Your questions answered

1. What is an actors' co-op?

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2. How does it work?

Co-op agencies operate in much the same way as conventional agents.They

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3. What is the commitment?

CPMA members have an agreed code of conduct, however exact terms will vary from co-op to co-op.

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4. Why an actors' co-op as opposed to a conventional agent?

A co-op has many advantages.

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5. Are there drawbacks?

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6. How do I know if it's a good co-op?

*Find out if it's a member of the CPMA - see our current membership list here

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7. Is it right for you?

It's not right for everybody. You need

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8. How do I join?

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9. Running a co-op

The Legal Status of Co-operatives

For important information on the legal status of co-operatives, please refer to "Simply Legal", the guide provided by Co-ops UK (the umbrella body for all businesses run as co-ops) on their website, available to download at . The first sections are of particular relevance, especially Section 5.6 on page 24 about Industrial and Provident Societies, and the glossary in Section 13 on page 58 may also be found helpful.

Government Regulations on Agencies

In 2004 we had lengthy and complex discussions with the Department of Trade and Industry when new regulations came in which outlawed the practice of asking for upfront joining fees. The regulations were intended to control rogue agents who exploit would-be stars, but we were concerned how they would affect co-ops' hitherto frequent practice of asking new members for a joining fee.

We strongly recommend all co-ops to refer to The Guidance on the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 which can be found on the website of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS - formerly, the DTI) or directly at: .
A resume of the relevant sections was written after consultation with Equity and the CPMA, and can be found here: Regulations governing all entertainment agencies.docx

We should like to draw particular attention to the following sections

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