Financial Aid and Emotional Support
The following resources that may help alleviate the economic impact as many employers are experiencing a slowdown in business or services as a result of COVID-19:
Financial Aid, Grants, and Resources
- Hollywood Support Staff COVID-19 Relief Fund- $450 checks will be available to those who qualify and who are currently receiving unemployment checks from the California Employee Development Department (EDD). $900 checks will be available to qualified applicants who cannot get checks from the EDD, such as 1099 employee status
- SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Disaster Relief is offering a Disaster Fund that is now available to eligible SAG-AFTRA members who have been impacted by this pandemic.
- The Actors Fund step-by-step How to Apply for Emergency Financial Assistance and How to Directly Donate to Those in Need of Assistance.
- The Actors Fund Disaster Resources (resources available to everyone in the entertainment industry - not just for performers)
- The Wrap - Here’s Where You Can Get (and Give) Financial Aid
- California’s Employment Development Department provides valuable information and potential options for both employers and employees
- The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering disaster assistance in response to COVID-19
- LA’s Economic & Workforce Development Department has established a Small Business Emergency Microloan Program
- Motion Picture and Television Fund - website
- The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new medical emergency grant program called Rauschenberg Emergency Grants to provide healthcare services for artists.
- City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Arts Emergency Relief Fund
- Women Center for Creative Work COVID-19 Emergency Health Grants for Artists
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants
- Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grants
- The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
- Center for Cultural Innovation List of Emergency Resources for Artists & Freelancers
- Creative Capital List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Joan Mitchell Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Visual Artists
- Findhelp, a tool for finding food assistance, help paying bills and other free or reduced cost programs during the pandemic
- City of Los Angeles: Latest Updates on the City's Response to COVID-19
- Here are remote jobs that could keep you working through the coronavirus era
- This is an extended list of emergency grants and resources for artists via RedCat
Financial Aid for Freelancers (full article on LA Times)
- The federal CARES Act creates a temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which provides unemployment insurance coverage to self-employed individuals, independent contractors and those with limited work history or part-time freelance work. (You must be available for work but unable to do your job as a result of the pandemic.)
- California’s unemployment insurance program provides about 46% of working wages, up to set limits. Maximum unemployment benefits amount to $450 a week.
- If you previously earned $1,000 a week ($4,000 a month), you’d get $450 in weekly unemployment coverage, or $1,800 per month from the state of California. The new CARES Act adds a federal payment of $600 a week to that. So, this hypothetical worker could get as much as $4,200 a month.
- The extra $600 weekly payments end on July 31, 2020.
- Coverage of freelancers under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance law starts retroactively on Jan. 27 and lasts until the end of the year. If you lost your job as a result of the pandemic at any point after that, you can claim benefits for the lost weeks of work. However, each individual freelancer receives a maximum of 39 weeks of benefits under this federal law. Unless federal benefits are extended beyond that point, state unemployment insurance coverage restrictions would kick in then.
- You can claim benefits here: link to your state’s website.The program also provides benefits to those who were offered work but now can’t start because the job was delayed or they cannot reach their work as the result of travel restrictions.
- If you can't work because you are caring for someone who is sick and are quarantined, the law provides unemployment coverage for this, too. Self-employed individuals may also be entitled to a tax credit for sick days under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was signed into law in mid-March. How the tax credit will be claimed, and whether there will be offsets for time that you claimed unemployment insurance, is currently unclear.
- If you filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019, and earned less than $99,000 individually or $198,000 as a couple filing jointly, you qualify for an economic impact payment. The amount of your payment will depend on your adjusted gross income.
- Individuals with an AGI of $75,000 or less, and couples with an AGI of $150,000 or less, will get the full amount of $1,200 per filer ($2,400 per couple). Parents also receive $500 per qualifying child. Those who earn more will get a reduced payment until the payments evaporate completely. The payments will go out automatically in about three weeks.
- If you have not filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, you will need to file now, unless you already receive Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits. In that case, you will also automatically receive a stimulus check, even if you don’t file a tax return. Many lower-income filers can file for free through the IRS’ free-file program.
- Go to IRS.gov/coronavirus. Given the volume of requests during tax season, the agency is asking consumers to forgo phone calls and check the website for updates.
- Click here to find more resources for freelance artists. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, and more.
Meditation and relaxation
- Headspace: Two-week free trial for the general public. (Providers with a National Provider Identifier can sign up for free full access.)
- Calm: Seven-day free trial. A meditation, sleep, and relaxation app that also provides resources specifically for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
- Stop, Breathe & Think: Always free, and for kids too.
- Insight Timer: Always free. This is not a daily app, but rather a great library you can search for various types of meditations and lengths by excellent teachers.
- 10% Happier: Free and paid options available. Health care providers can use redemption code HEALTHCARE to unlock all content.
211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County. Their 2-1-1 phone line is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time. Their community services go far beyond phone referrals – explore their website to learn more.If you are calling from outside Los Angeles County or cannot directly dial 2-1-1, call (800) 339-6993
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