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Equity Distribution Services

The Equity Distribution Service ensures performers receive the royalties and usage payments related to their work undertaken on the union's contracts. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Equity film and television royalties
  • BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky Catch Up/On Demand services
  • BBC, ITV and Channel 4 European Retransmission
  • BBC4 Extra Radio
  • Theatre cast album recordings

These are contractual payments and will normally be paid to the agent named on the corresponding contract.

For contractual payments that are subject to UK VAT, Equity will operate a self-billing VAT system under which we send performers an invoice for their VAT files along with the appropriate amount of VAT. Therefore if you are VAT registered in the UK please can you complete the self-billing agreement found here or send us a copy of your VAT registration certificate (unless you have recently completed and submitted your VAT registration certificate to us).

If you have any questions regarding Equity’s distribution services, or the VAT self-billing system, please contact