Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Who are the 4 A's?

What are the 4 A's?

Associated Actors and Artistes of America
The Associated Actors and Artistes of America (4As), an AFL-CIO affiliate, is the primary association of trade unions for performing artists in the United States. It is the parent organization of:The Actors' Equity Association (AEA) The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGM)The American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA)The Hebrew Actors' Union (HAU) [defunct]The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) The Guild of Italian American Actors (GIAA)

SAG is a member of the four A's, and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO through the four A's. AFTRA recently went for direct affilliation with the AFL-CIO but remains a part of the four A's.

AAAA - Associated Actors and Artistes of America; umbrella organization for SAG, AFTRA, Equity and other performers' Unions. The four A’s is not a union but a cooperative organization. The letters are more commonly affiliated with the American Association of Advertising Agencies, one of the entities on the opposite (management) side of the table from the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA.
For additional information on any of the unions of the AFL-CIO, including links to their home web sites, go to For a more detailed history of the Four A's go to:

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