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ABOUT THE ACTORS FUND

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About The Actors Fund Canada

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.

Since March 18, 2020, The Actors Fund has provided more than $19.5 million+ in emergency financial assistance to over 15,000 people who work in performing arts and entertainment. With shutdowns on Broadway and in film and television, theater, concerts, dance, music and many other areas of entertainment, the need is great and growing. This emergency financial assistance is helping our most vulnerable and those in financial crisis to cover basic living expenses, such as food, essential medications, utilities and more.    

 

The Actors Fund’s phone and web-based services around career and life, health and wellness, and housing remain available to the entertainment and performing arts community. These services include: Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, The Career Center, The Dancers’ Resource, Housing Resources, Addiction & Recovery, HIV/AIDS, Women’s Health and Senior Services, Counseling and Emergency Financial Assistance and more.

The AFC is a national charity with a mission to help Canada’s entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity, and ability to work.

 

How The AFC Helps Emergency Financial Aid

Through its core program, The AFC provides emergency financial assistance to entertainment industry workers in vulnerable circumstances.

 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of industry members have turned to The AFC for help to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. During this challenging time, The AFC has focused on the goal of helping as many people as possible, responding to the need in the community with $1.4 million (and counting) in emergency financial aid.

 

Personal Support and Advocacy Compassionate, confidential, non-judgmental support available to anyone in the industry. The AFC can help people carve out a viable path to improved well-being, advocate with them and on their behalf, and connect them with existing support systems and resources.

 

Financial Wellness Program Access to personalized, high-value financial counselling and educational services, as well as information and resources to build and maintain financial resilience and stability.

 

Career Resilience Initiative Online Career Resilience Resource Hub and educational programs to help industry workers work through job and career challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

 

Maintaining Mental Wellness Program

In January 2021, The AFC launched Designated Sharing Time, a virtual support group for people who work in the entertainment industry.

 

Designated Sharing Time is the first element in The AFC’s Maintaining Mental Wellness Program which will include a one-on-one services and resources navigation tool, educational opportunities, and mental health first aid training for entertainment industry workers.

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