For your convenience here are the answers to many of our most commonly asked questions.
Graphic Artists Guild, Inc.
31 West 34th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10001
The Guild does not have a review process, we take you as you are.
The Graphic Artists Guild considers you a member once we receive your application in the office. Full processing of your application takes approximately 3-4 weeks. This includes receiving your membership pack and copy of the printed edition of the 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 May 13, 2019, you will be billed approximately two weeks before the beginning of May each year. We send out three notices, spaced about a month apart, for renewal. If at the end of those three months you have not renewed, you are considered an expired member. You can also renew online by logging into the members area. If you are having difficulty logging in, you may be past the three month mark for renewal and will need to call the office, 212-791-3400 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Never. It typically takes about 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 membership application explains this, so you may choose the option that best defines you when you sign up. Simply, “Professional Members” are working artists who derive more than half of their income from work they do as graphic artists. “Professional Members” are allowed upload up to nine images and to be listed under three disciplines in the portfolio section of the web site. “Professional Members” can upload up to three images to their portfolio.
“Associate Members” are people engaged in the graphic arts field in some way that supports the goals and mission of the Guild, such as lawyers, agents and artists’ reps, or they are people who make less than half of their income from their graphic artwork. “Student Members” are also considered Associate members. “Associate Members” do not have voting rights and cannot hold office. Associate level members can choose three disciplines and can upload up to three images to their portfolio.
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 the Enrollment page to learn more about levels of membership.
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 Professional members include – but are not limited to – animators, cartoonists, designers, illustrators, and digital artists who derive more than 50% of their income from the creation of Graphic Arts. Associate 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.
The National office offers webinars. There are about 10-12 new webinars a 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 $45.00/webinar. A link to the webinar recording will be sent to registrants after the recording has been edited. You can view the recording at your leisure.
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. Members receive the handbook when they become members.
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.
We have a list of member portfolios on the site with their regions provided. Select the type of artist you need and then take a look at the work presented. Links are provided to the individual members’ website.