Equity members are professionals: skilled individuals who bring their experience and their talent to every job. They deserve to be treated with the respect workers in other industries take as a given. They deserve decent pay. That's what Professionally Made Professionally Paid is fighting for.
Low and no pay is a major issue for many Equity members. Too often performers and creatives are expected to give their time and energy for free, exchanging hard work for 'exposure' or 'CV points'.
This particularly affects members at the start of their careers, and those without savings or economic support also find themselves priced out of the industry.
Since 2014, we have been campaigning for fair terms and conditions. More than 300 productions have signed up to use our Equity Fringe Agreement, which has brought more than £2.75 million in wages to performers and stage managers.
We have helped secure better holiday and sickness pay, overtime, hours of work, touring allowances and health and safety regulations.
Play your part by spreading the word — to your fellow cast and crew members, to audience members, and to employers.
When you reject unpaid work, use this letter, encouraging producers and directors to speak with us. If you or someone you know is putting on a show, and want help creating a contract, get in touch.
You can follow our campaign’s developments by following @EquityLPNP on Twitter.
Find out more about:
Professionally Made Professionally Paid booklet
Professionally Made Professionally Paid response letter
Call to members: fill in our student film survey
Members are asked to share their insight and help us develop strategy to improve student film working conditions/news/2018/may/call-to-members-fill-in-our-student-film-survey/
Arts Council England ask grant applicants: ‘Will you offer fair pay?’
The funding body states it “has a commitment to ensuring that everyone who works in the arts is paid fairly"/news/2018/may/arts-council-england-ask-grant-applicants-will-you-offer-fair-pay/