News: Help make the case for dance funding

Wednesday 28 January 2009

Whether you’re a dancer, administrator, choreographer, designer, teacher, receptionist or manager working in dance, Arts Council England needs you to fill in the online survey for their Dance Mapping report. There are just a few days left to make your contribution and help ensure that the survey gives an accurate picture of the scale of the dance economy in this country – and lend weight to arguments for an increase in investment and funding.

The survey will be online until this Friday, 30 January and it only takes a few minutes to fill in. There are three simple versions, each with just ten questions. Follow the links for the dance workforce (individuals). If you are responsible for a venue, or work in dance for a local authority it may also be appropriate for you to fill in those surveys as well.

As Alistair Spalding, Artistic Director and CEO of Sadler’s Wells said in an interview in the Observer this weekend: “I feel passionately about this – dance has never had a big injection of cash (from the Arts Council) unlike theatre, music, and the visual arts. Dance is the one artform that is growing and yet it’s definitely underfunded. Sadler’s Wells has seen a 30% increase in our audiences in the last three years; there’s a real appetite for dance. But the dancers are so badly paid. It’s time we were able to give them the conditions they need to thrive.’ Read more in the Observer, 25 Jan 09

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