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March 18, 2020

Resources for Members

For the benefit of our members who are being impacted by the current situation, we have collected links to some of the resources that may be of assistance.

This list will be updated as we learn of additional resources.

If you are working at home or unable to work due to a closed workplace or production, and experiencing any type of hardship:

Financial Resources

Financial Resources in California

  • Employment Development Department (EDD) offers expedited unemployment benefits to those in California's entertainment industry who have lost their job due to the coronavirus.
  • Caring for an ill or quarantined family member? You may qualify for Paid Family Leave (PFL).
  • If you're unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness or got sick on the job, you may qualify for paid sick leave, Disability Insurance, or Workers Compensation.
  • Has your business been impacted? Get the help you need to take care of you and your employees.
  • United Way of Greater Los Angeles has created a Pandemic Relief Fund to support L.A. County's unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and low-income individuals, students and families at imminent risk of homelessness and hardships due to health and economic impacts of coronavirus.

Community Information

Food Delivery Resources

Food Resources in California

  • Patina Restaurant Group has created the menu for the Emmy Awards Governors Ball for the past 24 years. They are offering these delivery options:
  • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank provides meals for families and children struggling with hunger in the community. They can provide assistance with meals or you can help to support those in need.
  • Savore Supply an in-home kitchen restocking service will deliver to your home, using their signature hermetically-sealed ultra-sanitary packaging method. (Los Angeles only)
  • Curtis Stone's pop-up market offers prepared meals and grocery items for delivery or curb-side pick up. (Los Angeles only)
  • Project Angel Food prepares and delivers healthy meals to feed people impacted by serious illness, bringing comfort and hope every day. Find help or ways in which you can provide assistance.

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Working from Home Resources

Working from Home Resources in California


Mental Health Resources

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Behind the Scenes Charity has created a mental health and suicide prevention initiative portal that includes resources and a self-assessment tool. They are also working on an entertainment industry specific therapist finder. Check back frequently to see when this has been added to the site.
  • If you are feeling anxious and uncertain during this time, Calm is providing free tools to help you take better care of yourself and stay grounded. Enjoy meditations, sleep stories, music and more to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time. Check back regularly as they'll continually be updating resources.
  • 16 Awesome Zoo and Aquarium Livestreams to Boost Your Mood.

If you are staying at home with school-age children:

Resources for working with children

  • Save The Children has helpful hints and suggestions on talking to children about the coronavirus, plus activities, learning opportunities and more resources.
  • The Fred Rogers Center also offers tips on explaining this challenging time to children.
  • Khan Academy can help with remote learning during school closures.
  • Los Angeles County Library is offering temporary digital cards to use for all online resources, including watching television and movies.
  • AT-HOME LEARNING PBS SoCal and KCET, in partnership with LAUSD, are offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to California's state curriculum by grade level, to provide continued at-home learning.
  • Red Nose Day, the campaign to end child poverty, has free school lesson plans, developed with Scholastic, to help children build empathy while practicing core ELA and math skills.
  • Scholastic's Free Learn at Home Program provides day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.
  • Crash Course YouTube Channel has courses like Astronomy, US History and Anatomy, along with an awesome variety of AP high school curriculum topics. You can also take Film Studies, Government and Ecology – all featuring a variety of hosts who are at your service, so you won't even notice you're getting smarter.


Just need a distraction?


  • SAG-AFTRA actors read to children
  • Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner created #SAVEWITHSTORIES. Watch your favorite celebrities read children's books on Instagram and Facebook.
  • Josh Gad, "Frozen's" Olaf, is reading great children's stories for ten minutes each night on Twitter. Gad uses his acting chops to read in character voices. Fun for children as well as parents.
  • Free books for kids on Audible. As long as schools are closed, kids can stream an incredible collection of stories (across six different languages) for free.
  • Even adults need distraction and BroadwayHD is offering you a 7 day free trial, so you can watch your favorite plays and musicals while quarantined.
  • Watch your favorite movies and shows at the same time — wherever you are. Netflix 'Party' Extension lets you have a remote movie night by syncing accounts.
  • CBS All Access offers a free month (in the US) by using the code: GIFT. You can catch the season finale of Star Trek on Thursday, as well as watch The Good Fight, Interrogation, Women Who Kill and Twilight Zone among originals along with the inventory of Blue Bloods, NCIS and Survivor, to name a few.
  • The 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival, which was canceled amid the coronavirus outbreak, has set a "Special Home Edition" for April 16-19. Movies and moments from the past decade will air so that people can enjoy them at home. For information, visit Special Home Edition.
  • SXSW Film Festival Shorts are streaming on Mailchimp Presents. In the wake of the canceled 2020 SXSW Festival, over 70 short films, including the four festival winners and seven special recognition films are being made available.
  • There are a lot of free and fun online options you can access with your L.A. Library Card!
  • J.K. Rowling launches Harry Potter At Home online hub for kids, teachers & fans. The hub will include contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. "We're casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!"


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 updated 4.3.20

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