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Contracts Guide

6 February 2017

Sample Docs - 1414kb PDF

Your guide to Contracts
Advice for Equity members for one-off performances of your act

Equity Comedians' Contract

4 October 2016

Sample Docs - 105kb PDF

A contract for comedians to use for bookings. Approved by the Variety and Light Entertainment Council.

Equity Comedians' Contract T&C's

4 October 2016

Sample Docs - 46kb PDF

The Terms and Conditions of the Equity Comedians' Contract without the contract form. Clubs, Promoters and Bookers can agree to abide by these terms rather than complete a full contract for each booking.

Branch website guide 2016

20 September 2016

Branches - 1081kb PDF

Guide to adding content to Branch websites 2016

Email newsletter guide 2016

20 September 2016

Sample Docs - 843kb PDF

Guide for branches to send out email newsletters 2016

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.

Introduction to the DBS for Employers

6 November 2015

Sample Docs - 129kb PDF

An introduction to the Disclosure and Barring Service which can be given to an employer by an Equity member to clarify when a DBS check is needed.

2015 Disclosure and Barring Service Equity Factsheet

4 March 2015

General - 124kb PDF

Advice for members on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

2014 Thames Variety Branch Newsletter and AGM Notice

31 October 2014

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Notice that the Thames Variety Branch AGM will be held at 7.00pm on 27th November 2014 at the CAA, Bedford Street, WC2. There will also be an election for the Officers and Committee of the Branch.

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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