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The coronavirus pandemic has left a serious impact on members of the entertainment industry with productions halted, events canceled, offices closed and travel restricted. Below-the-line crew members, day-player talent and more workers have lost contract opportunities, while movie theaters are reporting zero earnings as worldwide social-distancing precautions take effect.
The Hollywood Reporter has compiled a living list of organizations, funds and individuals that are raising money to help entertainment businesses and industry members who are suffering economic distress in these unprecedented circumstances.
Government assistance is available to entertainment professionals in need. California's Employment Development Department's COVID-19 page provides information on unemployment, reduced hours, paid family leave, paid sick leave and disability benefits along with California's Labor & Workforce Development Agency and New York's Department of Labor (other states see here). California also notes that workers misclassified as independent contractors may be eligible for benefits and small businesses affected by the virus may be eligible for up to $2 million in federal disaster loans.
This is a living article, and will be updated regularly. If you know of additional resources for aid and would like to include them on our list, please send information to covidresources@THR.com.
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