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What Are The Other Acting Unions - And Why You Need Em
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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 media.

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 Association (AEA)

Actors' Equity Association is the labor union representing over 45,000 American actors and stage managers working in the professional theatre.

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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