The Show Must Go On for Hollywood Kids… Applications Open for 2009 CARE Awards

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BizParentz Foundation announces that despite Hollywood unrest, professional child actors are invited to apply for the CARE Awards, the entertainment industry's premiere awards event for young actors. The red carpet event is scheduled for Sunday, March 15 at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Despite Hollywood's labor troubles, the professional kids are finding a reason to celebrate. The CARE Awards, which honors child actors for their accomplishments in 2008, will take place on March 15. Anne Henry of the non-profit organization, Bizparentz Foundation, announced today that awardee applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Awards. The deadline to apply is January 24, 2009.

It's been a tough year for young Hollywood, to be sure. Child actors have found themselves to be just one casualty of the town's labor disputes, and opportunities to practice their craft have been few and far between. Child actors do belong to SAG, AFTRA and Equity, the unions for performers, but they are not eligible to hold leadership roles in those organizations. "Like everyone else in the entertainment industry, the kids wish things could get settled. Their careers, by nature, are very short, so long labor disputes can be devastating.    That's why we are moving ahead with the CARE Awards. Child actors need to celebrate the positive contributions they have made--not just to entertainment, but to their communities. CARE isn't all about Hollywood success," states Henry.    

The CARE (Child Actor Recognition Event) Awards is slated for Sunday, March 15, 2009.    The 5th annual event will be held at the Globe Theatre inside Universal Studios Hollywood.     Billed as a kind of "anti-child-star-gone-bad" event, CARE honors over 150 of the industry's brightest young stars, for their positive contributions to the entertainment industry. Awardees will receive red carpet entrance to Universal Studios (well attended by press), private awards luncheon, engraved trophy, gift bag, collectible souvenirs, and entrance to Universal Studios Themepark for a day of kid-oriented fun after the event.    

CARE Awards are based on a unique point system where young performers (18 and younger) must qualify with a combination of professional acting work in 2008, academics, union membership, training, a written essay, community service, parent industry knowledge, and several other criteria.

Proceeds from the event benefit the BizParentz Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, advocacy and charitable support to parents and children engaged in the entertainment industry.    

Due to the overwhelming popularity of this event, there will be no complimentary attendance for celebrities. However, they are welcomed to participate in the application process for consideration as an awardee. Artist representatives are advised to direct their clients through the application process early if they would like them to attend.

Photos and video from prior years, as well as applications and criteria can be obtained online at http://www.bizparentz.org/careawards.html . For more information about CARE 2009, please call (818)731-9897.

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