New Survey Spotlights Pandemic Ongoing Impact On Entertainment Industry Workers

April 27, 2023

The Entertainment Community Fund, formerly The Actors Fund, is the national human services organization supporting the needs of those working in the entertainment and performing arts industry.

Today released the results of a new survey assessing the needs of the entertainment community three years after a national shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic that left tens of thousands of workers in the entertainment industry unemployed and uninsured.

Earlier this year, the organization had more than 4,000 respondents to a survey sent to people who sought support from the Entertainment Community Fund during the pandemic. While results showed that the impact of COVID-19 has improved for many, approximately half of the respondents continue to experience significant challenges, including:

● 50% of respondents are still having difficulty finding employment.

● 63% of respondents have income that is lower than it was pre-pandemic

● 64% of respondents who lost housing describe their housing condition as worse than pre-pandemic.

● 55% of respondents who lost health insurance have worse health insurance as compared to pre-pandemic.

● 63% of respondents whose mental health was weakened describe their mental health as worse as compared to pre-pandemic.

Respondents also said that the Fund services that were most helpful over the last three years were Career Center Services, Health Insurance Counseling, and Financial Wellness Programs. Respondents are most interested in the Fund’s emergency financial assistance, followed by Career Center services, the financial wellness program, health insurance counseling, housing/residences, and mental health/addiction and recovery services.

Since March 2020, the Entertainment Community Fund has provided almost $30 million to more than 20,000 individuals. The assistance covers basic living expenses such as rent, groceries, medicine, or health insurance premiums.

More information on the impact of the pandemic can be found in a 2021 survey they did of impacted workers HERE

“The pandemic exposed almost overnight how vulnerable people in the entertainment industry are,” said Entertainment Community Fund CEO Joe Benincasa.  “The programs and services we are providing help them navigate the everyday challenges of working in this industry, and also the extraordinary hardships still associated with the long tail of the pandemic.”

“The Entertainment Community Fund continues to provide much-needed resources to the performing arts industry as we face ripple effects from the pandemic,” said Fund Board Chair Brian Stokes Mitchell. “Our mission is to ensure that those across the country who are employed in the industry are supported and can thrive, even in the face of ongoing challenges.”

The Entertainment Community Fund

The Entertainment Community Fund, formerly The Actors Fund, is a national human services organization that addresses the unique needs of people who work in performing arts and entertainment with services focused on health and wellness, career and life, and housing.

Since 1882, the Fund has sought to ensure stability, encourage resiliency and be a safety net for those who shape our country’s cultural vibrancy. Learn more at

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