What is The Fund?
The Actors’ & Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund (Qld) Inc. has been in existence in Queensland for over forty years and during that time has been able to assist hundreds of performers who for one reason or another have fallen on hard times and needed a helping hand.
The Fund was started in Queensland in 1975 with a donation of $500 from the Actors’ Benevolent Fund of NSW.
The Inaugural and Founding President of the Fund in Queensland was the late Alan Edwards AM MBE JP (founding Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company), who was involved for over twenty years – serving as President from 1975 – 1994.
Where Queensland performing arts professionals turn when in crisis or in need.
To assist performing arts professionals experiencing hardship.
The Actors’ & Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund (Qld) Inc. is run by a volunteer committee elected at an Annual General Meeting – which is usually held mid-year.
Many people in the profession have served in the committee over the years. These include Actors, Artistic Directors, Producers, Arts Administrators and Marketing & Publicity Officers.
It is also Fund policy to include two MEAA Industrial Officers (Equity) on the management committee– who serve in an ex-officio capacity.
All contribute to the fundraising efforts of the Fund and in the deliberations concerning applications for assistance.