Many performing artists and performing arts organizations are experiencing the first wave of coronavirus-related cancellations. While fears about cash flow, short-term ramifications, and long-term impact are tempting to fixate on, freaking out about the future isn’t super helpful in the now.
Below are some actions you can take today to increase the likelihood of making it through this uncertain time unscathed and improve your chances of bouncing back quickly on the other end. For Freelance Artists Be Gracious, Even When It Hurts Even though the loss of income may really hurt, try to remember that the human(s) who made the decision to cancel/postpone your engagement are probably full of their own guilt, worry, and fear over an impossible decision. A note along the lines of “Thank you for taking the time to let me know. I know this decision must not have been easy to make. Please stay healthy,” can go a long way in distinguishing you from the onslaught of stress-inducing emails they are likely to be receiving over the coming weeks. Seek Temporary Remote Work If you are an artist who also possesses strong administrative skills, you likely know many small to medium-sized arts ...
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