Advocacy

COVID-19 SECTOR SURVEY

This survey provides an understanding of the immediate and medium-term needs of dance professionals in order to develop sector-specific responses to the impact of COVID-19. Analysis and results from this survey have led the way in which Ausdance National have been able to tell the story of our sector. Currently NSW independent dancers and private dance training alone stands at more than a $6 million dollar loss of income. The survey will take approx. 10 minutes to complete.

Ausdance as a collective body is collecting state and national data to help support the sector during this difficult time. We need strong sector-specific data to inform and lobby for solutions. Ausdance is working both for members and the broader dance community and welcomes your input at this challenging time. Please note: this survey is currently being channelled through Ausdance Queensland who have been working with professionals in the industry and with the Ausdance network as this branch was best positioned to do so at this point in time. However, the survey is national and we ask all dance professionals based in Australia to complete it.

Latest Tally:

  • $6.3M total income lost
  • 1549 workers impacted

Before completing this form please read our policy on data collection and sharing.

Fill out the survey here >>


GET IN TOUCH WITH OUR NEW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS

We have a new Premier and Minister for the Arts. Ausdance NSW has contacted the new Premier and Minister for the Arts. We will share her response when we receive it Write to Premier Berejiklian and tell her about the impact of COVID-19 on your arts practice and the need for a State based arts relief package. Select ‘leave a message’ from the options under ‘type of enquiry’ - https://www.nsw.gov.au/premier-of-nsw/contact-premier 

Click here to view a template for a message to the Premier>>>​


RAD Letter to Ausdance National

More than 1.5 million people participate in private dance training across the country, 800,000 of them are children. The impact of the health crisis on dance studios has been extreme. Ausdance NSW and Ausdance National have been working closely with RAD to lobby Government for clarity on when private dance education business will be able to operate and for dance studios be added to the list of businesses experiencing restrictions. RAD and Ausdnace NSW are working with Ausdance QLD and Ausdance National to develop an industry guide to reopening when dance studios are able to recommence activity. Guidelines will be published on our website and through our e-news as soon as possible.  

View RAD’s letter to Ausdance National here >> 


FACILITATED SECTOR MEETINGS

Ausdance NSW Projects Officer has been convening various sector meetings weekly and fortnightly. If you’re an independent artist or a small-medium dance organisation, please join us for our next artist and organisation meeting 6-7pm Wednesday 27 May (details to come). If you’re a dance studio owner and/or a dance teacher, please stay tuned for our next gathering tentatively Thursday 28 May (time TBC).We are continuously looking for how we can best support the dance community at this time. If you have any concerns, thoughts or needs right now or would like to be added to our guest list of arts workers for either of these dance sector meetings, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at admin@dance.net.au

International Dance Day - David Throsby AO Webinar

Recently, in response to participants requests, Ausdance NSW hosted cultural economics Distinguished Professor David Throsby AO (Macquarie University) in a special webinar focussing on the post-corona funding landscape for the Australian arts industry, in particular Australian dance. Questions explored what role the dance sector can play in embracing the positive (eg. environmental impacts) of this crisis, the value of the data collection that’s happening across the country right now (including the Ausdance COVID-impact survey) and whether we will see an increase in federal government or a need to shift to entrepreneurial spaces. We heard from NSW arts organisations as well as local, interstate and international artists – thank you to those who submitted questions either in advance or during the rich conversation and also, to those who joined us to listen in. We look forward to more constructive sector exchanges like this in the months ahead.

Together with David, the group devised a list of advocacy points and learnings.

Read the full summary here>>


ADVOCACY UPDATES FROM AUSDANCE NATIONAL:

LASTEST AS OF MONDAY 6 APRIL

  • Ausdance National rep’s Julie and Paul are attending the Australia Council, Arts Ministry, Treasury & Peak Orgs Roundtable teleconference happening weekly
  • The network  (including Ausdance NSW and National) is communicating daily with other peak bodies and government
  • Ausdance National signed a joint submission from 130 other organisations coordinated by NAVA to the Prime Minister released last Friday Read the letter here>>>​
  • there has been a lengthy response from Anthony Albanese, Leader of the Opposition, the full statement below.
  • We refer people to Paul Fletcher’s latest Media Release in response to the sector letter signed by more than 130 organisations here>>>
  • Jordin Steele, National Dance Sector Survey designer is attending the Australia Council Research work party with 9 others. So far responses to our survey design have been excellent – rich data that speaks directly the impact in qualitative ways. 
  • There is no need for a second dance sector survey to capture more data, unlike other sectors.

  • Ausdance supports the introduction of the JobKeeper scheme and changes to the JobSeeker eligibility requirements which will make it easier for dancers and dance – workers to access it

  • Ausdance notes MEAA’s concerns that the 12-month requirement for casuals to be employed means that many seasonal workers in the arts will be unable to access payment

  • Ausdance NSW has continued to meet with the dance sector across a range of facilitated meetings with dance studio owners, small to medium independent dance companies and one-on-one meetings with members and dancers alike

  • If you would like to be involved in our Zoom meetings, please send an inquiry to projects@dance.net.au and we will get back to you.

LATEST AS OF MONDAY 30 MARCH

  • This week Ausdance National represented dancers and the sector at Tony Burke’ MP national roundtable and joined the discussions hosted by NAVA and AMPAG.
  • Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, The Greens arts spokesperson has responded to the national statement.  
  • The network  (including Ausdance NSW and National) is communicating daily with other peak bodies and government
  • Ausdance National signed a joint submission from 40 other organisations coordinated by NAVA to the Prime Minister due to be released today. Read the letter here>>>
  • Mental health is emerging as a major concern for dancers and the sector as preliminary findings from the survey emerge. NSW, MVIC and NT have had the most drastic impact on artist wages with the NT moving to zero income for the artists who responded since the health crisis.
  • More than 50% of dancers and sector professionals who freelance  have no other sources of income
  • Ausdance notes the impact of the health crisis on Australian Indigenous people and communities who are most at risk affecting the continuation of knowledge. Response and relief for this specific need is urgent.     
  • There continues to be a need for an arts specific relief package
  • Ausdance identifies the need for additional grant and income to assist the arts and dance sector at this time. It should not be drawn from existing or redirected funds
  • More advice is needed to ensure that freelancers, sole traders and people whose partner’s incomes are on the lowest end of the social security bracket can access the stimulus packages
  • Ausdance noted that this week dance studios were part of the shutdown of businesses across the country. More advice is pending in terms of the impact these closures will have on the sector as primary teaching and training spaces for emerging professionals and recreational participants in the dance community.

 


STATEMENTS FROM KEY ORGANISATIONS

Ausdance National

Australia Council for the Arts

BlakDance

City of Sydney

MEAA - Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance

NAVA National Association For The Arts

Regional Arts NSW

Sydney Opera House

Theatre Network Australia

This list will be updated regularly