Resources for Members
For the benefit of our members who are being impacted by the current situation, we have collected links to some of the resources that may be of assistance.
This list will be updated as we learn of additional resources.
If you are working at home or unable to work due to a closed workplace or production, and experiencing any type of hardship:
- The Actors Fund and the Actors Fund of Canada are not just for actors; they support everyone in the entertainment industry, including IATSE members. Check here to determine if you qualify for emergency assistance.
- Motion Picture Television Fund offers emergency financial assistance to qualified industry members, including IATSE.
- Hollywood Support Staff COVID-19 Relief Fund helps support Hollywood assistants and support staffers. Click here to apply for assistance or here to donate.
- SAG-AFTRA Foundation and SAG-AFTRA Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (MPPWF) provide disaster funds for eligible SAG-AFTRA members.
- Musicians Local 47 Emergency aid to Los Angeles Musicians Union members who are unemployed due to coronavirus shutdown.
- Billboard Guide for Music Professionals Lists dozens of national and local resources.
- Local 600 website (Cinematographers Guild) provides information for members.
- WGA Health Plan Now Covers online doctor visits to combat coronavirus.
- The IRS has established steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.
- The DGA and Directors Guild Foundation provide information and aid for members; the DGA-Producer Health Plan waived Coronoavirus testing charges and now covers online doctor visits. In addition, the DGA recently launched a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to aid members facing financial challenges. Members affected by the industry's shutdown can apply for $1,000 financial relief grants via MPTF. If you are a member in search of assistance, please call the MPTF intake line at 323-634-3888.
- Behind the Scenes provides financial assistance to the entertainment technology industry professionals who are seriously ill or injured. Grants may be used for basic living and medical expenses.
- Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation assists pioneers of the motion picture industry who find themselves in need. Additional information on specific services are also available.
- Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Community Services (AFL-CIO) provides a safety net for the labor movement, whether it be through the food program, disaster relief fund, or financial literacy.
- Los Angeles' Safer at Home FAQ page can help you learn what you must do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- The Los Angeles Unified School District is offering free nutritious meals for children at 60 Grab & Go Food Centers located throughout the city between 7:00am - 10:00am.
- The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) has launched the COVID-19 Response Fund to help individuals and communities affected by the coronavirus crisis.
- The Producers Guild of America Member Relief Fund has been created to help members in need of emergency financial help due to the coronavirus crisis by providing help of up to $1000 to qualifying members. Apply for aid at actorsfund.org/gethelp. Conversely, if you are able to help support the fund, you may do so at actorsfund.org/PGA.
- IATSE C.A.R.E.S. has been created to organize aid for the most vulnerable - elderly and disabled members. The initiative establishes a "Buddy System", where members in need may request assistance. Please visit iatsecares.org to find out more, request assistance or volunteer.
- The CARES Act passed by Congress last week will provide $260 billion in enhanced and expanded unemployment insurance (UI) to thousands of entertainment workers throughout the country who are being furloughed, laid off, or find themselves without work due to COVID-19.
To help you navigate UI or the benefits provided by the CARES Act, here are some links that are helpful:
- Links to each state's unemployment office website(s)
- National Employment Law Project fact sheet on who qualifies for CARES Act aid
- Helpful graphic provided by the AFL-CIO's Department for Professional Employees on navigating COVID-19 UI
- Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
- Information on emergency funds for artists all over the country.
- Find out if you can get some relief from your bank (Forbes)
Financial Resources in California
- Employment Development Department (EDD) offers expedited unemployment benefits to those in California's entertainment industry who have lost their job due to the coronavirus.
- Caring for an ill or quarantined family member? You may qualify for Paid Family Leave (PFL).
- If you're unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness or got sick on the job, you may qualify for paid sick leave, Disability Insurance, or Workers Compensation.
- Has your business been impacted? Get the help you need to take care of you and your employees.
- United Way of Greater Los Angeles has created a Pandemic Relief Fund to support L.A. County's unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and low-income individuals, students and families at imminent risk of homelessness and hardships due to health and economic impacts of coronavirus.
- Those who live in the greater Los Angeles area can keep informed and get honest and helpful information via daily emails or by attending community conference calls. Each area of Los Angeles has a dedicated representative in the Mayor's Office. Enter your address or select your location on the map to learn more about your area representative and how to connect.
- For those of you in Glendale, check daily updated information on your city's Emergency home page: https://www.glendaleca.gov/
- For members in Pasadena, you can subscribe to email updates at Coronavirus Information.
Food Delivery Resources
- Amazon Prime Now Grocery Delivery
- Almost Anything
- Narrative Food
- Wal-Mart Grocery Delivery
- Uber Eats
Food Resources in California
- Patina Restaurant Group has created the menu for the Emmy Awards Governors Ball for the past 24 years. They are offering these delivery options:
- Los Angeles Regional Food Bank provides meals for families and children struggling with hunger in the community. They can provide assistance with meals or you can help to support those in need.
- Savore Supply an in-home kitchen restocking service will deliver to your home, using their signature hermetically-sealed ultra-sanitary packaging method. (Los Angeles only)
- Curtis Stone's pop-up market offers prepared meals and grocery items for delivery or curb-side pick up. (Los Angeles only)
- Project Angel Food prepares and delivers healthy meals to feed people impacted by serious illness, bringing comfort and hope every day. Find help or ways in which you can provide assistance.
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Working from Home Resources
- How to work from home with kids (without losing it)" (CNN)
- "Parents share home schooling survival tips on Twitter amid coronavirus lockdown" (CNET)
- "How 'regular school' parents can homeschool their kids" (CNN)
- "Home-Schooling Tweens and Teens During Coronavirus Closings" (New York Times)
- Your phone is your lifeline. Tips for how to use it carefully during this time. (New York Times)
- Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast: Staying Hopeful, Safe And Entertained As The Industry Changes, will air on Thursday, March 26. Listen to this episode and check out their library of previous episodes as we all grapple with COVID-19.
- New to Working Remotely? These Resources Can Help (Linkedin)
- 8 Tips To Make Working From Home Work For You (NPR)
- Succeeding from Home: Here's exactly how to thrive as a remote worker in the days of coronavirus (Business Insider)
- Ready to start using Zoom, but need some help? Drop in for a 30 minute live training with a Zoom expert.
- Plus, you can find additional information to help you most effectively use Zoom as we all navigate the coronavirus pandemic.
Working from Home Resources in California
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- New, one-stop California state website: covid19.ca.gov
- City of Los Angeles
- Sign Up for NotifyLA
- Los Angeles Unified School District
Mental Wellness Resources
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
- Behind the Scenes Charity has created a mental health and suicide prevention initiative portal that includes resources and a self-assessment tool. They are also working on an entertainment industry specific therapist finder. Check back frequently to see when this has been added to the site.
- If you are feeling anxious and uncertain during this time, Calm is providing free tools to help you take better care of yourself and stay grounded. Enjoy meditations, sleep stories, music and more to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time. Check back regularly as they'll continually be updating resources.
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If you are staying at home with school-age children:
Resources for working with children
- Save The Children has helpful hints and suggestions on talking to children about the coronavirus, plus activities, learning opportunities and more resources.
- The Fred Rogers Center also offers tips on explaining this challenging time to children.
- Khan Academy can help with remote learning during school closures.
- Los Angeles County Library is offering temporary digital cards to use for all online resources, including watching television and movies.
- AT-HOME LEARNING PBS SoCal and KCET, in partnership with LAUSD, are offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to California's state curriculum by grade level, to provide continued at-home learning.
- Red Nose Day, the campaign to end child poverty, has free school lesson plans, developed with Scholastic, to help children build empathy while practicing core ELA and math skills.
- Scholastic's Free Learn at Home Program provides day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.
- Crash Course YouTube Channel has courses like Astronomy, US History and Anatomy, along with an awesome variety of AP high school curriculum topics. You can also take Film Studies, Government and Ecology – all featuring a variety of hosts who are at your service, so you won't even notice you're getting smarter.
Just need a distraction?
- SAG-AFTRA actors read to children
- Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner created #SAVEWITHSTORIES. Watch your favorite celebrities read children's books on Instagram and Facebook.
- Josh Gad, "Frozen's" Olaf, is reading great children's stories for ten minutes each night on Twitter. Gad uses his acting chops to read in character voices. Fun for children as well as parents.
- Free books for kids on Audible. As long as schools are closed, kids can stream an incredible collection of stories (across six different languages) for free.
- Even adults need distraction and BroadwayHD is offering you a 7 day free trial, so you can watch your favorite plays and musicals while quarantined.
- Watch your favorite movies and shows at the same time — wherever you are. Netflix 'Party' Extension lets you have a remote movie night by syncing accounts.
- CBS All Access offers a free month (in the US) by using the code: GIFT. You can catch the season finale of Star Trek on Thursday, as well as watch The Good Fight, Interrogation, Women Who Kill and Twilight Zone among originals along with the inventory of Blue Bloods, NCIS and Survivor, to name a few.
- The 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival, which was canceled amid the coronavirus outbreak, has set a "Special Home Edition" for April 16-19. Movies and moments from the past decade will air so that people can enjoy them at home. For information, visit Special Home Edition.
- SXSW Film Festival Shorts are streaming on Mailchimp Presents. In the wake of the canceled 2020 SXSW Festival, over 70 short films, including the four festival winners and seven special recognition films are being made available.
- There are a lot of free and fun online options you can access with your L.A. Library Card!
- J.K. Rowling launches Harry Potter At Home online hub for kids, teachers & fans. The hub will include contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. "We're casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!"
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