Dane County announces $1 million recovery program for artists, performers

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MADISON, Wis. — Dane County announced Wednesday a $1 million COVID-19 recovery program for local artists and performers.

According to a news release, the program will award $2,500 grants to eligible artists and performers and be administered by Dane Arts, which was formerly known as Dane County Cultural Affairs.

The Dane Arts Need Gran (DANG!) Program was created last summer to help financially support artists during the pandemic. It provided more than $120,000 in assistance to 275 local artists.

Artists can apply to help them buy products that help them develop an online presence to promote their work or present a forum through a live feed. The money can also be used to support the purchase of supplies and develop their skills.

Applicants must be independent working artists with at least two years of activity in music, dance, acting, producing, poetry, writing, visual arts, performance, or any type of individual working art.

Applications will be accepted starting May 1 and can be found on Dane Arts’ website.

Money for the new round of grants will come from the county’s allocation of the latest federal COVID-19 relief bill. The resolution will be introduced Thursday night at the County Board meeting and is expected to be approved in the coming weeks.