“A community of support for all dancers entering — or continuing their creative years”
In this issue:  Call for an appointment at The Friedman Health Center! Updates on the health care landscape. Sign up for our Support Group for Injured Dancers! Workshops and seminar dates for The Career Center, social services and housing.

Health Insurance HQ

from the expert team at The Actors Fund's Artists Health Insurance Resource Center


Health Insurance HQ distills the current political activity around health care into a brief, monthly educational update to help you become a more active consumer and citizen.

Read this month's edition.


The Friedman Health Center on Facebook Live

Last week's Facebook live post featured Seniors Program Volunteer & Activities Coordinator Traci DiGesu who spoke to Dr. Ramon Pesigan and Dr. Jason Kindt about wellness for seniors in our community. Our weekly “virtual check-ins” (Wednesdays at 12:15 pm) provide our community with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with our services.

Visit us today!




The Career Center

Business of Freelance
Tuesday, September 12 | 2–4 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

Learn about freelancing trends of 2016, the benefits and challenges of freelancing and first steps to get you started.

Microsoft Excel
Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 12 - October 5 | 5:30–8:30 pm
RSVP via email

Adobe Photoshop
Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 12 - October 5 | 1–4 pm
RSVP via email

Introduction to Quickbooks
Saturday, September 23 & 30 | 10 am–1 pm
RSVP via email

Art/Work/Life Balance
Monday, September 25 | 2:30–4:30 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

 A 2 part workshop that will help you explore what your motivation is for managing your time.

Social Services

Workers' Comp Essentials
Tuesday, September 19 | 12:30–2 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

An introduction to the ins and outs of the New York State Workers' Compensation Law.


Apartment Hunting 101: Strategies for Finding Housing in NYC
Friday, September 8 | 10:00 am–12:00 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

Applying for Affordable Housing

Wednesday, September 13 
 | 5:00–7:00 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

Lower East Side
Tuesday, September 12 | 2:00–4:00 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

Thursday, September 21 | 5:30–7:30 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

The Actors Fund affordable housing seminar helps participants get organized so they can be prepared to take advantage of opportunities to apply. For more info, email darnow@actorsfund.org.


The Insurance Doctor is In!
September 11 | 2:00–4:00 pm
HOWL Happening Gallery
6 East 1st St.
RSVP via email

Our insurance expert will answer your health insurance questions during a one-on-one consult. 


These groups occur at The Actors Fund, 729 7th Avenue unless otherwise noted.

Support Group for Injured Dancers
Thursdays, September 14–November 16 | 11 am–1 pm
RSVP via email

A 10-week group for professional dancers who are dealing with or recovering from an injury. 

Musician's Networking Group
Third Wednesdays of the Month | 2:00–3:30 pm
RSVP via email

Share networking tips and strategies with other musicians.

Please know due to popular demand the following groups are currently full to capacity. We hope you will check out next month's Actors Fund Workshops, Groups and Seminars email or our online calendar and look for opportunities to join our open groups in the upcoming months. If you would like to be put on the group wait lists please contact the group leaders.

Copings Skills for Anxiety and Depression: An Integrative CBT Approach
Email for more information.

Explore how your response to anxiety and depression are driving your symptoms and develop skills for reducing negative emotions in this eight week psycho-educational group. Learn techniques to gain productivity and peace in your daily life. Intake interview required. Group members must commit to attending all eight sessions. Full participation via outside class assignments mandatory.

HIV & Relationships Group
Email for more information

An on-going weekly therapeutic support group for individuals with HIV looking to explore healthy ways of engaging in relationships. Through mutual support and feedback, members can gain awareness around beliefs, behaviors, and motivations that may be impacting their ability to achieve more satisfying relationships and lives. Common themes for exploration include HIV disclosure, stigmatization, sex and dating, self-image and substance use.


Continuing Activities

For a list of current services, visit www.actorsfund.org. The Career Center Orientation is a pre-requisite for attending the weekly workshops

The Career Center

The Dancers' Resource/Career Transition For Dancers Orientation
2nd and 4th Mondays | 10:00–12:00 pm

For Professional Dancers and the Dance Community – Learn how to register and participate in Career Transition For Dancers’ programs and services, which include the National Outreach Program, Career Counseling and Guidance Program and the Scholarship and Grant Program.

The Career Center Orientation
Mondays | 12:00–1:30 pm
Space is limited.

If you are a member of an entertainment industry union, please bring your card. Attendance to this orientation is required before attending the other weekly workshops listed below.

Job Search Intensive
Mondays | 2:30–4:30 pm
Open to The Career Center members who have attended at least one job search seminar.

Your Career Strategies
Tuesdays | 2:30–4:30 pm  
RSVP via email
(Pre-requisite: Your Career Toolkit)

Learn strategies and resources for identifying and researching potential future meaningful work that “fits". 

Job Search Seminars

Wednesdays | 12:00–2:30 pm
No RSVP required.

Job Search Seminar | Question & Answer Session
Wednesday, September 13 | 12:00–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 1 | Research & Evaluate 
Wednesday, September 20 | 12:00–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 2A | Developing Your Marketing Plan Pt. 1
Wednesday, September 27 | 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 2B | Developing Your Marketing Plan Pt. 2 
Wednesday, October 4 | 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 3 | Networking Principles and Practices
Wednesday, October 11 | 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 4 | Submitting Applications
Wednesday, October 18 | 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 5 | Interviewing for Success
Wednesday, October 25 | 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

Your Career Toolkit
Thursdays | 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Focus on heightening your awareness of your preferred Values and Skills that will serve as guides to your job search and career planning. 

Résumé Writing
1st and 3rd Thursdays | 2:30–4:30 pm
RSVP via Evenbrite

Learn how to create an effective résumé and cover letter, targeting the specific jobs you are pursuing. 

LinkedIn Group Support Session
Fridays | 10:00 am–12:00 pm 
RSVP via email 

Learn how to use LinkedIn. Each lab session is limited to 5 individuals.

Staffing Agency Information Session
Fridays | 1:00–2:00 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

Participants will learn about the staffing agencies The Career Center partners with.


The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts is the medical care provider for New York City's entertainment and performing arts community. Call 212.489.1939 for an appointment. 

Welcome to Medicare
Mondays | 1:00–2:00 pm

This seminar is for anyone who will soon be getting Medicare and wants to learn more about how it works, or for anyone who currently has Medicare and has questions about it. It will be facilitated by an Actors Fund staff person and a volunteer trained by the Medicare Rights Center. Reservations not necessary. You can just show up!

Every Artist Insured
Thursdays | 12:30–1:30 pm

This free workshop will help you understand the Affordable Care Act and provide you with clear guidance on all your health insurance options. We answer questions about Medicaid, subsidies, how to apply, and where to access care if you're currently uninsured.

Financial Wellness

All Financial Wellness workshops and groups occur at The Actors Fund, 729 7th Avenue.

Intro to Financial Wellness
First Tuesdays of the Month | 12:30–2:00 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

A single-session workshop in which participants identify their financial goals, learn simple strategies for tracking income and expenses, and get connected with resources and an action plan to take the next step.


For more information and applications visit our website.

We are accepting applications for the Dorothy Ross Friedman Residence on West 57th Street in Manhattan and The Schermerhorn in Downtown Brooklyn.

Notify NYC
In NYC emergencies can happen at any time. Notify NYC is a new program from the New York City Office of Emergency Management designed to keep you up to date about emergencies and services that impact all New Yorkers, whether it’s at home, work or in the community. Choose from alerts about events, public health, school closings and delays, and parking rules suspensions, and have them sent to your either your email or mobile phone. Register for free by visiting www.NYC.gov/notifynyc or by calling 311 today.

Programs of The Career Center at The Actors Fund are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Thank you to our Financial Wellness Sponsors


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