Actors' Equity is warning members that New York City's just-launched " Open Culture " program of outdoor performances on city streets does not meet the union's minimum standards for wages or its Covid-19 safety protocols. "If you are approached to work on a New York City 'Open Culture' project, please contact your business representative immediately before accepting," writes Equity executive director Mary McColl in a letter being sent to members today. Equity indicated that it will "continue to push New York City" to make changes to Open Culture regarding pay and safety issues. The city's Open Culture website indicates that arts organizations eligible for inclusion in the program include theaters, music venues, comedy clubs and others. Filming or recording of the events is permitted without a film permit. Related Story Sinclair Broadcast Group Trims Workforce By 5% Due To Impact Of Covid-19 The union's criticism of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's Open Culture plan is a stark contrast to its embrace of the statewide NY PopsUp festival of events that in April will include performances at indoor venues including Broadway theaters. In her letter, McColl tells Equity members, "I am happy to report that the state arts program,… Read full this story
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