How your support helps
Providing sustainable income opportunities for Artist-Entrepreneurs
Your support-- whether it's through donations, volunteer work, or by using our services -- allows us to continue serving our communities through our artistic passions ... while also laying the groundwork for a more stable future.
Our collective model solves the problems that many independent artists face: loneliness, economic instability, barriers to educational opportunities, and lack of access to the supplies we need to do our art.
By operating as a team -- we cheer each other on, share resources, cross-train in each other's skillsets, and work together to accomplish more than we could do independently. However, there is more work to be done to ensure MetaMovements can sustain itself in the long term.
In the past decade have been proud to create amazing programs for our clients, while also growing as artists & professionals. In an ideal world, we would choose to continue operating as a collective, serving our communities, and developing our skills indefinitely.
This pandemic, however, has reaffirmed something we've always known: as long as our services are restricted to in-person activities, we are vulnerable to economic and political forces beyond our control.
This is why we need your help.
With your support, we can leverage the momentum we've built over the years ... to take our collective model to the next level -- and develop income streams that can withstand the ever-fluctuating markets of the tourism, entertainment, and nonprofit industries.
For more information on our long term vision: visit here
Read on to learn how you can help us in the short term, during the pandemic ... and how that will set us up for the future.
COVID-19 has impacted many of our members across North America, DR, and Cuba. Events, classes, and trips were canceled around the world. This had a devastating impact on the income of self-employed artists and entertainers.
For the members in the US & Canada, many were able to find income through temporary work, grant funding, or other types of aid. Our extended MM family in Cuba and the DR have been in need of resources to support their lives and continue their work.
In Cuba, the government provides for basic needs... however the combination of living under an embargo as well as a pandemic has created critical shortages for food, medicine, and hygiene products... making the costs of daily living much higher. Without remittances, tourism, or trade... it's extremely difficult to deal with these shortages.
In the Dominican Republic, there is no safety net for artists or others who earn income through tips or gig work. The artists in our collective earn their income through tourism, so their situation is becoming drastic as well.
How you can help
We currently need donations, volunteer support, and clients for our virtual work to cover our most urgent needs throughout this crisis, while we lay the groundwork for a more sustainable future.
Artists urgent needs:
Opportunities to earn income to help cover the basic costs of living
Funding to cover the costs of remote work and international communication (internet, telephone, and telecommunication devices.)
Training to make the transition to virtual instruction, including:
Filming & editing
Entrepreneurial skills, such as marketing and social media
Support in building our virtual teaching programs (For example technological infrastructure, marketing, beta testing, etc.)
Ongoing and continued virtual employment opportunities for the members of our collective
Payment for phone, internet, and other telecommunication needs
Professional development opportunities and moral support to help artists navigate through a crisis.
Stable monthly income for members of our collective
Ongoing professional development
Virtual revenue streams that are sustainable through embargos, pandemics and other barriers to our income
Our vision for the future
In addition to returning to our in-person services like classes, travel programs, and events... we would like to create an online membership-based learning platform where artists stay connected with their students and supporters year round.