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Best of the Web: Performing Arts » General Resources » Unions & Guilds
Actors Equity Association
The professional union for stage actors and stage managers in the United States.
AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists)
Represents actors and other professional performers and broadcasters in television, radio, sound recordings,non-broadcast/industrial programming and new technologies such as interactive programming and CD ROMs.
American Federation of Musicians Local 802
This Local of members living or working in and around New York City is the largest local union of professional musicians in the world. Includes orchestral musicians performing at Lincoln Center, Broadway pit musicians,freelance musicians performing in and around New York, jazz artists, hotel, club date and cabaret musicians, recording musicians, and musicians in the rock, blues and contemporary music scenes. Part of the AFM (American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada)
- ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)
BECTU (Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union)
The independent trade (labor) union for workers in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure and allied industries who are primarily based in the United Kingdom.
- Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) (Includes HyperRepertoire Song Search)
Directors Guild of America
Member information, news, magazine. Links to studio, distributors, reference, publications, and member home pages.
SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers)
The leading technical society for the motion imaging industry. Members include engineers, technical directors, cameramen, editors, technicians, manufacturers, educators, and consultants. SMPTE publishes ANSI-approved standards and guidelines, as well as a journal and peer-reviewed technical papers.
ssdc (the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers)
An independent labor union for stage directors and choreographers. The society is centered in New York City and includes approximately 1200 members and 250 associates in the United States and abroad.
The Dramatists Guild of America
The website of this association of Playwrights, Composers, and Lyricists holds information about membership, copyright, contracts, events & seminars, ways to contact playwrights and their agents, and articles from The Dramatist.
United Scenic Artists, Local 829
The professional union for stage designers, scenic artists, and allied crafts. Recently affiliated with IATSE.
Writers Guild of America, East
The labor union representing writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable and new technologies industries who live east of the Mississippi River.
Writers Guild of America, west
The labor union representing writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable and new technologies industries who live west of the Mississippi River. The website includes resources helpful to beginning and seasoned screenwriters.