Equity, the Musicians' Union, The National Union of Journalists and The Writers' Guild of Great Britain have joined forces to help freelance members develop the key business skills needed to support career progress.
A brief summary about each of the unions involved in this project follows. Find out more by following the links.
Equity members work across the whole range of professional entertainment including actors, singers, dancers, choreographers, stage managers, theatre directors and designers, variety and circus artists, television and radio presenters, walk-on and supporting artists, stunt performers and directors and theatre fight directors.
Formed in 1930 by a group of West End of London performers, it has 36,500 members and 4,500 student members. The main function of Equity is to negotiate minimum terms and conditions of employment throughout the entire entertainment sector and see to it that these take account of social and economic changes.
The Musicians’ Union represents musicians working in all sectors of the music business, regardless of their genre of music. The union was formed in 1893 and has around 30,000 members.*
The MU promotes the rights and interests of its members and negotiates on behalf of musicians with all the major employers in the industry. The union offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for full and part time professional and student musicians of all ages.
NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS
NUJ freelances work across the entire span of the media industry including broadcast, print and new media.
Founded in 1907, the NUJ has 38,000 members.* The NUJ is an active, campaigning organisation seeking to improve the pay and conditions of our members and working to protect and promote media freedom, professionalism and ethical standards in all media.
THE WRITERS' GUILD
The Writers' Guild of Great Britain supports writers across media including books, film, online, radio, theatre, TV and videogames.
The Writers’ Guild campaigns and lobbies on behalf of writers and negotiates minimum terms agreements.