We all know what a challenging year this has been. One of cancelled projects, constant rescheduling, fear, doubt and sadness. This year has brought trials none of us would have even considered around this time in 2019.
But, at the same time, out of the chaos and uncertainty, something else has been born. A renewed desire to create and be a part of a community.
A re-ignition of our resilience to stay inspired and connected. And a reclaiming of our practice as dancers, performers and above all else, human beings. Which has been incredible to witness and to be a part of.
We organised daily classes, we asked Sydney Dance Company from Australia, Beijing Dance Theater from Asia, Akram Khan Dance from Europe, Vuyani Dance Theatre from Africa and Trisha Brown Dance from America to partner with us and teach their rep. 3-month courses: performing for the camera and Julyen Hamilton.... everything to keep an active dance community, sharing, working and growing together.
It came at a cost, but we hope the service provided and the employment generated have contributed to the dance sector in these difficult times.
Any questions, comments, ideas to keep improving and/or ideas to collaborate with us, please do not hesitate to contact us.
This is the Summary of income-expenses diverted from the activities developed between September and December 2020: LINK (last update: 11th February 2021)
The first TWV summer intensive was an extension of the dream we have regarding the future of the arts and arts management. We are doing even in our power to create a bridge between the dance community and the decision makers, so that our training, financial and creative needs are heard and met.
We always seek to be transparent in how we operate as well as breaking down barriers to make the training dancers need accessible. As we pursue this dream, our models have continued to evolve, adapting as we need to make it possible. Therefore, for the summer intensive, we tried to take our financial model to a new level and implement three different mechanisms:
As we launched this intensive, we were looking for funding and sponsorships.
Our goal was to have the intensive subsidised by outside sources as much as possible. This meant that whatever funding we managed to obtain it would be used to either partially, or in the best case scenario, fully reimburse the participants.
If we secure 50% of the total costs to run the intensive from outside sources, we will return 50% of registration fees to all participants.
At that point, we couldn't make any promises , except we were going to do our best to keep fighting for funding and will remain transparent with our participants every step of the way.
This is who we contacted for support and the outcome: List
(last update: 11th August 2020)
2. PERSONAL CONTRIBUTIONS
We also asked if anyone was able to do so, to please consider contributing to the teachers and the platform via our PayPal contributions' link. In order to track those contributions we asked participants to make sure they specify their donation was for the TWV Intensive.
Total received from contributions: 30€
(last update: 11th August 2020)
Any spare donations were added to the other source of incomes and follow the same system of distribution between all teachers and team as detailed below.
3. ENROLMENT FEE
When participants registered for the summer intensive classes, in order to secure their place, we were asking for a small fee per session. The fee was the equivalent of 5€/3-hour session.
Introducing this fee meant that we were going to be able to cover some of the costs of running the intensive, paying our teachers and our team a fair salary for their time and hard work. By dedicating one member of our team to solely search for sponsors, we were still committed to supporting our community removing financial barriers for dancers, aiming to relieve our participants of as much financial pressure as we could.
It was agreed with the teachers that the total income from contributions and enrolment fees was going to be distributed as follows:
This is the Summary of income-expenses diverted from the enrolment fees and contributions: LINK
(last update: 11th August 2020)
For any question or suggestions please do not hesitate in reaching out. We keep working to create a more sustainable dance practice.
We are very grateful to everyone who have contributed to support our online classes.
These times are challenging for everyone, but here we also have an opportunity to reimagine the future.
Therefore we are implementing measures and protocols that are a result of thorough and inclusive consultations, that we fully stand behind them and that we would like to see implemented in other arts organisations in the future.
For those reasons, we have decided to make this document so that our participants, teachers, and colleagues working behind the scenes understand how these generous contributions are being distributed.
We want to highlight 2 things:
1. This activity is dependent on the platforms we are using for its exposure (mailchimp, zoom, website) and on the 3 people of the TWV team : Jorge, Mel and Fanny (social media, newsletter, producing, finances, schedule management, teachers and participants liaison). We are currently working on funding applications to support the online classes but don’t have any other source of income apart from those contributions just yet.
2. We want to keep supporting fantastic teachers with less experience or currently building up their audiences. We also want to acknowledge the experience of some other teachers. We are therefore proposing a new system commencing on 27h of April.
The contributions are reviewed every week (Monday-Sunday).
You can find the latest reports of contributions here:
- w/c 13th of April: LINK
- w/c 20th of April: LINK
- w/c 27th of April: LINK
- w/c 4th of May: LINK
- w/c 11th of May: LINK
- w/c 18th of May: LINK
- w/c 25th of May: LINK
- w/c 1st of June: LINK
- w/c 8th of June: LINK
We are continuing to hold discussions within the team as well as with the teachers involved in the process, we are also incurring new expenses such as for mailchimp. Since April 27th, we have been distributing the donations as follows:
Every hour of teaching starts with the value of “1”. This value per class can be a little enhanced by the age and experience of the teacher.
Once again, thank you so much for your input as a participant, teacher or team member of Towards Vivencia: this could never happen without all of you. We will keep dancing no matter what. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact Fanny at firstname.lastname@example.org.