Incorporating the Variety Artistes' Federation
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Welcome to Equity's student area

If you are on a full-time higher or further education course lasting one year or more that is preparing you for work in the entertainment industry as an actor, stage manager, theatre designer, theatre director, choreographer, dancer, singer, variety artist, circus performer or professional broadcaster, you can become an Equity Student Member as soon as you start your course. We’re sorry but at the moment we do not accept applications on the basis of GCSEs and A levels.

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The current cost of Student Membership is £18 per year. This includes reservation of your professional name and one year’s subscription. Once you are a Student Member we will contact you annually when your next subscription is due.

By being a Student Member you are taking an important step in your career. You are becoming part of an organisation with strong influence and nearly eight decades’ experience of successfully protecting the rights of artists and, when you finish your studies, the next step is to move into full Equity membership. This gives you a strong voice within your profession and access to a bigger range of membership benefits.

Student Membership benefits

Your Student Equity Card and your professional name & Social Networking: Hundreds of pages of news, information, discounts, publications and contacts plus a members’ area and forum. Follow @EquityUK and 
@EquityYMC (the Young Members' Committee). 

You can also find Equity on Facebook.

Information: Regular information in the Equity Magazine plus extras such as the Equity Diary. You are also welcome to contact us with any queries and we give regular talks at dance and drama schools throughout the UK.

Insurance: Student members automatically have £2 million Public Liability insurance. You will be covered while participating in occasional amateur joint productions, profit share performances, rehearsals and occasional professional performances while you are in full time performing arts education.

Equity Bursary Scheme: Two annual awards of £500. Students are proposed by their tutors.

Discounts: Discounts on various items relevant to performers e.g. entry to venues.

Professional Development: Eligibility to apply to join the Actors’ Centre in London and to make use of all our free resources at

Getting Involved: Invitations to attend Equity events for practical tips, advice and networking.

Campaigning: We campaign vigorously and productively on national, local and specialist issues and we have a strong track record of success. Equity is able to lobby government and other influential bodies on matters such as arts funding, the BBC, tax status, artistic freedom, piracy and many other subjects affecting our members. 

Your next move

On graduation, if you are on a vocational course at a Drama UK school (previously CDS & NCDT) or CDET accredited school, theatre design course, studying singing at a music conservatoire, or on the Musical Theatre course at the Royal Academy of Music, you are entitled to move into full membership of Equity immediately.

If you are not on one of these courses you can continue as a student member for up to two years after you graduate. But, as soon as you can provide proof of professional work you should be able to move into full Equity – just contact us at the time. We are happy to have a look at any contract you are offered and advise you about it. At the end of the two year period if you do not have professional credits you will lose your student membership. We will contact you when this date is coming up and you can call us to discuss the options.