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For years, songwriters and musicians have balked when candidates — who the artists haven’t endorsed — play their songs at rallies. On August 4, Neil Young took legal action. He filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump campaign over the use of “Rockin’ the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk.” Young could have a good case. Check out this blog by Alec Williams, one of our summer associates.

Without federal aid, especially the $600 unemployment supplement that ended in July, some housing experts fear that an eviction crisis is looming. For now, the local risk of being evicted is low: St. Louis City has suspended evictions through September 1, and St. Louis County has not evicted any families since the pandemic began. But if you’re falling behind with your rent or mortgage, you may be able to get help. St. Louis City has allocated CARES Act funding to assist city residents with their payments. For mortgages, forbearance could be an option, and the United Way can connect you with social service agencies that provide housing and utility assistance.

How does an arts organization become financially stable? How do high-performing arts organizations maintain their magic? What does it take for a struggling organization to become healthy? The Alchemy of High-Performing Arts Organizations, a new SMUDataArts white paper, published with the Wallace Foundation, studies 10 organizations with high performance track records and 10 who engineered turnarounds. Learn more about the report during this free webinar on August 26 at 11:00 AM.

The St. Louis County Library is seeking original music by local musicians to stream on its website. For submission details, read the library’s Musician FAQs. The deadline is August 31.

Did your organization issue a statement decrying racism and vowing to support the demands of Black Lives Matter? What’s your next step? Diversity, equity, and inclusion will be the focus of The Rome Group’s Philanthropic Landscape 2020 program. The free virtual event will provide actionable advice, as well as an update on national and local trends in philanthropy. Save the date: September 10, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Details and registration information will follow.

Detroit-based Red Bull Arts has expanded its micro-grant program to 20 cities, including St. Louis. The $1,000 grants are unrestricted. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is accepting applications for its Individual Artist Support, Artstour & Live Music, and Short-term Artists Residency grant programs. There is no hard deadline for these programs.

The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical/dental/mental health emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who live anywhere in the U.S. Applications close on August 31.

The Regional Arts Commission Artist Relief Fund has distributed more than $500,000 to 586 artists, who received $500 or $1,000 grants. The second round of funding, made possible by the virtual Arts United STL benefit held on May 31, extended the grant program’s eligibility to working artists who live in the 8-county bi-state region. Donations are still being accepted on the St. Louis Community Foundation’s site, but a date for re-opening applications has not been announced.

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Like other theatres across the country, The New Jewish Theatre quickly went dark at the beginning of the pandemic and later delayed the rest of its season to 2021. Artistic Director Edward Coffield, who wants to know how his peers are weathering uncertainty, sent us this article about the Berkeley Rep. “It highlights not only how quickly things changed in our world but also the inequities and concern for the future of the theatre,” he said.