanson Foundation, Perenchio Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, The Rose Hills Foundation, California Community Foundation, The Music Man Foundation, Robert Lovelace and Alicia Miñana, Snap Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment & Sony Global Relief Fund, Ford Theatre Foundation and the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, and The Weingart Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by Getty Patron Program & Getty Fund, The California Wellness Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, Netflix, and Vladimir and Araxia Buckhantz Foundation.

la arts recovery fund news

Recent articles:
A Soaring Arts Scene in Los Angeles Confronts a Changing Landscape
May 12, 2021    |    New York Times

Report Details Pandemic-Driven Job Losses in LA’s Creative Economy
April 19, 2021    |    Los Angeles Business Journal

Funders Unite to Support Los Angeles Arts Nonprofits
February 17, 2021    |    The NonProfit Times

LA County’s arts nonprofits get pandemic relief. How a $38.5-million fund will work
February 9, 2021    |    Los Angeles Times

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