BizTimes: UPAF’s CEO and board chair on why performing arts groups are facing ‘the most difficult year of the pandemic’
It is fairly easy to understand how the initial shutdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic would be difficult for performing arts organizations, but Patrick Rath, president and chief executive officer of the United Performing Arts Fund, says the coming season could present an even greater challenge for arts groups in Milwaukee.
From empty stages and virtual streamings to masked-up shows and socially distanced seating, Milwaukee's United Performing Arts Fund member groups saw the strong and steady impact of Covid-19 over the past three seasons.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Milwaukee performing arts groups lost $38 million in the past 3 years. The upcoming season will be crucial to their survival.
As they prepare for their fourth consecutive season affected by COVID-19, Milwaukee performing arts groups acknowledge that they're still climbing out of the pandemic pit.
Our local arts groups have lost nearly 38 million dollars of revenue from the outset of COVID
Lake Effect: United Performing Arts Fund's representatives speak on $38 million revenue loss from last three seasons
This fall marks the fourth performing arts season for local organizations grappling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While shows are returning to the stage and audiences are growing, the challenges facing the performing arts community remain.
The performing arts sector was hit hard by the pandemic and local arts leaders said it continues to struggle in current economic times.
The annual UPAF Ride for the Arts will return to Milwaukee's Hoan Bridge on June 5, with a new closed loop that will keep cars away during the event.
While arts groups were shuttered throughout 2020, the United Performing Arts Fund continued to raise upwards of $10 million to support the industry.
The United Performing Arts Fund has set a fundraising goal of $10.5 million for its 2022 campaign.
Milwaukee Business Journal: UPAF targets $10.5 million for restructured community campaign without co-chairs
The United Performing Arts Fund has launched a restructured community campaign for 2022 with a $10.5 million fundraising goal.