THE financial conditions of the ITA are not very different from those of the CTA. As a new producer, it is important that you distinguish ITA from other Equity policies for small independent productions. Do not begin using the ITA until determining whether the company is able to assume the financial and administrative responsibilities outlined in this agreement. In 1974, an investigation revealed that membership wanted to create its own independent union, and on April 1, 1976, the Canadian Actors` Equity Association was established, which transferred 2,000 members of the AEA. Reciprocal agreements have been reached with ACTRA, AEA and AGMA. On April 1, 2011, Canadian Actors` Equity celebrated its 35th anniversary as a stand-alone organization. Canadian Actors` Equity Association is a party to several agreements with associations of producers and/or individual producing companies. These agreements (such as the ITA, opera and dance agreements) contain clauses that recognize the importance of photographs in the activity of producing companies. These articles generally refer to the recording and use of photographs by the theatre and to various conditions under which the permits of performing artists are required and in which performing artists may be compensated for the use of photographs.
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. 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. In the spirit of a theatre agreement with few resources, these provisions are in place to ensure that a company does not have access to the revenues that a larger company could generate. The collective policy of artists (ACP) is almost exactly the same as the festival policy – an agreement that allows ad hoc groups to produce and share the benefits of an independent production.