The Actors’ Fund of America provides for the welfare of all who earn their living through employment in the entertainment industry. The stage manager, dancer or theatrical press agent with AIDS and no health insurance, the actor looking to make a transition into a second career, the retired costume designer having difficulty living on social security and unclear about his Medicaid benefits, the stage carpenter, company manager or actress facing a crisis around an issue of addiction, the musician in need of supportive housing – all are part of the entertainment industry and all can find assistance through The Actors’ Fund.
The Actors’ Fund continues the industry tradition of “taking care of its own,” forged more than a century ago when attitudes of prejudice against people in show business prevailed. The Actors’ Fund served as a catalyst for reducing that discrimination and integrating theatre professionals into the social, political, and economic aspects of their communities.
Through its partnership with The Actors’ Fund, BC/EFA touches the lives of thousands of entertainment professionals living with HIV/AIDS, as well as those coping with a variety of other health issues and life challenges.