Before you APPLY, make sure you have:
- A copy of your current membership card OR confirmation by the Union’s membership department (email email@example.com and put “Proof of Membership” in subject line) – including end date (you must be current through December 2020)
- Most recent bank statement (not printout from ATM)
- Current lease or mortgage/maintenance
AGMA contracts with the Entertainment Community Fund (previously known as The Actors Fund) to administer this program nationally as well as to provide comprehensive social services.
Any AGMA member in good standing is entitled and encouraged to apply for financial assistance through the AGMA Relief Fund. Grants are awarded on a case-by-case basis, based on need.
AGMA is aware of the major effects resonating in the performance sector regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. We are deeply saddened that it is resulting in loss of work and moneys due to theatre closures and travel restrictions. We know that many of our artists, especially soloists, travel extensively and have been affected by this crisis.
The AGMA Relief Fund depends on the generosity of many to assist our members in need. If you would like to donate, please click the PayPal button below, or contact AGMA directly. Please note in the memo/note field, or over the phone, that your donation is to benefit those affected by the coronavirus.* 95% percent of funds go directly to financial aid for AGMA colleagues in times of crisis.
Send Checks to:
AGMA Relief Fund
305 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2A
New York, NY 10001
ACH Transfers to AGMA Relief Fund
Information for ACH transfer to AGMA Relief Fund:
Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Routing Number 221473652
Account Number 9994614791
I/N/O AGMA Relief Fund
Bethpage Federal Credit Union address:
Bethpage Federal Credit Union
899 S. Oyster Bay Road
Bethpage, NY 11714
The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need. AGMA contracts with the Entertainment Community Fund (previously The Actors Fund) to administer this program nationally as well as to provide comprehensive social services.
The AGMA Relief Fund is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, administered by the Entertainment Community Fund. All contributions are tax-deductible
*Any remaining donated funds, if/when the coronavirus be eradicated, will enter the main Relief Fund pool to be used where needed most.
Through AmazonSmile, you can now support the AGMA Relief Fund whenever you shop!
How We Can Help
Provide counseling and referrals for personal, family or work-related problems.
Outreach is made to community resources for legal services, elder care, entitlement benefits and childcare.
Workshops are offered on how to locate affordable housing, as well as on financial education and health insurance options.
Financial assistance is available for rent, utilities, mental health and medical care, as well as other basic living expenses. Grants are made case-by-case, based on need.
Eligibility and Application Process
To best serve artists, the AGMA Relief Fund application process has now been moved completely online.
AGMA contracts with the Entertainment Community Fund (previously known as The Actors Fund) to administer this program nationally as well as to provide comprehensive social services. All AGMA members may call The Fund for information, to request an AGMA Relief Fund application, receive referrals, and access to our social services.
To be eligible for financial assistance from the AGMA Relief Fund a member must be:
- In good standing or on honorable withdrawal
- Able to document the need for financial assistance
Contact your closest intake office:
New York City
For additional information please contact the Entertainment Community Fund at 212.221.7300 or contact the closest regional office.
WE ARE AGMA: THE LABOR UNION THAT REPRESENTS THE ARTISTS WHO CREATE AMERICA’S OPERATIC, CHORAL, AND DANCE HERITAGES
Artists live to perform. But their talents, skills, and the beauty they create won’t necessarily pay the rent, put food on the table, or guarantee the necessities of life. Without forceful advocacy and defense of their rights, artists may be vulnerable to exploitation or illegal discrimination. They need protection.
They can find it by joining AGMA, the American Guild of Musical Artists. For more information, please visit www.musicalartists.org.