Incorporating the Variety Artistes' Federation


Branch Meeting Minutes May 2015

12 June 2015

Sample Docs - 244kb PDF

Meeting Minutes of the Devon and Cornwall General Branch - Paignton, May 2o015

Branch Meeting Minutes April 2015

5 May 2015

Sample Docs - 229kb PDF

The Minutes of the Branch Meeting April 2015

March 2015 Branch Meeting Minutes

8 April 2015

Sample Docs - 225kb PDF

Branch minutes of the Devon and Cornwall General Branch March 2015.

Devon and Cornwall AGM Minutes February 2015

24 February 2015

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The Branch Annual General Meeting was held at the Holiday Inn, Plymouth on the 8th February

Minutes of March 2015 Branch AGM

20 February 2015

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Minutes of the Devon and Cornwall Branch AGM at the Holiday Inn Plymouth Sunday 8th February 2015

Minutes of Meeting January 2015

22 January 2015

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Devon and Cornwall General Branch Meeting, joint meeting with West of England Variety Branch

Minutes of Branch Meeting November 2014

19 December 2014

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Minutes of the November branch meeting of the Devon and Cornwall Branch

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.

South West Area Annual General Meeting Minutes 2014

30 July 2014

Reports and documents - 771kb PDF

Minutes of the South West Area AGM held on the 2nd March 2014 at The Bike Shed Theatre Exeter

Live Entertainment Works! poster

29 July 2014

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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

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