Incorporating the Variety Artistes' Federation


DBS Guide for employers

25 November 2015

General - 129kb PDF

This document is designed to be used by members by passing it onto employers who are asking for a member to have or obtain an Enhanced DBS check in order to take up or apply for a role which may not require it. A recent survey of Equity members indicated that there was still widespread misunderstanding by employers and the public about when a check is required. Just because the role may involve contact with children, for example, it does not mean that a DBS check is required. If after approaching the employer with the document they still do not understand then refer them to Michael Day Please note that the document has been checked for accuracy by Equity’s solicitors.
Also note that this is unrelated to the issue of the broadcasters (BBC, ITV, Pact etc) insisting on Basic Disclosure Certificates for Walk-ons and supporting artists for which there is separate guidance elsewhere on the Equity website.

Brighton and Sussex General Branch Newsletter July 2015

27 July 2015

Newsletters - 273kb PDF

An up to date account of minutes of meetings and events and issues

Brighton and Sussex General Branch Newsletter June 2015

27 July 2015

Newsletters - 512kb PDF

A newsletter telling all the latest news from the council and members

Brighton and Sussex General Branch Newsletter February 2015

25 March 2015

Sample Docs - 613kb PDF

a Monthly newsletter that will have all information on AGM and general meeting in Feb

Brighton and Sussex General Branch Newsletter January 2015

21 January 2015

Newsletters - 315kb PDF

Keep up to date with the news from Equity general and have your say in industry issues
The more you contribute the more real the news!

Committee Election 2015 - Candidates' Statements

16 January 2015

Branches - 554kb PDF

Statements submitted by candidates for election to the branch committee for the period February 2015 to February 2017.
Ballot (online & postal) closes 12.00 noon on Thursday 5th February.

Commercial Theatre Claim Newsletter November 2014

12 November 2014

Newsletters - 363kb PDF

This year is an important year for artists working across commercial theatre, as we renegotiate the Equity agreement for all artists working in the sector outside of the West End of London - including most regional tours, pantomimes and a number of non-West End producing houses.

Our claim has been put together after extensive consultation with all artists who have worked on it over the last three years, compiled by a working party of experienced members from the sector – working performers and stage managers who serve on Equity committees and as deps on shows across the country.

Our claim has a straightforward purpose – to set minima that represent what producers can afford to pay. The bigger the show, the bigger the producer, the more that should be returned to the artists involved.

We’ve also heard loud and clear that subsistence and touring allowance is no longer meaningfully contributing to the costs of artists on tour or coming to London to rehearse. Along with proposing a restructure to end unfair clauses like the reduction in touring allowance to subsistence after four weeks in a venue, and a significant rise of around 20% in touring allowance, we’re proposing that subsistence rises to match the rate of touring allowance in every case.

These are your proposals, proposals to make your working lives better and fairer. However, the managers will make their claims of us, and we need to defend existing terms as much as make claims to improve them.

We know that not every proposal of ours will be agreed – and we know that all will meet with resistance. Commercial producers won’t write us a blank cheque, which is why we need you standing up in support of our claim.

Encourage non-members to join our union and stand with us to make our voice louder, and watch out for the newsletters which will keep you updated as to where we are.

General Branch September Newsletter 2014

5 September 2014

Sample Docs - 394kb PDF

Branch Meetings
Take place on the first Saturday of every month, at the Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton, followed by drinks round the corner at The 7 Stars.

This month’s meeting:

Saturday 6 September 10.30am
Guest speaker:
Peter Morris ex Head of the Industrial Unit of SOLT

Live Entertainment Works! poster

29 July 2014

Sample Docs - 284kb PDF

The Live Entertainment Works! campaign has now launched. The aim of the campaign is to approach local venues asking them to display the poster supporting live entertainment and get across the message that the change in licensing law means that it is now easier to put on acts in venues with a capacity of 500 or below. For further information contact Mike Day by phone on 020 7670 0235 or

Brighton and Sussex General Branch Newsletter April 2014

26 July 2014

Newsletters - 232kb PDF

Here is the April 2014 newsletter

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