|STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS FOUNDATION (SDCF) RECEIVES $200,000 ANONYMOUS GIFT TO ITS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 04:46 pm EST 01/07/21|
|STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS FOUNDATION (SDCF) RECEIVES $200,000 ANONYMOUS GIFT TO ITS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND, BRINGING TOTAL SUPPORT FOR MEMBERS OF STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY (SDC) TO MORE THAN $550,000
INCREASED FUNDING ALLOWS EXPANSION IN GRANTS AVAILABLE TO SDC MEMBERS AND SDC ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
(New York, January 7, 2021) - The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), the not-for-profit foundation of the theatrical union Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), announces that it has received a $200,000 gift from an anonymous donor to support its Emergency Assistance Fund.
The Emergency Assistance Fund was established in April 2020 to help Members of SDC who are experiencing financial hardship due to the devastating impact of the COVID-19. Funds are available to assist with basic needs such as health care, rent, food, and utilities. When combined with SDC's 2020 Income Relief Fund, which was established in the wake of the shutdown to offset lost employment, the total support available to distribute to SDC Members now surpasses $550,000, with more than $200,000 granted to date. This extraordinary gift also allows SDCF to increase the grant amount for SDC Members to $750 and newly provides an opportunity for SDC Associate Members to apply for grants up to $300.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, unemployment for the more than 4,000 SDC directors and choreographers and their associates remains at over 90%, and roughly 80% of Members previously receiving health insurance through the Union's plan will lose coverage on March 1. "This unexpected and incredibly generous gift, from an unknown 'patron saint' of directors and choreographers, will prove to be a lifesaver for many of our Members in the difficult months ahead," says SDCF President Mark Brokaw.
The Emergency Assistance Fund was established through leadership gifts from SDC Members Marc Bruni, Rachel Chavkin, Michael Greif, Thomas Kail, Susan Stroman, and Evan Yionoulis, with Josh Lehrer & Jeffrey Seller joining these Union Members. The Fund would not be possible without additional generous donations from the James & Deborah Burrows Foundation, the Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Miranda Family Fund. SDCF is also grateful to Richard Nelson for his support of the Fund through the streaming of his play Incidental Moments of the Day - The Apple Family: Life on Zoom.
Those wishing to donate to SDCF's Emergency Assistance Fund may do so at https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/StageDirectorsChoreographersW/sdcfoundation.html Members will receive more information about the Fund via email from SDCF in the coming days.
Founded in 1965, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) celebrates, develops, and supports professional stage directors and choreographers throughout every phase of their careers. SDCF works to build a theatrical community that reflects the cultural, racial, and gender diversity of our nation by creating opportunities for artists of all backgrounds to bring their full, authentic selves to their work as creative leaders in the theatre. SDCF's goals are to provide opportunities to practice the crafts of directing and choreography; to gather and disseminate craft and career information; to promote the profession to emerging talent; to provide opportunities for exchange of knowledge among directors and choreographers; to increase the awareness of the value of directors' and choreographers' work; and to convene around issues affecting theatre artists. sdcfoundation.org.
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