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The Actors Fund Work Program

Program Description

The Actors Fund Work Program (AWP) assists entertainment industry and performing arts professionals in identifying and finding sideline work and new careers. AWP is a comprehensive employment and training program committed to fostering resiliency and self-reliance for industry professionals as well as providing a resource for referral of highly skilled and creative workers to the larger employment community.

Through AWP services, clients can develop rewarding sideline careers in such areas as teaching, administrative support, healing professions, and real estate. Often, working professionals need to work outside of the industry to support the continuing pursuit of industry work. Many of the skills that entertainment industry professionals have – communication, discipline, creativity, flexibility, professionalism – are highly valued in the broader labor market. The Actors Work Program helps to identify and apply these skills to other work settings.

The first step in becoming a participant is to attend an Actors Fund Work Program Orientation. Orientations are held every Monday in both New York and Los Angeles. (Check workshop calendar for details) Through career counseling, job skills training and job development, AWP’s members find meaningful work that can be done either while continuing in the entertainment industry or while developing a new professional direction.

Program Eligibility

A member in good standing of any entertainment industry union, and others who have earned $6,500 in each of three of the last five years, or $5,000 in each of 5 of the last 10 years. For those who do not have earnings, 12 weeks of documented industry can be substituted.

Contact Information

New York:

Los Angeles:

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.