Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA) is launching an online fundraising campaign to create the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. BCEFA will kickstart the campaign with an initial $250,000.
According to the official press release, this special fund will assist those in the entertainment community – onstage and behind the scenes - who are facing health care crises and other immediate needs in the wake of the evolving coronavirus pandemic.
You can make a tax-deductible donation at broadwaycares.org/help2020.
The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund will help entertainment professionals meet coronavirus-related expenses. It will provide urgent additional resources for the vital social service programs of The Actors Fund, including emergency financial assistance, health insurance, counseling and the operation of The Actors Fund’s Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts (729 Seventh Avenue, 12th floor, NYC).
The goal is to raise $1 million in donations by April 12, the date through which all Broadway theaters are dark. Similar shutdowns have been enacted in London's West End theater and elsewhere around the globe.