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Spotlight Graduates for 2022/23 is now open, and will close on Friday 13th January 2023.

A Spotlight Graduate membership is the stamp of professionalism and puts you in the best position to promote yourself to the industry as you complete your training.

Applications to join Spotlight Graduates open in the first term of your final year of professional training. This is the only time in the year that the graduate scheme is open, and you must ensure you apply before the deadline in January. 

We offer a discounted Spotlight membership for students, this gives you membership until the end of November 2023.

Please note that not all schools are eligible for the graduate scheme. To find out more about what makes a school eligible, please scroll down for more information.

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Spotlight Graduates for 2022/23 is now open, and will close on Friday 13th January 2023.

Your Spotlight membership costs £114 for the year, and we have subscription discounts available for deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent performers. You can contact our team at  for further information.

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Graduate Course Criteria

New graduate courses on the Spotlight graduate membership need to meet a certain criteria in order to be accepted.

For new courses to meet our criteria they must be at the level of RQF 6/SCQF 9.

Other requirements include that need to reach a certain number of contact hours per week, the balance of practical versus theoretical training has to weigh heavy on the practical side, whether the course offers a showcase or regular performance opportunities and other, industry-relevant requirements.  

Do you think your course is eligible to join Spotlight graduates? Click here to find out more about our criteria and how to apply.

Your professional name

As a professional performer your name is your brand, that’s why it’s important to choose one that’s unique. Search below to get started. 

See our guidelines on choosing the right name for you here.

If you have a query about a name please email [email protected]

Check if your name is available

Just remember that our network is changing all of the time, so we can’t always guarantee that a name will be available when you apply.

Every name is cross-checked manually so although the name checker can give an indication it can only ever be a guide. 

It’s advisable wherever possible to have the same name as your union membership, but as we do not share databases, you may secure a name with Spotlight that is not available with Equity (UK) or another union or vice versa. We each give precedence to our current members.

Your search will appear here. Check to see if your chosen name is likely to be available. Just remember that our network is changing all the time and we will undertake further checks around name availability. So, we can't always guarantee that a name will be available when you apply.
*Don't forget that this is a temporary check. The final check will be done when you join. Please note: For safeguarding/privacy reasons Young Performer names are not included in this search.
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