NASA would like to see universally accepted minimum conditions for street & outdoor artists at events, along the same lines as those backed by Equity and ITC for small scale touring companies. We ask all our members to add these to their contracts. It is understood that all companies have different needs and some of these conditions may not be applicable or necessary. Or you may have additional needs.
If you are having problems with, or would like to inform us of good or bad practice please do let us know. Although we are not a union, we do have a respected collective voice in the industry.
Equity is the actors / variety performers union. It provides one of the cheapest Public Liability Insurance (PLI) policies covering up to 10 Million pounds, for performers through their annual membership starting at £136. Contracts require you to provide PLI. A copy of your Equity member card usually will suffice along with your contract.
You must have performed in a certain number of shows to be eligible to obtain an Equity membership, although street performance / variety performances are less restrictive than theatre ones (you need to have performed less). An extension is possible to add Fire Performer insurance for ± £30 per year, though this does not insure for Pyrotechnic use.
For show insurance – if your piece is of a larger scale, uses pyro, or has larger scale set and props and or uses audience volunteers extensively, you will probably need it to fulfil contracts. This policy can be in the region of £5-600 per year.
Stuart Cowie is the person to ask for as a contact for show & fire performer insurance enquiries.