Royal Variety Charity (formerly Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund)

The Royal Variety Charity assists those who’ve worked professionally in the entertainment industry and are in need of help.

This includes:

  • Cabaret
  • Children's entertainers
  • Circus artistes
  • Comedians
  • Entertainers
  • Mime artistes
  • Pantomime
  • Puppeteers
  • Revue
  • Street entertainers
  • Technical backstage work
  • Television and radio artistes
  • Variety artistes.

The Charity helps with essential items, such as white goods and general living expenses. 

The Charity does not help with tuition fees, university costs or musical instruments.

Last updated on 5 June 2020

Who is eligible?

Professional performers in entertainment and dependants of professional performers can apply for financial help from the Fund.

This includes:

  • Cabaret
  • Children's entertainers
  • Circus artistes
  • Comedians
  • Entertainers
  • Mime artistes
  • Pantomime
  • Puppeteers
  • Revue
  • Street entertainers
  • Technical backstage work
  • Television and radio artistes
  • Variety artistes.

The Royal Variety Charity does not offer assistance with regards to debts to banks, building societies, credit or debit cards. The charity does not give grants to settle any personal loans or income tax debts.

How to apply?

Individuals can apply directly or a social worker can apply on their behalf.

To apply, fill in the Royal Variety Charity online application form

If you need help completing this application, please email: grants@royalvarietycharity.org or telephone 020 8898 8164 for assistance. 

Other information

The Royal Variety Charity also owns and manages its own residential and nursing care home in Twickenham for elderly entertainers.

Contact details

23-25 King Street
Twickenham
London
TW1 3SD
Email: enquiries@royalvarietycharity.org
Web: http://www.royalvarietycharity.org/

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