BECS (The British Equity Collecting Society)
The British Equity Collecting Society was established by Equity in 1998 to collect and distribute monies to UK based actors for audiovisual performances throughout the European Union territories. The team also distribute royalties and other payments on behalf of Equity. Since it began BECS has distributed more than £35 million to the 25,000 artists who have signed up. Artists have to sign up to BECS individually but this costs nothing and you can withdraw at any time. BECS is an independent organisation but Equity has representatives on its board and it is based at Equity's head office in London.