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COVID-19 Information & Resources (Updated)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 19, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

First and foremost, we hope you and your family are remaining healthy and safe during these unprecedented times. We want to let you know that the PGA is here to make every effort to aide members in any way possible. 


We are reaching out to update you on the status of our office and to offer important resources to continue to help you navigate the current uncertainty in our industry. 


The business of the PGA is continuing, uninterrupted.  Offices on both coasts are operating normal business hours, with our staffs working remotely to answer calls and e-mails to further the priorities of the Guild. Annual elections for the PGA councils’ boards of delegates and officers are proceeding as scheduled. Please feel free to reach out about any concerns you may have. We are here for you and will offer our support any way we can.


In addition to health concerns, we know the current situation is placing many of our members under financial hardship. We want to help alleviate your anxiety during these uncertain times so your focus can remain on the health and wellbeing of you and your family. We will do our best to offer important information and updates regarding potential financial relief, industry news and employment/unemployment resources.





The Guild has announced the creation of The Producers Guild of America Members Relief Fund. The launch of the fund is made possible by a generous lead gift from former PGA president Mark Gordon, in the amount of $100,000. Members who are in need of emergency financial relief due to the coronavirus crisis can apply for aid.


- For members to apply for aid:

- To donate to the fund:

- Read the full letter from the PGA presidents here




We will be giving a three-month extension to members who are unable to pay their dues. During this period, no late fees will accrue, no penalties will be applied, and benefits will continue as normal. We will be monitoring and reevaluating the situation as necessary.







The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund is offering all its usual resources, as well as emergency financial assistance.

Am I Eligible for Help? -

Services and programs -


Covid-19 & Freelance Artists 

This is an extensive, aggregated list of free resources, opportunities and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines, including producers. It contains national and international information. We want to note that the PGA has not vetted these resources. 


Freelancers Union Relief Fund

Applications open on April 2. Freelancers Relief Fund will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs, including: Food/food supplies; Utility payments; Cash assistance to cover income loss


Motion Picture and Television Fund 

The Motion Picture and Television fund is offering financial aid and case management services to the industry. Those is need, particularly industry retirees, can call their intake line at (323) 634-3888. 

COVID-19 Info -

Help - 






California Employment Development Department (EDD)

The EDD provides services to employees, businesses and job seekers in California. Currently it has relevant information on topics such as reduced hours, closures or layoffs, caregiving and tax assistance. (California) 


CARES Act - Overview of Benefits

This is a straightforward summary created by the DGA, SAG-AFTRA and the California IATSE Council. It addresses benefits specifically for those working in entertainment.


CARES Act - Producers Guild Q&A

See the full newsletter, sent to all members, that has all the most relevant answers about the CARES Act.


Corona "Phase III" and the Road Ahead 

This document, created by GPG (Glover Park Group), contains a detailed report on the federal legislation as a whole and the possibility of further financial assistance in the near future.


New York State Department of Labor 

This site shares information on how people can file an unemployment claim if they are affected by the coronavirus. (New York) 


NYC Employee Retention Grants 

To help small businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19, the City has launched the Employee Retention Grant Program to help retain employees as businesses face decreased revenue. This program is available to New York City businesses with one to four employees that can demonstrate at least a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19. Eligible businesses will receive a grant covering up to 40% of their payroll for two months. Businesses can access up to $27,000. (NYC) 


NYC Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment NY 

General resources, especially those related to the entertainment industry. (NYC) 


NYC Small Business Continuity Loan Program 

To help small businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19, the City has launched the NYC Small Business Continuity Loan Program. This program is available to New York City businesses with fewer than 100 employees that can demonstrate at least a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19. Eligible businesses can apply for an interest-free loan up to $75,000. (NYC) 


SBA - Paycheck Protection Program 

The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll by providing each small business a loan up to $10 million for payroll and certain other expenses. If all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks, SBA will forgive the portion of the loans used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Up to 100 percent of the loan is forgivable. 


U.S. Department of Labor 

The following links contain information regarding the rights of employees and the obligations of employers during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Nationwide Fair Labor Standards - 

Family and Medical Leave Act - 





Testing information - Los Angeles

Testing information - New York




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