Since its founding in 1882, The Actors Fund has aided workers in the entertainment industry. Early advocate Harrison Grey Fiske, editor of the New York Dramatic Mirror saw a need for change within the profession and immediately began the campaign for the “Actors Fund.”
Since its beginning, The Actors Fund has established a number of supporting programs and initiatives to enrich the entertainment community: helping found Broadway Cares in 1988 to help people in the industry affected by AIDS, opening The Dorothy Ross Friedman Residence in 1996 to provide affordable housing and launching programs like Looking Ahead in 2003 which help young professional performers and their families thrive amid the unique challenges of working in the entertainment community.
|“The Actors Fund is a great collaboration of many incredible people.”|
The Fund supports people in film, theater, television, music, opera and dance, as well as those who work behind the scenes. The organization has served as a safety net for on-stage and back-stage workers across America.
This year’s event will honor the tremendous accomplishments of The Actors Fund and their impact on the entertainment industry past and present.