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The Resources section is an ongoing collaborative effort at The Actors 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.


The Musicians Benevolent Society of Houston

The MBS provides professional musicians with up to $1,000 in temporary financial assistance for medical emergencies.


Behind the Scenes

Provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals when they are ill or injured or to their surviving family members. Grants are tailored to each individual but uses can include basic living costs, medical related expenses, transportation, retraining, and funeral expenses.

Denver Actors Fund

A modest source of immediate financial and volunteer assistance when members of the Denver theater community find themselves in situational medical need.

Dramatists Guild Fund

Provides confidential grants to professional dramatists experiencing personal hardships such as health-related problems or the temporary loss of income. Recipients need not be Dramatists Guild members.

Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund

The Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (MPPWF) is an emergency financial assistance fund of the Screen Actors Guild that can assist eligible members who are struggling with a financial, personal or medical crisis.

RESCU Foundation

Established to promote and maintain the health and medical well-being of the participants of Renaissance Faires, historical performances and other artistic events through several programs including financial assistance for emergency medical needs.

Springboard for the Arts

A nonprofit agency whose mission is to help self-employed creative people make a living in the 14 counties around the Twin Cities and into western Wisconsin. Springboard administers the Artist Loan Fund, a low-interest revolving loan fund for artists; and the Emergency Relief Fund, which offers up to $500 to artists who have had a career-threatening calamity. Also provides information on locating low cost health care.

The Episcopal Actors' Guild

Provides grants to professional performing artists in emergency situations or crises. Grants are given only after the applicant's needs have not been substantially met by their parent union or The Actors Fund, and/or other charitable organizations.

The Haven Foundation

Makes grants to freelance writers and artists experiencing career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or other emergency or personal catastrophe. The grants are renewable for up to five years ending approval of renewal application.

The J. Happy Delpech Foundation

The J. Happy Delpech Foundation provides grants of up to $250 to artists in the Midwest with AIDS or serious illness. The fund has no website, but can be reached by mail at J. Happy Delpech Foundation, 1579 North Milwaukee, Suite 211, Chicago, IL 60622, or called at 312-342-1359.

Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund

Provides financial assistance and supportive counseling to those who work the motion picture entertainment industry (exhibition, distribution and trade services) who are experiencing hardship due to illness, accident or underemployment.

Resources Outside of the Entertainment Industry

AIDS Services Foundation Orange County

ASF offers a variety of services to its clients and their loved ones, including emergency financial assistance.

Alliance for Housing and Healing

Alliance for Housing and Healing is a vertically integrated non-profit resulting from the 2009 merger of longstanding service providers Aid for AIDS (AFA) and The Serra Project, which provide essential housing and emergency assistance programs to low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Los Angeles County.

Americans Helping Americans

AHA offers emergency utilities assistance and emergency medical assistance to assist those living in poverty in rural communities in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.

British Charitable Society

Financial relief is provided for British residents of the six New England states and their children, based on need.