ASSOCIATION FOR PERFORMING ARTS PROFESSIONALS (APAP)
Association for Performing Arts Presenters provides a database of job listings.  APAA is a national service and advocacy organization offering professional development, resource sharing, visionary thinking, and advocacy.  Visit
www.apap365.org

THE ACTORS FUND 
The Career Center is the Actors Fund's employment and training program.  The Career Center assists entertainment and performing arts professionals in identifying and finding careers/jobs that complement their  industry careers or are seeking a new career path. Visit 
https://actorsfund.org/services-and-programs/career-center
Career Transition for Dancers provides counseling and guidance to help dancers define career opportunities and develop skills for careers outside of dance.  Visit https://actorsfund.org/services-and-programs/career-transition-dancers

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY (IDES)

Illinois Department of Employment Security offers career planning resources, unemployment insurance
information and facts/status/statistics on future employment opportunities.  Visit www.ides.illinois.gov

PLAYBILL
Playbill lists theater community jobs.  Visit www.playbill.com

THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP ARTSEARCH
Theatre Communications Group ArtSearch is an online job posting for jobs in the performing arts 

sponsored by the Theatre Communications Group.  Visit www.tcg.org

WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE?
A practical manual for job hunters and career changers.  Visit www.parachutebook.com

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY 
DCEO provides resources and information for financial assistance, planning, training, counseling, and network opportunities.  Visit https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/Pages/default.aspx

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT ILLINOIS
The Entrepreneurship at Illinois site is a portal for entrepreneurship opportunities, news, and resources at the University of Illinois.  For a complete overview, visit https://entrepreneurship.illinois.edu

ILLINOIS SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC) -- WOMEN'S BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The Women's Business Development Center provides services and programs to support and accelerate women’s business ownership.  Visit www.wbdc.org

SELF-EMPLOYMENT IN THE ARTS
Self-Employment in the Arts seeks to provide educational resources to help aspiring artists gain the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist.   Visit www.selfemploymentinthearts.com

UNITED STATES SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
The United States Small Business Administration offers assistance to entrepreneurs and business owners from start-up to business management, financing, and more.  Visit www.sba.gov

CROWDFUNDING
There are several options for a crowdfunding campaign.  Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects, connecting individuals and their projects with potential funding.  Others include indigogo and GoFundMe. Visit their websites for further information. (Note: The Kaufherr Center does not endorse any one of the crowdfunding platforms but serves only as a resource to provide information.  Please research online for further information.)


SOCIAL SERVICES

THE ACTORS FUND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM
The Senior Care Program helps entertainment industry professionals 65 year old and over, their familiesand caregivers with services including assessment, advocacy, access to entitlements or other benefits, financial management and assistance, and referrals to general information.  

Visit  https://actorsfund.org/services-and-programs/senior-care

CHICAGO ILLNOIS AREA ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
Check their meeting directory for contact information to obtain organizational literature and resources for people who think they may have an alcohol addiction.  Visit www.chicagoaa.org

CHICAGO SENIOR SERVICES -- AREA AGENCY ON AGING
This agency is helpful for Chicago residents seeking senior services including advocacy, information, assistance in seeking benefits, classes, multi-purpose senior centers, and case management.  Visit https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/fss/provdrs/senior.html

CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF AGING -- SENIOR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM
Public Transportation Services for Seniors and the Disabled: ADA Paratransit service is for riders with disabilities or health conditions which prevent them from using fixed route service, i.e., buses and "el" trains.  Visit https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/fss/supp_info/senior_transportationprograms.html

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers providing free, confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.  If you or someone you know is struggling, help is always available 24/7. Call 1-800-273-8255. Visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

A SAFE HAVEN
A Safe Haven is a leading social and economic development model that helps and supports homeless individuals find housing through a variety of programs.  Additional programs address behavioral health and include drug and alcohol treatment programs, group recovery education, programs and meetings. For more information visit their website www.asafehaven.org.


REHAB RESOURCES

​The first step to overcoming addiction is reaching out for help. Rehabcenter.net provides people suffering from addiction, as well as their loved ones, with relevant resources, helpful information, and a network of support. There are different types of treatment programs, but inpatient treatment is often their recommended starting point for individuals who are on their journey towards recovery. https://www.rehabcenter.net/inpatient-rehab-centers/






ASSISTANCE

ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION
Actors' Equity provides grants through The Actors Fund to current paid members with earnings of three years.  The grants are intended to help with living expense and are given once per 12-month period. Visit www.actorsequity.org

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS: THE LESTER PETRILLO MEMORIAL FUND
The Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians provides a modest grant to temporarily or permanently disabled musicians who are members of the AFM.   Visit www.afm.org

AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS
AGVA members who have completed initiation and paid dues for one year can apply for emergency aid for basic needs or medical expenses.  Contact the Los Angeles office at 818-508-9984 or the New York office at 212-675-1003.   

Visit www.agvausa.com

CHICAGO ARTISTS COALITION
Chicago Artists Resource assists artists with their creative and professional practice and works to strengthen the community of artists in Chicago.  Site includes artists calls. Visit https://chicagoartistscoalition.org

THE BETTY MITCHELL FOUNDATION (BMF)
Chicago's Betty Mitchell Foundation can assist SAG-AFTRA members in need of financial assistance. To learn more about the Betty Mitchell Foundation contact the SAG-AFTRA office at 312-573-8081.

DIRECTORS GUILD FOUNDATION
The DGA provides confidential loans to members who are facing short term financial hardship.  Visit www.dga.org

MUSICIANS FOUNDATION, INC.
Musicians Foundation helps professional musicians by providing emergency financial assistancein meeting current living, medical and allied expenses.  All professional musicians are eligible to apply. Visit www.musiciansfoundation.org


SEASON OF CONCERN

Season of Concern has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from generous artists and theater patrons to benefit hundreds of people in the entertainment industry-actors, directors, designers, technicians, playwrights-who are experiencing health-related emergencies and medical issues. Visit https://www.seasonofconcern.org​

SAG-AFTRA FOUNDATION
The Foundation provides emergency financial assistance for the aid, relief, and care of SAG-AFTRA members west of the Mississippi in times of need.  & SAG-AFTRA FOUNDATION CATASTROPHIC HEALTH FUND The Fund provides grants to eligible Guild member and their dependents who suffer from catastrophic illness or injury and are unable to afford the Guild Health Plan's Self-Pay Program. Visit https://sagaftra.foundation

MOTION PICTURE PLAYERS WELFARE FUND
The Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund provides emergency financial assistance to SAG-AFTRA members east of the Mississippi struggling with a financial, personal, or medical crisis.  The MPPWF can be used for rent, utilities, mental health, medical care, and other basic living expenses.  The fund is administered by The Actors Fund. Contact The Actors Fund for more information.  Visit https://www.sagaftra.org/mppwf

RHYTHM AND BLUES FOUNDATION
The fund provides emergency financial assistance to former Motown artists of the 1960s and 1970s.
Visit http://www.rhythmnblues.org

WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA
The Good & Welfare Fund provides temporary assistance to WGA members experiencing financial stress in emergency situations.  Loans are intended to assist in the procurement of life necessities.  Visit https://www.wga.org/members/finances/good-welfare-emergency-assistance-loans



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