SOCIAL SERVICES AND EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE | Entertainment Community Fund

SOCIAL SERVICES AND EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Our free and confidential social service programs address a wide array of challenges faced by people in performing arts and entertainment. Our professional social workers offer support, counseling and practical help. If you would like to speak with a social worker, please complete our application or contact an office nearest to you.

New York – Eastern Region
eastern@entertainmentcommunity.org
917.281.5919
Chicago – Central Region
central@entertainmentcommunity.org
312.372.0989
Los Angeles - Western Region
western@entertainmentcommunity.org
323.330.2455

HOW TO APPLY FOR EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Our emergency financial assistance program provides temporary financial assistance to those with documented financial need due to unforeseen circumstances.

Once we receive your application, a social services team member will get in touch with you to assess eligibility, discuss your particular situation and financial need, help develop a plan of action, and if helpful, connect you to community resources.

This assistance can help towards the cost of immediate basic living expenses such as housing, food, utility bills or health care.

Once we receive your application, a social services team member will be in touch within 2 to 3 business days to assess eligibility, discuss your particular situation and financial need, help develop a plan of action, and if helpful, connect you to community resources.

THREE STEPS TO APPLY

1. CONFIRM YOUR FINANCIAL NEED

Emergency financial assistance is available for people who are unable to pay their immediate basic living expenses (housing, food, utility bills or health care). If you can cover your expenses for the next few months, we ask you wait to apply.

2. REVIEW YOUR ELIGIBILITY

The Actors Fund manages the disbursement of several funds. Please read the requirements below for all unions, guilds and/or employers that apply to you. Union and non-union workers may apply directly to the Entertainment Community Fund. 

3. PREPARE YOUR DOCUMENTATION

Before you start to fill out the online application, please collect and digitize all of the required documentation.

Entertainment Community Fund

Eligibility and documentation:

Eligibility for financial assistance varies by program. Overall eligibility for financial assistance is based on:

  • A minimum of 3 years of industry earnings of at least $6,500 for 3 out of the most recent 7 years.
  • A minimum of 20 years of industry paid employment with at least 10 years of industry earnings of $5,000.
  • Dancers, comedians and comedy professions must document at least $2000 for 3 out of the most recent 7 years.

Required documentation:

  • Documentation of Industry Earnings: Accepted forms of earnings documentation include Union Pension and Health statements, W-2, 1099 forms, signed contracts or pay stubs.
  • Current checking, savings and investment statements, including name, address, transaction and balance totals.
  • Most recent federal income tax return—first two pages only (1040 form).
  • Bills for which you are seeking assistance including applicant name and address.
  • If applicable, documentation of your illness, injury or disability.
American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund

Eligibility and documentation:

  • Current members in good standing or on honorary withdrawal. Confirmation of current membership including start and end date. Email membership@musicalartists.org and put ‘Proof of Membership in subject line for confirmation letter.
  • Most recent checking and savings bank statement, including name, address, transactions and balance totals.
  • Bills for which you are seeking assistance including applicant name and address.
  • If applicable, documentation of your illness, injury or disability.
  • To determine your eligibility for an additional grant through the Entertainment Community Fund, please see criteria listed under the Entertainment Community Fund.
Casting Society Cares

Eligibility and documentation:

  • Documentation of financial need.
  • Current, active member of Casting Society. A PDF of membership card must be obtained online:
    • Login to www.castingsociety.com → My Account → Billing & Membership → Print Your Membership Card (PDF)
  • Most recent checking and savings bank statement, including name, address, transactions and balance totals.
  • Most recent Federal Income Tax Return—first two pages only (1040 form).
  • Bills for which you are seeking assistance including name and address.
  • For international members only: to apply, please email eastern@entertainmentcommunity.org
  • To determine eligibility for an additional grant through the Entertainment Community Fund, please see criteria listed under the Entertainment Community Fund.
Hunter Brown Emergency Assistance Fund

The Hunter Brown Emergency Assistance Fund offers emergency financial assistance to current or former employees of Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Eligibility and documentation:

  • An applicant must experience a verifiable financial hardship due to natural disaster or unforeseen personal crisis.
  • Documentation of current or former employee status working with Oregon Shakespeare Festival during the past seven seasons, full-time or contract. Verification of employment and history status must be included in application. Request letter by emailing HumanResources@osfashland.org. Please include your name, email, address and phone number.
  • Current checking and savings statement, including name, address, transactions and balance totals.
  • Most recent federal income tax return—first two pages only (1040 form).
  • Lease, mortgage/maintenance and bills for which you are seeking assistance, with your name and address.
  • If applicable, documentation of your illness, injury or disability.
  • If applicable, documents that confirm FEMA certification for disaster related events or other applicable materials.
  • To determine eligibility for an additional grant through the Entertainment Community Fund, please see criteria listed under the Entertainment Community Fund.
IATSE Local 600 Hardship Fund

Eligibility and documentation:

  • A member must experience a verifiable financial hardship and experience either:
    • an extreme catastrophic injury or illness which prevents that member from performing covered work for at least 6 months.
    • A severe workplace injury while engaging in Local 600 covered work which prevents that member from performing covered work.
    • A manmade or natural disaster which prevents that member from performing covered work.
  • Have at least $25,000 of covered earnings over the previous five (5) years.
  • A member in good standing for at least two continuous years at the onset of the qualifying illness. Verification of membership status must be included in application. Request letter by emailing Accounting@ICG600.org. Please include your name, email, address, and phone number.
  • Most recent checking and savings bank statement, including name, address, transactions and balance totals.
  • Bills for which assistance is requested including applicant name and address.
  • Most recent federal income tax return - first two pages only (1040)
  • Documents that confirm injury or illness such as physicians note or workers compensation application, if applicable.
  • Documents that confirm FEMA certifications for disaster related applications.
  • To determine eligibility for an additional grant through the Entertainment Community Fund, please see criteria listed under the Entertainment Community Fund.
IATSE Local 798

Eligibility and documentation:

  • Current Membership with verification of membership status provided by the Union. To request membership verification, send an email to: iatse798@local798.net. Please include your name, email address and phone number.
  • Most recent complete checking and savings bank statement, including name, address and balance totals.
  • Bills for which assistance is requested including applicant name and address.
  • To determine eligibility for an additional grant through the Entertainment Community Fund, please see criteria listed under the Entertainment Community Fund.
Jujamcyn Theatre Assistance Fund

Eligibility and documentation:

  • A regular team member in good standing for 6 months (this can be non-consecutive) within the last 12 months. OR
  • A substitute team member is eligible if you have worked part-time or full-time in good standing within each of the last 12 months.
  • Current complete checking, savings and investment statements, including name, address and balance totals.
  • Bills for which you are seeking assistance including applicant name and address.
  • If applicable, documentation of your illness, injury or disability.
  • To determine eligibility for an additional grant through the Entertainment Community Fund, please see criteria listed under the Entertainment Community Fund.
Tips On Making Your Applications Process Easier

Prepare all documents prior to filling out the online application. Applicants will be required to upload all documents at the end of the online application.

If any documents are not already available electronically, here are some suggested steps to create a digital file.

  1. Search the app store for Evernote Scannable and download it to your phone. This is a free app. There are other similar apps that are available to create electronic files. Please use what works for you.
  2. Open the app and scan documents to create PDF files.
  3. You will need to create PDF files for each of these categories:
    1. 1 file including three years out of the last seven years of entertainment industry earnings.
    2. 1 file for last month’s full checking and savings bank statement.
    3. 1 file for current tax return (first two pages only; 1040 form)
    4. 1 file for current bills such as lease, rent, mortgage or maintenance statement.
    5. 1 file for union card(s) or proof of membership status, if applicable.
    6. 1 file for documentation of illness, injury or disability if applicable

Questions? Contact an office nearest to you:

Eastern Region
eastern@entertainmentcommunity.org
917.281.5919

Central Region
central@entertainmentcommunity.org
312.372.0989

Western Region
western@entertainmentcommunity.org
323.330.2455