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The Resources section is an ongoing collaborative effort at the Entertainment Community Fund to provide a one-stop database of services and organizations that meet the unique and essential needs of the arts and entertainment professional. You can use the Category and/or State filter OR use the map above to find all resources by State.

Financial Advice and Planning

CNN's Money Essentials

CNN's Money Essentials offers information on a series of topics on personal finance such as retirement planning, starting to invest and buying a home.

MSN Money

Offers useful tools like savings and debt calculators, a retirement planner and a credit estimator. There are also links to news stories about personal finance and advice from experts.


Offers low-cost capital and free consulting for arts, non-profit or small businesses.

Women's Institute for Financial Education

Not just for women, the website has articles and advice on topics ranging from how to talk about money with significant others, to teaching children the value of money, to enjoying life on a budget.

Identity Theft

Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft Site

Provides detailed information to help deter, detect and defend against identity theft.

Credit and Debt

Offers up-to-date information on credit card industry news and practices, along with offers for low-interest accounts.

Helps consumers understand the wise use of credit and assists in locating a certified counselor if necessary.

Free Annual Credit Report

A credit report contains information that will effect your ability to get a loan and that can help guard against identity theft. Everyone is entitled to a free report annually.

Get Out of Debt Guy

A nonprofit consumer education organization, offering debt and money management assistance and planning.

Greenpath Debt Solutions

Offers a free financial consultation to help people understand the size and nature of their debt, develop a personal budget and create an action plan to reduce debt.

The Neighborhood Economic Development and Advocacy Project (NEDAP)

Frozen Bank Account

Provides information on frozen bank accounts and what options you have to access your funds as well as helpful links to other resources.

How to Dispute a Debt or Collection Notice

Provides practical advice for dealing with debt collectors from a New York Times article.

Vacating a Default Judgment

Provides general information for New Yorkers who are facing debt collection lawsuits in the New York City civil courts.

Wage Garnishment

Defines wage garnishments (wage garnishment occurs when a court or the government orders your employer to set aside some of your earnings to pay a debt) and provides practical advice on steps to take if you receive a wage garnishment notice.