The WGAW Donates Nearly $1,000,000 to The Fund!
We’re incredibly grateful to the Writers Guild of America, West, which announced today that it is contributing $977,095 to The Actors Fund! The grant is specifically earmarked for The Fund’s emergency financial assistance program, which supports entertainment professionals in need by covering basic living expenses such as rent or medical bills.
The money for this donation comes from undistributable funds held by the WGAW’s Foreign Levies Program, a program that has successfully distributed over $121 million to writers and their heirs. But some of that money can’t be distributed because it isn’t designated for a known project or writer, so as part of a legal settlement, it was agreed that these funds would be donated to The Actors Fund. Additional information about the Foreign Levies Program can be found at www.wga.org/foreignlevies.
“We became aware of how important The Actors Fund is during the 2007-08 strike,” said WGAW President Chris Keyser. “Without hesitation, The Fund stepped in and provided critical services to those in the industry who desperately needed help. We are thrilled that after years of litigation the court has cleared the way for us to make this contribution to The Fund’s good work.”
Last year, The Fund distributed $2.5 million in emergency financial assistance to nearly 1,600 people, and almost $1 million helped colleagues in southern California.