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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.

Music

Music Maker Relief Foundation

Gives grants to meet basic life needs and emergency relief to people 55 years or older and rooted in a Southern musical tradition.

MusiCares

The Emergency Financial Assistance Program covers financial, medical and personal emergencies. Eligibility is based on at least five years in the industry or credited contribution to six commercially released recordings or videos.

Musicians Foundation

Helps professional musicians by providing emergency financial assistance in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses. All professional musicians are eligible to apply.

Rhythm and Blues Foundation

Provides emergency financial assistance to former Motown artists of the 1960s and 1970s.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Provides financial assistance to career musicians who are facing illness, disability or age-related problems.

Multi-Disciplines

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Catholic Charities

Provides relief and recovery services on a regional level, and responds to the need for emergency food, shelter, direct financial assistance, counseling and support. Other services include financial, medical and utilities assistance, clothing, housing, health care and child care. This site provides links to local branches, each of which provides direct assistance.

Mayer Foundation

Makes economic relief grants to individuals suffering or in distress as a result of poverty, low income or lack of financial resources.

Visual Artists

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc.

Provides interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need.

Artists' Fellowship, Inc.

Assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, sculptors) and their families in times of emergency, disability or bereavement.

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