The OPEN agreement is used for short- and long-term performances and activities, such as dance or choreography. It can be used by a single artist who commits himself, or artist, producer, organizer or company that hires an artist or artist. It is intended for members of Equity or members of other unions who have entered into agreements with Equity, and is made to include a variety of non-traditional dancers, including street dancing, dance battles and competitions. The OPEN Dance Policy was created to work with a variety of practices for short-term performances and activities. The emphasis is on a new approach to duration, number of artists, number of performances (including incentive to hire). The focus is also on non-traditional dance artists (competition, freestyle, multidisciplinary, social, commercial, cultural, etc.), non-for-profit or commercial, individual or group, members of ACTRA/UBCP and UDA. The idea is to make it easy to hire equity dancers for this short duration and one-off performances, while maintaining capital standards in terms of pay rates, working conditions, etc. However, starting in 2015, Equity and ACTRA have put in place “appropriate terms of engagement,” meaning that each organization can grant authorizations to non-members at their discretion. This reciprocal agreement generally does not apply to any of the above guidelines, but if you are in a position where you have an ACTRA member (but not an equity member) that you want to be part of your small production, you must ensure that Equity does not ask you for permission. From Broadway to dinner theater, Equity has a contract to cover professional theater, big and small, wherever it might occur in the United States. Equity negotiates and manages national and regional collective agreements with several employers, as well as agreements with an employer with theatre employers. These agreements provide for minimum wages, benefits, job security and many other provisions to ensure safe working conditions and a working environment in which actors and directors-general are protected.
“Equity`s role in managing INDIE 2.2 is to ensure that these key substantive debates take place and that decisions are made by fully informed participants. Instead of managing each element of production conditions, Equity will only intervene in a production if there is a problem, dispute or violation of INDIE 2.2 or the agreement between an independent producer or a theatre group and the artists. CAEA and ACTRA entered into a reciprocal agreement which was once that, if you were a ACTRA member practising in Equity`s jurisdiction, you would be obliged to join Equity and vice versa. The worst version of the attempt to obtain this agreement would mean that ACTRA members would rightly be upset by the fact that they would be charged an introductory fee for equity. A collective can only enter into a service contract with a theatre/engagement company established for the venue, gateway and technical services. Payment for services can be made by debit against cash receipts. And again, this defines the relationship that a collective could have with a larger theatre group, without any kind of producer/engagement relationship. Co-productions with committed individuals who hire other artists under one of Equity`s agreements/guidelines are not permitted. That is, any theatre that normally commissions artists under the CTA or ITA should not co-produce with your company and thus encourage your artists to work for them for profit-sharing instead of the minimum weekly requirement.