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Equity is the only UK trade union representing artists from across the entire spectrum of arts and entertainment.

Our membership is made up of performing arts students, professional performers and creative practitioners such as actors, dancers, stage managers, theatre directors, stand-up comedians, stunt performers and models.

As a leading industry organisation, Equity is known and respected nationally and internationally for the work we do with, and on behalf of, our members working across all areas of the entertainment industry.

Main trades: 
Entertainment and the arts
Cinemas, leisure and theme parks
Media and film
Theatre and live events
Male 20,173 | Female 20,278 | Total 40,451
Employers represented include: 

West End Theatres, The National Theatre, The Royal Opera House, The Liverpool Everyman, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, English National Ballet, BBC, ITV, Channel 4.

020 7379 6000
Guild House
Upper St Martin’s Lane
General secretary: 
Christine Payne
Membership benefits: 

Equity’s core activity is to negotiate minimum terms and conditions of employment throughout the entertainment sector on behalf of its members and to ensure that these take account of social, economic and technological changes.

Equity also works at a national level by lobbying government and other bodies on issues of paramount importance to its membership. In addition, Equity members have access to free legal advice and support regarding disputes over professional engagements, receive a number of insurance benefits including Public Liability Insurance up to £10 million and can join the Equity Members Pension Scheme which is the only one which theatre, radio and TV employers pay into.


Student membership costs £18.25 a year and full membership starts at £125 if a member has earned under £21,900 gross from professional work in the previous tax year.

Equity offers 3 month, 6 month or yearly subscriptions and members receive a £5 discount when they pay via Direct Debit. Subscriptions taken via Direct Debit can also be paid in monthly or quarterly instalments.

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