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Conrad Cantzen Shoe Fund

Program Description

In 1945, actor Conrad Cantzen bequeathed his estate to The Actors Fund with the stipulation that it should be used to help actors purchase shoes so they did not appear "down at the heels" when auditioning. Mr. Cantzen believed that a good pair of shoes made a great first impression on casting directors.

This Memorial Fund reimburses eligible performing arts and entertainment professionals up to $40.00 towards a pair of shoes costing no more than $100.00.


Eligibility for The Conrad Cantzen Shoe Fund requires an application, an original store receipt and a copy of a current union card. Eligibility criteria:

  • Currently unemployed in the performing arts and entertainment field
  • A paid-up member of a performing arts union
  • Last application was a minimum of 24 months ago


Please download the application, or send an e-mail or call to request an application.

A completed application should be mailed to:

The Actors Fund
729 Seventh Avenue, 10th floor
New York, NY 10019
Attn: Shoe Fund

If you have additional questions, please contact:

The Conrad Cantzen Shoe Fund
212.221.7301 ext. 274

Here's a 1985 performance of Night of 100 Stars where Dick Van Dyke puts to song the story of The Shoe Fund.