COVID-19 RESPONSE CENTER
FOR A BETTER BROADWAY
The Actors Fund
Speaking of The Actors Fund, the 138-year-old organization serves anyone who works in entertainment—not just actors and not just theatre pros. According to their site, “Since March 18, 2020, The Actors Fund has distributed more than $8.5 million in emergency financial assistance to 7,194 people in our industry. This money is helping people cover basic living expenses, such as food, essential medications, utilities and more.” Donate here.
AEA Curtain Up Fund
Actors' Equity, the union representing actors and stage managers, launched the Curtain Up Fund for emergency assistance with $500,000 and will match donations dollar for dollar of another $250,000. Donate here.
Artist Relief Initiative
Formed by a coalition of theatres, monies from the Initiative will offer quick, unrestricted grants of $5,000 to artists in crisis due to COVID-19. The fund operates for approximately the next five months. Read more. Donate here.
Artists Striving To End Poverty
Conceived by Broadway musical director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, ASTEP connects artists with youth communities all over the world in an effort to break the cycle of poverty. Donate here.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Broadway Cares funding supports AIDS relief organizations, national disaster relief, food service and meal delivery programs, research initiatives, emergency assistance, and more. Last month, Broadway Cares also established the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, administered by The Actors Fund, to help entertainment professionals facing health care crises and other immediate needs due to the coronavirus. Donate here.
Costumer Industry Coalition
Over 50 small, unique, independent businesses and artisans--in and around New York City--that create and supply costumes for the entertainment industry whose immediate goal is to act as a united front to ensure their future as a vital part of the entertainment industry not just in New York City but around the world. Donate here.
Supported by numerous artists during the Saturday Night Seder, the CDC Foundation funds medical supplies (like the much-need personal protective equipment), increased lab capacity, emergency staffing to health agencies, and more. Donate here.
The organization provides services and housing to homeless youth to help get them off the streets. For years, actors like Capathia Jenkins, Stephanie J. Block, Darius DeHaas, Audra McDonald, and more have supported their efforts, culminating in the annual Broadway Sleep Out—now the Stage & Screen Sleep Out. McDonald and Block recently participated in the first-ever national digital Sleep Out to raise awareness and funds for homeless youth, who are at particular risk during the coronavirus crisis. Donate here.
Dramatists Guild Foundation
In addition to its mission to support playwrights, writers, composers, and lyricists, DGF has answered the extra need of this moment with COVID-19 Emergency Grants. As with any DGF emergency grant, the money provides urgent financial assistance to those suffering undue hardship or unexpected illness. Donate here.
The Drama League
The Drama League launched Directors Emergency Relief Fund to support out of work artists and continues its usual fellowships, residencies, and stipends supporting stage directors. Donate here.
God's Love We Deliver
Since 1985, GLWD has prepared and delivered food to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. Serve adults and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, ALS, Parkinson’s disease and other life-altering illness throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester and Nassau Counties, and Hudson County, NJ, GLWD believes no one should have to suffer the dual crises of hunger and illness, and that proper nutrition is vital to improving the health and well-being of the body and mind. Donate here.
Indie Theater Fund
Emergency aid from the fund will support Off-Off-Broadway theatre in wake of the shutdown due to the novel coronavirus. This effort helps the smallest of New York City theatres, those with a capacity of 99 seats or less and an operating budget of $250,000 or less. Donate here.
The JED Foundation
JED is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. Partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. They are equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other while encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health. Learn more here.
Local 802 Musicians Relief Fund
This non-profit aims to provide over 8,000 professional musician members with reliable assistance in times of trouble and dire need. Through ERF, musicians are helped by a New York State licensed social worker who provides confidential social services to members and their families through the ERF’s Musicians’ Assistance Program, and grants are available to musicians and their families going through hardship. Click here to donate.
From the Recording Academy (Grammy's) MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly influence the health and welfare of the music community. Donate here.
No Kid Hungry
Playwright Catya McMullen and director Jenna Worsham created The Homebound Project in support of No Kid Hungry. With schools already beginning to close again, many children who rely on school for their meals will be without food. The Homebound Project unites actors for ticketed readings to raise money and awareness for the cause. Donate here.
The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable
This group supports over 2,000 early-career to senior administrators, teaching artists, and classroom arts specialists who work in every art form from music to theater to media arts. Donate here.
Opening Act provides highest need schools with free, year-long, after school theater program serving 57 schools throughout New York City, including their partnership with the city’s alternative school district, Since inception, they have grown to reach over 5,000 young people.with disproportionately less access to resources than other schools in the system. Opening Act's unique programming are core values introduce vital life skills through theatre education, more at risk during Covid related remote learning. Click here to donate.
PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Their mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible. Donate here.
See Lighting Foundation
A number of immigrant theatre artists continue to feel the financial impacts of the public health crisis. While legally allowed to work in the U.S., visa holders do not have the same access to state unemployment benefits and other subsidies. Following the success of an initial fundraising campaign, The See Lighting Foundation is working to distribute $500 monthly grants to 60 theatre artists, on a monthly basis, through the end of 2020. To donate, click here.
Shields for Heroes
The non-profit provides PPE to medical professionals and essential workers, who have experienced a shortage of supplies needed to keep them safe. In addition, the charity connects suppliers of raw materials with manufacturers and manufacturers with healthcare providers to establish a pipeline of safety. Original Annie Andrea McArdle as well as Sarah Jessica Parker, Norm Lewis, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Alan Cumming, Capathia Jenkins, and more created a music video as part of #TomorrowTogether to raise awareness and funds for the organization. Donate here.
Speak Your Mind
Helping the mental health community around the world to share information and learn what is working and what more is needed to support good mental health for all during the response to, and recovery from, COVID-19. Learn more here.
Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation
The Foundation has also launched an emergency assistance fund to help its members during this pandemic. The Stage Directors and Choreographers union has over 4,000 members throughout the U.S. Donate here.
TDF Lifeline Campaign
TDF is one of the nation’s foremost organizations when it comes to accessibility to the performing arts. Through discounted tickets at the TKTS booth and TDF memberships, community outreach, education initiatives, ASL-interpreted and closed-caption performances, and autism-friendly programming, TDF keeps theatre as an art form for all. The campaign supports TDF’s operating costs during the shutdown and eventual restart. Donate here.
The non-profit focuses on supporting theatres across the country. The organization increases accessibility to local theatre and arts education. During the shutdown, Theater Forward will help these institutions stay afloat and recover. Donate here.
The Voice Must Be Heard Relief Campaign
The Metropolitan Opera launched this emergency fundraiser to support the NYC-based institution during the pandemic. Funds will ensure the future of the company. Donate here.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Now in its 50th year, VLA is a legal aid and education organization dedicated protecting the NYC artistic community’s livelihoods, businesses, and creative works through access to dedicated legal representation and focused education programs. Click here to learn more and donate.
*special thanks to Playbill.com for additional curation.