Students and Graduate membership

A kick-start to your career.

Graduate membership - 50% discount

If you've graduated from a performing arts course in the last two years you can become a graduate member. 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. How much you pay depends on how much you earn. Find out about our current membership rates. 

You cannot become a graduate member if you have already been a full member of Equity.

Student membership - £22 a year

If you are on a higher or further education course lasting at least one year that is preparing you for work as a performer or creative practitioner, you can become an Equity Student Member as soon as you start your course.

Courses must be NQF level 2 or above, excluding GCSE’s & A Levels.

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We’ll reserve your professional name, give you access to your local Equity branch, and help you to develop your business skills with regular FEU training. In addition you’ll receive £2 million worth of Public Liability Insurance, and you’ll be invited to exclusive student member events around the UK.

Think of Equity student membership as a kick-start into the profession. It will help you build networks and communities beyond your course, and give you access to information and advice on your chosen profession (both on our website and in our branches) that you simply won’t get elsewhere.

By joining Equity you are taking an important step in your career. You are becoming part of an organisation with strong influence and nearly eight decades’ experience of successfully protecting the rights of artists and, when you finish your studies, the next step is to move into full Equity membership. This gives you a strong voice within your profession and access to a bigger range of membership benefits.

Other Benefits

Public Liability Insurance Student members are covered up to £2 million. Graduate members are covered up to £10 million. 

Student Member Deputy Scheme: Become an Equity Deputy while you study! Equity Student Deps can receive training to represent their course-mates, encourage students to engage with the Union and champion Equity’s work.

Equity Student Member & Young Member Bursaries: Four, once yearly bursary prizes for two Student Members in their final year of study and two Graduate or Full Members aged 18-30. Applications open May 2022.

Discounts: Discounts on various items relevant to performers and 10% off courses at Birkbeck.

Professional Development: Eligibility to apply to join the Actors’ Centre in London and to make use of all our free resources at

Getting Involved: Invitations to attend Equity events for practical tips, advice and networking.

Campaigning: We campaign on national, local and specialist issues and we have a strong track record of success. Equity is able to lobby government and other influential bodies on matters such as arts funding, the BBC, tax status, artistic freedom, piracy and many other subjects affecting our members. 

Free counselling for graduates: Graduates receive medical support through British Association for Performing Arts Medicine including six free counselling sessions.

Your next move

On graduation, you are entitled to move into graduate membership of Equity immediately.

This offers all the benefits of Full Membership, but with a 50% subscription fee discount. You can learn more about the benefits of membership here.


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"Being a performer can sometimes be a lonely profession. But by being in Equity I know that I am part of a network,
a community and a movement."

Dan de la Motte