This is a list of some charities and sources of advice. There are many charities and trusts: please do contact ACT if you are an actor-parent having trouble finding support.
Some performing arts charities:
ABF Actors’ Benevolent Fund
Grants for actors unable to work because of illness or old age.
BAPAM British Association for Performing Arts Medicine
Helpline and directory of practitioners. Resources for performers.
Dance Professionals Fund
Grants for dancers, dance teachers, choreographers, notators.
The Royal Variety Charity (formerly EABF)
Grants for entertainers.
Equity Benevolent Fund
Small one-off grants for Equity members.
ECT Equity Charitable Trust
Welfare and re-training grants and money advice.
Help Musicians UK
Support for professional musicians.
RTF Royal Theatrical Fund
Grants for the entertainment industry when unable to work.
TTG The Theatrical Guild
Grants for backstage and FOH theatre staff.
TCUK Theatre Chaplaincy UK
Pastoral support in theatres.
Step Change Debt Advice charity
CAB Citizens’ Advice Bureau
ACT is a member of “Acting for Others”, the Combined Theatrical Charities umbrella group www.actingforothers.co.uk