Expanded Relief for DGA Members: A Message from Directors Guild Foundation Chairman Todd Holland


July 21, 2020

Dear DGA Members:

Expanded emergency relief is here.

When we first launched the Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund in April, our $1,000 grant criteria were focused on members who’d lost their jobs in the shutdown.

Now with the majority of production remaining shuttered, more help is needed. Therefore we are expanding that eligibility criteria. If you worked regularly in a DGA capacity last year, you may be eligible. Below are the details and information on how to get started.

Expanded Eligibility criteria
  • DGA member in good standing;
  • 2019 earnings of at least $30,000 in a DGA category OR were working or had a commitment to work in a DGA category at the time of the production suspension in March;
  • Less than $10,000 in liquid assets (bank statements will be required);
  • A demonstrated need.

Getting Started is a Phone Call Away

Our longtime partners at the Motion Picture and Television Fund are administering this emergency relief on behalf of the Foundation. For more information and to get started, please call the MPTF on its hotline – (888) 356-0537 – or contact them through the website: www.mptf.com – and their professional social workers will guide you through the application process.

Additional information about the Emergency Fund and the DGF’s longstanding confidential, interest-free loan program for members experiencing financial crises and emergencies can be found at www.dga.org/Foundation.

It is because of the generosity of all those contributing to the Directors Guild Foundation that we’ve been able to expand this emergency relief. Thank you for doing your part to keep alive our proud tradition of helping our fellow brothers and sisters in need.

Todd Holland
Chairman, Directors Guild Foundation