Overview of SAG Foundation programs

Below is an overview of what the SAG Foundation offers:

Actors Centers in Los Angeles and New York: as the home for many of the Foundation's LA events, the Actors Center in Los Angeles offers a place for actors to further their careers through our screenings, seminars, classes, library, Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab, and computer lab. Our Actors Center in New York provides performers with educational opportuinities in the computer lab and EIF Voice Over Lab.

New York Actors Center: the Center in NY offers

BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools): a volunteer program comprised of performing artists who read aloud to elementary school students at Title One schools, museums, cultural institutions, hospitals and homeless shelters.

Casting Access Project: offers eligible SAG-AFTRA members access to cold reading workshops at no cost giving them the opportunity to meet and learn from respected casting directors.

Catastrophic Health Fund: provides grants to cover the cost of insurance for eligible SAG members who have catastrophic health issues. Grants are made directly to SAG P&H on behalf of the individual.

Conversations: a national speaker series inviting high-profile industry professionals to share their experiences in the industry with an audience of actors. Screenings of films and television shows followed by question and answer sessions with members of the cast, directors, writers and producers are also offered.

Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab (LOS ANGELES) &
EIF Voice Over Lab of the SAG Foundation (NEW YORK):  two fully-equipped VO recording studios allowing actors to work on voice-over craft, demos and auditions.  Classroom spaces host workshops, seminars and demonstrations led by experts in the field. Each lab brings together the professionalism and quality of a commercial recording studio and the innovation and educational focus of a classroom environment.

Emergency Assistance: provides emergency financial relief for eligible SAG members who demonstrate need.

Internships: opportunities are available for college students to receive credit.

John L. Dales Scholarship: provides scholarships for eligible SAG-AFTRA members as well as their children for accredited institutions of higher learning. A limited number of scholarships are awarded each year.

Ken Orsatti Scholarship: provides one scholarship to a SAG-AFTRA Employee who is pursuing a college or graduate degree while employed at SAG-AFTRA.

LifeRaft: a professional development program that provides insight into the business of acting through seminars led by established industry guests.

Self-Pay Assistance: provides one-quarter of health insurance for eligible SAG members and their families.

Storyline Online: an online interactive website designed to increase literacy and bring the excitement of books into the classroom and home using Internet technology. Storyline Online features videos of well-known actors reading quality children’s literature aloud.

Volunteer Opportunities: opportunities are available to help at our events as well as administrative needs in our office.

We the Children: teaches children the value of books and the importance of their own lives by giving them the opportunity to write and illustrate their family history. Each story is compiled into a leather bound hard cover book.


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