Incorporating the Variety Artistes' Federation
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South West AGM

6 March 2016

This is a basic report of what happened on Sunday at the South West Annual General Meeting in Yeovil. Full report to be given at the Branch Meeting.

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Bring in Auditions for Street Performers

19 February 2016

Street performers today are only after a quick buck. Bring in auditions

The head of the National Gallery wants to ban street performers from outside the building. How about sifting out the fakes instead?

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Dressing Room Conditions Survey

31 January 2016

A survey has been put together to ask members to give feedback on venues they have performed in. Please read the section below, and copy and paste the information into word document to answer. This will then be compiled, with no members name being associated to the information without your permission first.

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FEU Training opportunity

29 January 2016

Under the Federation of Entertainment Unions' (FEU) banner, the project is co-ordinated by Equity on behalf of the participating unions – Equity, the Musicians’ Union, the NUJ, and The Writers' Guild.

The project is funded by unionlearn, the skills development branch of the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

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Branch Patron Jo Brand finishes 150-mile coast-to-coast walk

28 January 2016

http://www.itv.com/news/2016-01-28/jo-brand-finishes-150-mile-coast-to-coast-walk-through-gale-force-winds-for-sports-relief/

Comedian Jo Brand finished her 150-mile coast-to-coast walk for Sport Relief on schedule after braving 70mph winds and horizontal rain.

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Criminal record disclosure checks ruled 'unlawful'

22 January 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35383037?SThisFB

Two people who claimed their careers were being blighted by having to disclose their minor criminal convictions to employers have won their case at the High Court.

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Asking Non-Creative Professionals to Work for Free

3 January 2016

Toronto advertising agency Zulu Alpha Kilo created this video to demonstrate how absurd it is for people to ask for the advertising industry to do spec work in hopes of getting more business. As described by AdWeek, “a guy approaches real men and women (not actors) in other businesses and asks them to provide him with a product or service for free, to see if he likes it before committing to more.”

http://www.photographybay.com/2015/11/05/watch-what-happens-when-you-ask-non-creative-professionals-to-work-for-free/

NOVEMBER 5, 2015 BY ERIC REAGAN

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VARIETY ACT'S REQUIRED FOR CRUISE SHIPS

3 January 2016

Disclaimer: This Branch is merely passing on information in regards to how to apply for this position.

Magicians, Illusionists, Jugglers, Ventriloquists, Hypnotists, Vocalists / Singers, Comedians and other variety entertainers! You must have incredibly strong stage presence and an established 45 minute show. Entertainers with stage experience on cruise ships, resorts, casinos and showrooms are preferred.

https://www.entertainersworldwide.com/audition/3637/fly-on-variety-act-s-required-for-carnival-cruise-ship-contracts

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Advice for young musicians on pay-to-play gigs

3 January 2016

This Article was written in 2011, but is relevant information for today.

BBC Introducing Lancashire's Daniel Bentley looks into the murky world of "pay-to-play"gigs.

Young artists wanting to improve their profile and get more and better gigs under their belts are often drawn into pay-to-play schemes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-12607737 - 1 March 2011

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New Years Honours

3 January 2016

A couple of website links for those who want to see the full new years honours list.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35195726 - New Year Honours 2016: Twelve famous faces

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35198655 - New Year Honours 2016: Barbara Windsor and AP McCoy head list

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