LANGSTON is grateful to be partnering with Ijeoma Oluo, Ebony Arunga, and Gabriel Teodros in support of the Seattle Artists Relief Fund. We will be providing back end financial services to ensure artists will be paid out from the Fund as quickly as possible. We are also acting in a fiscal sponsor-like capacity to the Fund to allow large donations to be received w/o incurring the fees associated with third parties. Our mission is to strengthen and sustain our community through Black arts & culture, and in these challenging times it is a blessing to be able to put our mission into action in partnership with these beautiful Black artists and in support of our entire Seattle cultural community.
Tax Deductible donations can be made directly to LANGSTON, the 501c3 partner organization in a number of ways:
- Via the paypal link on their website: https://www.
- Please specify “Seattle Artists Relief Fund” or “SARF” in the note
- Via Check, with “Seattle Artists Relief Fund” or “SARF” in the memo, mailed to:
- LANGSTONattn: SARF104 17th Ave SSeattle, WA 98144
- Via ACH – Please contact Tim@langstonseattle.
In addition, LANGSTON is on the Benevity platform for corporate match programs. If your company uses a different matching platform, have the match program manager contact LANGSTON’s ED, Tim Lennon, at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get on board there too.
LANGSTON is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, tax ID 81-2515412, and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Update–April 15, 2020
As of March 26, 2020, applications have been temporarily suspended in order to secure funding for the applications we have received and those we hope to be able to help in the future.
So far, we have received nearly 1,800 applications and have dispersed almost $500,000 directly to Seattle area artists. In order to continue to send out much needed-assistance to artists, WE NEED TO RAISE AN ADDITIONAL $700,000. This will meet the current calculated disbursements for the artists who have applied, and will allow us to reopen for more applications. Our goal is to be able to support artists until a more comprehensive, longer-term form of assistance is made available.
Seattle has so far been the city hardest hit by the COVID-19 coronavirus. This scary and tragic time has a lot of people staying close to home in order to try to help prevent the spread of this virus that can be devastating to our elderly, disabled, and medically compromised friends and neighbors.
The widespread cancellation of group events has had a disproportionate impact on the Seattle arts community – especially those who rely on gigs to pay their bills. Creatives are people whose very existence relies on what they create and people being able to access their work. Musicians, DJ’s, independent chefs, caterers, actors, directors, writers, spoken word artists, teaching artists, all of these peoples jobs rely on people showing up for events but events are being canceled.