AFTRA - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
AFTRA, The National Labor Union
AFTRA is a national labor union that represents over
70,000 performers working in public and cable televi-
sion programming, radio broadcasting, sound record-
ing, audio books , voice overs, voice messaging, in-
teractive games, internet technologies, digital media
and other new media.
There are many subcategories that these performers
fall under including; actors, journalists, hosts, an-
nouncers, comedians, disc jockeys, voice over art-
ists, non-broadcast, dancers, singers, recording art-
ists, royalty artists, and many more.
A Brief History About AFTRA
In 1937 the Radio Actors Guild in Los Angeles banded together with Radio Equity in
New York to create the American Federation of Radio Artists (AFRA). Not long after, the
Associated Actors and Artists of America (the Four A's) granted a charter to work with
the new union. By the end of 1937 membership numbers jumped to over 2000, covering
almost all performers in all major broadcasting centers. By 1939, just two years after its
inception, AFRA covered 70% of all collective live radio broadcasting agreements.
In 1950 the Four A's independently created the Television Authority, negotiating the very
first television contract. In 1951 AFRA won battle with major recoding labels to imple-
ment the long sought after Phonograph Recoding Code for singers. On September 17,
1952 The Television Authority and AFRA merged together and the American Federation
of Television and Radio Artists was born.
To learn more about how AFTRA has helped change the face of the performance indus-
try visit their website at: http://www.aftra.org/aftra/history.htm
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For seventy years the union has been working hard to create fair compensation, treat-
ment, and con