AMERICAN GUILD
of
VARIETY ARTISTS
National Office:
363 Seventh Avenue
17th Floor
New York, NY 10001-3904
{212}675-1003
(212)633-0097 Fax
agva@agvausa.com
agvany@aol.com
West Coast Office:
11712 Moorpark Street
Suite 110
Studio City, CA 91604
(818)508-9984
(818)508-3029 Fax
agvawest@earthlink.net
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Joining AGVA

If you are working under or have been offered an AGVA Contract:

If you have been offered an AGVA contract, you will be supplied with an AGVA Membership Kit and AGVA Application form which must be completed and submitted to AGVA. For further information about this, please call the AGVA Membership Department at 212-675-1003.

If you are working under an AGVA contract in a Right-To-Work State, which does not require you to join the union in order to work under AGVA contract, you may still choose to join.

The advantages of joining AGVA are:

-free medical insurance coverage after five consecutive years of AGVA membership in good standing (see Plan B coverage under AGVA Welfare Trust Fund page on this website)

-financial assistance from AGVA Sick & Relief Fund in case of emergencies (see AGVA Sick & Relief page on this website)

-the right to join (cross-over to) AGVA’s sister unions (Equity, SAG, AFTRA, AGMA) after working under a principal role AGVA contract and a designated waiting period

-the right to audition separately at exclusive AGVA auditions for various shows around the country

-ongoing referral of AGVA members to producers and employers of various shows for future employment possibilities

Hopefully, you will continue to work under future AGVA union contracts in various shows presented by Radio City Entertainment, Disney, Universal Studios, and producers of musical shows on Broadway, off-Broadway, on tour, in regional theaters, in cabarets and clubs, at private functions, and in various venues around the country.

The chance to audition at union-only auditions (or to be seen first at various open auditions) for AGVA shows is an important one for future work, as it frequently means the difference between being seen and not being seen at auditions.

If you are not working under an AGVA contract:

If you are not under an AGVA contract and are interested in joining AGVA, please send a resume of your professional credits and work in the variety field to us at: AGVA National Headquarters, Membership Department, 17th Floor, 363 7th Avenue, NY, NY 10001.

AGVA operates as a “closed union” - meaning that you must be a professional variety performer to join. The AGVA Membership Committee and AGVA Membership Department will be happy to review your professional credits and contact you if you would like to be considered for membership.