For your convenience here are the answers to many of our most commonly asked questions.
To contact us via snail mail, you can do so at:
Graphic Artists Guild, Inc.
2248 Broadway #1341
New York, NY 10024
The Guild does not have a review process, we take you as you are.
The Graphic Artists Guild considers you a member as soon as you register. The on-boarding process usually takes one week but it can take up to 3-4 weeks for you to receive your Handbook. Click here to become a new member of the Guild.
Guild membership renewal is based on your anniversary date. For example, if you join in May, your membership will renew annually in May. If your membership doesn’t auto renew, we’ll send you an invoice for renewal. If at the end of 30 days you have not renewed, you are considered an expired member. You can renew online by logging into the members area. If you are having difficulty logging in, call the office, 212-791-3400 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Never. It can take up to 3-4 weeks for you to receive your copy of the printed Handbook. If it’s been longer than that, please call us right away and we’ll chase it down: 212-791-3400 or email email@example.com.
The Guild supports all graphic artists (including, but not limited to: designers, illustrators, cartoonists, animators, digital artists, and photographers) The Guild embraces graphic artists at all skill levels. See our Registration Page to learn more about becoming a Guild member.
The Guild’s mission is to promote and protect the social, economic and professional interests of its members. The Guild is committed to improving conditions for all graphic artists and raising standards for the entire industry. The Guild embraces graphic artists at all skill levels.
Our members include – but are not limited to – animators, cartoonists, designers, illustrators, and digital artists who derive their income from the creation of Graphic Art. Many of our members are in parallel professions that support Graphic Artists, these members include – but are not limited to – educators, intellectual property lawyers, artists representatives and others in related industries.
We fulfill our mission through education, legislation and community.
AIGA’s mission is to advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force.
Yes, we do accept international artists, however our information is based on U.S. law and the Handbook is not shipped internationally.
The National office offers webinars. There are several new webinars each year. Click here to see our upcoming webinars. All the webinars are available to members as part of their membership. Archives of all the webinars are inside the members only area. Non-members can attend any of our webinars at a cost of $45 per webinar. A link to the webinar recording will be sent to registrants a couple of days after the live session for you to view at your leisure.
The Guild does not directly offer any insurance; however, we have a partnership with LIG who offers concierge services to make your search for insurance painless.
The Guild office cannot provide you with legal advice. The Guild has a national network of lawyers who are expert in the issues we most commonly face: copyright and intellectual property, contract negotiations, internet issues, licensing, royalties, and collections. This network is available to members.
Every state is different, so you will be best served to consult a lawyer in your state who knows the particular laws affecting your situation and who is licensed to practice where you work.
We can e-mail you information about lawyers available in your area. Although we know we don’t have lawyers in every state, we will do our best to connect you with someone. Please forward your requests to the Guild at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: We suggest that you discuss fees with the attorney before you accept advice or assistance. Only you can decide if the attorney is appropriate for your situation. The Guild will not interfere in the attorney/client relationship, and is not responsible for the lawyer or his/her fees.
Customizable digital contracts are a Guild member benefit. Members can access the contracts in the members only section of the Guild website or email us: email@example.com for copies.
Printed versions of the contracts can be found in the handbook. US based members receive the handbook when they become members.
The handbook is not shipped internationally.
If you’re not a member, our book, Graphic Artists Guild: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines Handbook has a number of sample contracts for your use. A link to these customizable digital contracts are available to people who show proof of a book purchase.
Our Tools+Resources section provides a lot of information about copyright. If you need more detailed information, try www.copyright.gov. Chapter Two of the printed edition of the Handbook covers your legal rights including copyright information. If none of these sources works for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your specific question.
The Guild changed its status from Union to Trade Association. We have an image that shows you’re a Guild Member that you can put on your work.
Note: October 2014 the Guild membership voted to change from a union to a trade association.
You can find member portfolios on this website. Select the type of artist you need and then take a look at the work presented. Follow the artist links to find out more about the individual or visit the member’s website.