About the Associations
American Photographic Artists, established in 1982, represents the interests of professional photographers, promotes the highest standards and ethics in the photographic and advertising community, provides educational resources, and fosters an environment conducive to achieving success in the industry.
American Society of Media Photographers, Inc. was established in 1944 to protect and promote the interests of professional photographers who earn their living by making photographs for publication, and it is the world’s leading organization of its kind.
The Authors Guild, Inc. which represents almost 8,000 published authors in many different genres, reviews members’ publishing and agency contracts, intervenes in publishing disputes and lobbies on behalf of all authors.
The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. is the only national professional association devoted to representing the interests of playwrights, composers and lyricists in the United States, and has over 6,000 members.
Graphic Artists Guild is a national trade association of illustrators, designers, production artists and other creatives who have come together to pursue common goals, raise industry standards, and improve the ability of visual creators to achieve rewarding careers.
International Council of Design (ICoD) is a world body for professional design, representing more than 120 organisations in 45 countries. Founded as Icograda in 1963, it is a non-profit, non- partisan, member- based network of independent organisations and stakeholders working within the multidisciplinary scope of design. The Council actively works to promote the value of design practice, thinking, education, research and policy.
Music Workers Alliance is an organization of, by, and for independent music workers. MWA’s shared purpose is to empower music workers, by engaging in collective action to create a community where music is valued financially and culturally, and music workers benefit and achieve dignity in our lives.
National Writers Union, the only union for freelance writers, advises members on contracts, represents members in grievances with the publishing industry and lobbies for legislation to strengthen authors’ rights in copyright and other laws.
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. is charged with informing science fiction and fantasy writers on professional matters, protecting their interests, and helping them deal effectively with agents, editors, anthologists and producers in non-print media.