SAG-AFTRA Foundation Gave Out $800,000 In Assistance This Year & $300,000 In Scholarships
14.12.2022 - 02:51
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation granted more than $800,000 in emergency financial assistance, Covid assistance, senior financial crisis aid, health assistance and disaster relief this year to members of the union, the foundation’s president, Courtney B. Vance, said in his year-end fireside chat. He also reported that the Foundation awarded another $300,000 in higher education scholarships to 106 SAG-AFTRA members and their dependents.
“We couldn’t have done any of this without the generosity of our donors,” he said, “so on behalf of the Foundation I thank you for continued support of our community in times of need. As has always been true, if you need help, please ask. And if you can help, please give.”
See his fireside chat here:
“As the industry is back up and running and productions are in full swing, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation continues to be hard at work serving as the vital safety net and free educational resource for our community of 160,000 SAG-AFTRA artists nationwide,” Vance said.
Sharing some of the Foundation’s “big wins” this year, he said:
“Our dedicated programming staff produced a grand total of more than 5,500 free educational programs that were attended by over 31,000 SAG-AFTRA participants.
“A mental health series was produced by The Business program, designed to be a resource of health, hope, and healing. That can be accessed on our YouTube channel, along with several recent panels featuring agents and industry leaders to serve you both personally and professionally.
“As self-tape auditions have become the new norm, our virtual on-camera lab recorded nearly 4,000 auditions, helping many to secure jobs. We will continue to offer this free service online, as well as re-open our in-person labs in the coming