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ACE must tackle ‘working for free’ culture Equity says

27 February 2014

Equity has called on Arts Council England to do more to tackle the issue of unpaid work in the culture sector. Equity believes that action is needed before working for free becomes so endemic that many artists are forced out of the profession.

Equity has also expressed concern that ACE is failing to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination or to advance equality of opportunity in compliance with the Equality Act 2010. Equity believes that ACE’s national portfolio organisations are not currently required to provide equality monitoring data broken down by protected characteristics under the law such as age, sex and race, and that ACE is therefore unable to say how many performers with protected characteristics were employed on the stages of the organisations it funds.

Read more in The Stage, February 27, 2014

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