The newly founded Places Please Project will provide rental relief for theatrical workers, including dramatists, by April 2022. Applications will open in September 2021.
Due to the unprecedented theatrical shutdown, New York City arts workers in all aspects of the theatre industry have been out of work since March of 2020; many are struggling to pay their rent. The Places Please Project has committed to providing housing security to those theatrical workers who would otherwise be at risk of having to leave their homes (and possibly the city) altogether. The theatre industry will survive this pandemic. Let's ensure that theatre professionals can survive it too.
Currently, the fund is accepting donations, with a target goal of reaching $250,000 by September. The online application process will then be open to applicants for a six week window. By the middle of October 2021, the administrators of Places Please Project intend to begin giving out rental relief grants to the selected recipients. A second fundraising initiative will take place later in the fall of 2021, so that Places Please Project can give out additional grants in early 2022.
Learn more about donating to the Places Please Project fund here.
The fund is intended for theatre workers who reside in the five boroughs of New York City, as well as theatre workers who resided in the city prior to the pandemic and would now like to return. Eligible recipients will be selected through a random lottery process. Please note that only one grant cane given per household.
Places Please Project board members include DG members Andrew Lippa and Kyle Jarrow. The non-profit was founded in association with Be An #ArtsHero.
Learn more about Places Please Project here.