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AmDoc Announces Artist Emergency Fund


On June 8th, American Documentary (AmDoc), the nonprofit producing company of the PBS series POV, launched the Artist Emergency Fund. AmDoc’s goal for the new fund is supporting non-fiction filmmakers by “providing emergency financial assistance to filmmakers facing unexpected and substantial personal, health or property needs or losses including those caused by accidents or natural disasters” (PBS). The Artist Emergency Fund is the first fund of its kind dedicated to supporting filmmakers facing unforeseen personal hardship.

Of the new fund executive producer and director of POV, Justine Nagan said: “Our aim is to make AmDoc as supportive to filmmakers as possible, while also helping build a more inclusive industry that supports the most vulnerable among us. This type of grant program is common in other artistic disciplines, and it seemed time for filmmakers to have a safety net. This is a first step towards greater sustainability for professional filmmakers.”

In the pilot year, AmDoc will provide one-time awards of up to $1,000 each. Applicants for the fund will be evaluated on a rolling basis and must reside in a US State, Territory or Indian Nation. AmDoc will evaluate applicants based on their personal need and “professional relationship to documentary filmmaking” (AmDoc).

The Artist Emergency Fund is AmDoc’s second initiative this year aiming to providing sufficient support for up-and-coming as well as underrepresented filmmakers. In early March this year, AmDoc announced the $100,000 Knight-AmDoc Patron Fund supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. With the Knight-AmDoc Patron Fund and the Artist Emergency Fund AmDoc aims to provide necessary support for filmmakers and boost the overall sustainability in the documentary field.

For more information about AmDoc's Artist Emergency Fund, please visit the fund's official webpage here.

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