Dear LMGI Members and Business Partners,
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is turning our world upside down, and we want you to know that the LMGI, your location community, is concerned about you.
It’s been a very stressful few weeks. Many of us have had jobs cancel or been put on hold indefinitely. Some of us have friends and relatives that are directly impacted by the virus. Others are on governmentally or self-imposed, “lock down”.
It’s times like these we need to be able to turn to each other and support each other. Despite being physically “socially distanced” you are not alone, and while we are all charting new waters here, we wanted to remind us all that we started the LMGI as a Guild to support our fellow location professionals.
To that end, we have gathered a listing of a few resources that may be helpful to you during these coming days, weeks and months. We will continue to add more listings, below, so if you need help, keep checking back in the days to come.
Founded in 1882, we serve all professionals—and not just actors—in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance through programs that address our community’s unique and essential needs.
Employment in any division of the performing arts and entertainment industry is unpredictable. Work is erratic, security is fleeting and health insurance is often just a dream. For all of these reasons and many more, The Actors Fund is an indispensable and deeply significant part of the entire entertainment community.
As a national organization with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, we directly serve thousands of performing arts and entertainment professionals across the country every year, in person and via our online resources. Our programs are wide in scope, responsive in nature and produce significant results.
The AFC (The Actors Fund Canada)
Motion Picture Fund (US)
MPTF offers a variety of services that can provide emotional and financial relief to people and their families during hardship. Whether the hardship is personal or the result of an entertainment industry-wide event, MPTF is here when you need us most.
FILM & TV CHARITY (UK)
The Film and TV Charity offers emotional and financial support services, including counseling, legal advice and financial grants. The charity’s support grants offer one-off financial support for people facing urgent and immediate financial crisis to help you get back on your feet.
DGA-PRODUCER HEALTH PLAN UPDATE & ADDITIONAL MEMBER RESOURCES (US)
For members who begin experiencing financial emergencies or hardship, there are resources available to you including the Directors Guild Foundation which offers confidential interest-free loans to members in need (email: Foundation@dga.org). Additionally, the Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF) remains fully committed to its mission of helping the entertainment industry workforce, and is available to provide financial assistance and case management to those experiencing hardship related to coronavirus including production shutdowns, work slowdowns, layoffs or other issues. The MPTF can be reached at (323) 634-3888.
FILM + TV Charity (UK)
24/7 UK-based Film and TV support hotline and website.
How Freelancers can claim paid sick leave in a corona virus emergency (US)
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (IRELAND)
This payment is available to employees and self-employed people who are unemployed or who have their hours of work reduced during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. This includes people who have been put on part-time or casual work.
The payment has a simple one-page application form and will be paid for a period of 6 weeks at a flat rate payment of €203 per week for jobseekers. It is designed to quickly deliver a social welfare payment to the unemployed and provide income security during the pandemic.
Netflix Virus Relief Fund – $100 Million Virus Relief Fund (details in article, world-wide distribution of funds)
Home Dog LA (LOS ANGELES, US)
Helping pet owners with resources for their pets if they fall on hard times.