The Emergency Relief Fund was established on February 20, 1967 “to provide assistance to members in dire need.” Financial assistance is provided in the form of a directed grant to the musician’s creditors (e.g., to a landlord, physician, etc.)
The eligibility requirements are:
- A minimum of two years’ membership in the union
- Good standing, with all dues (annual and work dues) paid
- That 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.
To seek assistance, members must contact the Administrator and fill out an application, which requires proof of need. The Fund is a nonprofit charitable organization, and its policies are set by five elected trustees, one of whom is the President of Local 802, Tino Gagliardi, who also serves as the Administrator of the Fund.