HOWL Emergency Life Project | Actors Fund

HOWL Emergency Life Project

The Howl Emergency Life Project (HELP) provides emergency financial assistance and social service support to artists who have participated in the annual Howl Festival.

If you have been a part of the annual Howl Festival or have made your career in New York City’s East Village and Lower East Side arts community with work that challenges the traditional boundaries of dance, theatre, music, multimedia and the spoken word, you may qualify for HELP.

HELP services include:

  • Counseling and referrals for personal, family or work-related problems
  • Referrals to community resources for medical care, legal services, public benefits or elder care
  • Workshops on a variety of topics like finding affordable housing, financial education, and health insurance options
  • Financial assistance is available for rent, utilities, mental health, medical care and other basic living expenses
  • Grants are approved on a case-by-case basis, based on need

*Photo by Dan Farrell/NY Daily News Archive/Getty Images.


Eligibility for the financial assistance program requires an application, documentation of professional earnings and an interview. In general, eligibility for financial assistance is based on:

  • Regular participation as an artist in the Howl Festival, or
  • A career as an artist within New York City’s East Village or Lower East Side arts community
  • A minimum of five years of arts-related work with earnings of at least $3,000 for three out of the last five years
  • Financial need

For Assistance, Please Contact:

We provide assistance nationally. For more information and an application, please contact our regional office closest to you.

New York City
212.221.7300, ext. 119


Los Angeles
323.933.9244, ext. 455

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