Unemployment Aid Programs for Workers in the Motion Picture and Television Industry

City Hall

LOS ANGELES - In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Office of Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell is compiling a list of assistance funds for workers in the motion picture & television community, a vital part of our local economy. 

“We are facing great uncertainty and pitching in to help out in this unprecedented time shows the strength of our character as a society,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “I commend our partners in the arts and entertainment community who are lending a hand to help the women, men, and families who are dealing with a complete shutdown in all operations and production of our signature industry in Hollywood.” 

These resources are available to both above- and below-the-line workers in film and television production who are suffering from unexpected unemployment.

The following are a list of funds available to apply for:

  • Motion Picture & Television Fund   

https://www.mptf.com/   

https://www.mptf.com/help/   

Phone: 855-760-6783

  • Actors Fund of America   

https://actorsfund.org/   

https://actorsfund.org/services-and-programs 

Phone: 888-825-0911  

  • Behind the Scenes   

www.behindthescenescharity.org/   

http://behindthescenescharity.org/bts/grants.htm 

Phone: 212-244-1421  

  • Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation   

https://www.wrpioneers.org/   

https://www.wrpioneers.org/services/paf/  

Phone: 888-994-3863 ext. 6003 

  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Community Services AFL-CIO   

http://thelafed.org/labor-community-services/   

Phone: 213-381-5611


For more information related to assistance for workers of ALL industries of employment, please visit the State of California’s Economic Development Department COVID-19 resources webpage at https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm.