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Unions, Guilds and Associations

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Unions, Guilds and Associations
Below is an updated list of unions, guilds and associations which actors, dancers, singers and other performing artists may want to join.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
Honorary organization of motion-picture professionals founded to advance the arts and sciences of motion pictures.
8949 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211-1972
Phone: 310-247-3000
Fax: 310-859-9619

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Nonprofit trade organization for the advancement of telecommunications arts and sciences.
5220 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Phone: 818-754-2800
Fax: 818-761-2827

Actors' Equity Association (AEA)
Labor union representing U.S. actors and stage managers working in the professional theatre.
165 W. 46th St., 15th Fl.
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-869-8530
Fax: 212-719-9815

Other offices:
557 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: 312-641-0393
Fax: 312-641-6365

10319 Orangewood Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32821
Phone: 407-345-8600
Fax: 407-345-1522

Los Angeles
6755 Hollywood Blvd., 5th Fl.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: 323-978-8080
Fax: 323-978-8081

The Actors Fund
Nonprofit organization providing for the social welfare of entertainment professionals.
729 Seventh Ave., 10th Fl.
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-221-7300
Second phone: 800-221-7303
Fax: 212-764-0238
Second email:

Other Offices:
Los Angeles
5757 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 400
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323-933-9244
Fax: 323-933-7615

203 N. Wabash Ave., Ste. 2104
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-372-0989
Fax: 312-372-0272

Alliance for Women in Media
National organization supporting the advancement of women in the communications and media industries. AWM hosts the Gracie Awards, an annual awards program honoring the best in programming for, by, and about women.
1760 Old Meadow Rd., Ste. 500
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: 703-506-3290
Fax: 703-506-3266
Second website:

Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers (AMPTP)
Trade association involved with labor issues within the motion picture and television industries.
15503 Ventura Blvd., Bldg. E
Sherman Oaks, CA 91436
Phone: 818-995-3600

American Cinema Editors, Inc. (ACE)
Honorary society made up of editors deemed to be outstanding in their field.
100 Universal City Plaza
Verna Fields Bldg. 2282, Rm. 190
Universal City, CA 91608
Phone: 818-777-2900
Fax: 818-733-5023
Second website:

American Cinematheque at the Egyptian & Aero Theatres
Nonprofit cultural arts organization programming specialty film series at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres. Theaters also available for rent.
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: 323-461-2020
Second phone: 323-466-FILM
Fax: 323-461-9737
Second website:

American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA)
Labor organization representing broadcast performers.
5757 Wilshire Blvd., 9th Fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323-634-8100
Fax: 323-634-8194
Second email:

Other Office:
New York
260 Madison Ave., 7th Fl.
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-532-0800
Fax: 212-532-2242

American Film Institute (AFI)
Organization dedicated to preserving and advancing the art of the moving image through events, exhibitions, and education.
2021 N. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 323-856-7600
Fax: 323-467-4578

American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)
Labor organization that represents the men and women who create America's operatic, choral, and dance heritage.
1430 Broadway, 14th Fl.
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-265-3687
Fax: 212-262-9088

American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA)
Labor union representing performers in Broadway, off-Broadway, and cabaret productions, as well as theme park and nightclub performers.
11712 Moorpark St., Ste. 110
Studio City, CA 91604
Phone: 818-508-9984
Fax: 818-508-3029

Other Office:
New York
363 Seventh Ave., 17th Fl.
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-675-1003
Fax: 212-633-0097

American Humane Association Film & TV Unit
Watchdog organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to animal actors performing in films and television.
11530 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
Phone: 818-501-0123
Second phone: 800-677-3420
Fax: 818-501-8725

American Society of Cinematographers (ASC)
Society representing professional cinematographers, dedicated to improving the quality of motion picture presentation.
1782 N. Orange Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: 323-969-4333
Second phone: 800-448-0145
Fax: 323-882-6391

American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP)
Performing rights organization representing composers, lyricists, songwriters, and music publishers. Additional offices in Atlanta, Puerto Rico, and London.
7920 W. Sunset Blvd., 3rd Fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone: 323-883-1000
Fax: 323-883-1049

Other Offices:
New York
One Lincoln Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-621-6000
Fax: 212-724-9064

2 Music Square West
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615-742-5000
Fax: 615-742-5020

420 Lincoln Rd., Ste. 385
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: 305-673-3446
Fax: 305-673-2446

American Society of Young Musicians (ASYM)
National nonprofit organization committed to the enrichment and advancement of young musicians. Sponsor of the annual ASYM Benefit Concert and Awards.
468 N. Camden Dr., Ste. 200
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310-497-4554

Art Directors Guild & Scenic, Title, and Graphic Artists
Organization representing production designers, art directors, assistant art directors, and scenic, title, and graphic designers.
c/o Local 800 I.A.T.S.E.
11969 Ventura Blvd., 2nd Fl.
Studio City, CA 91604
Phone: 818-762-9995
Fax: 818-762-9997

Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR)
Nonprofit organization of qualified literary agents and dramatic representatives of authors, dramatists, and other creators and owners of intellectual property.
676A Ninth Ave., Ste. 312
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-840-5777

The Association of Celebrity Personal Assistants
An organization of professionals who work with celebrities, politicians, or dignitaries as assistants, estate managers, and similar high-level positions within the elite community.
914 Westwood Blvd., PMB 507
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP)
Organization representing interests of U.S. companies that specialize in producing commercials in various media (film, video, Internet, etc.) for advertisers and agencies.
650 N. Bronson Ave., Ste. 223B
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Phone: 323-960-4763
Fax: 323-960-4766

Other Office:
New York
3 W. 18th St., 5th Fl.
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-929-3000
Fax: 212-929-3359

Association of Moving Image Archivists
Nonprofit professional association established to advance the field of moving-image archiving by fostering cooperation among individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, preservation, exhibition, and use of moving-image materials.
1313 N. Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: 323-463-1500
Fax: 323-463-1506

Association of Talent Agents (ATA)
Nonprofit trade association for talent agencies representing clients in the motion picture and television industries, as well as literary, theatre, radio, and commercial clients.
9255 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 930
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Phone: 310-274-0628
Fax: 310-274-5063

BFF (aka The Black Filmmaker Foundation)
Nonprofit organization which administers an online community of people of color who work in film, TV, and new media.
131 Varick St., Ste 937
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-253-1690

BMI (Los Angeles)
Organization that collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it distributes as royalties to songwriters, composers, and music publishers.
8730 Sunset Blvd., 3rd Fl. West
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: 310-659-9109
Second phone: 310-289-6300
Fax: 310-657-6947

Other office:
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-220-3000

Breakdown Services
Communications network and casting system providing integrated tools for casting directors and talent representatives, as well as casting information for actors.
2140 Cotner Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310-276-9166
Second phone: 604-943-7100 (Toronto)

Other Offices:
New York
575 8th Ave., Ste. 1720
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-869-2003

The British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA)
195 Piccadilly
London, U.K. W1J 9LN
Phone: 44-207-734-0022
Fax: 44-207-734-1792

Other Offices:
8533 Melrose Ave., 2nd Fl.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: 310-652-4121
Fax: 310-854-6002

BAFTA East Coast
124 E. 55th St.
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-258-2651

California Arts Council (CAC)
State organization encouraging artistic awareness, expression, and participation reflecting California's diverse cultures.
1300 I St., Ste. 930
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-322-6555
Second phone: 800-201-6201
Fax: 916-322-6575

Casting Society of America (CSA)
Trade organization of professional film and television casting directors.
606 N. Larchmont Blvd., Ste. 4B
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Phone: 323-463-1925
Fax: 323-463-5753

Other Offices:
New York
c/o Bernard Telsey
311 W. 43rd St. 10th Fl.
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-868-1260
Fax: 212-868-1261

Nonprofit organization for emerging screenwriters.
PO Box 661962
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: 323-900-0502

Commercial Casting Directors Association (CCDA)
Organization dedicated to providing a level of professionalism for casting directors within the commercial industry.
c/o Jeff Gerard/On Your Mark Studios
13425 Ventura Blvd., 2nd Fl.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Phone: 818-782-9900
Second phone: 818-817-4322
Fax: 818-782-0030

Costume Designers Guild (CDG)
Union representing motion picture, television, and commercial costume designers. Promotes research, artistry, and technical expertise in the field of film and television costume design.
11969 Ventura Blvd., 1st Fl.
Studio City, CA 91604
Phone: 818-752-2400
Fax: 818-752-2402

Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Labor union representing film and television directors, unit production managers, 1st assistant directors, 2nd assistant directors, technical coordinators, tape associate directors, stage managers, and production associates.
7920 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone: 800-421-4173
Second phone: 310-289-2000
Fax: 310-289-2029

Other Offices:
New York
110 W. 57th St.
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-581-0370
Fax: 212-581-1441

400 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 307
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-644-5050
Fax: 312-644-5776

An online community for documentary filmmakers who share information, leads, ideas, and a commitment to support each other's growth as nonfiction filmmakers.

The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
Professional association of playwrights, composers, and lyricists.
1501 Broadway, Ste. 701
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-398-9366
Fax: 212-944-0420

Entertainment Industries Council, Inc.
Nonprofit organization founded in 1983 by leaders in the entertainment industry to provide information, awareness, and understanding of major health and social issues among the entertainment industries and to audiences at large.
3000 W. Alameda Ave.
Administration Bldg., Ste. 225
Burbank, CA 91523
Phone: 818-840-2016
Fax: 818-840-2018

Film Festival Group
The Film Festival Group is a global consulting firm for film festivals, filmmakers, and distribution companies, specializing in start-up strategies, operations, programming, sponsorship, marketing, special events and technical production. We also provide extensive editorial consulting to producers and filmmakers and help design festival, market, acquisition and distribution strategies for their films.
2245 India St., Ste. 201
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Phone: 323-667-1714
Fax: 267-222-7777

Film Independent
Nonprofit arts organization that nurtures independent films and the artists who create them. Produces the Independent Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival.
9911 W. Pico Blvd., 11th Fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: 310-432-1200
Fax: 310-432-1203

Filmmakers Alliance (FA)
Community of film artists bound by a commitment to realize the full creative potential of independent film. Hosts monthly meetings, screenings, seminars, discussion forums, writers groups, and staged readings. Also fiscal sponsorship available.
12228 Venice Blvd., Ste. 406
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: 310-568-0633
Fax: 818-301-2257

Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA)
Arts service organization committed to projecting Hispanic artists and their culture into the mainstream of Anglo-American industry and culture. Publishes an online photo and rÈsumÈ directory of Hispanic talent on website.
107 Suffolk St., Ste. 302
New York, NY 10002
Phone: 212-253-1015
Fax: 212-253-9651

Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)
Nonprofit organization comprise of journalists seeking to establish favorable relations between foreign countries and the United States through the dissemination of information concerning the American culture and traditions as depicted in motion pictures and television. Presents the annual Golden Globe awards.
646 N. Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: 310-657-1731
Fax: 310-657-5576

Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS)
Recognized as the entertainment industry's premier networking and information forum. Through the signature Newsmaker Luncheon Series and other HRTS events, provides industry executives the opportunity to stay abreast of current trends while also staying connected to other key entertainment industry leaders.
13701 Riverside Dr., Ste. 205
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Phone: 818-789-1182
Fax: 818-789-1210

Prestigious prizes awarded to film and television writers whose produced scripts communicate values that most enrich the human person.
520 Broadway, Ste. 350
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 310-454-8769
Fax: 310-496-4306

Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
Nonprofit trade association for the independent film and television industries.
10850 Wilshire Blvd., 9th Fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90024-4321
Phone: 310-446-1000
Fax: 310-446-1600
Lloyd Kaufman, Chairman

Independent Filmmaker's Project (IFP)
Not-for-profit organization designed to foster a more sustainable infrastructure that supports independent filmmaking and ensures opportunities for the public to see films more accurately reflecting the full diversity of American culture. Presents the IFP Market, Gotham Awards and Filmmaker Magazine.
68 Jay St., Rm. 425
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 212-465-8200
Fax: 212-465-8525

Other Offices:
PO Box 3065
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-506-4699

PO Box 23159
Seattle, WA 98102
Phone: 206-659-8014

St. Paul
2446 University Ave. W., Ste. 100
St. Paul, MN 55114
Phone: 651-644-1912
Fax: 651-644-5708

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
Union representing technicians, artisans, and craftpersons in the entertainment industry including live theatre, film and television production, and trade shows.
10045 Riverside Dr.
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Phone: 818-980-3499
Fax: 818-980-3496

Other Offices:
New York
1430 Broadway, 20th Fl.
New York, NY  10018
Phone: 212-730-1770
Fax: 212-730-7809

International Documentary Association
Dedicated to supporting the efforts of nonfiction film and video makers throughout the United States and the world. Promotes the documentary form, expands opportunities for the production, distribution, and exhibition of documentary.
1201 W. Fifth St., Ste. M270
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-534-3600
Fax: 213-534-3610

International Press Academy
Association of professional entertainmentjournalists.
5525 Halbrent Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91411
Phone: 310-550-8209

Location Managers Guild of America
Professional association of location managers and scouts in film, TV, commercials, music videos, and print advertising.
8033 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 1017
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone: 310-967-2007
Fax: 310-967-2013

Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
Trade association for the U.S. motion-picture, home-entertainment, and television industries.
15301 Ventura Blvd., Bldg. E
Encino, CA 91403
Phone: 818-995-6600
Fax: 818-285-4403

Motion Picture Editors Guild
Union representing motion-picture, television, and commercial editors; sound technicians; and story analysts.
7715 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 200
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone: 323-876-4770
Fax: 323-876-0861

Other Office:
New York
145 Hudson St., Ste. 201
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-302-0700
Fax: 212-302-1091

Multicultural Motion Picture Association (MMPA)
Association promoting and encouraging diversity of ideas, cultures, and perspectives in film and television; Sponsor of the annual Diversity Awards and the MMPA Oscar Week Scholarship Luncheon
468 N. Camden Dr., Ste. 200
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310-497-4554

Music Video Production Association (MVPA)
Nonprofit trade organization made up of music video production and postproduction companies, as well as editors, directors, producers, cinematographers, choreographers, script supervisors, computer animators, and makeup artists involved in the production of music videos.
201 N. Occidental Blvd., Bldg. 7, Unit B
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: 213-387-1590
Fax: 213-385-9507
Andrea Clark, Executive Director
Amy E, Administrative Director

Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD)
Professional entertainment organization comprised of industry professionals involved in all aspects of the music and entertainment industries.
PO Box 23903
Nashville, TN 37202-3903
Phone: 615-297-0100

National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS)
Organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for musicians, producers, and other recording professionals.  Provides outreach, professional development, cultural enrichment, education, and human services programs. Sponsors the Grammy Awards.
The Recording Academy
3030 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310-392-3777
Fax: 310-399-3090

National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)
Organization of Latino/Latina television and documentary filmmakers.
1323 Lincoln Blvd., Ste. 220
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 310-395-8880
Fax: 310-395-8811

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE)
Global, nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, development and distribution of televised programming in all forms, across all platforms. Develops and nurtures opportunities for the buying, selling and sharing of content and ideas.
5757 Wilshire Blvd., PH 10
Los Angeles, CA 90036-3681
Phone: 310-453-4440
Fax: 310-453-5258

National Conference of Personal Managers (NCOPM)
Association for the advancement of personal managers and their clients.
1440 Beaumont Ave., Ste. A2-360
Beaumont, CA 92223
Phone: 310-492-5983

Other Office:
New York
c/o DCA Productions
676A Ninth Ave., Ste. 252
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-245-2063
Fax: 212-245-2367

National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
Private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization dedicated, in part, to promoting fair, accurate, and balanced portrayals of Latinos in film, television, and music. Sponsor of the ALMA Awards.
c/o Raul Yzaguirre Bldg.
1126 16th St. NW, 6th Fl.
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-785-1670
Fax: 202-776-1792

New York Women in Film & Television
A nonprofit membership organization for professional women in film, television, and digital media.
6 E. 39th St., Ste 1200
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-679-0870

The Norman Lear Center
A multidisciplinary research and public policy center exploring implications of the convergence of entertainment, commerce, and society.
USC Annenberg School of Communication
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Phone: 213-821-1343
Fax: 213-821-1580

Nosotros/Ricardo Montalban Foundation
Organization established to improve the image of Latinos/Hispanics as they are portrayed in the entertainment industry, both in front of and behind the camera, as well as to expand employment opportunities within the entertainment industry. Producers of the Golden Eagle Awards.
1615 N. Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: 310-480-6028

The Organization of Black Screenwriters (OBS)
The Organization of Black Screenwriters began in 1986 to address the lack of black writers represented within the entertainment industry. Assists screenwriters in the creation of works for film and television and helps them present their work to the industry.
3010 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 269
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: 323-735-2050
Fax: 323-735-2051

Nonprofit organization made up of poets, playwrights, essayists, novelists, television writers, screenwriters, critics, historians, editors, journalists, and translators.  Dedicated to protecting the rights of writers around the world, to stimulate interest in the written word, and to foster a vital literary community.
Pen American Center
588 Broadway, Ste. 303
New York, NY 10012-3225
Phone: 212-334-1660
Fax: 212-334-2181

Players Directory
Casting directory published every six months as a cooperative service to the players and production studios of Hollywood.
2210 W. Olive Ave., Ste. 320
Burbank, CA 91506
Phone: 310-247-3058
Fax: 866-261-5858

Producers Guild of America (PGA)
Organization representing the interests of all members of the producing team.
8530 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 400
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone: 310-358-9020
Fax: 310-358-9520

Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Union representing actors in feature films, short films, and digital projects.
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323-954-1600

Other Office:
New York
360 Madison Ave., 12th Fl.
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-944-1030

Scriptwriters Network
Organization providing information and career counseling for film and television writers.
121 W. Lexington Dr., Ste. 368
Glendale, CA 91203
Phone: 888-796-9673

Society of Camera Operators (SOC)
Organization promoting excellence in the fields of camera operation and the allied camera crafts.
PO Box 2006
Toluca Lake, CA 91610
Phone: 818-382-7070

Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC)
Union representing directors and choreographers of Broadway national tours, regional theater, dinner theater, and summer stock, as well as choreographers for motion pictures, television, and music videos.
1501 Broadway, Ste. 1701
New York, NY 10036-5653
Phone: 212-391-1070
Second phone: 800-541-5204
Fax: 212-302-6195

Talent Managers Association (TMA)
Nonprofit organization promoting and encouraging the highest standards of professionalism in the practice of talent management.
1328 12th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 818-487-5556

U.S. Copyright Office
Promotes progress of the arts and protection for the works of authors. Web site serves the copyright community of creators and users, as well as the general public.
101 Independence Ave. S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20559
Phone: 202-707-3000

Women In Film (WIF)
Nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women achieve their highest potential within the global entertainment, communications, and media industries, and to preserving the legacy of women within those industries.
6100 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 710
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 323-935-2211
Fax: 323-935-2212

Writers Guild of America (WGA)
Union representing writers in the motion-picture, broadcast cable, and new-media industries.
7000 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-4329
Phone: 323-951-4000
Fax: 323-782-4800
Second website:

Other Office:
New York
555 W. 57th St., Ste. 1230
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-767-7800
Fax: 212-582-1909

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