Breaking the Class Ceiling inquiry - Fourth evidence session on 23 July

The Performers' Alliance All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) is holding the fourth oral evidence session of its inquiry into the class ceiling in the creative sector on Tuesday 23 July, 5.00-6.30pm, in Parliament. The APPG is a cross-party group of MPs and Peers which provides a forum in Parliament on culture related policy, but from the perspective of the people who work in the industry; working alongside the trade unions of the Performers' Alliance (Equity, the Musicians’ Union and the Writers Guild of Great Britain).

The inquiry is investigating the barriers facing working class performers and other creatives from getting in and getting on in the entertainment industry, and next week’s session will focus on the challenges of sustaining and maintaining a career. It will cover the breadth of issues from the prevalence of low pay and no pay in the industry, issues relating to the short-term and fluctuating nature of work, to personal networks in casting and barriers to career progression faced by parents and those with caring responsibilities. It will also investigate steps that can be taken by creative organisations to support social diversity.

The witnesses for the fourth evidence session will include the performers Stephanie Greer and Linden Walcott-Burton, Dr Deborah Dean, Associate Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Warwick, Paul Fleming, Industrial Organiser – Theatre, Equity, Sarah Jackson OBE, Chair, Parents & Carers in Performing Arts (PiPA) and Julian Bird, Chief Executive, Society of London Theatre (SOLT)/UK Theatre. The members of the Parliamentary panel asking the questions are Tracy Brabin MP, Deidre Brock MP and Baroness Genista McIntosh of Hudnall.

Come along to watch, and there will also be an opportunity for questions at the end. Register on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/performers-alliance-appgs-class-ceiling-inquiry-a-career-as-a-performer-tickets-65191782376.