If you are seeking assistance due to work cancellations because of Covid-19, the following organizations may be able to assist you. Keep in mind that you must meet their established criteria, and please follow their instructions for how they want you to apply, as all are dealing with an unprecedented number of inquiries and applications. The Actors Fund for Everyone in Entertainment, Motion Picture and Television FundMusiCares, AFC (Canada)

Who is Eligible for a Behind the Scenes Grant?

Behind the Scenes will accept applications from anyone who has been hospitalized with Covid-19 and is in financial need.

Please review our eligibility criteria below, keeping in mind that grants are only awarded in cases of serious illness or injury. You may be eligible for a grant if you are seriously ill or injured and currently reside in the United States or Canada and have earned your living for at least five years in the entertainment technology industry. This means that your major source of income is from your work in this industry, which includes being directly involved with production:

  • Behind the scenes in any type of performance venue, or
  • Behind the camera, or
  • On the road

It also includes working companies who are directly involved in supplying entertainment technology products and services such as dealers, manufacturers, production companies, consultants, and design firms.

You do not need to be currently working in the industry as long as your time out of the industry is less than the total time you worked in the industry, unless you are retired or on permanent disability.

Performing artists are not eligible.

Final determination of eligibility is at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors of the Behind the Scenes Foundation.