The Huntsville area is home to an incredibly creative community of musicians, artists and arts and cultural organizations. While we can’t gather together to enjoy their work today, they are still offering incredible virtual performances, artwork and experiences to keep us entertained, soothed and inspired during this period of social distancing.
Our local artists and arts and cultural organizations are also small businesses, and like all small businesses today they need community support. Here are a variety of ways we can all support our local creatives until we can come together again to experience and celebrate their artistry.
Listen and Support Local Musicians: Where to Listen to Live Music
Many local artists have switched from singing in restaurants, bars and clubs to broadcasting live and providing virtual tip jars. Four great resources for finding these performances are:
Enjoy New Music Releases, Music Purchases and Music Listening
Support Local Musicians by downloading and listening to their music. Local musicians who have recently released albums and one that is trying to raise funds to finish their EP include:
Take Music Home
Music sellers are having a tough time as well, and even though you aren’t able to browse the stacks you can still order online.
Vertical House Records at Lowe Mill is offering free shipping on records and gift certificates.
Stream Local On Spotify
Tune your streaming service into the best of local music!
Arts Huntsville will also be promoting all the performers that were scheduled for the recently cancelled Panoply 2020. Please stayed tuned and follow on FB, Twitter, and IG @ArtsHuntsville for updates.
Support Our Visual Artists
Arts Huntsville will begin promoting visual artists that had been juried into the Panoply Arts Festival through their social media beginning April 3rd. All artists with links to their websites or social media can be found at the Panoply Arts Marketplace.
Additional Gallery Information
The Little Green Store and Gallery is delivering all online orders within Huntsville at no charge. They are also offering a 15% discount on all orders.
Carole Foret Fine Art is offering curbside pickup or porch delivery for her paintings. Shipping is an option for a little extra.
Lowe Mill has many artists and businesses that are selling items and taking orders.
Say “No Thanks” To Ticket And Event Refunds
From symphony performances to plays or ballets to Broadway musicals, our community is missing amazing programming that our local arts community had created and programmed specifically to share with patrons from across North Alabama. If you are holding tickets to a postponed event, add the new date to your calendar and know the artists are still looking forward to seeing you. Or, if you can’t make the new date or the event has been cancelled, please consider your ticket purchase as an investment in our vibrant local arts scene. (Nonprofit arts organizations can also credit your ticket purchase as a charitable contribution!)
Say “Yes” To Virtual Lessons and Online Experiences
Has someone in your family been taking music, dance, acting or art classes? Many of our local music teachers, dance groups – and visual artists! – are now offering virtual lessons. If you typically go to their studio for a lesson or class, please don’t cancel your sessions. Instead, work with them to take your lessons online.
You and the kids feeling stuck in the house? This is also a great time to explore new virtual art, music, dance or acting lessons! Here are some organizations that are currently offering virtual classes:
Are you simply looking to explore what our arts community has to offer – from a distance? The Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is curating a great line-up of virtual experiences to enjoy from home.
Arts Huntsville recently announced the establishment of an Individual Artist Emergency Relief Grant Fund that can provide visual and performing artists in Madison County with grants of $250 to $500 to cover immediate expenses.
The Arts Huntsville Board of Directors voted to seed the fund with $25,000 from the organization’s reserve funds to help support the local arts community affected by the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to the $25,000 in Arts Huntsville funds, the organization is also seeking additional donations from the community to support the fund. One hundred percent of community contributions will be disbursed for Relief Fund grants.
Individual artists – musicians, visual artists, dancers and more – can be overlooked as businesses are temporarily closed. Without public interaction at their studios, galleries and performances venues (including restaurants), our local artists have lost their livelihood,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, Arts Huntsville Executive Director. “These are the very individuals who entertain and inspire us each week across our community and they need help to get through this crisis.”
Details on Individual Artist Emergency Relief Grant Fund – including access to the online grant application and donation portal – can be found at www.artshuntsville.org.
We know that artists, arts organizations and arts-related businesses across the Huntsville metro region are facing significant financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Arts Huntsville is constantly reviewing local, state and national resources for information relevant to our area creatives. If you work in the arts and entertainment sector or know local artists, please refer them to www.artshuntsville.org for additional resources and support. Arts Huntsville will continue to update this page with information applicable to our North Alabama arts community.
Through the centuries, humankind has come together to sing, dance, write, visualize and dramatize our most joyful, challenging and even mundane moments. Decades from now, this moment in time will be remembered through historical records and the stories and experiences immortalized in powerful and creative ways by the artists around us today. We can all play a role to help ensure their work continues.