Equity is the UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners.
Redress the arts education deficit in Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland has always been treated as second class in terms of Funding to the Arts in comparison with the other nations in these Islands. That treatment extends to Drama School education in that Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK and Ireland with no publicly funded independent Drama School or accredited institution for Actors, Stage Management and Directors. As a Union, Equity is behind the campaign to put that deficit to rights by asking members to sign up to a petition for a fully funded Drama School, financed by the Department of Education and Learning through the Stormont Assembly and other sources, to create a centre of excellence for performers and others working in Theatre Film and Television. Please sign the petition.271 of 300 SignaturesCreated by Equity Campaigns
English National Opera: negotiate with Equity to keep the chorus full time on full payEnglish National Opera, the only opera company in the UK to sing all its repertoire in English, is in trouble. Its performances are critically acclaimed but its management is in free fall — recently losing its artistic director, chairman, executive director and a third of its public funding. Now the ENO chorus, who many see as the heart of the company, are threatened with job cuts and having their pay reduced to 75%. Humphrey Burton, formerly BBC head of music, called this “cultural vandalism”. Sir Antonio Pappano of the Royal Opera House added: “Plans to reduce its chorus members’ contracts and limit its productions to eight a season threaten to destroy ENO.” They are not alone — last year 14 other leaders of classical music wrote a public letter condemning the changes at ENO and calling for the chorus to be saved. When they perform the chorus gives audiences 100%, but in the future ENO management want to pay them just 75% of their wages. If you agree that whatever the recent mistakes at ENO, the chorus should not be expected to carry the cost — if you want to save ENO from a spiral of decline — Please sign our petition6,539 of 7,000 SignaturesCreated by Equity Campaigns