Why Shunpike matters even more today than before the COVID-19 pandemic?
Washington State artists and arts organizations were among the first to face disruption and financial loss as a result of the current public health crisis. Because Shunpike exists to empower artists through equitable access to vital expertise, opportunities, and business services, Shunpike is uniquely positioned to support arts groups struggling financially to continue operations.
Already, Shunpike is providing back office administrative capacity to over 150 clients who are actively fundraising and running their arts businesses as programs of Shunpike. Each of Shunpike’s clients benefit from the consolidation of back office operations and assistance from Shunpike’s experienced staff, as well as access to tools and professional education opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach. Additionally, Shunpike’s 501c3 non-profit status allows each client to independently fundraise to sustain themselves and their communities. Our ‘umbrella’ qualifies groups for grants and public support, and provides tax receipts to individual donors.
During the COVID-19 pandemic and forthcoming recovery period, Shunpike will continue to serve numerous artists and arts groups across the State of Washington so they may continue to operate now and into the future. Shunpike is one of many organizations in the region playing a vital role in stabilizing the arts sector across the State of Washington, which is projected to experience losses of $135M by the end of 2020, in the Central Puget Sound area alone.