In this issue:  Call for an appointment at The Friedman Health Center! Updates on the health care landscape. Exciting new workshops and seminar dates for The Career Center, Dancers' Resourcefinancial wellness, senior services and housing.

Welcome to Health Insurance HQ! 

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

How changes in our health insurance policies will affect our community

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.

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The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts is now open in Times Square

The Friedman Health Center is the medical care provider for New York City’s entertainment and performing arts community.

  • Quality primary/specialty care from Mount Sinai Doctors in partnership with The Actors Fund
  • Conveniently located in Times Square (729 Seventh Avenue, 12th Floor, btw 48 & 49 Street)
  • Continuity of care for those who experience regular changes in health insurance coverage
  • Accessible extended hours for atypical entertainment industry schedules
  • Expedited referrals within the Mount Sinai Health System
  • Most insurance plans accepted
  • Free and unbiased health insurance enrollment and counseling available on site
Call 212.489.1939 for an appointment! Visit



The Career Center 

All Career Center workshops occur at The Actors Fund, 729 7th Avenue unless otherwise noted.

Advanced LinkedIn Seminar
Thursday, May 25 | 2:00–4:00 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

For the advanced user seeking to accelerate their LinkedIn navigation.

See other weekly Career Center workshops.

Dancers' Resource

Navigating Workers' Compensation as a Performing Artist
Tuesday, May 16 | 12:30–2:00 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

Get informed about workers’ comp coverage, the benefits available to you, and the claim filing process so you can access the care you need and advocate for yourself both now and in the future!

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.


The Insurance Doctor is In!
Monday, May 8 | 2:00–4:00 pm
HOWL Happening Gallery
6 East 1st St.
RSVP via email


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

Applying for Affordable Housing

Wednesday, May 10
 | 5:00–7:00 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

Lower East Side
Tuesday, May 9 | 2:00–4:00 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

Thursday, May 18 | 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



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

Self–Care, Give–Care NEW!
Thursdays at 5:30 pm
Call 212.221.7300 ext.119 if interested in attending. 

This group is intended for everyone who does the challenging work of caring for their loved ones (whether parents, partners, spouses, friends or other family).

Musician's Networking Group
Third Wednesdays, May 17 | 2:00–3:30 pm
RSVP via email

Share networking tips and strategies with other musicians.

Support Group for Injured Dancers
Thursdays until June 29 | 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Email for more information.

A 10–week group for professional dancers who are dealing with or recovering from an injury. Through open discussion and the sharing of resources and healthy coping strategies, this group will provide a safe space for dancers to support one another at all stages of the healing process.

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 8 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 The Career Center Orientation is a pre-requisite for attending the weekly workshops.

Social Services

Debtors Anonymous Meeting
Thursdays | 6:15–7:45 pm
212.221.7300 ext. 114
Email for information

The Career Center

The Dancers' Resource/Career Transition For Dancers Orientation
2nd and 4th Mondays | 10:00–11:30 am

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
We've revised our format so you can attend a theme session of your choice. No RSVP required.

Job Search Seminar | Question & Answer Session
Wednesday, June 7 | 12:00–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 1 | Research & Evaluate 
Wednesday, June 14 | 12:00–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 2A | Developing Your Marketing Plan Pt. 1
Wednesday, June 21 | 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 2B | Developing Your Marketing Plan Pt. 2 
Wednesday, May 10 | 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 3 | Networking Principles and Practices
Wednesday, May 17 | 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 4 | Submitting Applications
Wednesday, May 24 | 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 5 | Interviewing for Success
Wednesday, May 31 | 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
except May 5 & 12.
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.


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 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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