The administrative fee is not to be confused with an honorarium – the amount paid to a stage manager or actor in lieu of salary. The honorarium may be used to cover expenses for food, transportation, housing and other costs related to a union member's participation in the benefit. A benefit producer may not pay health and/or pension to the Equity-League Benefit Funds on behalf of a participant. (The Funds are prohibited from accepting pension and health payments for an individual actor or stage manager who is not signed to a formal union employment contract.)
Producers who fail to forward the administrative fee will be denied future Theatre Authority Agreements.