SAG-AFTRA Foundation

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In 2015, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation celebrates 30 years of giving back to SAG-AFTRA members and their families.  SAG-AFTRA members are invited to commemorate the anniversary by discovering all the SAG Foundation has to offer from its assistance and scholarship programs to its free educational programming and resources to its volunteer opportunities.

With the expansion of the Foundation's New York facilities in 2014, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation increased its capacity to support a skilled workforce that sustains and contributes to the vibrant and booming New York City film, television and broadcast industry and beyond. The Foundation's New York facilities offers new and expanded professional development programming for union members living and working in the New York and surrounding communities.

The facilities features the state-of-the-art Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) Voiceover Lab, a professional recording facility that brings together the professionalism and quality of a commercial recording studio and the innovation and educational focus of a classroom environment. At the EIF Voiceover Lab, voice actors can record voice tracks on demo reels, learn how to use the latest audio recording software, train with top voiceover instructors, gather with peers to network and work on their craft.

There is also the Foundation's Computer Lab equipped with the latest in video and audio editing programs, writing software, professional websites and industry trades. SAG-AFTRA members are able to create, edit and submit reels, demos and resumes to projects through their casting website memberships. Computer and software classes are available at the Computer Lab.

The Foundation's NY Classroom houses the popular Casting Access workshops led by prominent casting professionals. SAG-AFTRA members have the opportunity to showcase their work and hone their cold reading skills while gaining a wide range of educational and professional insights, from approaching the text to the auditioning process to casting etiquette. The classroom doubles as an on-camera audition room offering the valuable opportunity for SAG-AFTRA members to self-tape auditions.

You are invited to take full advantage of your union membership by coming to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation New York!

In addition to the New York facilities, get to know these free SAG-AFTRA Foundation programs:

The Business
Career-focused seminars on the business side of acting that gives you the tools you need to succeed.

Casting Access
Free workshops offered in an intimate setting gives actors the chance to hone their audition skills with leading casting professionals.

Top actors and legendary artists share their wisdom, experience and work with a live audience of SAG-AFTRA members.

New York Short Film Showcase
An annual cinematic celebration of new projects by SAG-AFTRA union members, designed to encourage performers to create their own short films and web series. The Showcase features a shorts program and includes a Q&A with the films’ directors, producers and actors. Entry is free.

John L. Dales Scholarship Fund
This scholarship competition for SAG-AFTRA members and their dependents has already awarded more than $6 million in scholarships at accredited institutions of higher learning.

Self-Pay Assistance and Catastrophic Health Fund
Since 1985, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given over $20 million to actors with catastrophic illness and injury.

BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools)
Give your talent and one hour a week to bring the love of reading and the written word to children in your community. BookPALS engages over 2200 volunteers who read to over 60,000 kids in at-risk public elementary schools, shelters and hospitals every week nationwide. Everybody needs a PAL. Become a BOOKPAL today!

New York BookPALS Read Across America Reading with Fatima Ptacek (Dora the Explorer) 

2014 SAG Foundation Public Service Announcement

Union dues do not support the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. As a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, separate from SAG-AFTRA, the SAG Foundation is funded entirely by gifts, grants and sponsorships. In order for the Foundation to continue to provide free programs to SAG-AFTRA members, it needs your support. Contributions are tax-deductible and can be made at:  Every dollar counts. Give something today. 

Get to know the SAG-AFTRA Foundation! Sign up today for a free user account on the SAG-AFTRA Foundation website ( to receive event notifications and RSVP for upcoming workshops, screenings and Q&As and panels; book time in the EIF Voiceover Lab and sign up for computer classes; and discover ways to give back to your community through the volunteer children’s literacy programs.