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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.

General Assistance

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Provides emergency financial assistance, emergency transportation and disaster relief and victim services. This website allows users to search for local councils offering assistance.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Disasters & Emergencies

Provides links to information and resources for all types of disasters and emergencies.

United Way

Provides assistance in every step of recovery from disaster.

Vermont Emergency Management

Vermont Emergency Management empowers local communities through disaster preparedness programs, guidance and technical assistance. Their home page currently covers the latest news about the recovery from Tropical Storm Irene and links to assistance giving organzations.


National Center for PTSD

Information for the general public on understanding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Shelters and Housing

American Red Cross: Find Open Shelters

Online tool that pulls information from the National Shelter System and allows people to view a Google map of open Red Cross shelter locations and search for shelters closest to their location. Shelters that are currently open will be displayed on the map or in the search results.

Catholic Charities

Provides relief and recovery services on a regional level, and responds to the need for emergency food, shelter, direct financial assistance, counseling and support. Other services include financial, medical and utilities assistance, clothing, housing, health care and child care. This site provides links to local branches, each of which provides direct assistance.

FEMA Evacuee Hotel List

If you are eligible for Transitional Sheltering Assistance, FEMA will pay for the cost to stay in certain hotels or motels for a limited period of time. Costs covered are for the cost of the room and taxes, and any other expenses are not included. This website provides a list of participating locations, searchable by state. Since room availability changes quickly, phone numbers are provided to call hotels prior to travelling to be sure the hotel can accommodate your need.

FEMA Interim Housing Resources

Helps individuals and families who have been displaced by a disaster find a place to live. The website consolidates rental resources identified and provided by federal agencies, private organizations, and the public, to help individuals and families find available rental units in their area.


Professional Dancers Society

Financial assistance is available to dancers and choreographers who meet eligibility criteria. Administered by The Actors Fund.

Disaster-related assistance

Small Business Administration—2017 Hurricane Recovery

Provides low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and most private nonprofit organizations. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.

Entertainment and Performing Arts Union and Guild Assistance Funds

American Federation of Musicians: The Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians

Provides a modest grant to temporarily or permanently disabled musicians who are members of the American Federation of Musicians.

American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund

Members in good standing may be eligible for emergency financial assistance. Grants are administered by The Actors Fund from the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles offices.

American Guild of Variety Artists Sick and Relief Fund

Members who have completed initiation and paid dues for one year can apply for emergency aid for basic needs or medical expenses.

Directors Guild Foundation

Provides confidential loans to members who are facing short term financial hardship.