QNF Update | March 30, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2020

PRESS CONTACT:
qnf-press@lgbtq-economics.org

As of 12:00 AM, Pacific Standard Time this morning (March 30, 2020), the San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund has engaged over $90,000 in support for nightlife workers whose livelihood has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis–including over $6,000 raised at today’s Quaran-Tea Fundraiser.

This figure includes over $85,000 in grassroots contributions through the SF QNF website (www.sfqueernightlifefund.org) from 779 individual donations, and over $5,000 in pledged support from philanthropic or corporate donors. Each individual grassroots gift has been, on average, $98.74 per donation.

The SF QNF has raised 42.8% of our current $200K fundraising goal to fund 200 grant-worthy applicants from the nightlife industry who depend on nightlife venues and events for their income. However, only 2 days remain to raise $110,000 to accomplish the SF QNF’s goal.

During today’s online Quaran-Tea fundraiser, SF Queer Nightlife Fund raised an astonishing $6,066 from 85 donors, contributing over $71 each. Quaran-Tea featured the following DJs, and SF Bay Area local drag-queen Florida Man.

e’Lish (Get Busy)
https://soundcloud.com/edene-matutina
https://www.instagram.com/elish_dj
https://www.facebook.com/dj.elish.1/

Brown Amy (Hard French/ Chulita Vinyl Club)
https://soundcloud.com/brownamy
https://instagram.com/djbrownamy

Elaine Denham (Make Out Party | Odyssey)
https://soundcloud.com/elainedenham

Siobhan Aluvalot
https://soundcloud.com/siobhanaluvalot
https://www.instagram.com/siobhanaluvalot/

Kudeki (Noctuary | Public Works)
https://soundcloud.com/kudeki
https://www.facebook.com/kudekii
https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/kudeki
https://www.instagram.com/_kudeki/
https://twitter.com/kudeki
https://a.currents.fm/c/kudeki
https://perfectlocation.bandcamp.com/album/familiar-unfamiliar

John Major (Quarantine Broadcast Network | Pyramid Scheme)
https://soundcloud.com/majorjohn
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6871866

We need community support to help those workers who have been laid-off from San Francisco’s historic and culturally significant LGBTQ nightlife industry.

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In addition to contributions of support, the SF QNF has received as of 12:00 AM PST today (March 30, 2020) 229 grant applications through our online grant application (https://sfqueernightlifefund.org/sf-qnf-application/). Grant applicants have requested minimally $255,653 in relief in total. This is an average of $1,116 in relief requested by each applicant.

Among the current applicants:

  • 97.82% rent their home
  • 8.30% are a recipient of food assistance
  • 38.86% do not have health insurance
  • 21.00% have 1 or more dependents
  • 69.00% rely upon their stated nightlife income as a sole source of income

Based on the anticipated need, the San Francisco Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund organizers have set a fundraising goal of at least $200,000 to adequately meet the needs of the 200 QNF grant recipients we currently expect in our application cohort (due: March 31, 2020).

To meet their goal, the QNF have a daily fundraising goal of $57,148. Queer nightlife workers need support from the SF community now.

Please contact the SF QNF organizers with any questions regarding this press release (qnf-press@lgbtq-economics.org).

(Updated at March 30, 2020, 12:44 PM PST, to include Quaran-Tea DJ social media information)

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