PAIEMENTS Festival policy does not define how the benefits should be distributed, so it is preferable to have a written agreement between the members of the collective and to model it on the collective policy of artists (ACP) is often the simplest. The DOT Directive was first introduced in January 2016 and replaced the old Guest Artist Agreement. This directive allows Equity members in the three dance, opera and theatre disciplines to be hired for any production that is not covered by the CTA or ITA agreements. Normally, this agreement is used when a producing organization does not usually work with equity members – universities, colleges and drama schools often use this agreement. Equity will take out deductions for work contributions, insurance, RRSP, registration fees, etc., depending on the association with which the dancer works. If you are dealing with Equity, it is important to remember that this organization was created to deal with the producers of Broadway, the Stratford Festival and large, well-funded regional theatres. It considers its core tasks to be as follows: although the CAEA is a «professional organization» and not a technical union, it essentially acts as an organization and considers all live services in Canada to be part of its jurisdiction. For much of its existence, the CAEA has not been an ally of small theatres that work with limited resources – they are simply not part of their mission. An encouraging development with Equity is the creation of three production policies better suited to the creation and performance of small works. Canadian Actors` Equity Assocation (CAEA or Equity) is a national association representing just over 6,000 artists working in theatre, opera and dance across the country. CAEA`s membership includes actors, directors, choreographers, combat directors and stage directors. It was founded in 1976 when it became independent of its American counterpart, the InNew York Actors Equity Association (AEA).

An independent producer usually starts using this policy as soon as you decide that you no longer want to ask your artists to work alone for profit sharing. It is best suited to non-traditional work, due to things like location and timing, including for small businesses and collectives with smaller budgets. The agreement is excellent for adapting and creating a treaty on which everyone can agree. Indie 2.2 imposes a minimum weekly fee for all artists and is therefore much more detailed in its policies and expectations. Please note: Equity`s Canadian Dance Policy and Guest Artist Policy have now been incorporated into Dance Opera Theatre (DOT) policy with new conditions for independent opera engagements. The terms of use of dance and theatre have also been updated and the DOT Directive contains new provisions for academic commitments in theatre. For more details, click here. Questions about the DOT Directive can be directed to or by phone to Equity`s National Office.