The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced Friday it is donating $6 million of aid toward helping those affected by COVID-19. Per the Film Academy’s press release, the funds will “help support motion picture employees and their families facing severe financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with institutions focused on supporting diverse filmmakers.”
The donation is being dispersed between The Actors Fund, Motion Picture & Television Fund, and its Grants Program, which aids in funding new and existing programs for underserved filmmakers to access the entryway resources they need.
“The Academy has a long history of supporting our colleagues, particularly during the most dire circumstances,” said Academy President David Rubin. “As we face a pandemic, it’s incumbent upon us to help those in the motion picture community who are suffering. The shutting down of productions, businesses and theaters has had devastating consequences. By contributing financially to The Actors Fund, MPTF, and the Academy Foundation’s wonderful grants program, we can help provide our extended family with desperately needed assistance.”
Academy CEO Dawn Hudson also makes clear the Academy’s swift efforts are to offer guidance and relief to its industry workers during this “unprecedented crisis.”
AMPAS has a membership of over 9,000 industry and press individuals. It holds the annual ceremony for Hollywood’s prestigious Oscars every year. The lead up to the 2021 Academy Awards is proving to be an uncommon road to awards season. The Film Academy is also opening The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on December 14.
As the industry suffers financial hits across the globe, many major companies and distributors are stepping up to offer aid. Like the film academy, many donors are stepping up to aid production workers and creators who are out of jobs. On March 20, Netflix announced its $100 million donations to benefit creatives of the film and television industries. The streaming giant will provide funds to employees of its halted productions.
On Thursday, Sony announced $100 million in aiding medical workers, displaced students and educators working remotely, and entertainment industry workers. The latest titles to be affected by the pandemic now include Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” moving from the summer slate to Dec. 23.