Audiobooks are audio recordings of published texts performed by professional narrators. Formerly recorded exclusively under the AFTRA Sound Recordings Code, today there are also more than 25 separate SAG-AFTRA agreements with audiobook publishers and producers. In recent years, the amount of work for members has increased steadily with the advent of audiobook digital downloads. SAG-AFTRA has negotiated fair contracts that cover all types of audiobook work.
SAG-AFTRA contracts provide narrators:
Guaranteed Minimum Rates for Recording
Here’s what just a few employers have said about their experience with SAG-AFTRA:
“In my 12 years with Random House Audio, I have had the pleasure of hiring hundreds of SAG-AFTRA members to narrate our audiobooks. Random House has had a great working relationship with AFTRA and now SAG-AFTRA for over 20 years, and it has always yielded positive results for our productions. I can’t say enough about all of the fantastic collaborations we have had with their representatives, and their members.” --Dan Zitt, Director of Audio Production, Random House Audio/Listening Library/Books on Tape/Living Language
“Audiobook narrators are professional performers and should be treated that way. Like all pros, they want to protect their families' health and plan for the future. SAG-AFTRA membership helps them to do that. As a long-time producer of audiobooks, I owe my livelihood to bringing my clients the best talent available. And that's SAG-AFTRA talent--forward-leaning professionals who consistently deliver at rates that work for their clients and for themselves."-- John McElroy, three time Grammy Award winning producer
"Signing a SAG-AFTRA contract and becoming a signatory is one of the best business moves I've ever made. I am in a position now to help the actors who work with me to obtain health care and rates they can depend on. And, it opened up a pool of quality actors to me that I did not have before. The SAG-AFTRA representatives were kind and amenable and I feel they listened to my needs and were able to easily negotiate terms that were mutually beneficial for me, the companies I produce for, and the actors I hire. All in all, an excellent experience."-- Bob Deyan, three time Grammy Award winning producer
If you would like further information about signing a SAG-AFTRA Audiobook Contract, please contact one of the staff specialists listed on the Contact Information page.