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Equity member performers, stage managers, directors, choreographers, singers, dancers and fight directors are professional artists, having made a lifetime commitment to their craft. Each member's Equity membership card is a symbol of that commitment.

Membership in Equity

Member Benefits
Equity members in good standing are eligible to access a comprehensive benefits package entitling them to discounts and benefits on a range of national and local services.

Member Services

Rights and Responsibilities
Equity believes that each individual member has certain rights, and these rights are upheld by the membership as a whole:
a. the right to a safe and sanitary workplace
b. the right to rest breaks, meal breaks, and overnight breaks
c. the right to be paid no less than the agreed minimum for any job, and to negotiate a higher fee if possible
d. the right to travel expenses and touring allowances
e. the right to be treated with courtesy and respect
f. the right to a harassment-free working environment where physical and verbal abuse are not tolerated

We have these rights and others because we believed they were just and we fought for them. Enjoying these rights won by artists as a group also means having responsibilities to that group. An artist should not act in a way that will hurt other artists. For instance, artists working without a contract makes it much more difficult for other artists to even get a contract. If we consider ourselves members of a profession, then we must act in a professional manner, and we must adhere to certain rules - an Equity member:

a. may not rehearse or perform in an Equity company without a properly signed contract
b. must immediately file a copy of the signed contract with the Equity office
c. may not perform with, stage manage, direct or choreograph a non-Equity company — with or without pay — without a properly signed contract or permission of Equity.
d. is obligated to do the best job possible, to be on time for all rehearsals and the scheduled half-hour, to observe the company rules and to treat fellow artists with courtesy and respect.

The first three rules are printed on the back of the Equity card. The members signature not only indicates an understanding of these rules; it is a signed contract my contract with my fellow artists.

As artists we are concerned with our individual careers, our lives and our need to work. As members of Equity we are concerned with the careers of others, their lives and their need to work.

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