Saturday, November 12, 2011

Being a member of SAG has benefits


Your membership in Screen Actors Guild affords you great opportunities to show your card and save. 
On time pay, negotiated rates, on set protections, being a professional are all benefits of being a professional union member. Now...how about some other.
SAG newsletters and publications, the right to run for and hold office, to vote, in come cases hiring priority, SAG committee events, LifeRaft and Conversations from the SAG Foundation, screeners for the SAG Awards....

In most SAG branches, Hollywood and New York, participation in the prestigious SAG Conservatories are limited to SAG members only.

New York, Los Angeles and select other markets have active SAG film societies, where SAG members and one guest can view films, discuss the movies and often hear from the filmmakers themselves.

From time to time, and always at the theatre's discretion, motion picture distribution chains may offer SAG member free entry to the theatre. This happens less often than in the past, as SAG members abused the privilege and talked minimum wage employees into letting in increasing large numbers of "guests" or into allow them in to see "restricted" films (usually heavily promoted first run tent polls) where the theatre owners have little or no profit margin to absorb free non-paying guests.
SAG members save 15 percent on wireless service from AT&T. Questions should be directed to (877) 290-5451 or visit UnionPlus.org/ATT. When calling, reference the FAN number 3508840.
The UPS Store does more than shipping. With more than 4,300 locations nationwide, chances are there’s one near you. And now Screen Actors Guild members get 5 percent off on eligible products and services. Just show your valid SAG card at the time of purchase. To find a location near you, visit theupsstore.com.
Present your SAG card at The Parking Spot and receive up to a 25-percent discount on airport parking at locations in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and Orlando. For more information, contact Joe Curtis at (602) 334-7556 or visit theparkingspot.com.
SAG members can subscribe now to Backstage and save more than 50 percent on a combined print and online subscription. Call (800) 658-8372 or visit backstage.com/sagmem to place your order or for more information.
Crunch Fitness has an exclusive offer for SAG Members. Save 25 percent on membership, month-to-month enrollment options and access to all Crunch locations in New York, Los Angeles, Miami Beach and San Francisco. If you have any questions, contact Amy Hart at amy.hart@crunch.com.
Are you hitting the road? You can rent a car through Union Plus and save up to 25 percent on car rentals every day. There are even special weekend-only deals up to 50 percent off. Visit UnionPlus.org/CarRentals to take advantage of your union discount.
SAG members can receive a 25-percent discount on AVEDA retail products. Join the Pro-Privilege discount program and purchase products at any free-standing AVEDA retail store throughout the U.S. To apply, just present your current SAG card, photo ID and pay a one-time membership fee of $20. Applications are processed instantly and the discount is effective immediately. To locate a retail location near you, go to aveda.com.
Zipcar is the perfect way to get to auditions or to run errands. With a Zipcard in your pocket, you have access to a fleet of cars that you can use by the hour or by the day, hassle-free, 24/7. Low hourly and daily rates — gas and insurance included! SAG members may join Zipcar for only $25/year — a savings of $50! Join online at zipcar.com/sag. Call (866) 4ZIPCAR or (866) 494-7227 for more information.
Union Privilege awards $150,000 annually to members, their spouses and their children who are pursuing a secondary education at a university, college, trade or technical school. Go to unionplus.org/college-education-financing/scholarships for details. Mention offer code 0131 to receive 5 percent off your stay with Oakwood Temporary Housing. With locations nationwide, you can take advantage of flexible month-to-month fully furnished apartments with resort-style amenities and more comfort, convenience and space than a hotel. Call (877) 842-9780 for reservations. Visit oakwood.com for list of premiere locations.
All perks are administered by entities independent of Screen Actors Guild. Questions about each offer must be handled by the provider. Screen Actors Guild does not endorse any of the services offered. Additional member benefits can be found online at SAG.org. Log in and look for the “Deals and Discounts” section under the Member Services tab.

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