Welcome to Equity's area for comedians
Equity is the trade union providing a voice for comedians in the industry. We also offer free legal help, insurance cover and advice on contracts.
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February 12th 2017
How do you feel about free gigs? or Pay to Play gigs? or Ticketed Bringers gigs?. The Equity Comedians' Network is actively working to create a climate where payments are fair and transparent. If you want to know more then come to this event organised by the Network.
February 12th, noon - 12.45 (free entry) PETER Pizzeria, 9 Welford Place, Leicester, LE1 62H.
Equity have been supporting Leicester Comedy Festival for many years and have organised many events every year to support emerging comedians. “Funny Money” is the latest event and is just one of the 800+ events taking place as part of Leicester Comedy Festival 2017. Our other event during the festival is I Say on February 22nd. The full festival line up can be seen at www.comedy-festival.co.uk
We are delighted that the Equity Comedians’ Network is growing. This has been formed by a group of working stand ups to communicate, organise and work more effectively with Equity staff to campaign for better conditions in the industry.
The network aims:
Fair pay for all
Safe working conditions
Protection from harassment and discrimination
Fair treatment in the workplace
A standard contract for comedians (this is now being used by some clubs and stand-ups)
Sara Pascoe founder member of the Network
”This is not about coming down like a ton of bricks on the industry or closing down gigs. We want to improve the new manifesto through people discussing it on the circuit. It's by getting working comedians on board the we will influence the promoters"
If you would like to find out more and join the Network please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and keep up to date with developments.
Equity is always where you are working
Equity negotiates working terms and conditions throughout the world of entertainment.
You may think we are only in theatres, but we have agreements embracing all technologies: satellite, digital, mobisodes, internet-only productions, podcasting etc.
The minute you’re on radio, TV or other recorded media, Equity membership means you and your work are protected and (of course) on the live circuit you are also covered, no matter how small or big the venue. Equity aims to improve the working lives of performers across the UK, and beyond, when it comes to intellectual property rights, royalties and residual payments. We lobby, campaign and are listened to as the voice of all professional performers
We are actively present at festivals across the UK each year, in particular at the Edinburgh Fringe in August and The Leicester Comedy Festival every February. Watch out for us at these key events in the comedy year and talk to us about membership - or anything else.
Insurance and contracts
Equity members get many levels of support, such as free Public Liability Insurance (with a £10 million limit); free legal help with contractual issues (such as late payment or non-payment) or personal injury; free advice on tax, national insurance and benefits; free accident insurance; free job information – all of this comes automatically with your membership.
Equity members campaign nationally and internationally on issues that are important to performers - particularly on issues such as digital piracy or freedom of speech. We recently led a successful multi-national campaign to free the Burmese comedian Zarganar from imprisonment for political charges - you can read more about our campaign here.
How to join
The only two things you have to do are show us you have some paid gigs under your belt and pay the subscription. Subscriptions are on a sliding scale and are tax-deductible. It really is that straightforward.
Hannah Chambers supports Equity
“I always encourage my clients to be members of Equity. Not only is the public liability insurance invaluable to comedians who work in a wide range of venues, but Equity membership gives a bit of extra peace of mind for us and our clients – it is key for us to know that if there is a problem with a contract or a booking, Equity will be there to help resolve it if things get out of hand.”
Chambers Management Ltd
Contact Michael Day: email@example.com or 020 7670 0235