Actors’ Equity has moved its dues deadline. (Photo: Walter McBride/Getty Images)

Actors’ Equity has extended its dues deadline to July 31, 2020 in light of the economic hardships facing its members.

The dues, which amount to $87, are typically billed in May but were extended by Equity’s National Council. Though Equity acknowledged that many members may not be able to pay that amount, the union encouraged others to pay on time.

“I hope that Council’s changes will help relieve some of the burden on our members while the entire industry is essentially closed for business,” Kate Shindle, president of Actors’ Equity, said in the press release. “That said, it is incredibly important that anyone who can pay their basic dues does so as soon as possible — whether wholly or partially — to keep the union strong and help preserve our core functions. Paying what you can will enable us to advocate for actors and stage managers right now in Congress. It will also reinforce our ability to continue negotiations with employers regarding current settlements, as well as when the industry restarts production.”

Late fees for basic dues and initiation fees that were accrued after April 1 will be waived through Nov. 30, 2020.