The SAG-AFTRA Foundation reports many actors and other union members are asking for assistance during this industry’s coronavirus shutdown. The Foundation says in response to the crisis they will be accelerating the application process to make it “more seamless and efficient.”
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation COVID-19 Disaster Fund supports members who are in an emergency financial crisis to help them cover basic expenses including rent, mortgage, utilities, medical bills, and other important needs.
“We ask for your patience during this time,” the Foundation told members of SAG-AFTRA. “For those of you who have already applied, please know it is taking up to a week to process applications. In the interim, please collect the necessary documentation listed below so that you will be able to complete our new online application quickly.”
According to the Foundation’s website, those eligible only include the following:
- SAG-AFTRA members are eligible to apply to the Fund if they are currently active and paid up on their dues through October 2019.
The Foundation also points out that it’s taking tax-deductible donations for its COVID-19 Disaster Fund. “Every donation counts, big or small, and 100% of your donation will provide relief to hard-hit SAG-AFTRA members in the affected regions.”
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In other related news, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, nearly 120,000 below-the-line entertainment industry jobs have been lost. 80% of the 150,000 members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Leaders of the International Cinematographers Guild that has about 9,000 members and works as IATSE Local 600 addressed the loss of jobs report in a message to members as part of its most recent weekly newsletter.