Update 5/12/20: FSC Emergency Fund Disbursements

As of May 12, 2020
Total raised: $146,000
Total applicants: 489

Total disbursed: $120,000 to 400 people (in progress)

The FSC Emergency Fund helps talent and crew who can’t work during the COVID-19 production hold.

To date, we have contacted 400 people, each eligible to receive a $300 check from the FSC Emergency Fund. Most have responded to confirm their payment information and received their checks. However, some have not yet responded.

By May 22, we will have contacted all remaining eligible applicants to confirm their payment information. If you have applied and you meet the eligibility criteria, please be patient. If you confirm your payment information, you will receive a check. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, we will email you individually to let you know. Either way, if you have applied to the fund, please add emergencyfund@freespeechcoalition.com and info@freespeechcoalition.com to your email contacts to better ensure that our emails will go to your inbox not your spam folder.

On June 1, we will return any unclaimed funds back to the Emergency Fund for distribution in the next round.

Fundraising has slowed considerably. At the current rate, we won’t be able to reopen the application until the end of the summer. Please continue to help us raise more money so that we can reopen the application sooner and help more people.

If you have any questions, please email emergencyfund@freespeechcoalition.com.


Update 4/28/20: FSC Emergency Fund Disbursements

As of April 28, 2020
Total raised: $144,000
Total applicants: 489

Total disbursed: $90,000 to 300 people (in progress)

The FSC Emergency Fund helps talent and crew who can’t work during the COVID-19 production hold. 

We are so pleased to announce that we have now received enough contributions to send checks for all eligible individuals who have already applied. Please continue to help us raise more money so that we can reopen the application and help more people.

We have been disbursing funds in batches of 100 checks at a time. Earlier this week, the next 100 people receiving checks were notified to confirm their payment information. Once that batch is processed, we will keep going until we have sent checks to all qualified applicants.

If you have applied and you meet the eligibility criteria, please be patient. You will receive a check. For those who do not meet the eligibility criteria, we are emailing them individually to let them know.

ALL APPLICANTS: Please add emergencyfund@freespeechcoalition.com and info@freespeechcoalition.com to your email contacts to better ensure that our emails will go straight to your inboxes rather than your spam folders.

If you have any questions, please email emergencyfund@freespeechcoalition.com.


Update 4/15/20: FSC Emergency Fund Disbursements

As of April 15, 2020
Total raised: $115,000
Total applicants: 489

Total disbursed: $60,000 to 200 people (in progress)

The FSC Emergency Fund helps talent and crew who can’t work during the COVID-19 production hold. 

To date we have received almost 500 applications and raised $115,000, with another $5,000 in pledged donations. This includes the $20,000 in matching funds from Pornhub. 

For us to send checks to all eligible applicants, we will need to raise an additional $30,000 beyond the currently pledged donations. To be able to reopen the application for financial relief, we will need to raise even more than that.

We are still in the process of distributing the first 200 checks. We have sent checks to 163 people but have been unable to confirm payment information for 37 people. They need to reply to the email we sent to the address they provided with their application. If we don’t hear from them by Friday 4/17, we will put their names back into the pool and reallocate those funds to other verified applicants.

Next week, we will notify the next 100 applicants eligible to receive a $300 check.

If you have not yet been notified that you will be receiving a check, please be patient. We are working as quickly as we can to get these funds sent to talent and crew.

ALL APPLICANTS: Please add emergencyfund@freespeechcoalition.com and info@freespeechcoalition.com to your email contacts to better ensure that our emails will go straight to your inboxes rather than your spam folders.

If you have any questions, please email emergencyfund@freespeechcoalition.com


Update 4/9/20: FSC Emergency Fund Disbursements

As of April 9, 2020
Total raised: $87,000
Total applicants: 489

Total disbursed: $60,000 to 200 people (in progress)

The FSC Emergency Fund helps talent and crew who can’t work during the COVID-19 production hold. 

To date we have received almost 500 applications and raised $87,000. We have another $20,000 in pledged donations. For us to send checks to all eligible applicants, we will need to raise an additional $43,000 beyond the currently pledged donations. The application for financial relief remains closed while we work to raise this money.

Today, we emailed the next 100 applicants eligible to receive a $300 check. If you have not yet been notified that you will be receiving a check, please be patient. We are working as quickly as we can to get these funds sent to talent and crew.

If you applied for financial relief but have not received any emails from us, please check your SPAM folder, and add emergencyfund@freespeechcoalition.com to your contacts.


 

Update 4/6/20: FSC Emergency Fund Disbursements

As of April 6, 2020
Total raised: $80,000
Total applicants: 484

Total disbursed: $30,000 to 100 people (in progress)

The FSC Emergency Fund helps talent and crew who can’t work during the COVID-19 production hold. 

To date we have received almost 500 applications and raised $80,000. We have another $20,000 in pledged donations. For us to send checks to all eligible applicants, we will need to raise an additional $50,000 beyond the currently pledged donations. 

Until we are able to raise enough money to cover the current pool of applicants, we are going to temporarily stop accepting new applications to the Emergency Fund. We hope to be able to reopen the Emergency Fund for new applications after we have raised more money.

Last week, we began disbursing the first $30,000 to the first 100 eligible applicants. We hope to begin disbursing the next $30,000 by the end of this week to the next 100 eligible applicants. We will continue to update all applicants about the status of their applications.

We thank you for your patience. We are working as quickly as we can to get these funds sent to talent and crew.


Update 4/2/20: FSC Emergency Fund Disbursements

As of April 2, 2020
Total raised: $69,000
Total applicants: 410

Total disbursed this week: $30,000 to 100 people (in progress)

The FSC Emergency Fund helps talent and crew who can’t work during the COVID-19 production hold. To date, we have received over 400 applications, with more coming in. 

Yesterday, we began sending $300 checks to each of the first 100 verified applicants, distributing $30,000 we had in a pre-existing emergency fund.

We are continuing to verify additional applicants as fast as we can. We have raised enough funds to send relief checks to the next 100 verified applicants. Those will go out as soon as we finish this current distribution. 

Our fundraising efforts have brought in an additional $39,000 so far, which includes a $10,000 donation from Pornhub. In addition, Pornhub will match new donations up to $20,000. (Please donate.) Each time we raise another $30,000 we will distribute the next round of checks. .

We thank you for your patience as work as quickly as we can to get these funds sent to talent and crew.


Update 3/30/20: FSC Emergency Fund Disbursements

The FSC Emergency Fund has been activated to help talent and crew who can’t work during the COVID-19 production hold. To date, we have received over 300 applications from talent and crew, with more coming in. We will start disbursing funds by April 1.

How can I help?

If you don’t need funds, but would like to donate, please do so here: https://bit.ly/FSCemergencydonate 

What’s happening with my application?

We have already started verifying the first 300 applicants. This is what the verification process looks like:

  • Verify that talent is in PASS
    • If not in PASS, verify that talent worked on gay or trans sets that used alternate testing protocols or safer sex practices
  • Verify that crew worked on PASS-regulated sets
    • If not on PASS-regulated sets, verify that crew worked on gay or trans sets that used alternate testing protocols or safer sex practices

We have already verified all PASS talent — about 230 people —  and are working to verify an additional 70 applicants who are crew and non-PASS talent. The latter takes a bit longer as it involves checking the production references provided.The speed with which we are able to approve and verify depends on our ability to reach those references.

How do you decide who gets money?

Based on the number of applications, the amount of available funds, and the amount of expected funds, we believe we will be able to give all eligible applicants $300 each.

How do you decide who gets paid first?

Because many crew don’t have alternative revenue streams (like camming or clips) available to them, we have prioritized eligible crew applicants in the first round of disbursements. Approximately 60 crew members applied for aid so far.

For talent, we are using a combination of factors to determine who is included in the first round of disbursements and who will be included in subsequent rounds. These factors include:

  • Recency and frequency of testing in PASS
  • Date of application
  • Financial need

We have a wide and diverse performer community, ranging from amateur couples and new models to contract stars. We view all as equal and are working hard to make sure we take care of the entirety of our community.

When will I receive a check?

We will start sending checks by April 1. However,  we will need to contact each person individually to confirm payment details.

We are disbursing $30,000 each round, so the first 100 people will receive $300 this week. 

We are already halfway to the next $30,000, and are on track to disburse $300 payments to another 100 people next week. After that, we will continue to pay 100 people each time we raise another $30,000.

Can I apply more than once?

Yes. However, since we have received more applications than we currently have funds for, we won’t be accepting applications for additional funds until we have paid all eligible applicants at least once. We will inform you when you are eligible to apply for additional funds and provide a new application form. Do not submit more than one application now.

What if I have another question?

Email us at emergencyfund@freespeechcoalition.com 

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