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March 15, 2004

Actors’ Equity Launches New “Member Services” Section on its Website

Secure “Members’ Only” Area Provides Agents Lists, Profile Information, Dues and Billing Status, Benefits, and Much More

See Latest News About Production Contract Negotiations

Launching a major improvement on its website, Actors’ Equity Association has introduced a new Member Services section, providing Equity members with a “members’ only” area where they can access agent lists, view and update their personal profile, check their dues status and take advantage of many other benefits and services offered by the Union. Equity’s website is www.actorsequity.org.

“Equity’s new Member Services section will provide the most current news and information during the upcoming Production Contract negotiations, including emergency notices,” emphasized Equity Executive Director Alan Eisenberg. It is vital that Equity members stay informed during the talks -we will be updating the Members’ Only area on a very frequent basis.”

The new Member Services section is a joint project of Equity’s Communications and Information Technology Departments, according to Steve DiPaola, National Director for Administration, who has overseen the development process. “This new section has been one of our top priorities and is part of a larger initiative that will improve services and benefits online making it more convenient for Equity’s members to get information and manage their accounts at any time of the day.”

“Equity’s website was launched in 1998 and has enjoyed steady growth in the number of visitors every year,” said IT Director Doug Beebe. “In our first month, we had 500 visitors; now we are averaging over 115,000 visitors per month. As our recent study showed, our members have become increasingly web savvy and rely on Equity’s website more and more for casting information, theatre news, and other services.”

President Patrick Quinn said: “I am very excited about the additional online services that Equity will be offering to our members. I congratulate our staff who have done incredible work to bring these positive changes to fruition.”

Summary of Equity's Member Services
Once Equity members have registered, been verified and receive a security PIN code, they will be able to log on to Members Services for full access to these services:

Equity Profile
View your current address, phone number, and e-mail information, and submit a secure, online change-of-address form. View your current financial profile, including basic and working dues, and initiation Fee (for new or recently joining members). Check your security/password settings.

Equity Agents
Search for Equity Franchised Agencies by region or an agency name. View the current Agency Commission Schedule.

Area Liaisons
Obtain list of current Equity Liaison hotline phone numbers for casting and other local news in Equity’s 24 liaison cities.

Stage Managers
View forms and stage manager information. Submit comments/suggestions to the Equity Stage Manager Committee.

Member Discounts
In Member Discounts, Equity members can take advantage of numerous exclusive discounts, including theatre tickets, trade newspaper subscriptions, rehearsal space, internet access, discounted copying services, cosmetics, health club memberships and more:

Free or discounted services and products are offered through the AFL-CIO’s Union Plus, including auto purchase, vacation car rental, computers, cell phones & technology, education services, house and home, legal services, pet savings, and travel and recreation.

Discounts are also offered through affiliations with Working Advantage and UMDN (Union Members Discount Network).

Tax Assistance
Direct Link to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) web page, for free tax assistance in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Orlando.

Document Library
Links to Equity’s newly organized Document Library, for downloadable contracts, codes, and forms; Stage Manager and Deputy Kits; Equity’s Annual Report, Smoke and Haze information, Workers’ Compensation and other information.

Online Elections
For the second year, Equity will offer the option of electronic balloting in the upcoming 2004 Council election. Members can automatically pre-register here, saving the time and cost of mailing printed ballots.

Members’ Only News Alerts
Late-breaking news on issues of the greatest importance to Equity members, such as the upcoming Production Contract negotiations.

On the Horizon
Future developments for Equity's online member services include the ability to pay dues and fees on line, and a searchable database of Equity theatres around the country.

To register, click here: https://web.actorsequity.org/Members/Secure/register/register.asp

For further information about Member Services click here https://web.actorsequity.org/Members/Secure/Contact/contact.asp.

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