Equity is the UK trade union that represents performers and creative practitioners working across the entertainment industry.
Our membership is made up of actors, choreographers, dancers, theatre directors, models, singers, stage management, stand ups, storytellers, stunt performers and co-ordinators, theatre designers, theatre fight directors, TV and radio presenters, variety, circus, cabaret and light entertainment artists, voice artists, walk-on and supporting artists.
We welcome into Equity anyone who is currently working professionally in any of these, and other areas.
How to join
To join Equity you need to complete an application form and pay the entrance fee and subscription. You will also need to provide proof that you are eligible for Equity membership under one of the criteria below. If you have this proof in an electronic format you can join online now.
Evidence of Paid Professional Work
- One job on an Equity contract in film, television, radio or theatre as an actor, audio artist, dancer, singer, stage management, theatre director, theatre designer or choreographer. Please note this does not include Equity student production contracts.
- Evidence of earnings in excess of £500 from the industry in an area of work covered by Equity. If you are aged 17 or under your earnings must be in excess of £250.
Work from outside the UK
If you have worked professionally overseas and can provide proof of your employment and earnings or membership of a FIA affiliated union then you are eligible for Equity membership.
If you have graduated from a performing arts course in the last two years. Graduate members get access to all the benefits associated with Full Equity membership at half the price for a period of up to two years.
You cannot become a graduate member if you have already been a full member of Equity.
- If you are on a higher or further education course (NQF level 2 or above) lasting one year or more which is preparing you for work creatively in the entertainment industry as any kind of performer, stage management, theatre designer, theatre director, choreographer, or professional broadcaster, you can become an Equity Student Member as soon as you start your course.
- If this is your situation you can join now.
- The exceptions to this are GCSEs and A Levels.
- You cannot become a student member if you have already been a full member of Equity.
Long Service membership
If you have been a member of Equity for over 21 years continuously and you are over the age of 65, you may qualify for Long Service membership, which offers members a 50% discount on their subscription rates.
To be eligible for retired membership, you will need to have accumulated 50 years of continuous membership (without breaks) and be of the age of 65 years old or over.
We know that performers and creatives can move in and out of the industry. If you are taking a career break and not actively seeking work you may be able to freeze your membership through our Honourable Withdrawal scheme.
There is a fee of £50 for a three year period of suspension.
Membership can be reactivated at any point after 12 months by payment of subscription. Withdrawal is not available to graduate or student members. Please be aware that whilst your Equity name will be protected, and you will continue receiving the Equity magazine, you will no longer have access to any other benefits associated with full membership.