Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers
The Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM) was formed to keep the safety, overall strength and success of the theatre going by providing members with job security and many other benefits.
Purpose of ATPAM
It to help ensure a safe working environment and personal benefits by providing:
- Competitive salaries
- Pension and welfare benefits
- Paid vacations and holidays
- Health insurance
- 401k plan for Annuity Fund Participants
- Training for career enhancement
- AFL-CIO "Union Privilege"
- A website for members only
Who Can Be a Member of ATPAM
Becoming a Member
One must be a Press Agent or Manager that agrees to the terms of the ATPAM Agreement. There is an initial fee of $2,000 and also a IATSE application processing fee of $100. Then after the initial fees there is an annual payment for membership of $200 at the current time (2010). Members also have to pay 3% to 3.25% of their gross salary in working dues, the exact amount is pending on the member’s contract. 
ATPAM has been affiliated with the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC. (IATSE) since 1994. This affiliation helps strengthen the very purpose of ATPAM. This affiliation helps members to look more serious about their jobs, protections and rights that they have. 
Some Other Affiliations
ATPAM is affiliated with many organizations and unions, which also greatly benefits members by providing connections that can help in various situations.
A few of the organizations and unions that ATPAM is affiliated with are:
- The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds (COBUG)
- International Labor Communications Association
- Theatrical Federation of San Francisco
- Chicago Entertainment Industry Labor Council
- California Labor Federation
- Department for Professional Employees
In 1999 ATPAM had an "...increasingly pro-active stance in the industry." They were very much ready to adapt to the ever changing industry of the theatre. Disney and the use of Special Effects have heavily influenced ATPAM by introducing new technologies that effect the way show promotion works. Even the Internet has changed the advertising and promotion of shows because it can reach a far greater number of people than advertising in newspapers, on billboards, by word of mouth, television or radio commercials, etc.