Actors' Fund of Canada
The Actors' Fund of Canada is a Canadian registered charitable organization that provides emergency financial aid to people working within the entertainment industry.
In the mid-1950s the Actors' Fund of America, which had been in existence since 1882, asked members of Canadian Equity, then a subsidiary of its American counterpart, to help them raise funds for their cause. It was, however, decided - in the words of Jane Mallett - "that we could better look after those in need in the theatrical profession, either visitors or residents in Canada, if we raised such a Fund and administered it ourselves." Five actors (Mallett, Barbara Hamilton, Donald Davis, Barry Morse and William Needles) put a symbolic C$1 into a pot, and the Fund was launched.
The Actors' Fund is a registered charity that has paid out over $4.4 million in rent payments, grocery money, utility payments and other basic living expenses in the last 10 years. Performers, creators, technical staff and other production team members can benefit from the Fund, which receives no government funding and is wholly sustained by support from individuals and entertainment industry organizations.Page text. Over 10,000 professional members of the industry from all over Canada and in the fields of film & TV, theatre, music and dance have been helped by the Fund, which provides emergency financial aid to assist cultural workers in recovering from an illness, injury or other circumstances causing severe economic and personal hardship.
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