Last week, the ASMP Foundation announced the launch of the “ASMP Donor’s Circle,” a new grant program that aims to provide immediate financial assistance to photography professionals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanks to your generosity, the first 20 grants are going out this week. However, we still need your help. We are still very short of reaching our goal to help 1,000 people.
Photographers, stylists, assistants, digital techs, production assistants, etc. — anyone who makes a living in the still or motion capture business — are eligible to apply for funding.
ASMP is not going to decide who receives our support. After an applicant fills out a short questionnaire confirming that they qualify for the program, their name will be entered into a random drawing.
The 20 names chosen at random will receive Donor’s Circle grants of $250 this week. This first phase of the program has been funded by seed donations from ASMP Minneapolis-St. Paul member John Haynes and Polara Studios in Portland, Oregon.
In the program’s second phase, we hope to fund one thousand $250 grants.
ASMP is looking to you, our members, for the resources to fund the second round of grants. A donation of any amount will help, but we believe 50 members will step forward to each make a $500 tax-deductible donation.
This project is the brain child of John Haynes, who we mentioned above. Here’s the story, in John’s own words:
“COVID-19 has upended everything for folks who work on photo sets, and it’s hard to know what returning to work will mean or when it will happen. For so many, immediate financial needs are front of mind. I’m fortunate to be in a position that my immediate financial needs are met; when I got my $1,200 stimulus check, I felt I didn’t really need it, but knew there were some other folks who did. That was the beginning of a donor circle. If you are someone who is serious about your photo career and you’re finding yourself in financial need, please reach out to ASMP’s Donor’s Circle. I want as many of us to successfully come out the other side of this as possible, and the best way to do that is together.”
John’s work can be found on Instagram@johnhaynesphoto or at http://www.johnhaynesphoto.com/.
In this time of profound need, please help us fulfill ASMP’s mission of photographers helping photographers by coming together to sustain the ASMP Donor’s Circle.
Donate online to the ASMP Donor’s Circle
Apply online for an ASMP Donor’s Circle Grant
The ASMP Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (EIN 91-1983275), and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. Please always check with your tax professional for specific advice related to this and any other donation. In accordance with IRS regulations, the ASMP Foundation confirms no goods or services will be received in exchange for this contribution.
For any question about this program, please contact ASMP Foundation Board Chair, Michael Shay.
For more information about all ASMP Foundation programs, go to ASMP Foundation.