Application Instructions

ERF is a non-profit charitable organization that provides financial assistance and support services to musicians in need, and is run through the Local 802 Musicians Assistance Program administered by the Actor’s Fund. ERF assistance is provided in the form of a direct grant to the musician’s service provider. For example, the funds are sent directly to physicians, landlords, and counselors.

To be eligible, you must:

  • A minimum of two years’ membership in the union;
  • Good standing, with all dues (annual and work dues) paid;
  • The musician’s needs fall within the guidelines defining “dire need” as set by the fund’s trustees. These include gas, electric or telephone cut-off, eviction, medical debts, costs incurred due to the theft of instruments, auto repairs vital to continued employment, and other emergencies.

An application for assistance requires proof of need, and must be filed through the Musicians Assistance Program (MAP).

For confidential assistance, call the MAP office at the Actor’s Fund at ( 212) 221-7300 ext. 119, or email

The Local 802 Musicians’ Assistance Program (MAP) runs under the auspices of the Actors Fund of America to help serve the members of Local 802 and their families. MAP is committed to the goal of helping musicians, a largely uninsured population, get appropriate free or low-cost treatment for drug and alcohol problems as well as for personal, relational and work-related problems.

MAP provides a wide range of services, including:

  • Professional consultation and referral for personal, career and relationship problems
  • Crisis intervention and short-term counseling
  • Early identification, referral and comprehensive follow-up for alcohol and/or drug dependence
  • Advocacy on behalf of members for emergency financial assistance through Local 802’s Emergency Relief Fund (as well as other foundations committed to helping musicians in financial need), legal aid and public entitlements (such as Social Security, disability insurance and public assistance)

The MAP office is located at The Actors Fund, 729 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor, New York NY, 10019. For an appointment, please call (212) 221-7300 ext. 119, or email: For emergencies on evenings and weekends only, call (212) 621-7780. All calls are confidential.