About us

SafetyCurtain assists performers in peril outside of the UK in more than 20 countries around the world. Many of the creative practitioners we assist with our small grants live in countries that are scarred by extreme poverty, hardship and/or devastating ongoing conflict. Founded in 1999, and formerly called the International Performers’ Aid Trust, the charity was the brainchild of Hugh Manning, Equity president and former chair of the International Committee for Artists’ Freedom (ICAF).

Sir Richard Attenborough was our first supporter, starting us off with a generous donation, and later the charity was driven energetically and with great panache by president Alan Rickman and others. 

Registered Charity No 1078612

Co-Presidents Celia Imrie and Bill Paterson

"Those we support often face battles on a daily basis. They need our help now more than ever. Please support us."


"We strive to make a vital difference for struggling performers facing peril in the face of poverty or conflict."' 

How we do it...


We can help struggling actors and creative practitioners outside of the UK with small grants, usually less than $1,200, to help with essential living costs and medical bills (not performance equipment)  


Those in need of help make contact and complete a grant application form. Submissions are made in privacy and complete 

confidentiality will be respected


Grants are reviewed every other month and as we are a small charity we are able to move swiftly to assist our successful applicants