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Equity Benevolent Fund

Equity Benevolent Fund is crowdfunding

raised of £100,000 target by 432 supporters

Weʼre raising £100,000 to support performers and creative workers left without any income to provide for themselves and their families during the Covid19 crisis.

7 days to go

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Overnight in March, many thousands of entertainment industry workers lost their livelihoods. A great number of them fall through gaps in the government support schemes and have no means to provide for themselves or their families. Since the lockdown began, the Equity Benevolent Fund has been dealing with more than 250 claims per week for financial support from performers and creatives who cannot afford to pay for food, utilities or other essentials.

In response to this crisis, Michelle Collins has brought together an ensemble of some of the best British acting talent under the hashtag #FortheLoveofArts, to read monologues, all between 2 and 5 minutes long and recorded at home, to raise some much-needed funds for those in need. To date, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sue Johnston, Lesley Manville, Elaine Paige, Mandeep Dhillon, Joseph Fiennes, Miriam Margoyles, Michelle herself, and many others have come aboard the project. The content is produced by Debbie Gray and Sam Cornish of Genesius Pictures alongside Michelle Collins. Their monologues can be viewed on the Equity Benevolent Fund’s YouTube channel.

You can find more information on the Equity Benevolent Fund, and other ways to donate on the Equity website.

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    • Michael  Vince

      Michael Vince

      Jan 17, 2021

      It's a disastrous time, we look forward to you returning to live performance soon.


    • Andrew Boyce

      Andrew Boyce

      Jan 10, 2021

      Great cause & I hope this helps...

    • Anonymous


      Jan 1, 2021

      The shows will go on!

    • Anonymous


      Dec 31, 2020

    • Nick Bush

      Nick Bush

      Dec 30, 2020

      The arts are a vital part of who we are. Here's to better times ahead


    • Kim and Claire

      Kim and Claire

      Dec 30, 2020

      A small donation in support of all you do.


    • Kate Bone

      Kate Bone

      Dec 29, 2020


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    We are a union of more than 48,000 performers and creative practitioners, united in the fight for fair terms and conditions in the workplace. We are actors, singers, dancers, designers, directors, stage managers, puppeteers, comedians, voice artists, and variety performers.

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