LOS ANGELES, CA — The General Executive Board of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) unanimously approved $2 million to be distributed through industry-recognized charities to support IATSE members in-need during the ongoing Writers Strike, Wednesday. These funds have been specifically earmarked for the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF), The Entertainment Community Fund (formerly the Actors’ Fund), and the Actors Fund of Canada (AFC).
IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb said, “For those who are struggling, you are not alone, the 170,000 kin of our Alliance are with you, and help is available. We trust these proven industry charities to deliver this much-needed support directly to IATSE members who need it most, and we will continue to explore all avenues to provide necessary assistance to our members as they weather the storm during the writers’ strike.”
The move echoes a similar measure taken by IATSE in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when IATSE committed $2.5 million to assist members displaced by the near-complete shutdown of live events and motion picture and television production in 2020.
The funds earmarked by the union will be specifically for IATSE members in need. More information about emergency financial assistance and other resources offered by these charities will be made available soon.