What Are The Other Acting Unions - And Why You Need Em
The Actor's Life
SAG is always the union most people think of when they think of
becoming a successful actor. But there are other unions that are
important as well.
SAG (Screen Actor's Guild) covers
film and television performers. However television performers are
also covered by:
AFTRA (American Federation of
Television and Radio Artists). As their name indicates they also
cover radio performers
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) is a
national labor union representing nearly 80,000 performers,
journalists and other artists working in the entertainment and news
AFTRA's scope of representation covers broadcast, public and cable
television (news, sports and weather; drama and comedy, soaps, talk
and variety shows, documentaries, children’s programming, reality
and game shows); radio (news, commercials, hosted programs); sound
recordings (CDs, singles, Broadway cast albums, audio books);
"non-broadcast" and industrial material as well as
Internet and digital programming.
Additionally, there are Theatre performers and they are covered by a
union known as Actors Equity
Actors' Equity Association is the labor union representing over
45,000 American actors and stage managers working in the
For 90 years, Equity has negotiated minimum wages and working
conditions, administered contracts, and enforced the provisions of
our various agreements with theatrical employers across the country.
Finally, live music and variety performers are represented by the American
Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and the American Guild of
Variety Artists (AGVA).
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