On June 30, 2006, the contract between the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM) and the Off-Broadway League expired. At that point, the parties found themselves at an impasse. At present, there is no collective agreement between the parties, although ATPAM may attempt to exercise responsibility for a off-Broadway production that does not fall under the terms of the expired contract and may attempt to enter into an individual contract with such a production. Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League, said, “We are thrilled to reach an agreement that will bring significant benefits to all parties. This renegotiated contract addresses areas of importance to producers and provides the industry with opportunities for growth by updating working conditions to reflect the needs of a modern Broadway production. Highlights of achievements: • Annual increase in minimum weekly wages of 3.5% (10.87% over three years). This equates to an additional $2 million increase in minimum wages in the first year. • An increase in 401(k) weekly contributions to 4% of the CONTRACT salary from the current 3%. This equates to an additional $2.6 million in 401(k) contributions in the first year. • An increase in media fees to 2.5% of the minimum wage from the current 2.0%.
This equates to an additional $823,000 paid annually to members. • Commitment to negotiate a single touring contract to replace SETA and all provisions of the national tour and multi-level tour in production. • In new productions, full swings, who are not also dance captains, no longer need to know and be ready for the roles of more than 10 choirs at the same time (in addition to separate/special dub dubbing tasks). • A new position of “Temporary Assistant Stage Manager”, who will be hired from 1 pre-pro day until the opening, for musicals of a certain size and complexity that open cold on the production contract. • Improved language in the workplace without harassment to include bullying and retaliation. • Mandatory training on emergency action plans twice a year, which takes place during paid rehearsal hours. • The parts of the skin (with the exception of certain parts of the costume) must match the complexion of the actor. This new agreement responds to members` priorities by ensuring significant compensation increases each year of the agreement. These increases will be felt by each member who concludes the contract. Together, the financial gains translate into a composite increase of 12.47% over three years (5% in the first year only). For Canadian producers, contact the Playwrights Guild of Canada for contract advice. The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP), the service and support organization for playwrights in the greater Los Angeles area, makes a 99-seat theater contract (which serves as the basis for the guild`s contract in this area) and a consent form for readings, which is available free of charge to everyone on their website.
Click here to visit the ALAP Model Contract page. These will serve as excellent starting points. In the future, we will also publish a simplified version of a playwright`s contract here. Often, directors, designers, playwrights, and other staff (and sometimes actors) are treated as independent contractors for limited production. This means that they are not legally considered employees and are responsible for their own taxes. However, this does not mean that you do not have responsibility. For any entrepreneur earning more than $600, you are responsible for reporting this income to the federal government using a Form 1099 – you must obtain the necessary information from them to do so. This means they will need to fill out a form W-9 typical of independent contractors and provide their name for tax purposes, address, and social security number. Click here to download one from the IRS website.
Equity contracts for individual members typically include jobs in three categories: principal, choir, and stage manager. The main contract is used for all key players and most stage managers. The choir contract is used for actors who mainly do choral work. Each individual employment contract refers to a specific collective agreement and contains all its conditions. We have PDF files of the agreements listed here for your convenience. League members` productions should be informed that certain “side agreements” with AEA and SDC are also available to them by contacting Maricha Miles directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The current production contract with a minimum weekly wage of $2,095 expires Sunday. The approximately 5,400 voting members of the union, which represents the actors and stewards, had been in power since September 15. In October, it`s time to approve the deal, which has been approved by the National Equity Council. It is a violation of Equity`s membership rules if a member accepts a job that falls under Equity`s jurisdiction without being covered by the relevant equity contract.
Equity competence is defined by the Actors` Equity Association and not by an employer or individual member. If you have any questions about the need for an equity contract to complete it, please contact your nearest equity office. You can also find more information in the “Do Not Work” list. The payment of per diems is required to rehearse and/or perform outside the production city of the “organizational point” (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or San Francisco). For many decades, this agreement included negotiations with the League of American Theaters and Producers….