Musicians’ Assistance Program

The Musicians’ Assistance Program (MAP) runs under the auspices of the Actors Fund of America to help serve the 10,000 members of Local 802 and their families. MAP serves members in the hope that they may perform with maximum artistry and productivity with minimum interruption to their work.

MAP provides a wide range of services, including:

  • Professional consultation and referral for personal, career and relationship problems
  • Crisis intervention and short-term counseling
  • Early identification, referral and comprehensive follow-up for alcohol and/or drug dependence
  • Advocacy on behalf of members for emergency financial assistance through Local 802’s Emergency Relief Fund (as well as other foundations committed to helping musicians in financial need), legal aid and public entitlements (such as Social Security, disability insurance and public assistance)

MAP is committed to the goal of helping musicians, a largely uninsured population, get appropriate free or low-cost treatment for drug and alcohol problems as well as for personal, relational and work-related problems. The coordinator of MAP services is Siena Shundi, LCSW, a New York State-certified clinical social worker who provides caring, competent and confidential services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. If you are calling outside of office hours, please leave your name and number on the voice mail and someone will return your call as soon as possible. If you require immediate assistance, please call The Actors Fund at 212.221.7300, ext. 119.

The MAP office is located on the 6th floor of Local 802’s main offices. For an appointment, please call (212) 397-4802, or e-mail All calls are confidential.