Scotland and Northern Ireland Lorne Boswell, Drew McFarlane – Marlene Curran 114 Union Street, Glasgow, G1 3QQ Tel: 0141 248 2472 Fax: 0141 248 2473 Mobile: 07798 750 250 (Lorne Bo 07798 750 251 (Drew McFarlane email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org) Negotiate minimum wages and conditions for its member actors and ensure that everyone is paid or received the equipment promised to them. North East Nigel Jones The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX Tel/Fax: 01142 759 746 Mobil: 07798 750 253 Email: email@example.com Head Office London Guild House Upper St Martins Lane London WC29EG Phone: 020 7379 6000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 020 7379 7001 Equity was created in 1930 by a group of West End artists, including Godfrey Tearle, May Whitty and Ben Webster. They were advised by Robert Young, the Actors` MP.  Like many other British unions, Equity implemented a closed-store policy, so that it was not possible for anyone to join unless they had a sufficiently paid job registration and most of the jobs were reserved for equity card holders. To allow new members to join, there were a limited number of non-card-holding organizations on regional productions. During the work on these productions, the actors had a provisional membership card and could apply for full membership at the end of the required number of weeks, so that they could then work in the West End or in film and television.  With the help of Equity, it is potentially easier for players to negotiate and renegotiate wages. Employees also treat the financial side of the players more carefully, because they know that an actor, if he is underpaid, is admitted with the union. This agreement applies to interpreters, sub-studies and stage management employed by managers funded by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland or the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
There is a separate agreement for work in the West End (www.solt.co.uk). Membership in Equity – the union of British players – is one of the first steps an emerging professional player should take. Even if it`s not essential, there are several reasons why you need to do it, and I`ll draw them below. In the most fundamental sense, Equity is to campaign on behalf of British actors and to introduce all kinds of issues to the British government, parliament and other places of influence. The union also protects your rights as a professional performer if you are researching, applying and working with other professionals in the sector. Although equitys` role reaches a much wider audience of actors working than the American SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild Joint Venture with American Federation of Television and Radio Artists from 2013), which has the primary objective of looking for actors who work with cameras, Equity seems a little less powerful in the showbiz of the United Kingdom. Equity is a union in the United Kingdom. It represents not only British actors, but all kinds of professional actors and creators in the entertainment industry throughout the UK.
This is not the case with UK Equity, where rules, benefits and restrictions are much more flexible. That may be partly a good thing, but at the end of the day, SAG-AFTRA`s structure is much better in terms of protecting its players and creating value for its players. However, you also pay a lot more (3,000 USD at the time of this letter, or about 2,250 USD). After all, Equity actors often seem like a big brother you have who is never there.