It’s been practically two weeks since Broadway went darkish attributable to New York state’s social distancing measures amid the Coronavirus. Because the Nice White Means endures its longest shutdown in historical past, Broadway producers are coming collectively to pledge monetary help to the Actors Fund and different emergency help packages.
The Broadway Cares/Fairness Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 emergency help fund launched March 17 with a beginning fund of $250,000. Since then, they’ve collected $580,000, which incorporates $52,000 from “Hamilton” famous person Lin-Manuel Miranda who pledged throughout a particular phase of “The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon: At Residence Version.”
Now, greater than 20 Broadway producers like Rebecca Gold Milikowsky (“Beetlejuice,” “Oklahoma!”) and Invoice Damaschke (“Moulin Rouge! The Musical!” and “The Promenade”) are following swimsuit, with producer Spencer Ross (“Jagged Little Capsule,” “Moulin Rouge! The Musical!”) beginning a $1 million problem match by pledging $50,000 and recruiting others to pledge $50,000 to match it. Simply days after initiation, 20 producers signed on to collectively pledge $1 million. The group is asking for contributions that might be matched greenback for greenback.
Due to the problem’s success, the match objective has elevated to $2 million by April 12.
The emergency fund is geared in the direction of serving to these within the leisure trade address their bills brought on by the shutdown. It should additionally give The Actors Fund, a nationwide human rights group that helps these within the performing arts with every little thing from housing to emergency monetary help, assets to fulfill the rising demand for monetary assist, medical insurance, counseling and in-house bills.
Up to now 10 days, the Actors Fund has been sifting via purposes from 5,000 individuals who want help. The fund has offered insurance coverage help to a diabetic musician who misplaced his future gigs because of the virus. The fund has additionally offered non permanent housing for a director in addition to meals and rental help for actors supporting their household.