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Read important information on AFTRA membership, AFTRA eligibility requirements, AFTRA benefits, and AFTRA duties and responsibilities. Find out how to join the local AFTRA branch in your area.

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) is a national labor union representing over 70,000 performers, journalists and other artists working in the entertainment industry and news media. AFTRA's membership includes an array of talent - sound recording membership includes artists who bring pop, rock, country, classical, folk, jazz, comedy, Latin, hip hop, rap and R&B to the world. AFTRA members perform in television and radio advertising, non-broadcast video, audio books and messaging, and provide their skills for developing technologies such as interactive games and Internet material.

AFTRA negotiates and enforces over 300 collective bargaining agreements that guarantee minimum (but never maximum) salaries, safe working conditions and health and retirement benefits. When the union is unable to resolve disputes with employers, AFTRA contracts include procedures for binding arbitration. The cost of these proceedings is paid by the union.

AFTRA advocates on legislative and public policy issues that directly affect members' wages and working conditions. This includes lobbying and support for such issues as ownership consolidation in the broadcast industry, Equal Employment Opportunity laws and regulations, copyright and performance rights issues, "non-compete" restrictions, OSHA and local safety regulations, and more. AFTRA also represents artists and journalists in judicial proceedings and before the U.S. Copyright Office.
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  • 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

New members must complete an application and pay a one-time initiation fee of $1,300 and the minimum dues for the current dues period are $63.90.


  • A Health Fund paid for by employers that provides comprehensive medical and hospital benefits, a dental plan, prescription drug program, and mental health and substance abuse programs

  • A Retirement Fund. Wherever members work under an AFTRA contract - whether on a television or radio program, a sound recording, commercial or industrial show - employer contributions are made on their behalf.

  • Supplemental benefits for for performers and broadcasters

  • Discounts

  • Programs through groups such as Group Benefits Associates, TEIGIT, Union Plus/Union Privilege and MusicPro.

  • The AFTRA Foundation, a separate tax-exempt organization funded entirely by voluntary contributions

  • Education and charity objectives

  • AFTRA Heller Memorial Foundation Scholarships - available to AFTRA members and dependents

  • Assistance through organizations such as Theatre Authority and the Actors' Fund

  • Local AFTRA sponsorships of scholarship programs and various charitable foundations for the benefit of AFTRA members and/or their dependents.


  • AFTRA actively supports equal employment opportunities for minorities and women in the broadcast and entertainment industries
  • AFTRA contracts call for diversity and fairness in hiring practices
  • AFTRA also protects its members by franchising talent agents who represent performers in its jurisdictions.
  • AFTRA Local offices offer a wide variety of special programs tailored to the needs of members who live and work in their area.
  • Publication of talent guides distributed to local producers, agents and casting directors;
  • Scheduling of conservatories or seminars which help members improve skills, write resumes and develop audition techniques
  • Opportunities for members to meet casting directors, agents and others who hire talent
  • Local showcases to highlight new talent to the industry

American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)

Representing: Television, Radio, Commercials
Contact Information:
5757 Wilshire Blvd., 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036-3600
AFTRA Office: 323.634.8100
AFTRA Television Department: 323.634.8176
AFTRA Showcase: 323.634.8262
AFTRA Casting Line: 323.634.8263
Website: http://www.aftra.com

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