We recommend the following sites for obtaining financial or any other kind of assistance.
CERF: Craft Emergency Relief Fund The mission of CERF is to strengthen and sustain the careers of craft artists across the United States. CERF accomplishes its mission through direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists, including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance.
CHANGE, INC. – Established in 1970 by Robert Rauschenberg to assist professional artists in all disciplines in need of emergency aid. CHANGE, INC, PO Box 54, Captiva, Fla 33924 Ph 212-473-3742 Sweet Relief Musicians Fund 65 South Grand Ave #209 – Pasadena, CA 91105 Ph 626 792 2858 :: Fax 626 792 2899 :: Toll Free 888 955 7880
Advertising Industry Emergency Fund
6404 Wilshire Blvd., #1111, Los Angeles, CA 90048; (323) 655-1951
Emergency and medical aid available for Southern California ad/media employees who have worked in the industry for at least one year and have not been absent for the advertising industry for over a year.
Aid for Aids
8235 Santa Monica Blvd, #200, West Hollywood, CA 90046; (323) 656-1107, x105 www.aidforaids.net, firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides grants for people with HIV who are disabled, cannot work, and have exhausted financial resources.
American Society of Journalists and Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
1501 Broadway, Suite 302, New York, NY 10036; (212) 997-0947
Assists established freelance non-fiction writers across the country who are unable to work due to advancing age, disability, illness, or extreme circumstances.
1835 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122; (206) 467-8734, x9
Supports and encourages Washington artists in all disciplines with financial aid project grants and fellowships.
Authors League Fund
31 East 32nd Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10016; (212) 268-1208
Provides loans for professional writers in emergency situations.
Carnegie Fund for Authors
One Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514
Provides grants for published writers in emergency situations.
Directors Guild Foundation
7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046; (310) 289-2038
Provides short-term interest-free loans to DGA members between jobs.
Dramatists Guild Fund
1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036; (212) 398-9366, x14
Provides interest-free loans to professional and published playwrights, composers, and lyricists during emergencies.
Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund
1640 Marengo Street, Suite 406, Los Angeles, CA 90033; (888) 994-3863 www.wrpioneers.org
Provides aid for persons in the theatrical community (exhibition, distribution, and production). Aid excludes alcohol and substance abuse problems.
Pen Writers Fund
568 Broadway, New York, NY 10012; (212) 334-1660
Provides financial assistance to published writers.
Pen Fund for Writers and Editors with AIDS
568 Broadway, New York, NY 10012; (212) 334-1660
Offers emergency funds of up to $1,000 to professional writers, including screenwriters, within six weeks of application.
Poets in Need
Post Office 5411, Berkeley, CA 94705; email@example.com; www.poetsinneed.org
Provides emergency assistance to poets who have an established presence in the literary community as innovators in the field and a substantive body of published work.
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical and Legal Fund
1436, Altamont Avenue, PMB 292, Schenectady, NY 12303
Medical fund offers interest-free loans to members facing unexpected medical expenses. Also makes loans available to authors who must take a writing-related dispute to court.
The Songwriters Guild Foundation
1500 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken, NJ 07087; (201) 867-7603
Emergency assistance for writers and widows.
Will Rogers Memorial Fund
1640 Marengo Street, Suite 406, Los Angeles, CA 90033; (323) 223-7773, x106
Therapeutic and rehabilitative financial aid to individuals employed by or retired from the entertainment industry.
Writers Guild of America West
7000 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048; (323) 782-4568; www.wga.org
Provides loans for members.
Indian Artist Disaster Relief Fund
Provides funds for American Indian artists who have suffered losses through death, long term illness or other tragedy. http://www.anny.org/
New York Artists Equity Association
Interest free loans for health insurance and emergency medical aid to visual artists living in the NY tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) Maximum loan: $2000 People to People Fund – (845) 343-1663 / Must reside in Orange, Ulster, Sullivan or Pike Counties – Helps individuals who are normally self sufficient but are unable to do so when a sudden financial emergency arises.
Artists Health Insurance Resource Center
Provides the art community with the information necessary to make informed choices about individual and small business group health insurance options.