To help performing arts and entertainment professionals impacted by recent winter storms, Oregon Wildfires and other natural disasters, The Actors Fund can provide emergency financial assistance. Please use the application link at the bottom of the page.
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, musicians and comedians must document three years of recent earnings of at least $2,000 a year.
If you are a SAG-AFTRA member, you may be eligible for assistance through the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, administered by The Actors Fund. If you are a member, please provide your union membership number.
Employees of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) are eligible to apply to the Hunter Brown Fire Relief Fund, a fund for OSF employees and company members who lost or were displaced from their homes in the recent wildfires in Southern Oregon. In 2017, Hunter Brown was killed in Central Point by a Greyhound Bus on which he had been a passenger. Hunter and his parents, Paula Becker and Barry Brown, enjoyed many OSF productions during his childhood and OSF has been important to their family for more than 30 years. In memory of Hunter, his parents have donated this money to help OSF employees and company members who lost or were displaced from their homes in the recent wildfires in Southern Oregon. To be eligible you must have been employed by the Festival in 2019-2020. All applicants must provide a current checking/savings bank statement and proof of residence. After your application has been received, a social worker will be in touch with you.
- Most recent checking and savings bank statement, including name, address and balance totals.
- Proof that you reside in an area impacted by the disaster such as household bill with your name and address.
In addition, for Winter Storm 2021 applicants:
- Entertainment industry earnings over $6,500 for three out of the last five years (2015-2020) accepted forms of earnings documentation include: union pension and health statements, W-2 or 1099 forms. Do not include tax returns without W-2’s.