A wide array of services to help support the motion picture community in a time of need.
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PAYUP HOLLYWOOD RESOURCES
- Hollywood Support Staff Relief Fund: HSSRF offers a one-time emergency financial assistance grant for film and television assistants or support staff who are currently unemployed or on hiatus due to work stoppage and have under three years of paid work experience in the entertainment industry.
- Entertainment Community Fund: Founded in 1882, The Actors Fund is a national human services organization for all workers in entertainment (despite the name). Services include emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care and insurance counseling, senior care, secondary career development, and more.
- IATSE Local 600 Hardship Fund: IASTE Local 600 provides assistance through two Funds for those experiencing a lack of work. Members are eligible for only one Local 600 Hardship Fund at any given time.
- Motion Picture Television Fund: MPTF offers a variety of services that can provide emotional and financial relief to industry members and their families during times of need. Whether the hardship is personal or the result of an entertainment industry-wide event, MPTF is here when you need us most.
- Behind the Scenes: Grants for serious illness or injury or to assist with therapy or rehab.
- Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants: This program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies to artists in financial need* who are creating in the visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, and choreography.
- Entertainment Community Fund: Dedicated to keeping our community healthy and insured through personalized health insurance counseling provided nationally, guidance and enrollment support; referrals to health care resources; and more.
FOOD SECURITY HELP
- Feeding America: Partners with food banks, food pantries, and local food programs to bring food to people facing hunger.
- Greater Cleveland Food Bank: Member of Feeding America, working to end hunger today, tomorrow, and for a lifetime. Get help paying for food, learn more about programs and services, or find nutrition information and recipes.
ENTERTAINMENT COMMUNITY FUND SOCIAL SERVICES AND EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
The Entertainment Community Fund (Formerly The Actors Fund) has free and confidential social service programs that address a wide array of challenges faced by people in performing arts and entertainment. Their professional social workers offer support, counseling and practical help. If you would like to speak with a social worker, please complete their application or contact an office nearest to you.
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HOW TO APPLY FOR EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Emergency financial assistance is available for people who are unable to pay their immediate basic living expenses (housing, food, utility bills or health care) from the Entertainment Community Fund. If you can cover your expenses for the next few months, they ask that you wait to apply.
Once they receive your application, a social services team member will get in touch within five to seven 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.
This assistance can help towards the cost of immediate basic living expenses such as housing, food, utility bills, or health care.
THREE STEPS TO APPLY:
- 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, they ask you to wait to apply.
- Review Your Eligibility: The Entertainment Community 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.
- Prepare Your Documentation: Before you start to fill out the online application, please collect and digitize all of the required documentation. (Toggle below, or see this list.)
Entertainment Community Fund
American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund
Casting Society Cares
Hollywood Support Staff Relief Fund (HSSRF)
IATSE Local 798
IATSE Local 600 Hardship Fund
TIPS ON MAKING YOUR APPLICATION PROCESS EASIER:
Only complete applications can be processed. Please submit all requested documents so that the Entertainment Community Fund can assist you as quickly as possible.
Questions? Contact an office nearest to you:
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MOTION PICTURE & TELEVISION FUND
The Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) supports working and retired members of the entertainment community with a safety net of health and social services, including temporary financial assistance, case management, and residential living.
MPTF Services and Programs Include:
- Health Insurance
- Social Connectivity
- Veterans Assistance
- Financial Assistance
- Palliative Care
- Supportive Services
IATSE LOCAL 600’S HARDSHIP FUND
IASTE Local 600 provides assistance through two Funds for those experiencing a lack of work. Members are eligible for only one Local 600 Hardship Fund at any given time.
Application for Financial Assistance from the Hardship Fund
Please be sure to collect all of the required documentation PRIOR to filling out an application. Applications submitted without the proper information will not be processed. More information on the Local 600 Hardship Fund can be found on the Entertainment Community Fund’s website (formerly The Actors Fund).
BEHIND THE SCENES CHARITY GRANTS
Behind the Scenes is a charity that provides Basic Needs Grants for entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured and are seeking assistance with basic living expenses (such as rent or mortgage, property taxes, utilities, insurance and transportation) or for medical expenses (including health insurance, doctor and hospital bills, medication, physical therapy, home health care, and medical equipment. This grant is also appropriate if the eligible person has an immediate, dependent family member who is seriously ill or injured.
Counseling Grants are available to entertainment technology professionals to assist with therapy or rehab. Their Mental Health Initiative provides tools and resources to support all entertainment industry workers and their families and promote mental health and awareness.
WOMEN IN FILM – HELP LINE & OTHER RESOURCES
The WIF Help Line is here to offer emotional support for challenging times in the entertainment industry. As entertainment workers fight for job sustainability and safety, our Help Line advocates can be a listening ear to help you navigate the stress of this critical moment. On Thursdays from 9am – 4:30pm, advocates are standing by to provide support and resources specifically about work instability related to work stoppage. People across all entertainment fields and of all genders are invited to call 1-855-WIF-LINE. For support with harassment and misconduct in the workplace, contact the Help Line during our usual hours, Monday through Friday 9am-4:30pm at 1-855-WIF-LINE.
WINSTON | BAKER FREE ON-DEMAND ACCESS TO PAST WEBINARS & LIVE EVENTS FOR UNION MEMBERS
Winston Baker recognized the concerns of the SAG-AFTRA and WGA Unions, and supports all members. They hope for a speedy and successful resolution.
In recognition of many friends and colleagues in the unions who have supported Winton Baker, they are offered FREE On-Demand Access to their past Winston Baker webinars and live-event videos for all Union Members. To gain access to their catalog of educational conferences, please send an email using this link.
UNION PLUS – HARDSHIP HELP, STRIKE BENEFITS
Union Plus partners with companies, non-profits, and others to offer discounts and assistance (mortgage assistance, insurance plans (auto, renters, homeowners, Medicare), scholarships, credit counseling and debt settlement, medical bill negotiating and more) to active union members. Click here to learn more.
THE PIONEER ASSISTANCE FUND
The Pioneers Assistance Fund provides financial aid and supportive counseling to individuals who work in theatrical exhibition, distribution, and vendors exclusive to either sector, for a minimum of five recent years, who are encountering an illness, accident, or injury.
A team of social workers confidentially assesses the needs and financial difficulties of motion picture industry members and provides aid to support health and well-being when income and assets are limited. The program currently has six types of assistance to help those in need: Social Service Consultations, the Salah Hassanein Medical Grant, Medical Equipment Aid, Vocational Rehabilitation, the Bernie Myerson Emergency Grant (temporary financial aid for housing, utilities, food, burial or cremation costs), and the Tom Sherak Pioneer Grant (monthly stipend for frail or disabled low-income senior veterans)). Financial aid is not available to treat alcohol or substance abuse. To request an application for financial aid call (888) 994-3863, ext. 2390, or email them.
ARTISTS FELLOWSHIP INC. – EMERGENCY AID RESOURCES
The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. is a 501(c)3 private charitable foundation that financially assists professional visual artist and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement. Assistance is given without expectation or repayment. One does not need to be a member of the Fellowship to receive assistance nor does membership in the Artists’ Fellowship entitle one to assistance from the foundation.
WELLBEING IN ENTERTAINMENT AND CREATIVE ARTS – MENTAL HEALTH & SAFTEY
Wellbeing In Entertainment and Creative Arts supports the health, safety and wellbeing of entertainment workers on and off the picket lines! Click here for more information.
VIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUP FOR ENTERTAINMENT WORKERS
Join the WECA’s online support group designed specifically for entertainment workers! Whether you’re a performer, technician, or involved in any aspect of the entertainment industry, this virtual gathering is here to provide you with a safe space to connect, share experiences, and find support. Click here for more information.
LIGHTS ON! MENTAL HEALTH PODCAST
Welcome to the one-of-a-kind podcast where Shaina Fawn & Tyee Tilghman have vulnerable, open, honest, and sometimes difficult conversations about the entertainment and creative arts industries, mental health, trauma, therapy, racism, and sexism. Their hope is that in having these conversations, they can educate and work together to dismantle mental health stigma and promote a culture of support within the entertainment industry. Click here to learn more.