Senior U.S. Performers Underutilized, Face Age Discrimination

Senior U.S. performers in Los Angeles and New York areas face age discrimination although they are happy with their lives as artists.

In the research entitled, ‘Still Kicking, Aging Performing Artists in NYC and LA Metro Areas: Information on Artists IV,’ showed that being old continues to affect senior performers like actors, dancers, choreographers, musicians and singers but they haven’t let it set them in.

These performers who are old remain active in their community and still passionate about their craft where they benefit from a lifetime of experience.

According to Adam Moore, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) interim national director of Affirmative Action and Diversity, seniors are valuable but underutilized resource.
SAG President Ken Howard, 67, a Tony awardee and two-time Emmy Award-winning actor, reflected on the personal challenges he has faced as a senior performer.

“I can tell you that we at the Guild take very seriously the concerns voiced in this study and intend to use the findings to more effectively advocate on behalf of these performers. Whatever best serves seniors and we will all be seniors someday, is a move toward better serving artists.”

Los Angeles-based SAG made significant contributions to the study by providing demographic information and arranging interviews with senior artists, the guild said.

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