The performing arts have a unique power to inspire and entertain us – and now more than ever, when we can't go to a concert or attend live theater, that entertainment is coming to life on TikTok. Whether it's performing a Broadway quarantine dance from home or acting out a scene from Wicked or recreating the Phantom of the Opera with a furry friend, there is no denying that the performing arts industry has brought out the creativity in each of us and helped kept our spirits up amidst the pandemic.
Creativity is a shared trait across our community, and to honor that spirit we're donating $2 million to The Actors Fund COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance program. These funds will enable The Actors Fund to provide critical financial assistance to those in the entertainment and performing arts with immediate need.
"We are grateful to TikTok for this generous donation to support The Actors Fund's COVID-19 emergency financial assistance," said Actors Fund Chairman Brian Stokes Mitchell. "These funds will help thousands across the country impacted by work stoppage in the performing arts and entertainment community: actors, camera people, writers, directors, musicians, dancers, crew members, editors and so many more people who lift us up and brighten our days through their work. It’s critical that we be there for them now, and in particular for our seniors and the immunocompromised individuals who need our help, as well as those in financial distress.”
Supporting the performing arts industry and helping our community tackle the challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing focus for us, and this donation is just one of many steps we're taking to assist communities in a time of need. We're humbled to be able to give back to the Actors Fund through today's donation and thankful for all the performers, crew members, writers, and entertainers who connect with their communities on TikTok. Until we are able to enjoy live on-stage performances again, we are looking forward to all of the ways we can connect with them from home.
About The Actors Fund
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services. Visit www.actorsfund.org.