Apply for a Grant


Who is eligible for a Behind the Scenes Grant?
If you currently reside in the United States or Canada and have earned your living for at least five years in the entertainment technology industry, or you are an immediate family member of someone who has, including his or her spouse, domestic partner or dependent child, you are eligible.

You do not need to be currently working in the industry as long as your time out of the industry is less than the total time you worked in the industry. Performing artists are not eligible. Final determination of eligibility is at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors of the Behind the Scenes Foundation.

What does service in the entertainment technology industry mean?
This means that your major source of income is from work in this industry. This includes working behind the scenes in any type of performance venue, behind the camera, on the road, or for dealers, manufacturers, production companies, consulting and design firms, etc. directly involved in supplying entertainment technology products and services.

How do you apply for a grant?
You must complete the Application for Financial Assistance which requires such information as a letter from your doctor or other documentation of your diagnosis, proof of at least five years of work history, detailed financial information, a current bank statement, and copies of your 2 most recent tax returns.

Additional items that are helpful to the Review Committee include a cover letter explaining your stituation and copies of bills you are seeking assistance with.

An application may be submitted on behalf of an eligible person by a spouse or domestic partner, a legal guardian or a person acting under a valid power of attorney or other legal authority. In extreme situations an application may be submitted by a close friend or colleague on behalf of the eligible person.

The Application for Financial Assistance is in Adobe Acrobat format. Acrobat Reader may be obtained free at

The form may be filled in on-line, saved and emailed to or printed and then faxed (646-713-2308) or mailed (630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 609, New York, NY 10036) to Behind the Scenes, with the required supporting documentation.

The form may also be obtained by calling 212-244-1421 or emailing .

How are applications reviewed and how quickly can I expect an answer?
Applications are reviewed by a formal Review Committee. Grant decisions are generally made within a few days of receiving a completed application. You may receive a telephone call from a member of the Review Committee or their representative if there are further questions about your situation. If a grant is awarded, you will be contacted immediately to coordinate delivery of the grant. Checks must be made payable directly to service providers and can be sent direclty to the provider or to the recipient for distribution. You will be asked to submit receipts for the expenses paid by the grant. All funds awarded must be used within three months unless special arrangements are made upon award of the grant.

What do I do in case of an emergency?
If emergency assistance is required, please contact 212-244-1421 or email .

What can grants be used for?
Grants may be used for basic living expenses such as rent or mortgage, property taxes, utilities, insurance and transportation. They may be used for all types of medical expenses including health insurance, doctor and hospital bills, medication, physical therapy, home health care, crutches or wheelchairs. Grants may also be used towards funeral expenses.

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Are you eligible?

If you would like to know if you are eligible to apply for a grant, you must be able to answer yes to each of the following questions:

  1. Are you seriously ill or unable to work due to injury, or do you have an immediate, dependent family member who is seriously ill or injured?

  2. Do you reside or primarily work in North America?

  3. Do you work backstage in any type of performance venue, behind the camera, or for a company that supplies entertainment technology products and services?

  4. Have you earned your living in the entertainment technology industry for at least five years?

  5. Do you have extremely limited financial resources?

  6. Do you need help with basic living expenses, medical costs, funeral expenses, or retraining for another type of job?

If you have recently lost an immediate family member who met the above criteria and who was your primary source of income, you are eligible to apply for a grant.

If you have further questions about whether you are eligible to apply for a grant please email

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