When artists are faced with hard times, often the first and only choice is to give up, find a stable source of income, and lay down their artistry. This is very sad because the truth is: most artists already have stable sources of income. Artists are: grinders, hustlers, even dreamers, but are also very hard workers. Many times, artists are often holding down many jobs until that special break comes. Just like anyone else, artists hit rough patches in life. Yet, because the actor, singer, dancer, or writer, needs to be in exceptionally good health and exemplary mental wellness to get and to keep jobs, the artist's rough patch can be very hard to endure and have devastating effects upon a career. Due to illness, physical or emotional injury, elder or child care concerns, an onerous support-job schedule, plus a slew of other reasons, auditioning for a new gig or even accepting one often has to be placed on hold because the artist is either unable to perform or their cares and concerns won’t allow for it. .
The WJRobfund is committed to helping artists live out their dreams and continue to create by addressing and relieving the hardships they face. We provide a bit of assistance with those things albeit small that lead any artist to feel they have no value, to think they are unimportant, and cannot endure. These include things like: food, power bills, clothing, transportation, or artist outings and research. Because it is not our purpose, the WJRobfund will refer artists to agencies for help with rent, mortgage, and hospital bills.
RENT PARTY 2018
Monday February 19th 7pm
Alvin Ailey Studios
Live Performances and Dancing
Your donation will be your entry to the party
Every penny raised will be donated to 3 artists:
The first, a 30-year veteran equity member in the Midwest, 60 years of age, recently diagnosed with cancer and currently undergoing chemo. Because of the Chemo treatment, he is unable to work or audition. He is also the chief caregiver for a Special Needs family member. HE IS AN ARTIST.
The second, also a long-time equity member, plagued with work-related physical injuries, she has been using food stamps to survive. She is unable to audition, unable to work, and unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel as the bills continue to pile up. SHE IS AN ARTIST.
The third is again a long-time equity member who is caring for an elderly parent. Her mother has dementia and lives in another state. The ongoing, back and forth travel has taken a toll on her body, her finances, and her spirit. At this time, any employment that will tie her up for a long period of time is impossible. SHE IS AN ARTIST
For many reasons, these artists prefer to remain anonymous. Their stories are all too familiar. Let's help ease a little piece of their burden, so they can create.
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