The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is offering $2,500 emergency COVID-19 grants to 20 Maine artists working in the performing arts who have been adversely affected by the pandemic through illness or loss of income. The money can be used for professional expenses, food, shelter, medical costs, childcare and other things. In total, the foundation will distribute $50,000 to Maine artists.

Applicants must be 18 years or older, live in Maine and have been working in the performing arts in Maine for at least one year. Students enrolled in educational institutions are not eligible.

Applicants must write a short essay explaining their needs. “In a few words, please tell us your story,” says a news release announcing the grants. “How has your income been adversely affected by the pandemic: closure of exhibition venues, cancellation of performing arts gigs, loss of studio space, job loss etc.”

In addition to the narrative, applicants should include five work samples and a bio. The deadline is June 2. Jurors are Aimee Petrin, executive director of Portland Ovations; Lauren Wayne, executive director at the State Theatre; and Alejandro Graciano, a composer, guitarist and singer.

Visit to apply or visit the Ellis-Beauregard website, For details, contact Donna McNeil, founding executive director, at 207- 594-5825 or [email protected].

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