Thank You to Our Selection Committee
Summer greetings to all - traditionally as we pass the summer equinox, we are wrapping up our Selection Process and preparing to send notifications to the artists that applied for the coming year. And this year is no different - thanks to our dedicated Selection committee, led by Chairperson, Craig Harrison, supported by IPAY staff, we are currently working towards reaching out to artists with news of this years selection.

The dedicated committee put in long hours of watching many videos and reviewing submission packages - many committee members watched all submitted productions, going beyond their assigned “deep dive” reviews - in order to complete their criteria assessments before joining in several tightly schedule Zoom meetings for our usual collaborative dialogue on each submission. While the timezone math of scheduling calls was a challenge, with 16 ½ hours difference between members in Vancouver and Adelaide, the zoom platform allowed for greater accessibility and less financial burden to committee members.

Huge thanks to all of the committee members for their work and dedication in working through a unique selection process which still placed artists and their productions at the centre of conversation. Extra special huge thanks to committee chair, Craig Harrison, in putting in many extra hours in creating the necessary on-line support and logistical tools for making a virtual selection process a reality. Thanks to the artists, producers and agents that held faith and submitted their work for consideration for showcasing. Stay tuned for announcements on successful productions, to be announced at the end of the summer.

Concurrent to the selection process, IPAY staff has also been hard at work on our new programmatic platform, Showcase-in-Place! We are fine tuning details on the new platform which will include access to up to five months of showcasing opportunities, IPAY APP with virtual marketplace, international festival connections and more. We are excited about opportunities to provide greater accessibility and promotion to more artists, producers and agents than ever before, with greater opportunities to connect with presenters, educators and other professionals from around the globe. Details to be announced very soon. 
As the world in the grips of COVID19 continues to evolve and shift, we hope that you continue to be safe and are surviving as best as can be expected.

Boomer Stacey, IPAY Executive Director
Thank You Arts Aid PHL!
Photo by Wide Eyed Studios
IPAY is honored to have received support from Arts Aid Philadelphia!
The COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL Fund has awarded $4 million to 467 arts and culture organizations as well as 1,025 individual artists since it launched on April 13. This unprecedented collaborative effort, which was created by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the  Philadelphia Cultural Fund  (PCF) and the City of Philadelphia’s  Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy  (OACCE) focused on supporting individual artists as well as small arts and culture organizations (annual budgets no greater than $250,000) and mid-sized organizations (annual budgets of $250,000 - $15M) whose operations, revenues, work and livelihood have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants to Artists:  The fund made 1,025 grants to individual artists, totaling just over $500,000.

Grants to Small Organizations:  The fund made 252 grants of up to $1,000 each to small arts organizations, totaling nearly $250,000 s. Every eligible organization that applied received funding.

Grants to Mid-Size Organizations: The fund made 215 grants to mid-size organizations, totaling nearly $3,250,000, with grants between $5,000 and $70,000 tiered to budget sizes ($250,000 up to $15 million). Every eligible organization that applied received funding.

View a complete list of small and mid-sized organization grantees at  here .
Supporters of Arts Aid PHL

Arts Aid PHL is a tremendous demonstration of community support for our struggling arts and arts and culture organizations. Led by a $2.5 million grant from the  William Penn Foundation  as well as leadership gifts from  The Barra Foundation  and  Wyncote Foundation , COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL was supported by both national and local foundations, including the  Doris Duke Charitable Foundation  and the  Connelly Independence John S. and James L. Knight Lenfest , Albert M. Greenfield and Victory Foundations and many others. Over 400 individual donors made gifts ranging from $3 to six figures. Corporate supporters include  PECO PNC  and  TD Bank .

View a complete list of the Fund’s institutional funders at  here .

Spotlight on Anu Yadav!
We were lucky enough to have Anu at IPAY Showcase 2020 in January were she presented Meena's Dream. Since joining us in Philadelphia, Anu has been up to some incredible things during the pandemic. Check out some of her work below. We especially encourage arts organizations to view her toolkit which we will be utilizing in our own Culture Crew program! Thank Anu for your work!
Stream Meena's Dream

The Kennedy Center Streamed an adapted version of Anu's solo 2016 production, Meena's Dream , which was featured as a Show & Tell Spotlight at our 2020 Showcase!
Healing Through Story: A Toolkit on Grassroots Approaches
A website and toolkit Anu completed in May as part of her residency with the LA County Department of Mental Health on creativity as a way to heal, organize, and move through crisis. The site is described as "community-building methods for listening and facilitation with interviews from grassroots groups on how we heal".
All Things Considered
Anu was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered", as part of the June 20th Poor People's Campaign mass  digital action .
Thank you, Anu, for sharing these gifts with us! For more information on Anu's work, or ways to connect, you can visit her website at
Call for Applications: Hakaway Festival
Hakawy International Arts festival for children is the Egyptian 10 years old festival organized by AFCA Arts Center on March of each year.
Over ten years the festival has hosted dozens of companies and individual artists from all over the world in order to introduce new different cultures through a pure artistic perspective and enrich the performing Arts sector for young audiences in Egypt.

Hakawy's 11th edition is scheduled to take place from 11th until 20th of March 2021. And responding to the current challenging situation of COVID-19 which is making our scouting of international shows impossible, we are mostly looking for quality shows which could be performed in either in-door theaters or in outdoor spaces (Interactive installations are accepted as well).

For all international artists/ companies that are interested to take part in Hakawy 2021, please have a look at those four points mentioned below and if you find out that your performance matches with them, please, fill out the form below by the 31st of July 2020 at the latest. (We don't accept performances via email)

1- It’s a non-verbal performance.
2- It’s targeting children aged between 0 - 18 years old.
3- The company on tour consists of 4 members maximum.
4- The set and props used in the performance can travel on plane as extra luggage or could be built in Egypt (Cargo transportation for set is not possible).
Remembering Bradley Fields
We were saddened to hear that Bradley passed away in May of COVID-19. He was a talented and accomplished performer, as well as a wonderful member of the IPAY community for some time. We are sending well wishes to his friends and family as we remember and honor his presence. You can view the full Washington Post article on Bradley here.
I like the kids show. You can get pure wonder, pure thrills... But I also like the grown-up shows where you can bring people back to that sense of wonder. Some people think magic is cynical. . . . I see it as innocence and joy and amazement — radical amazement .”
- Bradley Fields
This Week's Thoughts and Resources
This week I encourage you to sign the petition for Justice for Merci Mack, a 22 year old Black Trans woman murdered in Dallas, TX. I also encourage you to donate (or start a monthly donation, if you're able) to Morris Home, the only residential recovery program in the country to offer comprehensive services specifically for the transgender community. More on Morris Home below.
Morris Home supports trans- and gender-nonconforming individuals as they develop the knowledge, skills and supports necessary to promote sobriety, manage emotional and behavioral difficulties, choose and maintain safe and healthy lifestyles, and develop healthy relationships with peers, family and the community. Morris Home, the only residential recovery program in the country to offer comprehensive services specifically for the transgender community, provides a safe, recovery-oriented environment in which people are treated with respect and dignity.
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