March 18, 2020
Member News

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. Latest items are marked NEW. Updated 7.10.20.

Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force
White Paper

  • Guidelines for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

Thank a Front-Line Hero

  • The Dear Heroes Project helps students show support for those working on the frontlines. This online platform allows students (pre-K – College) send thank you letters to healthcare workers on the frontlines of medical relief efforts. Bring motivation and smiles to the front line and let them know their hard work and dedication is not going unnoticed!

Professional Development

Entertainment Industry

  • Women in Film has launched Hire Her Back, an initiative to call on entertainment companies to continue to seek gender and racial equality as the industry looks to return to film and TV production after the COVID-19 shutdown. Find ways you can help and support.
  • Showrunner Ben Cory Jones Launches Virtual TV Pilot Writing Workshop for underrepresented writers of color and LGBTQ+ storytellers. Stories have the power to bring us together, even when we're forced to be separated. Writers of all genres are welcome to apply if they meet the criteria. To learn more, visit SHADOW AND ACT.
  • Script2Comic contest will give a winner the chance to see their screenplay, teleplay, short story, or comic script come to life as a comic book series or graphic novel. On top of that, it will be optioned for development into a film or television series and produced by Armory Films and Motor Content. Early Bird submissions are being taken now!

Just need a distraction?


  • Storyline Online, presented by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, features actors reading to children
  • Ebony Repertory Theatre's Dance@theHolden is proud to present JazzAntiqua Dance and Music Ensemble. This company is a beacon of inspiration and excellence on the California dance scene. Due to COVID-19, we are able to bring this concert to you via YouTube.
  • Sundance Now is offering 30 days free with Promo Code SUNDANCENOW30 (use the promo code to bump the free trial from 7 to 30 days). Watch a mix of original and exclusive dramas, comedies, and true crime series, plus award-winning movies in every genre. If you want to subscribe, commercial-free plans start at $5 per month.
  • Urban Movie Channel is offering 30 days free with Promo Code UMCFREE30 (use the code to bump the free trial from 7 to 30 days). Watch the best in Black film and television with new and exclusive content added weekly. UMC offers a mix of classic sitcoms and movies, plus original series, documentaries, and more.
  • National Theater at Home brings theatre lovers a free archived production from London's acclaimed National Theater every Thursday on its new YouTube channel, where it can be seen for a week. This week, Gillian Anderson stars in the critically acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • To celebrate Pride Month, Playbill will live stream LGBTQIA+ plays every Friday night in June in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The live streamed readings will be available directly on beginning June 5. This week, The Madness of George III, Alan Bennett's award-winning drama streams now through June 18 at 7:00 pm UK time. Here is complete information.
  • 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.
  • 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!"


If you are working at home or unable to work due to a closed workplace or production, and experiencing any type of hardship:

Financial Resources

Expert Advice

  • We need data, facts, and science to defeat COVID-19, so One World is launching #PassTheMic. Each day, celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Danai Gurira, Hugh Jackman and many more will hand over their social media channels to experts who can help us beat this global pandemic.

Take Action

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.

Community Information

  • Homeland Security Advisory Council of Los Angeles supports the City of Los Angeles' efforts surrounding COVID-19 and provides information directly to the Mayor's office, the Office of Emergency Management and local police and fire departments. HSAC's guidance and resources can be found here. In addition, COVID-19 SNAPSHOT provides more information and resources for L.A. and L.A. County, including real-time interactive maps that contain data-supported information and up-to-the-minute details.
  • 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.
  • For members in Pasadena, you can subscribe to email updates at Coronavirus Information.

Food Delivery Resources

Food Resources in California

  • Kensington Caterers, one of the Academy's regular vendors, is launching a Home Delivery Service providing Family Dinner Packages or al la carte items. Delivery takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays and the delivery fee is $25.00 within a 1-2 hour window. Peruse the menu and order or for additional information or special orders please send email to
  • 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.

Food Resources in New York and select cities in New Jersey

  • Invisible Hands is an organization of volunteers that provides safe, free delivery of groceries, medicine and supplies.

Discover recipes from the Television Academy - from our culinary partners, our staff, and sent in by members!

Working from Home Resources

Working from Home Resources in California


Mental Wellness Resources

  • NEW Good Housekeeping offers 15 Mindfulness Activities to Reduce Stress and Increase Calm. Practice simple techniques and exercises to help improve mental clarity and curb anxiety.
  • Help seniors beat the loneliness of social isolation with a few laughs. COMEDIANS ON CALL is a phone helpline to connect seniors with comedians and improv artists, giving them a chance to chuckle and laugh together during this social pandemic.
  • Family Health Forum Senator Anthony J. Portantino and PTA President Diane Hyland are joined by four local Marriage and Family Therapists to discuss the importance of mental health and how individuals, especially families, can manage stress during this period of uncertainty with COVID-19.
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Behind the Scenes Charity launched Be Scene - Be Heard, a 24/7 anonymous peer to peer chat app for entertainment professionals. In these challenging times, it may be easier to talk to a peer who you don't know, but is in the industry and understands and can relate to what you are going through. If you join now you will receive access through July 2020. After that it's just $0.99 per month.
  • Behind the Scenes Charity has created a mental health and suicide prevention initiative portal that includes resources and a self-assessment tool. As of 04/21, an Entertainment Industry Therapist Finder has been added. The Finder only includes listings for mental health professionals who have previously worked with clients in the entertainment industry or who have personal professional experience in the industry themselves.
  • 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.
  • 16 Awesome Zoo and Aquarium Livestreams to Boost Your Mood.

If you are staying at home with school-age children:

Resources for working with children

  • NEW This family-friendly virtual animation workshop features some of animation's top animators and collaborators, who will introduce you to some of the many styles of animation - as well as the art of storyboarding, how to make your own flip-book, creating characters, music, production design, voice acting, and more. Hosted by Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life and Television Academy College Television Award Winner) and Brooke Keesling (Head of Animation Talent Development for Bento Box Entertainment and Student Academy Award Winner).
  • To keep kids entertained and educated this summer, check out this guide to completely free virtual summer camps. The camps offer just about any topic that children might be interested in, including things like coding, robotics, mathematics, art, reading, writing and lots more.
  • ARRAY 101 - Provides the learning companion and field study lesson for Ava DuVernay's Netflix limited series When They See Us intended to be a catalyst for conversation and change.
  • Learn from home through free, online tutoring at Learning Lodge. Support for young students who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as students struggling with online classes, families with health care or essential workers, families with financial struggles, or families experiencing other difficulties.
  • Varsity Tutors is offering free classes throughout the end of summer 2020 to help students and families affected by COVID-19.
  • Virtual School Day: Over 100 live K-12 classes available to provide your child with enriched learning. "Intro to Spanish", "Coolest Women in History", "Java Programming Basics" and "The Story of Your Favorite Fairy Tales" are just a few of the popular classes.
  • Virtual Summer Camp: Choose from over 200 enrichment-based, week-long, live, interactive classes taught by expert instructors. Subjects like foreign languages, chess, theater, coding, Minecraft, how to be a detective, photography and more are being offered.
  • 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.
  •  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!"
  • Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone/Sorcerer's Stone, as part of Harry Potter At Home. Eddie Redmayne, Stephen Fry and others have read the next chapters of the first book - and there will be more big names to come. Register with the Harry Potter Fan Club to get updates on further video readings.

A message from your colleagues: We are in this together

 updated 7.10.20

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