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The Resources section is an ongoing collaborative effort at The Actors Fund to provide a one-stop database of services and organizations that meet the unique and essential needs of the arts and entertainment professional. You can use the Category and/or State filter OR use the map above to find all resources by State.

Career Planning and Counseling

Illinois Career Resources Network (ICRN)

Illinois Career Resources Network provides occupational and career information, career interest and skills assessments, and job search resources.

Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)

Illinois Department of Employment Security offers career planning resources, unemployment insurance information, and facts, status, and statistics on future employment opportunities.

Job Postings

Chicago Job Source

Chicago Job Source is a list of job search engines for job seekers in Illinois.

OASIS

OASIS offers local information for job-seekers.

Educational Scholarships

Carl Sandburg Foundation

The Carl Sandburg Foundation has a list of scholarships and grants for students applying to and/or attending Illinois postsecondary institution.

Individual Artists and Small Arts Organizations

Chicago Artist Resource(CAR)

Chicago Artist Resource features hundreds of articles shared by leading organizations in arts and service -- notably the New York Foundation for the Arts, UIC Center for Health in the Arts and LA-based Side Street Projects. CAR also features links to grants, funding, awards and other services for artists. These links are presented by Local and National, and also from NYFA.

Illinois Arts Council

The Illinois Arts Council awards grants to individuals artists.

Small Business and Entrepreneur

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IDCEC)

IDCEC provides resources and information for financial assistance, planning, training, counseling, and network opportunities.

Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Illinois Small Business Development Center offers free counseling and resource help to start-up and existing companies.

SCORE-Chicago

SCORE of Chicago provides professional guidance and information to maximize the success of America's existing and emerging small businesses. Offers seminars as well as one-on-one business counseling.

Self Employment in the Arts

Self Employment in the Arts seeks to provide educational resources to help aspiring artists gain the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist.

The Law Project

The Law Project strengthens Chicago area communities by providing high-quality, pro bono legal services to community based nonprofits, small businesses and first-time homebuyers. In fulfilling this mission, The Law Project offers transactional attorneys meaningful pro bono opportunities.

Dance

Chicago Dancers United

The Dancers' Fund - Financial Assistance for Chicago’s Professional Dance Community

Disaster-related assistance

Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund

The Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (MPPWF) is an emergency financial assistance fund of the Screen Actors Guild that can assist eligible members who are struggling with a financial, personal or medical crisis.

Entertainment and Performing Arts Union and Guild Assistance Funds

Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund

The Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (MPPWF) is an emergency financial assistance fund of the Screen Actors Guild that can assist eligible members who are struggling with a financial, personal or medical crisis.

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