‘The results are dire’: How Mass. cultural institutions have already been impacted by coronavirus closures


A latest survey carried out by the Massachusetts Cultural Council means that the state’s cultural nonprofits have already misplaced greater than $55.7 million because of closures associated to the COVID-19 outbreak.

From March 16-22, the MCC requested 566 cultural nonprofits to share their estimated misplaced revenue up to now because of the coronavirus. Along with the $55,748,138 misplaced revenue (a median of $133,368 per group), 58 % mentioned they plan on shedding, furloughing and/or lowering hours for employees, for a complete of 8,221 jobs impacted by the pandemic. Most organizations had been closed for a couple of week when the polling befell.

While the council didn’t identify the organizations that participated within the survey, outstanding arts and tradition non-profits listed by the Massachusetts Non-Profit Network embrace the Boston Children’s Museum, the Coolidge Corner Theatre, ArtsBoston, Boston By Foot, and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.

Council officers mentioned in a press launch that the group is sharing these figures with the general public and legislators on Beacon Hill within the hopes that cultural non-profits could be included in any financial reduction proposals.

“We call on the State Legislature to remember Massachusetts artists, humanists, scientists and cultural nonprofits as state emergency relief/mitigation packages are developed and advanced,” the group wrote within the launch.

Along with non-profits, the council additionally surveyed 595 particular person artists and unbiased instructing artists/humanists/scientists throughout the identical time interval, who reported a complete of $2,885,222 of misplaced revenue because of the pandemic, for a median of $5,098 misplaced per individual and a median of $3,000. Many artists are inclined to depend on a number of common gigs to earn a residing, and the survey mirrored that, with respondents reporting having misplaced a median of 9 gigs/jobs because of the coronavirus, and 55 % saying that arts/tradition revenue makes up between 75 and 100 % of their complete revenue.

As cultural organizations throughout the state have been pressured to shut their doorways, many have began to solicit donations, whereas others have discovered artistic new streams of revenue. Coolidge Corner Theatre, which is continuous to pay its workers and hourly staff whereas its doorways are closed, is offering “virtual screenings,” itemizing three new movies on its web site that you could lease instantly from the movie’s distributor whereas sharing a portion of the income with the theater.

“Your kindness during this difficult time has overwhelmed us,” the theater wrote in an e-mail to its e-newsletter subscribers Wednesday morning. “From messages of support on social media to donations and gift card and membership purchases, we have truly been floored by your response, and consider ourselves lucky to be a part of this community.”

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