A “Great Cultural Depression” looms for legions of the unemployed

Many performers rely on charity. The Actors Fund, An arts service organization, has raised and distributed $ 18 million since the pandemic began to cover basic living expenses of 14,500 people.

“I’ve been in the Actors Fund for 36 years,” said Barbara Davies, Director of Operations. During 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 recession, the industry came to a halt. There is clearly nothing that can be compared to this. “

Higher-paying TV and movie actors have more protection, but they have also experienced disappointments and missed opportunities. Jack Cutmore Scott And the Megan RathAnd, now his wife, was just dumped in a new CBS pilot, “Jury Duty,” when the pandemic stopped filming.

“I had a proper uniform and we were about to go and read the table the following week, but we never made it,” said Mr Cutmore-Scott. After several delays, they hear in September that CBS is bailing her out completely.

Many live performers have looked for new ways to pursue their art, switching to video, broadcast, and other platforms. Carla JoverA tour of dancing and playing traditional Appalachian music, as well as a popular opera composed by “Cornbread and Tortillas”, has been canceled. “I’ve spent long, dark nights of the soul trying to imagine what I could do,” said Ms. Gopher, who lives in Lexington, Kentucky and has three children.

I started writing weekly emails to all of her contacts, Share Videos and online tutorials in Flat dance And the Clogging. The response was enthusiastic. “I found out how to use the hashtag and now have a new kind of business,” said Ms. Gopher.

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