The Actors Fund & Actors Fund Work Program (For Everyone in Entertainment)

New Member Benefit – The Actors Fund & Actors Fund Work Program
(For Everyone in Entertainment)

The Actors Fund is a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. The Fund is a source of information and support around key issues for entertainment industry professionals: Social Services, Housing, Health Services/Insurance and Employment.  For complete information visit:

The Actors Fund Work Program – AWP – is a comprehensive employment and training program committed to fostering resiliency and self-reliance for industry professionals as well as providing a resource for referral of highly skilled and creative workers to the larger employment community.

NYWIFT members who have worked professionally for at least 5 years and can show earnings in the entertainment industry are welcome to join the program by attending an orientation, held every Monday, except holidays, from noon to 2:30 pm. For further information, email Patch Schwadron, Career Counselor Supervisor:

About The Fund
The Actors Fund, a nonprofit human services organization founded in 1882, serves all professionals – and not just actors! – in film, theater, television, music, opera, and dance through programs that address their unique and essential needs.

A national organization with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, The Fund directly serves more than 12,000 performing arts and entertainment professionals across the country every year, and hundreds of thousand through our online resources.  In providing care and service to professionals throughout the industry, The Fund’s programs are wide in scope, responsive in nature, and produce significant results, affecting the lives of people in our community year after year.

Employment in any division of the performing arts and entertainment industry is unpredictable. The life of an entertainment professional is very similar to any worker or independent contractor that moves from job to job to make their living. 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. You are welcomed to learn more about their programs and services, how you can Support The Fund, or how you can enjoy Performances and Events by clicking on these links.