Last year at this time, ArtsFund (a local nonprofit that does what its name says) released a survey of arts, cultural, and scientific nonprofits showing coronavirus’s “staggering and immediate impact on the arts.” The numbers were brutal: $21.6 million in projected losses already, nearly 2,000 employees laid off or furloughed.
Today, ArtsFund released a follow-up study. The numbers remain staggering, but they also offer some rays of hope. This data was collected between January 22 and March 5 from 77 nonprofits (the majority are arts orgs) in the Puget Sound Area.
Here are some choice takeaways:
- Only 23 percent of the orgs didn’t have a projected IRL reopening date, and 22 percent already had resumed in-person programming. The rest projected they’d open this fall (35 percent), this winter (12 percent), or at another time (eight percent).
- In the 2020/2021 fiscal year, the orgs estimated a 42 percent decrease in grand total income compared with 2018/2019.
- Of respondents, 56 percent had staff currently furloughed or laid off, down from 74 percent last April and 73 percent in October.
- Pretty much everyone (97 percent) had added digital programming.