Local Member Benefits

Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund Assists Members in Need

The Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (MPPWF) s an emergency financial assistance fund of the SAG-AFTRA and serves members in the New York region and all Branches East of Omaha, Nebraska which includes: Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Florida which includes members in Louisiana, North Carolina and Puerto Rico, Georgia, Nashville, Philadelphia and Washington-Baltimore. This program is administered through the Actors Fund of America, (212) 221-7300, Ext. 119.

The MPPWF is designed to assist eligible members who are struggling with a financial, personal or medical crisis. Financial assistance is available for rent, utilities, mental health and medical care as well as other basic living expenses.  For more information, please visit: http://www.sagaftra.org/mppwf.

SAG Foundation Catastrophic Health Care Fund

The Foundation's Catastrophic Health Fund provides grants to eligible SAG-AFTRA members and their dependents who suffer from catastrophic illness or injury and are unable to afford the union's Health Plan's Self-Pay Program.  The Fund ensures that every eligible SAG-AFTRA member and his or her family can depend on continued health benefits when they need them most.  We work closely with Pension and Health to ensure that everything that can be done will be done to help our members in times of distress.  For more information please contact:  Lisa Schwartz, Emergency Assistance Administrator 323-549-6773.


Union Plus is a program created by the AFL-CIO to develop and coordinate member-only benefits. Our union publications have showcased the Union Plus programs and services available to SAG-AFTRA members through Union Privilege. These programs and services have been developed nationally by Union Privilege – not by SAG-AFTRA – and all information and questions regarding the programs and services are handled by the individual program provides through dedicated toll-free phone numbers. SAG-AFTRA does not endorse any of the products or services. Please visit http://www.unionplus.org/SAG-AFTRA for a full listing of programs and discounts available to SAG-AFTRA members.

Local Deals and Discounts: Fitness, Spas, and Beauty

The Mercedes Club is a fitness oasis combining sleek modern design, lavish amenities, state of the art equipment, group exercise programming and an elite personal training staff. The 80,000 square foot Health Club surrounds a outdoor pool and sundeck. Mercedes Club is a total mind/body experience that will help you reach your fitness potential.

SAG-AFTRA members receive a $75 discounted initiation fee (normally $300) and a preferred monthly rate of $100 (normally $130).

To redeem this offer please call Mickey Pantano at (212) 265-1111 or email mickey@themercedesclub.com to set up an appointment to see the club and activate a 3-day complimentary membership. Please bring your current SAG-AFTRA member ID card to your appointment.

The Dental Practice of Dr. Alex Gause is offering SAG-AFTRA Members a discount on elective cosmetic dental procedures:

Improve your confidence by improving your smile. Dr. Alex Gause is offering all SAG-AFTRA members a 20 percent discount on cosmetic procedures including:


  • Porcelain Veneers from the studio of master ceramist Jason Kim
  • Invisalign - the industry standard in clear braces
  • In office Zoom whitening.  Zoom can whiten up to 8 shades in just one hour


Dr. Gause comes from a family of general and cosmetic dentists and currently practices in midtown Manhattan. Our practice emphasizes creating beautiful dental esthetics in a comfortable environment and encouraging preventive and maintenance dentistry.  The practice is located at 133 E 58th St. Suite 808 between Park and Lexington.  Call us at (646) 705-5020 to set up an appointment. We also accept most PPO dental plans for regular visits.  www.alexgausedds.com


Discounted Laser Vision Correction for SAG-AFTRA Members


Struggling to succeed as an actor is difficult enough. Why continue to struggle with glasses and contact lenses?
Dr. Martin Fox, a nationally renowned refractive surgeon, is offering a 25 percent discount for all vision correction procedures for SAG-AFTRA members. He has performed over 30,000 Laser Vision Correction procedures in the greater New York Metropolitan area. Many members of the arts community have sought his care for vision problems. He is a passionate surgeon who views refractive surgery as a nuanced art form. SAG-AFTRA members must show their current paid-up SAG-AFTRA card to receive the discount.
Contact Information:  (212) 838-1053 Laserfox.com


The West Side Y located at 5 West 63rd Street (between Broadway and Central Park West) offers SAG-AFTRA members 20 percent off of their monthly membership rates as well as 50 percent off the $125 joiners’ fee. Members can join as West Side Y members or as Citywide members, which allows YMCA members access to the 22 YMCA branches throughout the city. Members must show their current SAG-AFTRA membership card at the time of registration to receive the discount.




Special West Side Y Membership Rate: $76 (reg. $95)
Special Citywide Rate: $77 (reg. $97)
Family 1 
Special West Side Y Membership Rate: $88 (reg. $110)
Special Citywide Rate: $91.20 (reg. $114)
Family 2
Special West Side Y Membership Rate: $128 (reg. $160)
Special Citywide Rate: $137.60 (reg. $172) 
Senior (65+)
Special West Side Y Membership Rate: $60 (reg. $75)
Special Citywide Rate: $62.40 (reg. $78)
 College Student
Special West Side Y Membership Rate: $60 (reg. $75)
Special Citywide Rate: $62.40 (reg. $78) 
One time Joiner’s Fee
$62.50 (reg. $125) 


As a full-service fitness facility, the West Side Y offers state of the art fitness equipment, two swimming pools, a basketball court, racquetball and squash courts, steam rooms, saunas, massage, personal training, child watch, over 100 fitness classes a week, and private and small group training by highly-qualified and certified teachers and trainers. Additionally, the West Side Y has classes for toddlers, youth, and teens along with numerous free activities each month including live concerts in their newly renovated West Side Y Lounge and health and wellness classes for older adults.



Reflections Center for Conscious Living

Reflections Center for Conscious Living is located at 250 W 49th St, 2nd Floor. We are offering 15% off our 10 and 20 class packages for all SAG-AFTRA members. We offer Vinyasa yoga classes from beginner to advanced levels for our students. Reflections is a community hub where yoga is more than just asana and self-exploration is key. We believe yoga should be a journey of self-illumination, and we encourage each person to find his or her own path. You must show your current SAG-AFTRA membership card for discount.


Remedy NYC Acupuncture


Remedy NYC is a wellness clinic in the Flatiron district dedicated to supporting physical and emotional health through acupuncture, massage, and herbal therapies. Our space is calm, relaxing and a wonderful environment conducive to healing the mind, body, and spirit. Acupuncture is effective for musculoskeletal injuries, pain in the back, knees, shoulders, and hips, migraines, digestive health, emotional issues, etc. We are located at 12 West 27th St, 9th Floor.

Present your SAG-AFTRA membership card to receive 20% discount off our services of acupuncture, massage and facial rejuvenation.

Email info@remedy-nyc.com or call (917) 740-4673 to schedule an appointment. www.remedy-NYC.com.

SKIN SPA NEW YORK SAG-AFTRA members with verification, receive 50% off all regular price services for 1st time customers and 25% off all regular price services for returning customers and ongoing relationships. Established in 2005, SKIN SPA is Manhattan’s largest spa and lifestyle brand and provides a wide range of services in its 100 + treatment rooms in 7 convenient Manhattan locations. SKIN SPA provides a range of services including:

Studio 360, located at 557 3rd Ave (at 37th street) is the only studio in Manhattan dedicated exclusively to cycling and yoga. Founded on the belief that what goes around comes around, one dollar per student per class is donated to a different monthly charity. Clients are welcomed into an environment tailored to meet their needs with the core aim of deep personal and physical transformation. SAG-AFTRA members are offered a 10% discount on all class packages using discount code SAGAFTRA.

Members of SAG-AFTRA receive a 20% discount for Day Passes and Class Packs:


Mixed Martial Arts: MMA Day passes, day pass 5 packs and 10 packs. A day pass lets your guests and employees use our facility all day and take any of our martial arts classes that include Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Wrestling and Sanda (Chinese style) Kickboxing.

CrossFit: Drop-ins and 5 class packs and 10 class packs. (Experienced CrossFitters only.)

Independent gym use: Only $15 for using gym facilities during non-class time. (Classes are excluded.)

Members of SAG-AFTRA receive a 10% discount on all monthly, 6 month up front and 12 month up front memberships:

All Inclusive: Includes all Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Wrestling, Sanda (Chinese style) Kickboxing and CrossFit classes.

Mixed Martial Arts: Includes all Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Wrestling and Sanda (Chinese style) Kickboxing.

CrossFit: Includes all CrossFit classes
Visit http://c1mma.com/ for more information. You must show your SAG-AFTRA ID to receive the discounted rates. Questions can be referred to (718) 230-3530 or info@c1mma.com.



Crunch Fitness Special offer for SAG-AFTRA Members

$99.99 enrollment + $29.99 processing fee (one-time)
$92.99/ mo All Access – Nationwide
$66.99 / mo California clubs
$59.99/ mo Sunset club
Month-to-month memberships Ask for the SAG-AFTRA special. Provide your membership card.

Questions before going to the club? Contact corporateservices@crunch.com.



SAG-AFTRA members save 20% at Orchid Aesthetics Medical Spa. Orchid Aesthetics, located on west 84th Street in Manhattan, offers an array of facial and body treatments. Visit www.OrchidAesthetics.com to see a full list of services.



The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers: The Sports Center is excited to offer a discount for SAG-AFTRA members - $0 initiation (normally $300) and a rate of $145 per month. Click here to view the flyer. Activate your 3-day pass or to join, call Amy Sikora at (212) 336-6066 or email sikora@chelseapiers.com.



Privé Salons in New York and Los Angeles offer SAG-AFTRA members a 15% discount on all salon services. Check out their website at www.privesalon.com/home.html for specifics on their NY and LA locations.


NY Community Acupuncture Center offers affordable, high-quality acupuncture services in Midtown Manhattan. SAG-AFTRA members presenting their membership card will receive 10% off of community acupuncture and $5 off of facial rejuvenation acupuncture appointments. 255 W. 36th St., Suite 1206 NY, NY 10018. Visit www.NYCommunityAcupuncture.com for more information and to book appointments.


All Deals & Discounts are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Questions about each offer must be handled by the providers. The union does not endorse any of these services.

Local Deals and Discounts: Restaurants, Hotels and Entertainment

Discount for Tickets to Three Days To See presented by Transport Group Theatre Company
Conceived and directed by Jack Cummings III and based on the words of Helen Keller.

When: Limited engagement from July 12 – Aug. 16

Where: Theatre 79
79 East 4th Street

What remains when the senses fail? Who do you become? Prepare to question everything you know about your experience of the world as a brilliant and just a tad unhinged company of actors shatter the stereotypes at the heart of the legacy of one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th Century. The world premiere of Three Days To See creates a vivid, intimate, deeply moving, and strangely hilarious portrait of Helen Keller revealing a startling hidden story of luminous intelligence and extraordinary accomplishment. These electric performers will joyfully demolish and reconstruct everything you thought you knew about this utterly unique American icon and introduce you to Keller's revelatory and singular take on culture, feminism, romance and politics. Your perception of this trailblazer will never be the same.

Special Offer:
$20 (reg. $45/$55) – Tuesdays and Wednesdays in July
$35 (reg. $45/$55) – All Other Performances


Online: Visit TransportGroup.org and use code 3DRR20B
Phone: Call (866) 811-4111 and mention code 3DRR20B
In person: Bring a print-out of the offer to Theatre 79 box office – 79 East 4th Street, New York, NY

Restrictions: Seating is General Admission. Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time. Not valid Sunday, July 26.

Discounted Admission for SAG-AFTRA Members to Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television at the Jewish Museum, Now through Sept. 20

SAG-AFTRA members receive 50 percent off admission to the Jewish Museum during the run of their special exhibition, Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television.

When: Discount is available now through Sept. 20

Where: The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Avenue (at 92nd Street)
New York, NY 10128

Now on view through Sept. 20, Revolution of the Eye explores the influence of art movements ranging from Surrealism to Pop-Art exerted on television in its early years (1950s-1970s). Click here for more information.

Tickets: To receive the discount present your current SAG-AFTRA membership card at the ticket counter to receive 50 percent off the regular admission price.

Discount to Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, CT

All-Day Ride Pass (includes Waterpark in-season)

  • Only $21.50 each. Up to a $5 savings.

To purchase discounted tickets:

  1. Go to www.quassy.com  
  2. Click on the orange ‘Buy Tickets’ tab 
  3. Click the ‘Promo Code’ button
  4. Enter promo code SAGAFTRA
  5. Hit ‘continue’ to purchase tickets at the discounted rate
  • Parking is not included and is $7 per car
  • Offer not valid July 4 or dates not open to the public
  • Tickets are nonrefundable
  • Tickets cannot be used in lieu of group reservation or functions

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is offering SAG-AFTRA members a discount on tickets to their documentary film series Art of the Real 2015.  The series runs from April 10 to April 26 at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located on 65th street between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave., only one block from the SAG-AFTRA New York office. Show your SAG-AFTRA ID card at the box office, or order online and select AFFILIATE ticket price. SAG-AFTRA members pay $11 per ticket, a discount of over 20% from the regular ticket price. Check out the series schedule at http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/art-of-the-real-2015.

$5 tickets for SAG-AFTRA members to the Museum of Arts and Design's Film Festival, The Director Must Not Be Credited: 20 Years of Dogme 95 When: March 13 – May 8, 2015Click here for the full film series schedule. Where: Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 On March 13, 1995, Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier was invited to a conference celebrating the 100th anniversary of cinema. To the surprise and bemusement of the film-world elite in attendance, von Trier chose to shower the audience with pamphlets outlining the newly created “Dogme 95” manifesto. Co-written with fellow filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg, the Dogme 95 manifesto outlined a series of rules dubbed the “Vow of Chastity” that championed traditional values of filmmaking and excluded the use of elaborate special effects or technology. Aimed at returning filmmaking to story, acting and theme, Dogme 95 embraced emerging video technology. Growing into a worldwide movement, Dogme 95 would forever change the way in which narrative feature films are made. Exploring the lasting effects of this iconoclastic movement, the Museum of Arts and Design presents the cinema series The Director Must Not Be Credited: 20 Years of Dogme 95. Launching on March 13, 2015, twenty years to the date of von Trier’s proclamation, The Director Must Not Be Credited: 20 Years of Dogme 95 screens nine international films that were “officially” recognized by the Dogme 95 committee, ranging from the very first to the very last. Gathered together, these films highlight the wide effects of Dogme 95 on genres and filmmakers spanning across the globe and how the adhering to, and breaking the rules of Dogme 95 altered the language of cinematic storytelling as we know it today. The films in this series were all created under the jurisdiction of the Danish Actors Union. Tickets: Enter Promo code GROUPS to receive discounted ticket price of $5

Museum of the Moving Image


The Museum of the Moving Image is dedicated to the art, history and technology of fi lm, television and digital
media. It offers permanent and changing exhibitions as well as educational programs, interactive experiences,
conversations with leading industry fi gures, and over 400 screenings each year. Its core exhibition, Behind the Screen,
contains over 1,400 artifacts dating from the 19th century, and immerses visitors in the creative process of making
moving images. The museum will appeal to creative professionals, families, fans, and anyone who wants to learn
more about the most infl uential art form of our time.

A complete description of the museum’s programs and resources can be found on their website, movingimage.us.
The museum is located at 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, New York, 11106. Directions are available on the website.
Any SAG-AFTRA member from any local may take advantage of this special offer. Admission to screenings and
special events is extra. You must show your current SAG-AFTRA membership card for admission.

The Hotel Beacon in New York City offers special rates to SAG-AFTRA members. Located on New York City's desirable Upper West Side, the Hotel Beacon offers 272 oversized guestrooms and suites, all with fully-equipped kitchenettes. All rooms are non-smoking and include free Wi-Fi, flat-panel TVs, iPod-docking radios and in-room safes. Enjoy the BEACON BAR, a sophisticated lounge offering a relaxed atmosphere with an exceptional choice of wines, beers and cocktails. Be sure to stretch out in the in-house Fitness Center. Nearby is Central Park, Lincoln Center, Broadway theaters, American Museum of Natural History, restaurants and discount shopping. The subway is steps away and one stop from our famed Times Square. To make reservations call (800) 572-4949 Ext. 2 or email reservations@beaconhotel.com and mention that you are a SAG-AFTRA member. You will need to show your SAG-AFTRA card at check-in.

Click here for a list of rates and available dates.

Special Discount at Signature Café and Bar for SAG-AFTRA Members

Located across the street from Manhattan Plaza at 480 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues) inside the Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center, Signature Café and Bar offers local, organic, delicious fare and a full bar. Food and beverages for Signature Café and Bar are provided by Great Performances, the only catering company in the United States to own and operate a 60-acre organic vegetable farm located in Kinderhook, NY. Produce, meat, fish, and dairy products are also sourced from other local growers and purveyors.

SAG-AFTRA members receive 25% off lunch combos, 25% off non-alcohol drinks, 10% off food and alcohol when valid ID.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from noon-midnight. Visit www.signaturetheatre.org for more information.

All Deals & Discounts are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Questions about each offer must be handled by the providers. The union does not endorse any of these services.

Local Deals and Discounts: Education and Training Opportunities

Made in NY Media Center by IFP is a new kind of co-working space and exhibition venue designed to connect the next generation of artists, innovators and entrepreneurs through education, events and industry resources. The Center offers four membership tiers and SAG-AFTRA members are currently being offered a 10% discount on Community memberships and a 15% discount on Incubator memberships. When applying, members should put SAG-AFTRA as a reference and the discount will be applied when current union status is confirmed. Details on all membership levels are available on the Center’s website at www.nymediacenter.com.

New York Film Academy (Film & Acting School): Over the past 20 years, the New York Film Academy has built a reputation as one of the premier hands-on film and acting schools in the world. The project-based curriculum is designed to reflect a real-world environment while encouraging students to explore their own creativity.

The New York Film Academy is pleased to offer an exclusive 15% discount on all programs for SAG-AFTRA members. Choose from a variety of programs, learn from our award-winning faculty and enjoy working with state-of-the-art equipment at one of our numerous locations around the world.

To learn more, please click here.

Touro University

Touro University has a 40-year history of educating students around the world. The fully accredited, non-for profit, online division of the Touro College and University system, offerS SAG-AFTRA members ( and family) an opportunity to earn their graduate degree with tuition assistance on their Master’s degree.
Master’s degrees include Business Administration • Organizational and Leadership Psychology • Media and Communications Psychology • Marriage and Family Therapy
For more information, please call Jasmine Khong, Executive Director of Student Success, directly at (818) 874-4118. www.tuw.edu.

Straeon Acting Studio

More than 20% off acting classes for SAG-AFTRA members at Straeon Acting Studio. Straeon Acting Studio in New York is honored to offer current SAG-AFTRA members a discounted price of $275 for the first month of classes. Known as the “Gym for Actors,” Straeon carries a reputation of being intimate and intense. Coaching is tailored to the individual, allowing each actor to discover his or her own process. Acting classes are held on an ongoing, weekly basis, Monday evenings at the Producer's Club, 358 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036. An auditing program allows new students to observe scene work and participate in class discussions. For more information or to audit a complimentary class, visit http://www.straeonfilmworks.com/ and email newyork@thoreast.com. To receive the above stated discount send an email to newyork@thoreast.com and mention that you are a current, paid-up member of SAG-AFTRA, and show your current SAG-AFTRA ID card at the first class.

All Deals & Discounts are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Questions about each offer must be handled by the providers. The union does not endorse any of these services.

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