Recent members’ meetings
Our most recent Business Meeting, on October 12th 2022, discussed recent advice on TV commercials, applications for membership, our website, and future CPMA activities.
A Contracts Meetings was held on June 30th 2022 and members were sent a recording of it.
Our most recent Annual General Meeting, in February 2022, approved the Annual Report and Accounts for 2021. Resignations: Treasurer & Co-Secretary Peter Barnes stepped down. Ruth Curtis is now Co-Secretary and Daren Elliott Holmes became Treasurer (Nov 2022 update: Daren has resigned – Peter Barnes is temporary Treasurer). Other Officers for 2022 are unchanged, and the Management Committee was enlarged (see Contact Us). AGM minutes, Annual Report and Accounts were sent to member-agencies, and can be found in the confidential Members’ Area.
Some Other Past Events
- British Equity Collecting Society In 2020, we held a meeting for our members with BECS’ new CEO, Tayyiba Nasser. Some performers still have not joined BECS – they could be missing out on money BECS collects for them.
- Inter Co-op Forum Our most recent Forum discussed Agenting Skills, Diversity and Agency Rules.
- Contracts & Equity Agreements: We’ve held several sessions with Equity to discuss Union Agreements and contracts. In 2019, our agencies discussed problems that arise with fees, questionable clauses and frequent unlawful non-payment of Holiday Pay, in both union and non-union contracts.
- Legal Issues Equity’s Legal Officer, Martin Kenny, discussed contracts, regulations about entertainment agencies, copyright and money owed by employers.
- Low Pay / No Pay work Equity’s former Organizer for Low Pay / No Pay work brought us up to date with Equity’s significant progress in this area
- Advice Seminar We held a free advice session at Spotlight for those interested in joining a co-op agency.
- Casting Directors Seminars We normally hold an annual Seminar with Casting Directors for our members to help co-op agencies become better agents. Panellists included Francesca Greene, Debbie O’Brien, Jeremy Zimmerman (plus assistants), Gillian Hawser, Suzy Korel, Sharon Levinson, Janet Hampson, Sophie Marshall, Gennie Radcliffe, Michael Syers, Kate Day, Hannah Miller, Helena Palmer, Jill Trevellick, Laura Windows, John Cannon, Anne McNulty, John Manning, Sooki McShane, Toby Whale, Sarah Hughes, Carolyn McLeod, Derek Barnes, Carl Proctor, Joyce Nettles, Kelly Hendry, Victor Jenkins, Lou Clouter, Alastair Coomer, Tree Petts, Annie Rowe, Ros Hubbard, Jane Deitch, Jane Frisby, Danielle Tarento, Aisha Walters, Manuel Puro, Nadine Rennie, Neil Rutherford, Matt Selby, Belinda Norcliffe, Michael Cox, Richard Evans, Ginny Schiller, Andrea Clark and Emily Jones, Suzanne Smith, Heather Basten, Hannah Ashby-Ward, Grace Hudson and David Grindrod. The seminars have been chaired by Christine Payne, Equity’s former General Secretary, and Ian Manborde, Equity’s Equalities Organizer.
CPMA Tenth Birthday celebration on June 21st 2012
The CPMA celebrated its 10th birthday at the Concert Artiste’s Association in Covent Garden, London.
Thirteen CPMA member-agencies were represented. Guests included Martin Brown (Equity’s Assistant General Secretary at the time), and BBC Casting Director Derek Barnes. Martin said Equity welcomed the creation of the CPMA. Reasons included the CPMA’s Code of Conduct and the professionalism of co-op agencies. Nearly all actors in co-op agencies are Equity members, and Equity membership is actively promoted. The CPMA has a constructive relationship with Equity and is frequently consulted about industry developments.
Corinna Marlowe, then CPMA Chair, read a message from our founder and first Secretary, Kim Gillespie, formerly of The Central Line:
“Given the many failed attempts at working together prior to the setting up of the CPMA, it is testimony to the role the association plays in raising professional standards and the high status it enjoys in the industry as a whole, that it has now been in existence for 10 years. We set up the association to counter the perception (and sometimes the reality) of flaky working practices. This is not an ultimate goal, but a continuing mission, one that demands all the professional development events that the association can organise, and the robust intervention and representation at industrial forums. I know the association will be around to celebrate many more anniversaries – it has to be, I’m coming back at some point! Nice website, by the way Cheers, Kim.”
She also paid tribute to the second Secretary, Robin Middleton; third Secretary, Janet Behan; and Treasurer at the time, Denise Kennedy. She said the organisation had been through some bad times, with only a few rather mature activists, but that recently new people had come forward, including some splendidly dynamic young women who had helped a great deal, for example, with the website and this event.
She thanked all committee members, especially Nim Johnson and Helen Kennedy for their work on the first website, the Perfect Party planners – Rosalie Jorda, Patsy Blower, Mariesa Clarke and Sara Bahadori (who found our then-webmaster, Darren Berry), and all who had given their time to come to business meetings.