Ring of Keys Members Relief Fund (COVID-19)

This is a scary, challenging, and unprecedented time globally.  We support the notion that all take part in a civic duty to #flattenthecurve,  and want to help to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which could be fatal to our elderly, disabled, and medically-compromised citizens. That being said, those working in the performing arts community are feeling a direct financial impact from the sudden loss of work, with no sick or paid leave privileges for freelance artists.  

While artists are adept at a lifestyle of financial instability, these unique circumstances are challenging because of the 1) duration of the lay off, 2) immediacy  and 3) uncertainty behind when income will return. 

Ring of Keys is a community of q/ueer women, transgender, and gender non-conforming artists working in the field of musical theatre. We have a membership of 350 members in over 40 cities throughout the USA, as well as members in Toronto and London. 

The Ring of Keys Member Relief Fund is aimed to help those Members in our community whose livelihoods are being directly affected by sudden loss of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the Executive Director of Ring of Keys, I can attest that these circumstances are detrimental to an already vulnerable and marginalized population. Some examples our Members are currently experiencing:

- Unemployment due to the vast majority of theatres and shows suspended or cancelled. 

- No paid sick leave or paid leave. 

- Ineligible for state unemployment insurance.

- Interviews for potential jobs cancelled. 

-  Major conferences cancelled, as well as jobs associated with conferences, and an inability to get refunds for travel. 

- Fear of not being able to pay for life-saving medicine.

-Inability to pay basic expenses of rent and student loans

- Side jobs in retail, the service industry, or nannying also suspended. 

- Instability and loss of creative dream projects taking an emotional toll on members’ mental health. 

- Needing to dip into savings intended for other expenses (medicine, top surgery, dream projects, student loans, etc)

The amount we can provide is based on donations received, the amount of requests we have, and the requests we project will come in the near future. So the more you can help, the more funds we can redistribute!! Thank you for your generosity - we can't wait to get back to making art together - feeling together, breathing together, and sharing our humanity together!

KEY MEMBERS: If you are a Key in need of funds, Click Here  to apply for relief.
Please note: This Fund is for Ring of Keys members only. 

Thank you!

Andrea Prestinario
Executive Director, Ring of Keys
Ring of Keys website


Thank you to the Seattle Artists Relief Fund   and the NYC Low-income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund   for providing a solid model for seeking support for artists affected by the pandemic. We have borrowed some language from those campaigns and we encourage you to support their campaigns as well.

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  • Blake Karnes 
    • $10 
    • 5 d
  • Emma Pliskin 
    • $50 
    • 6 d
  • Eric Parker 
    • $50 
    • 6 d
  • Melinda Wetzel 
    • $100 
    • 6 d
  • Georga Osborne 
    • $25 
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Andrea Prestinario 
Raised $1,045 from 20 donations
New York, NY
Katherine Lindsay 
Team member
Raised $250 from 1 donation
Eric Parker 
Team member
Raised $70 from 2 donations
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