Entertainment Assistance Program | Entertainment Community Fund

Entertainment Assistance Program

Are you an entertainment professional facing a work or life challenge and don’t know where to turn? We can offer counseling, support and other helpful resources. We also provide emergency financial assistance in times of pressing need or in response to catastrophic events.

With a focus on support and education, we can help with:

  • Creating a plan of action to address your concerns
  • Providing individual and group support and mental health referrals.
  • Linkage to a variety of community resources and benefits
  • Support for issues around sexual harassment
  • Information on affordable housing and advice in dealing with landlord/tenant issues
  • Financial wellness education to learn strategies and skills
  • Emergency financial assistance

The Entertainment Community Fund is committed to maintaining your privacy and confidentiality.

Am I eligible?

Any performing arts or entertainment professional may call on the Entertainment Assistance Program for support, information or referrals to community agencies.

For financial assistance, we will ask for an application, documentation of your professional earnings and an interview. In general, eligibility requirements for financial assistance are:

  • A minimum of three years of industry paid employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last seven years, or
  • Twenty years of industry paid employment with a minimum of ten years of earnings of at least $5,000 for each of those years,
  • Documented financial need.

Get in touch:

No matter where you live in the U.S., we’re here to help. Get in touch with your nearest regional office at:

Eastern Region 
917.281.5919
eastern@entertainmentcommunity.org

Central Region
312.372.0989
central@entertainmentcommunity.org

Western Region
323.330.2455
western@entertainmentcommunity.org

 

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MusiCares

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Motion Picture and Television Fund

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Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA)

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Maryland Educational Assistance Grant

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