The entertainment sector is represented by a number of different professional associations and unions but probably the best known of them all is Equity. Equity represents many different types of performer, entertainer and technician, including actors, singers, choreographers, presenters (television and radio), magicians, variety artistes and stage managers.
Equity acts as a mouthpiece for workers in the entertainment industry, campaigning on their behalf over such issues as taxation, rights and copyright, as well as pay and conditions.
To successfully join Equity you must prove that you are obtaining work and working in a professional capacity. The annual membership gets you an Equity Card and many benefits, such as:
- free insurance
- a job information service
- help and advice on a range of subjects including legal issues, taxation, benefits and so on
- registration of stage names
- a personal pension scheme
Equity subscription rates vary and are based on your professional earnings from the previous tax year. For more information visit the Equity website.