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Equity Benevolent Fund

Equity Benevolent Fund is crowdfunding

raised of £100,000 target by 362 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.

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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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    • Anonymous


      Aug 6, 2020

      Thank you Equity over many years


    • Anonymous


      Aug 5, 2020

      I can't believe how many performers and creatives you have supported. So many workers left behind by the government. I hope this helps.


    • Anne et Jean-François

      Anne et Jean-François

      Jul 29, 2020

      In memory of Catherine Kessler, with our deep sympathy to Karl and their family


    • Soyeon


      Jul 27, 2020

      In memory of Catherine Kessler


    • Anna


      Jul 26, 2020

      In loving memory of a dear friend and colleague Catherine Kessler


    • Kathleen Matysik

      Kathleen Matysik

      Jul 24, 2020

      In memory of Catherine Kessler

    • U.S.-CREST team

      U.S.-CREST team

      Jul 24, 2020

      A donation in remembrance of Catherine Kessler who treasured a loving memory of her career as an English actress. Sympathy to her husband Karl and their immediate family.


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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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