What unions are there?

Here are the performer-related unions that you should know of.

Irish Equity www.irishequity.ie
Irish EQUITY represents Actors, Theatre Directors, Stage and Set Designers in Ireland and is part of SIPTU. 

Recorded Actors Artists Performers www.raap.ie
“RAAP is a not-for-profit organization which oversees the collection of royalties / residuals for performers whose work is used overseas.. All monies collected are passed on fully with no deductions. Membership of RAAP is FREE. RAAP works closely with BECS, its counterpart in the UK, to ensure that artists receive the monies to which they are legally entitled. They also work to strengthen performers’ rights here in Ireland and Europe by lobbying Dublin and Brussels.”

Ireland Actors Guide recommends all artists  avail of this service by filling in and returning the RAAP Membership Form.

Associated Theatre Artists (ATA)
“ATA was formed in 2002 as a voice and platform for Irish theatre artists. Our specific agenda is to address and challenge artistic policies and practices which diminish the essential artistic input and responsibility of theatre artists.”

Association of European performer organisation (AEPO) www.aepo-artis.org
“AEPO is committed to developing and securing wider recognition of the collective administration of performers’ rights, to further develop collaboration between performers’ organisations at a European level in the field of performers’ rights and in the collective administration of these rights. We contribute to highlighting the importance of the protection of performers and of the collective administration of their rights, and to further develop cooperation on European and international agreements, with a special interest in clauses relating to collecting practices.”

The International Federation of Actors (FIA) www.fia-actors.com
“FIA is an international organisation, founded in 1952, representing a hundred performers’ unions from 70 countries: including Irish Equity. FIA works to represent and co-ordinate the interests of performers and their professional organisations.”

Should I join the union?

Depending on where you are in the development of your career, joining the union could be the obvious next step, or it may be something that you decide to wait on. Research your options, and decide what would benefit you the most to continue to grow as an artist. Ask for opinions from others in the industry – other performing friends, your agent, people you met on set. In the end, it’s still your own decision.

How do I join the union?

The best way to find that out is to go to the site of the union you are thinking about and look at their specific membership requirements. If you have more questions you want to ask about the union, give them a call.