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Committee Nominations - summary of the Committees

The Committees

INDUSTRIAL AND SPECIALIST

There are three industrial committees and five specialist committees. You may stand for one of these committees only and you must be able to demonstrate professional earnings from the relevant part of the entertainment industry covered by the committee in the three years prior to the close of nominations.

  • Screen and New Media - This committee has delegated authority from the Equity Council to negotiate industrial agreements in all areas of work to be shown on screen in television, film, games, internet, non-broadcast and commercials. The committee is made up of ten actors, three walk-ons, one stunt performer/co-ordinator and two black and minority ethnic members. The chair or vice-chair or another member of the Audio, Dance and Singers Committees shall be a member of the Committee with full voting rights.
  • Stage - This committee has delegated authority from the Equity Council to negotiate industrial agreements in all areas of live performance, other than variety, including West End theatre, commercial theatre, national and regional subsidised repertory theatre, independent theatre, street theatre, fringe theatre, outdoor and overseas touring, theatre-in-education and young people’s theatre, opera, ballet, dance and role play. It is made up of ten actors and two black and minority ethnic members. The chair or vice-chair or another member of the Audio, Dance, Directors and Designers, Singers, Stage Management, West End Deputies and Opera Deputies Committees shall be members of the Committee with full voting rights.
  • Variety, Circus and Entertainers - This committee represents members who work as “act as known” in variety, cabaret, burlesque, circus, story-telling or similar entertainment and is made up of 14 members. The committee will meet once a year with representatives of all the Variety Branches.
  • Audio - This committee represents members who work as audio artists anywhere in the entertainment industry.
  • Dance - This committee represents members who work as dancers or choreographers anywhere in the entertainment industry.
  • Directors and Designers - This committee represents members who work as designers, directors or fight directors in all areas of theatre.
  • Singers - This committee represents members whose work includes concerts, recordings (BPI agreements), church choirs, sessions singing and freelance opera singing.
  • Stage Management - This committee represents members who work as stage management anywhere in the
    entertainment industry.

NATIONAL

There are three national committees representing members in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. You must ordinarily be resident in the relevant nation to stand for any of these committees.

EQUALITY

Equal opportunities is a key and developing area for Equity and informs everything we do. Our four equality committees drive forward union policy and work in the interests of the members they represent. The four committees are: Deaf and Disabled; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ; Minority Ethnic; and Women.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Committee has three reserved seats for female-identifying members, three reserved seats for male-identifying members and three reserved seat for a trans members, including, but not limited to, transgender, non-binary, genderfluid, genderqueer and intersex members.

To stand for these committees you must be a member of the group represented and be able to demonstrate professional earnings of £500 or more from any part of the entertainment industry in the three years prior to the close of nominations.

YOUNG MEMBERS

This committee represents the interests of young members of Equity and comprises members who are 30 or under at the close of nominations. To stand for this committee you must be able to demonstrate professional earnings from any part of the entertainment industry in the three years prior to the close of nominations.

RULES for all these committees are available here.

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