SAG, SCREEN ACTORS GUILD, LOCAL SAG BRANCH Read important information on SAG membership, SAG eligibility requirements, SAG benefits, and SAG duties and responsibilities. Find out how to join the local SAG branch in your area.
The Screen Actors Guild or SAG is the nation's largest labor union representing working actors. SAG represents nearly 120,000 working actors in film, television, industrials, commercials, video games, music videos and other new media. The Guild exists to enhance actors' working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists' rights. Headquartered in Los Angeles, SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO.
SAG ELIGIBILTY REQUIREMENTS Performers are eligible to join the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) after working on a SAG film in a principal role, gaining "Taft Hartley" status 15 days after the first day of work - or meeting background entry requirements.
SAG MEMBER BENEFITS
Contracts/collective bargaining. SAG negotiates wages and working conditions in order to maintain minimum standards for its members.
Pension & Health. SAG members earn credits toward retirement and health care each time they work. Visit the SAG P&H Web site at
The SAG Conservatory offers a variety of workshops taught by industry pros who will assess and enhance your skills as an actor.
Casting workshops. Cold reading and scene showcases with working casting directors.
The SAG Foundation is an educational, humanitarian and philanthropic non-profit organization, which serves members of Screen Actors Guild, their families and the community.
Deals & Discounts. SAG members are eligible for outstanding deals on entertainment, car rentals, insurance, medical visits, prescriptions, real estate, legal services and more.
Resources to Organize Non-Union Work. SAG members and staff can organize non-union productions and sign them to SAG contracts.
Contracts to Cover You When Working in a Low Budget/Student Film. If you are approached about appearing in a non-union student film, low-budget, ultra low-budget, or short film there is a SAG contract to cover it. Check out SAGIndie at
Discount Films. The SAG Film Society offers members and a guest opportunities to view the latest releases and purchase discounted movie tickets to various public theatres.
Tools for Young Performers. SAG offers Young Performers orientation meetings, a handbook containing detailed information to help young performers, an online database consisting of laws pertaining to young performers across the country.
Publications for Guild Members. Read Screen Actor Magazine, SAG’s quarterly members-only publication filled with useful information for members.
Involvement in the decision-making process at SAG. SAG is a representative democracy run by members for the benefit of members.
SAG Awards Voting Privileges. Only active, paid-up Guild members are given the opportunity to vote for the recipients of the Screen Actors Guild Awards coveted bronze Actor statuette. Also, "For Your Consideration" and nomination screenings are only available to active, paid-up Screen Actors Guild members.
Check if you are signing a SAG contract online.You can verify the signatory status of any project at any time.
HOW SAG REPRESENTS ITS MEMBERS
Negotiation and enforcement of collective bargaining agreements that establish equitable levels of compensation, benefits, and working conditions for performers.
The collection of compensation for exploitation of their recorded performances and protection against unauthorized use.
The preservation and expansion of work opportunities.
Workshops of the SAG conservatory to resources for young actors,
Protection and enhancement of members’ quality of life on and off set.
Protects young performer’s safety and wages and encourages family to attend a monthly orientation meeting in order to launch their career with knowledge and support
LOCAL SAG BRANCH RESPONSIBILITIES
The interpretation and enforcement of SAG’s Agency Regulations and Contracts
Responding to performers’ questions and concerns about their agency relationships
Investigating member complaints
Interacting with agents, attorneys, casting directors and other designated performer representatives on all topics
Mediating disputes between agents and members in order to diffuse conflicts before arbitration becomes necessary
Maintaining working relationships with talent agent organizations (e.g., ATA, NATR), as well as other industry labor organizations (e.g. AFTRA)
Advising members on the terms and conditions of onerous general service agreements (GSAs) outside of SAG's jurisdiction
Keeping abreast of new legislation relating to agency matters
Consulting and assisting SAG staff across the country on agency rulings and policy; maintaining an “Actors To Locate” service for potential employers seeking to hire SAG members
Facilitating arbitration between members and agents, when necessary.
SAG CONTACT INFORMATION Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Representing: Theatrical, Television, Commercials
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036-3600