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The Actors Fund announces new Networking Group in New York and Los Angeles



March 1, 2006, New York, NY - - The Actors Work Program (AWP), the employment and training program of The Actors’ Fund, will expand its job search services to entertainment industry professionals with Network Now, a weekly meeting for AWP members to share information and contacts for work in the entertainment industry as well as for sideline, non-industry employment. The Actors Work Program already offers its members a weekly Job Search session and job bulletin for non-industry employment. “It’s common knowledge that people usually get jobs through word of mouth,” states Joseph Benincasa, Executive Director of The Actors’ Fund. “Our clients find each other a key source of leads when they come here.  Network Now will provide more structured training in developing effective networking techniques as well as time to get to know one another and share resources and contacts.”  


Network Now will meet on Monday afternoons beginning February 27 and is open to all Actors Work Program members.  Network Now will be held both at The Fund’s New York office, 729 7th Avenue, 11th floor, and Los Angeles office, 5757 Wilshire Boulevard, 4th floor.  All Actors Work Program members are welcome to attend. The Actors Work Program is open to all members in good standing of an entertainment industry union, members of Career Transitions for Dancers, and entertainment industry professionals with substantial earnings.  For more information, in New York email or call 212.354.5480; in Los Angeles, or call 323.933.9244.   

The Actors’ Fund’s Actors Work Program assists people in identifying and obtaining dignified sideline and second careers through career counseling seminars and workshops, job training, classes and tuition assistance, access to reference materials, and also maintains a listing of job opportunities.  Career counselors conduct individual counseling sessions to help participants identify their skills and define their personal career and educational goals.  College fairs and career nights present information on academic programs and employment trends.  Entertainment professionals learn how to supplement their first love with meaningful employment in second or interim careers and improve their income and living conditions.

The Actors’ Fund is the national nonprofit human service organization that provides for the welfare of all entertainment professionals. Founded in 1882, The Fund serves those in film, theater, television,  music, opera, and dance, and assists both performers and those behind the scenes with a broad spectrum of programs designed to address the needs of the community, including comprehensive social services, health services, supportive and affordable housing, employment and training services, and skilled nursing and assisted living care. The Fund also makes emergency grants for essential needs. Administered from offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, The Actors’ Fund’s mission is "to advance, foster and benefit the welfare of all professionals in the entertainment community who are in need of help, ensuring that these efforts are accomplished with compassion, confidentiality and preservation of dignity for the individuals concerned." Please visit our website at