HOW TO APPLY FOR EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE | Actors Fund

HOW TO APPLY FOR EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

To help our community during this public health crisis, The Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those in immediate financial need. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts. Remember, you may be eligible for more than one fund. 

Please know that we are experiencing an extremely high volume of requests and ask for your patience during this time. It is taking approximately two weeks to process an application.

For information on unemployment resources, visit our COVID-19 Unemployment Resources page.

THREE STEPS TO APPLY

1. CONFIRM YOUR FINANCIAL NEED

Emergency financial assistance is available for people who are unable to pay basic living expenses (food/housing/health care) for the next two months. If you have the resources to pay your essential bills during that period, please wait to apply. You will be asked to submit your most recent checking and savings statements.

2. REVIEW YOUR ELIGIBILITY

Check the requirements below for all unions, guilds or employers that apply to you. Union and non-union workers may apply directly to The Actors Fund. Please note this is a one-time grant only. Exception: thanks to funding from IATSE International, IATSE members may apply for a second grant 45 days after the first grant is received. Please go to the "IATSE, All Locals (2nd Grant)" section to access the Second Grant application.

3. PREPARE YOUR DOCUMENTATION

Before starting to fill out the online application, please collect and digitize all required documentation. Applications without proper documentation will not be processed and you will not be notified. Please note this is a one-time grant only.

The Actors Fund

Eligibility and documentation:

The Actors Fund helps everyone who works in performing arts and entertainment including theater, film, television, music and dance. Those who work on stage, on camera or behind the scenes are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible for The Actors Fund, you must have entertainment industry earnings over $6,500 for three out of the last five years. Income from teaching does not qualify. Dancers, comedians and comedy professionals must document three years of recent earnings of at least $2,000 a year.

Required documentation:

  • Five years of earnings. Accepted forms of earnings documentation include: Union Pension and Health statements, W-2 or 1099 forms. Do not include income tax forms without W-2's .
  • Most recent checking and savings bank statement, including name, address and balance totals.
  • Current lease, rent or mortgage statement. If none of these are available, another household bill with your name and address.
American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund

Eligibility and documentation:

  • You must be a paid-up member to be eligible. Current membership card or confirmation by union including end date.
  • Most recent checking and savings bank statement, including name, address and balance totals.
  • Current lease, rent or mortgage statement. If none of these are available, another household bill with your name and address.
  • To determine your eligibility for additional funding through The Actors Fund, please include five years (2015-2019) entertainment industry earnings. Accepted forms of earnings documentation include: Union Pension and Health statements, W-2 or 1099 forms. To be eligible for The Actors Fund, you must have entertainment industry earnings over $6,500 for three out of the last five years. Income from teaching does not qualify.
Feed the Queens

Eligibility and documentation:

Feed The Queens is providing food grants of $100 to queens across the country who perform in front of live audiences and have been affected by COVID-19-related work losses. 

  • Must be a U.S. resident.
  • Provide a government-issued photo ID
  • Upload or submit 3 types of verification of live performances and drag persona. This helps us to confirm that you were a working drag performer prior to the shutdowns. These verifications can be a combination of: online links to your drag performances from different dates, actual video of your performance (not to exceed 4 mins), club or event flyers featuring your name or photo, a copy of letter from promoter or bar manager verifying you performed at venue, a link to your website etc.
  • Feed The Queens understands that Queens of Color have been disproportionately affected by the current economic crisis. We want you to know that we are here for you and we hope you will both apply for one of these grants and explore other services at The Actors Fund to see if they can provide any additional kinds of support.

APPLY FOR FEED THE QUEENS

Feinstein’s/54 Below Employee Assistance Fund

Eligibility and documentation:

  • Proof of employment with Feinstein’s/54 Below during the most recent six months period.
  • Most recent checking and savings bank statement, including name, address and balance totals.
  • Current lease, rent or mortgage statement. If none of these are available, another household bill with your name and address.
  • To determine your eligibility for additional funding through The Actors Fund, please include five years (2015-2019) entertainment industry earnings. Accepted forms of earnings documentation include: Union Pension and Health statements, W-2 or 1099 forms. To be eligible for The Actors Fund, you must have entertainment industry earnings over $6,500 for three out of the last five years.

APPLY FOR FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW EMPLOYEE BENEFIT FUND

Hollywood Support Staff Relief Fund (HSSRF)

Eligibility and documentation:

  • Letter or email from last industry supervisor in Southern California, including name of applicant, job title and end date of employment. (See pdf below for a list of HSSRF approved position titles).
  • Most recent checking and savings bank statement, including name, address and balance totals.
  • Current lease, rent or mortgage statement. If none of these are available, another household bill with your name and address.
  • To determine your eligibility for additional funding through The Actors Fund, please include five years (2015-2019) entertainment industry earnings. Accepted forms of earnings documentation include: Union Pension and Health statements, W-2 or 1099 forms. To be eligible for The Actors Fund, you must have entertainment industry earnings over $6,500 for three out of the last five years.

 (See list of HSSRF approved position titles).

IATSE, All Locals

Eligibility and documentation:

  • You must be a paid-up member to be eligible. Current membership card or confirmation by union including end date.
  • Documentation of a minimum of $6,500 in earnings for three out of the last five years. Accepted forms of earnings documentation include: Union Pension and Health statements, contracts, W-2 or 1099 forms.
  • Most recent checking and savings bank statement, including name, address and balance totals.
  • Current lease, rent or mortgage statement. If none of these are available, another household bill with your name and address.
  • IATSE members can apply for a second grant 45 days after receiving the first grant. Second time applicants do not need to submit earnings again, just the application and bank statements.
IATSE, All Locals (2nd Grant)
  • IATSE members can apply for a second grant 45 days after receiving the first grant. 
  • Second time applicants do not need to submit earnings again, just the application and bank statements.

APPLY HERE FOR A SECOND IATSE GRANT

IATSE Local-52 Fund

Eligibility and documentation:

IATSE Local-52 members who are paid up are eligible for a one-time grant up to $1,000 from the IATSE Local-52 Emergency Assistance Fund.

Documentation required:

  • Current membership card or confirmation by union including end date.
  • Demonstrated financial need as shown by a current checking and savings bank statement (including name, address and balance totals).
  • Current lease, rent or mortgage statement or other household bills (including name and address).

IATSE Local-52 membership applicants with over $78,000 in annual earnings in Local 52’s jurisdiction in 2018 and 2019 are eligible for a one-time grant of up to $1,000 from The Actors Fund.

Documentation Required:

  • Membership applicants eligibility will be verified by The Actor’s Fund directly with Local 52.
  • Accepted forms of earnings documentation include: Pension and Health statements, W-2 or 1099 forms. Please do not submit tax returns without W2 forms.
  • Demonstrated financial need as shown by a current checking and savings bank statement (including name, address and balance totals)
  • Current lease, rent or mortgage statement or other household bills (including name and address).

To determine eligibility for additional funds, please see The Actors Fund eligibility section.

IATSE Local 600 Hardship Fund

Eligibility and documentation:

  • You must be a paid-up member to be eligible. Current membership card or confirmation by union including end date.
  • Most recent checking and savings bank statement, including name, address and balance totals.
  • Current lease, rent or mortgage statement. If none of these are available, another household bill with your name and address.
  • To determine your eligibility for additional funding through The Actors Fund, please include five years (2015-2019) entertainment industry earnings. Accepted forms of earnings documentation include: Union Pension and Health statements, W-2 or 1099 forms. To be eligible for The Actors Fund, you must have entertainment industry earnings over $6,500 for three out of the last five years.
IATSE Local 798

Eligibility and documentation:

  • You must be a paid-up member to be eligible. Current membership card or confirmation by union including end date. To request verification, send an email to: iatse798@local798.net. Please include your name, email address and phone number.
  • Most recent checking and savings bank statement, including name, address and balance totals.
  • Current lease, rent or mortgage statement. If none of these are available, another household bill with your name and address.
  • To determine your eligibility for additional funding through The Actors Fund, please include five years (2015-2019) entertainment industry earnings. Accepted forms of earnings documentation include: Union Pension and Health statements, W-2 or 1099 forms. To be eligible for The Actors Fund, you must have entertainment industry earnings over $6,500 for three out of the last five years.
Jujamcyn Theatre Assistance Fund

Eligibility and documentation:

  • Proof of employment with Jujamcyn Theatre for the most recent six months period.
  • Most recent checking and savings bank statement, including name, address and balance totals.
  • Current lease, rent or mortgage statement. If none of these are available, another household bill with your name and address.
  • To determine your eligibility for additional funding through The Actors Fund, please include five years (2015-2019) entertainment industry earnings. Accepted forms of earnings documentation include: Union Pension and Health statements, W-2 or 1099 forms. To be eligible for The Actors Fund, you must have entertainment industry earnings over $6,500 for three out of the last five years.
Local USA 829 IATSE COVID-19 Relief Fund

Eligibility and documentation:

  • You must be a paid-up member to be eligible. Current membership card or confirmation by union including end date.
  • Most recent checking and savings bank statement, including name, address and balance totals.
  • Current lease, rent or mortgage statement. If none of these are available, another household bill with your name and address.
  • To determine your eligibility for additional funding through The Actors Fund, please include five years (2015-2019) entertainment industry earnings. Accepted forms of earnings documentation include: Union Pension and Health statements, W-2 or 1099 forms. To be eligible for The Actors Fund, you must have entertainment industry earnings over $6,500 for three out of the last five years.
Musicians Union Local 802

Eligibility and documentation:

  • You must be a paid-up member to be eligible. Current membership card or confirmation by union including end date.
  • Most recent checking and savings bank statement, including name, address and balance totals.
  • Current lease, rent or mortgage statement. If none of these are available, another household bill with your name and address.
  • Local 802 members must provide proof of work cancellation.
  • To determine your eligibility for additional funding through The Actors Fund, please include five years (2015-2019) entertainment industry earnings. Accepted forms of earnings documentation include: Union Pension and Health statements, W-2 or 1099 forms. To be eligible for The Actors Fund, you must have entertainment industry earnings over $6,500 for three out of the last five years. Income from teaching does not qualify.
Producers Guild of America Members Relief Fund

Eligibility and documentation:

  • PGA members must confirm eligibility by obtaining a membership verification letter from the Guild verifying membership ID number before completing the application. Please send your request to: info@producersguild.org.
  • Most recent checking and savings bank statement, including name, address and balance totals.
  • Current lease, rent or mortgage statement. If none of these are available, another household bill with your name and address.
  • To determine your eligibility for additional funding through The Actors Fund, please include five years (2015-2019) entertainment industry earnings. Accepted forms of earnings documentation include: Union Pension and Health statements, W-2 or 1099 forms. To be eligible for The Actors Fund, you must have entertainment industry earnings over $6,500 for three out of the last five years.
SAG-AFTRA Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund

Eligibility and documentation:

  • You must be a currently active SAG-AFTRA member and paid-up on dues through October 2019 to be eligible. Current membership card or confirmation by union including end date.
  • Most recent checking and savings bank statements, including name, address and balance totals.
  • Current lease, rent or mortgage statement. If none of these are available, another household bill with your name and address.
  • Please note: Suspended Payment, Terminated, and Fee-Paying-Non-Member (Ficore) are NOT ELIGIBLE to receive assistance from the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
  • To obtain your SAG-AFTRA earnings, log onto the SAG Producers Pension site.
  • Go to: Earnings History-->View-->Your Earnings History. Select total earnings by year, not by job. You may provide a screenshot of this information.
  • To determine your eligibility for funding through The Actors Fund, please include five years (2015-2019) entertainment industry earnings. Accepted forms of earnings documentation include: Union Pension and Health statements, W-2 or 1099 forms. To be eligible for The Actors Fund, you must have entertainment industry earnings over $6,500 for three out of the last five years. Income from teaching does not qualify.

Film and Television Workers in Southern California: (Actors Fund and MPTF Applicants)
 

The Actors Fund and Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) have received generous COVID-19 funding from IATSE, Netflix and SAG-IACF to assist film and television workers. If you live in Southern California, you can apply to only one of these two organizations so together we may help as many people as possible.

By applying to The Actors Fund today, you are confirming that you have not applied to or received assistance from MPTF, and understand that a false representation could affect your ability to receive assistance from both organizations in the future. You are authorizing The Actors Fund and MPTF to share applicant names to coordinate grants to COVID-19 applicants.

Tips On Making Your Applications Process Easier

Pepare all documents prior to filling out the online application. Applicants will be required to upload all documents at the end of the online application.

If any documents are not already available electronically, here are some suggested steps to create a digital file.

  1. Search the app store for Evernote Scannable and download it to your phone. This is a free app. There are other similar apps that are available to create electronic files. Please use what works for you.
  2. Open the app and scan documents to create PDF files.
  3. You will need to create PDF files for each of these categories:
    1. 1 file including five years (2015-2019) entertainment industry earnings.
    2. 1 file for last month’s bank statement.
    3. 1 file for current lease, rent, mortgage or maintenance statement. If none of these are not available, provide a government issued identification.
    4. 1 file for union card(s) or proof of membership status, if applicable.

Please know that we are experiencing an extremely high volume of requests and ask for your patience during this time. It is taking approximately two weeks to process an application.

Please know that we are experiencing an extremely high volume of requests and ask for your patience during this time. It is taking approximately two weeks to process an application.