Parents In Performing Arts

Welcome to PIPA

The average wage in the creative industries is £16,575. The average cost of a full time nursery place in London is £14,750*

The lack of affordable, flexible childcare and consideration for the needs of families will continue to see huge numbers of parents and carers working in performing arts being forced to leave our Industry.

Mission Statement

Parents in Performing Arts campaign for equal opportunities and access for parents and carers working in the performing arts.

We want to achieve sustainable change in attitudes and practices in order to attract, support and retain a more diverse and flexible workforce. Read our Aims and Objectives.

A Response to Research

Working in the creative industries means unpredictable working patterns, last minute recruitment practices, low earnings and regular travel. Parents face significant difficulties accessing affordable, flexible childcare. In 2015 an independent survey of over 500 parents in the creative industries conducted by Laura Wells, found that 74% of respondents had missed out on work due to childcare issues. For example the impact on family life of long running West End shows with two performances on a Sunday is significant for both cast and crew, as are last minute engagements and extended work over the Christmas period when the Theatre Industry is at its peak. The long hours worked in television and film mean on many days people can’t see their children or provide care at all sometimes for several weeks. These are just some of the barriers encountered by parents and those with caring responsibilities in the creative industries.

The results show a widespread lack of understanding of the challenges they face and of how to accommodate their needs. The research emphasises the necessity for more flexible thinking in terms of employment, work/life balance and childcare.

Get Involved

We’re only as strong as our members and supporters. If you’re a carer working in the performing arts or an employer we’re asking you to get involved.

Join our mailing list (in the righthand column of this page) or submit a testimonial hereWe are currently unfunded and rely on donations in order to continue this work. Please donate what you can and talk to everyone about this campaign. 

Our Support

We’re backed by Equity, The Old Vic, BECTU, Musicians Union, Family Arts Campaign, ITC, UK Theatre, The Young Vic and have active support from key industry figures and organisations including: Stage Directors UK, Association Lighting Designers, Act For ChangeRaising Films, Stage Management AssociationThird Angel, Theatr Clwyd, Include Arts, Ian Rickson, Lyn Gardner, Polly Teale, Romola Garai, John Simm, Noma Dumezweni, David Mercatali, Katie Mitchell, Carrie Cracknell, Vicky Featherstone, Hattie Morahan, Piers Haggard, Kate Fleetwood, Stephen Unwin, Amanda Abbingdon amongst others.

*“179,290 people work in the performing arts industry, across the UK per hour, each person earns on average £8.50”. £8.50 per hour on a 37.5 hour week works out as £16,575 a year

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