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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.

A union representing actors, dancers, theatre directors, comedians and others in arts and entertainment.

  • We negotiate with employers and set minimum pay levels.
  • Benefits include legal support, contract enforcement and public liability insurance. 
  • You’ll have access to our job information service too. 
  • Full membership starts from £148 per year.
Main Trades
Entertainment and the arts
Broadcasting and Film
Theatre and cinema
Male 22,006 | Female 24,513 | Other: 66 | Total 46,645
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.

General secretary
Paul Fleming
Cost of membership

Full membership starts at £148 if a member has earned under £25,900 gross from professional work in the previous tax year.

Long service, child and graduate discounted rates are 50%.

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.

More information on the Equity website.

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.


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