Diagnostic of the Dissemination of Dance for Young Audiences

Recommendations

B- Creation

B1 - Operating Support

Recommendations

Considering that creating works for young audiences, including works for early childhood (0-6 years old), childhood (7-12) and youth (13-18), requires a specific expertise, and considering that tickets paid and fees charged for these works are much lower than those for adults, we recommend that more dedicated young audience compa­nies should receive operating sup­port in order to increase the dis­semination of dance for young audiences.

Stakeholders

By supporting more DYA com­pa­nies, arts councils and cul­ture departments will com­pensate the lower ticket prices and fees and increase initia­tion to the dance form and its dis­semination.

Performance Indicators

Number of com­panies and of per­formances, operating and touring grants.

B2 - Level of Operating Support

Recommendations

Considering that creating, presenting and touring DYA require the same level of resources as for adults, but with a much lower level of earned revenues, we recommend that companies with dedicated DYA repertoire receive operating support reflecting the realities of creating and presenting works for youth.

Stakeholders

As shown in Table 4.3 of Chapter 2, DYA earned revenues are much lower than other dance companies and should be compensated with a higher level of public support.

Performance Indicators

Level of public support for DYA companies.

B3 - Residencies

Recommendations

Considering that bringing a group of artists into a community enriches creativity and stimulates par­ticipation from the community, we recommend that residencies with or without a creation component be supported as eligible touring activi­ties for what they contribute to the development of young au­diences for dance.

Stakeholders

If not done already, by sup­porting residencies with or without a creation compo­nent, arts councils and departments of culture will en­courage a different type of initiation to dance. Supporting these activities would highlight and promote the in-kind and cash contribution of schools and pre­senters to commissioning  and coproducing activities.

Performance Indicators

Number of residencies and of participants, increased number of performances resulting from an increased commitment of presenters and schools.

B4 - Workshops

Recommendations

Considering that dance workshops for young audiences contribute to stimulating an important form of participation in the arts, we rec­ommend that they be eligible as touring activities.

Stakeholders

If not done already, support­ing workshops in arts councils and departments of culture touring programs will encour­age an active participation of youth in dance.

Performance Indicators

Number of workshops (and of participants) to initiate children to dance.

B5 - Residency and Workshop Partnerships

Recommendations

Considering the impact and the role model of school/presenter/ artist partnerships, including with partners from other art forms, we recommend making available a co-application option[1] so one non-artistic partner can manage a part­nership project in order to de­crease the administrative burden on a dance organization or a small, under resourced community organization.

[1] A co-application is a grant request written and signed by two or more partners.

Stakeholders

Inspired by the initiatives of Ontario Presents and Libres comme l’art (Montreal Arts Council), a school, presenter, museum, public library or network could co-apply with a dance company for a residen­cy and/or workshop partner­ship.

Performance Indicators

Number of residencies, workshops and participants.

B6 - In-Kind Contributions

Recommendations

Considering the importance of in-kind contributions for companies from priority groups as well as the importance of presenting their works to targeted communities, we rec­ommend that in-kind contributions from these communities (accom­modation, food, technical services, etc.) be recognized as an eligible earned revenue.

Stakeholders

If not done already, the eligi­bility of in-kind contributions will have a positive impact on the number of tours to re­serves, small communities and targeted audiences. The value of this contribution should not be superior to what would be spent normally and should be identified and quantified in the contract.

Performance Indicators

Number of successful applications, number of performances and attendees from priority groups.

B7 - Creative Collaborations

Recommendations

Considering the potential for stronger links with other art forms in the creation of young audience work, we recommend that dance and theatre artists (or other art forms) be eligible for creative projects in their own or the other discipline.

Stakeholders

By supporting creative projects between art forms, arts councils and departments of culture will enrich the body of young audience works that will contribute to diversifying and expanding the audience base.

Performance Indicators

Number of creative projects from different art forms, number of performances and of attendees.

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