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The show must go on—and now you can watch it from your living room. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encouraging self-isolation to halt the coronavirus’ spread, those who are financially dependent on the television, film, and theater industries have seen their livelihoods flash before their eyes. But in true showbiz fashion, nobody is going down without a fight.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund:
Less than a week after every Broadway theater was forced to shutter, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has launched a special online fundraising campaign to create the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund; seeded with $250,000 by Broadway Cares, the initiative will provide financial relief to entertainment professionals and has launched an online campaign to reach a goal of $1 million by April 12 (the goal was exceeded before that deadline). Money will be administered by the Actors Fund. (You can make a tax-deductible donation right here!)
SAG-AFTRA Foundation COVID-19 Disaster Fund:
On the television and film side of things, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has announced the COVID-19 Disaster Fund to provide aid to eligible guild members who have been financially impacted by the pandemic. Those interested in obtaining or donating to the fund can do so here. Once again, the Actors Fund will assist in distributing resources on the ground. Additionally, the Foundation has announced a “digital transition” in the wake of the fallout, which will see many of its courses offer a remote option, as well as live streaming and recording new programs.
The Foundation for Contemporary Arts temporary fund:
The Foundation for Contemporary Arts has created a temporary fund for artists who have had performances canceled or postponed due to the pandemic, and is disbursing $1,000 for the duration of the closures.