How we support our industry

The support we offer

We're passionate about supporting inclusivity, diversity and mental health within our industry and we support a number of charities and initiatives in this sector. 

Many of these organisations offer opportunities for performers to develop skills and experience to start out or continue to develop their career in the performing arts.

We thrive on making sure our industry offers a professional and welcoming environment for everyone.

Initiatives and charities we support

  • Acting for Others

    AFO consists of 15 member charities, and between them they provide support for people of all ages who have worked in the entertainment industry. They help people in need as a result of illness, accident, old age or low income families.

  • Actor Awareness

    Actor Awareness is a campaign fighting for more equality, diversity and working class talent in the arts and aims to provide a community and voice for these disenfranchised groups.

  • Albert

    Albert is leading a charge against climate change; bringing the film and TV industries together to tackle our environmental impact and inspiring screen audiences to act for a sustainable future.

  • ArtsMinds

    Set up to support people's mental health in the creative industries,ArtsMinds is a collaborative initiative from BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine), Equity, Spotlight and The Stage.

  • BFI Flare LGBTQ+ Festival

    BFI Flare offers a vibrant and precious space for debate, compassion, community and empowerment. In a world where many people fear and loathe difference, audiences and filmmakers at BFI Flare defiantly assert that love is a human right and celebrate sexual and gender diversity.

  • Equal Representation for Actresses (ERA)

    ERA 50:50’s campaign aim is to inspire British film, television and theatre to lead the way and implement equal gender balance on screen and stage by 2020. They ask that casting and creative decisions made by commissioners, programme makers and distributors are held up to a basic requirement of a 50:50 gender balance across their yearly content.

  • National Youth Theatre

    The NYT is a world leading youth arts charity, inspiring young people and audiences alike in the importance of live theatre. The NYT gives free and affordable opportunities both onstage and backstage to young people aged 14-25 from all corners of the UK.

  • Open Door

    Open Door is a non-profit organisation that helps talented young people who do not have the financial support or resources to gain a place at one of the UK’s leading drama schools.

  • Parents in Performing Arts

    PIPA are creating a more inclusive, accessible industry by bringing together leading UK theatres and arts organisations as part of their campaign for equal opportunities and flexible working in the performing arts.

  • ProFile

    ProFile is a video database of D/deaf and disabled actors for use by casting directors and other professionals across the UK film, theatre and TV industries, hosted by Spotlight and the National Theatre.

  • TriForce Creative Network

    Through their work with MonologueSlam UK, where actors from diverse backgrounds have the opportunity to perform in front of industry heavyweights, WriterSlam or their short film festival, TCN are dedicated to giving opportunities to people to work in the performing arts.


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