Welcome to Equity's area for comedians
Equity is the trade union providing a voice for comedians in the industry. We also offer free legal help, insurance cover and advice on contracts.
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We are delighted to announce the Equity Comedians’ Network. This has been formed by a group of working stand ups to communicate, organise and work more effectively with Equity staff to campaign for better conditions in the industry. The launch event was held on June 24th but we'll be doing another event in Edinburgh. August 14th, 3-4pm at Fringe Central (Venue 2)
The network aims:
Fair pay for all
Safe working conditions
Protection from harassment and discrimination
Fair treatment in the workplace
A standard contract for comedians (this is now being used by some clubs and stand-ups)
If you would like to find out more and join the Network please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and keep up to date with developments.
Equity is always where you are working
Equity negotiates working terms and conditions throughout the world of entertainment.
You may think we are only in theatres, but we have agreements embracing all technologies: satellite, digital, mobisodes, internet-only productions, podcasting etc.
The minute you’re on radio, TV or other recorded media, Equity membership means you and your work are protected and (of course) on the live circuit you are also covered, no matter how small or big the venue. Equity aims to improve the working lives of performers across the UK, and beyond, when it comes to intellectual property rights, royalties and residual payments. We lobby, campaign and are listened to as the voice of all professional performers
We are actively present at festivals across the UK each year, in particular at the Edinburgh Fringe in August and Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival every February. Watch out for us at these key events in the comedy year and talk to us about membership - or anything else.
Insurance and contracts
Equity members get many levels of support, such as free Public Liability Insurance (with a £10 million limit); free legal help with contractual issues (such as late payment or non-payment) or personal injury; free advice on tax, national insurance and benefits; free accident insurance; free job information – all of this comes automatically with your membership.
Equity members campaign nationally and internationally on issues that are important to performers - particularly on issues such as digital piracy or freedom of speech. We recently led a successful multi-national campaign to free the Burmese comedian Zarganar from imprisonment for political charges - you can read more about our campaign here.
How to join
The only two things you have to do are show us you have some paid gigs under your belt and pay the subscription. Subscriptions are on a sliding scale and are tax-deductible. It really is that straightforward.
Hannah Chambers supports Equity
“I always encourage my clients to be members of Equity. Not only is the public liability insurance invaluable to comedians who work in a wide range of venues, but Equity membership gives a bit of extra peace of mind for us and our clients – it is key for us to know that if there is a problem with a contract or a booking, Equity will be there to help resolve it if things get out of hand.”
Chambers Management Ltd
Andy Parsons recognises the value of the union
Contact Michael Day: email@example.com or 020 7670 0235