Industry and Community Resources for AFI Alumni and Fellows – American Film Institute


Industry and Community Resources for AFI Alumni and Fellows

With the impact of the coronavirus slowing our community to a standstill, AFI is committed to helping AFI Conservatory alumni and Fellows during this challenging time. Below are community resources for different sectors of the industry and links to grants and relief funds, as well as health and mental health resources.

AFI Fellows, please email [email protected] and, alumni, please email [email protected] if you have any questions about the resources below. We will continue to add to this list as we receive more information and keep you updated.



Advocacy and Public Policy

Adam Schiff’s Letter to Congress

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security “CARES” Act Guide


Production Updates

California Film Commission Chief Discusses Tax Credits When Production Resumes


Guide to Working from Home

Top 10 Proven Tips to Setup a Temporary Work From Home Office Successfully

Remote Workplace Equity

Resources for Remote Work


Health and Mental Health Resources

CA COVID-19 Response: Governor’s Office Offers Information on Paid Lead and Ways to Stay Healthy

Center for Disease Control on Managing Stress and Anxiety

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness’ COVID-19 Resources

SAG-AFTRA Testing Information for COVID19

DGA Testing Information for COVID-19

Mental Health Self-Assessment and Resources


Resources for Diverse Candidates

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Women’s Center for Creative Work COVID-19 Emergency Health Grant for Artists

COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Californians


Video Resources for Artists

Applying for Federal Coronavirus Relief as a Filmmaker

Coping with COVID: Financial Implications for Creative Individuals

Financial Strategies for Freelance Artists in a Time of Crisis (ASL and Captioned)


Guild Efforts and Relief Funds

Animators Guild IATSE Local 839

Directors Guild Foundation: Confidential Loans for Members

IATSE National Benefit Funds and other resources

IATSE Revises Health Plan to Allow for Emergency Withdrawals

International Cinematographers Guild and Other Guilds Offer Dues Relief and Other Assistance to Members

Local 600 – International Cinematographers Guild

Producers Guild of America COVID-19 Relief Fund

SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Fund

Teamsters Local 399 Resources for Members

Writers Guild of America West COVID-19 Resources


Non-Profit Relief Funds

National Grants/Relief Funds from 501(c)3 Nonprofits & Unions

The Sundance Institute Announces $1 Million Emergency Relief for Artists and Creative Organizations


Movie Studio, Streaming and Corporate Relief Funds

Major Studios Commit to Provide Two Weeks’ Pay for Below-the-line Workers 

Netflix Increases COVID-19 Fund to $150 Million

Sony Unveils $100 Million Relief Fund

ViacomCBS Launches $100 Million COVID-19 Relief Fund

WarnerMedia Pledges $100 Million Relief Fund for Production Workers 


Other Labor Resources

Actor’s Fund

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

Alliance of Artists Communities Emergency Relief Programs

American Institute for Conservation for Historic and Artistic Works

Americans for the Arts: Links, tips, and tools for artists and arts organizations 

Artists at Risk Connection (ARC)

Artists Charitable Fund

Artists Fellowship Assistance

Artist Relief Fund

Artwork Archives’ Emergency Grants for Artists

City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Arts Emergency Relief Fund

Craft Emergency Relief Fund: The Artists Safety Net

Creator Fund for Artists Experiencing Hardship

Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles: COVID-19 Resources

Disaster Resilience for Artists and Non-profits

Entertainment Industry Foundation

Forecast Public Art Pro Bono Consulting for Artists and Public Art Administrators

Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund

Intersection for the Arts Artist Resources

Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grant Program

L.A. Freelancers Relief Fund

L.A. Young Creatives Fund

List of Banks Offering Relief to Customers Affected by COVID-19

Motion Picture Television Fund

Musicares COVID-19 Relief Fund

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Fund

National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response

Performing Arts Readiness

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants Program

Relief Fund for Hollywood Support Staff

Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 and Disaster Loans

Springboard for the Arts Coronavirus Response Resources

Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund for Musicians

Teaching Artists Guild COVID-19 Resources

Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E) Guidelines for the Postponement and Cancellation of Work


Government Aid & Filing for Unemployment

How to File for Unemployment in California

California –Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

California – Unemployment Insurance

New York – Unemployment Insurance

Find Your State – File for Unemployment

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives COVID-19 Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration – Disaster Loan Assistance

Entertainment Labor and Professionals (HELP) Program Established to Assist Workers With Navigating Unemployment Paperwork


National Resources

World Health Organization

Center for Disease Control

OSHA COVID-19 Guidance Website

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