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This message is from the SAG Indie newsletter...

June 4, 2015


Dear Friends and Filmmakers,


There are some changes afoot for filmmakers using SAG-AFTRA's low budget contracts.

Effective July 1, 2015, the minimum rates applicable under the Ultra Low Budget Agreement, the Modified Low Budget Agreement, and the Low Budget Agreement will increase by 25%. Additionally, certain budget thresholds will increase.


New Minimum Rates (effective July 1):

  • ·       Ultra Low Budget Daily Rate: $125
  • ·       Modified Low Budget Daily Rate: $335
  • ·       Modified Low Budget Weekly Rate: $1,166
  • ·       Low Budget Daily Rate: $630
  • ·       Low Budget Weekly Rate: $2,190


New Budget Thresholds (effective July 1):

  • ·       Ultra Low Budget Agreement threshold will increase to $250,000
  • ·       Modified Low Budget Agreement threshold will increase to $700,000
  • ·       Low Budget Agreement threshold will remain the same at $2.5 million


In addition, the following incentives will increase:

  • ·       The Diversity in Casting incentive will increase to$1,050,000
  • ·       The Background Actor incentive will increase to$112,000


Updated agreements will be posted to the SAGindie and SAG-AFTRAwebsites by July 1. If you have any questions about how this may affect your film, RSVP to our June 11 filmmaker workshop, or shoot us an email at, and we'll be happy to help you out!


-Your friends at SAGindie

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