Native American Media Alliance Partners With Netflix to Provide 200 Virus Relief Fund Grants

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Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to Native Americans working in film and television who have lost jobs and income due to the pandemic.

The Native American Media Alliance has partnered with Netflix to establish the Native Americans in the Entertainment Industry COVID-19 Relief Fund, which will provide over 200 grants in the amount of $2,000 to eligible Native people in above the line and below the line positions who apply.

The fund intends to assist Native Americans working in film and television who have lost jobs and income due to halted production and other challenges in the industry as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

"Native Americans in entertainment have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of productions have been shut down and are slowly beginning to open, but that comes with challenges as many jobs are still not available. Many Native American crew members, assistants, and other workers, who have been living paycheck to paycheck, are struggling to maintain basic living standards and are not able to find work," Ian Skorodin, director of strategy for the Native American Media Alliance, said in a statement. "This new program will help our community by providing some relief for those in need."

Native Americans interested in requesting funds can go to nama.media/covid-19-relief-fund for instructions on how to apply.

Netflix has previously announced a $150 million relief fund for out-of-work production professionals, including the hundreds of thousands of crew and cast without jobs. Separately, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and his wife Patty Quillin have donated $30 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, a nonprofit organization started by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that is working on life-saving immunization programs to fight COVID-19.