The Behind the Scenes Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization established in early 2005 to create and support charitable programs for the entertainment technology industry. Our tax ID number is 38-3715781. Behind the Scenes audited financial statements and 990 tax returns are available upon request.
To provide a safety net for entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured or in need of mental health or substance use support.
The Behind the Scenes charity issues grants to entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate dependent family, in need due to serious illness or injury that may be used for basic living, medical or funeral expenses. The charity also issues counseling grants to assist with the costs of seeing a therapist or in-patient or out-patient rehabilitation.
The BTS Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative provides tools and resources to support entertainment industry workers and promote mental health and psychological safety.
Behind the Scenes works closely with related industry charities and social service organizations to assist clients to the fullest extent possible. The Foundation raises funds through events, programs and donations. The Foundation further encourages the entertainment industry to create their own events and programs in support of their charity.
We believe racism has no place in our world or in our industry. We are trying to help build an industry where we all take care of each other physically, emotionally and mentally; where concern for fairness, kindness, understanding, and emotional wellness take precedence.
We condemn violence, hatred and injustice. We believe that an injustice against one person is an injustice against all people. We stand with the many who have peacefully protested and hope our voices are heard loud and clear and pave the way to lasting change.
Behind the Scenes was founded to provide assistance to entertainment technology professionals in need, no matter what color their skin, the language they speak, the religion they follow, or gender or sexuality they identify as. Our motto is, “Don’t leave your colleagues in the dark.” We want to shine a light into the dark corners of violence, hatred and injustice. We want to shine a light on this moment and the opportunity it represents; to become a better world that respects and protects the rights of every individual. A world that provides equal access to justice, economic opportunity, health care, and all-embracing social freedom.