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About AFTRA:
The American Federation Of
Television and Radio Artists


The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) is a national labor union representing over 70,00 actors and performers, journalists and other artists working in the entertainment and news media.

AFTRA represents: 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.

Members include; artists who bring pop, rock, country, classical, folk, jazz, comedy, Latin, hip hop, rap and R&B to the world, performers in television and radio advertising, non-broadcast video, audio books and messaging, and people who provide their skills for developing technologies such as interactive games and Internet material.

The union negotiates and enforces bargaining agreements, safe working conditions and health/retirement benefits, advocates on issues that affect members’ wages and working conditions such as Equal Employment Opportunity, copyright and represents artists and journalists in judicial proceedings.

How to join

Contact the national membership department at the official aftra website:

How much does it cost to join?

New members must pay an initiation fee of $1,300 and are then billed twice a year based on their AFTRA earnings during the previous year.


Address: 455 East Paces Ferry Road, NE, Suite 334 Atlanta, GA 30305

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New York
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St. Louis
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Texas regional
Address: 6060 N. Central Expressway, Suite 468 Dallas, TX 75206

Washington/ Baltimore
Address: 7735 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 950 Bethesda, MD 20814

If you are new to the acting business, have a look at some things that you can do and that can help you get into the AFTRA.

There is such a thing as joining unions too soon. Read this interview with a New York agent who talks about when the right time to join is.

Have a look at this video: The Top 10 Reasons Why Most Aspiring Actors Never Make It.

Being a successful actor in AFTRA will depend largely on your ability to get acting work. On our library page, you will find acting career books that can help you understand how to make that happen for yourself.


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