Literary Arts Emergency Fund Donates $3.5 Million
The Literary Arts Emergency Fund, launched this year and administered jointly by the Academy of American Poets, the Community of Literary Magazine & Presses, and the National Book Foundation, will distribute $3,530,000 million in emergency funding to 282 nonprofit literary arts organizations, magazines, and presses in the U.S. that have experienced severe financial losses due to Covid-19. The organizations and presses to receive support reported $27,635,559 in financial losses to date, according to the Fund, and are projecting $48,137,391 in financial losses in the year ahead.
The Literary Arts Emergency Fund was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Applications were open to eligible organizations, magazines, and presses from July 17 to August 7, 2020. The administering organizations convened three separate grantmaking panels to make recommendations for the final award decisions. The panelists were:
- At the Academy of American Poets: Richard Blanco, Ruth Ellen Kocher, and Deborah Paredez
- At CLMP: Harold Augenbraum, Nate Marshall, and Elda Rotor
- At the National Book Foundation: Ken Chen, Andre Perry, and Keren Taylor
The full list of literary arts organizations, magazines, and presses receiving emergency funding can be found here.