Dance Worker Digest | August 2023
Thursday, August 31, 2023
Dance Worker Digest | August 2023
Dance Worker Digest
This month's topics cover resources for people with disabilities seeking careers in the arts, contracting change for NYC nonprofits, advocacy around predatory ticketing, and scholarships for dancers in career transition.
National Endowment for the Arts launches toolkit for people with disabilities seeking careers in the arts
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently published a comprehensive toolkit for people with disabilities seeking careers in the arts, coinciding with the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The toolkit is organized into four categories for different audiences: artists, cultural workers, and youth; employers; educators; and grantmakers. Resources cover training, networking, navigating benefits, understanding your rights, making an institution inclusive, recruiting artists with disabilities, accommodations, and nondiscrimination laws.
As art and culture organizations focus on COVID-19 recovery and equity in the arts, it’s important to increase opportunities for artists and arts workers with disabilities and to address equity in presenting, curating, casting, educating, and funding. The toolkit is intended to help create such opportunities.
Mayor Adams announces discretionary reform for nonprofit contracts
Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Comptroller Brad Lander, the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, and the Mayor’s Office of Nonprofits recently announced a new reform to discretionary contracts that will help eliminate red tape and make getting paid on time easier for nonprofits that contract with the city—a key goal of Mayor Adams and the comptroller’s Joint Task Force to Get Nonprofits Paid On Time.
Nonprofit human services providers often have a limited budget to provide vital resources for the city’s residents, yet face the burden of complex, inefficient, and repetitive reporting, requirements, and audits. The significant change to the process allows nonprofits receiving discretionary spending from the City to enter into multi-year contracts rather than registering a new contract and procurement process annually. This will result in an estimated 73% of providers receiving expedited payments.
Several NYC legislators supported the new measure, including Speaker Adrienne Adams.
“Fix the Tix” coalition advocates against predatory event ticketing
The Fix the Tix coalition is spearheading a campaign of ticketing reform and advocating for more robust protection from price gouging, fake tickets, fraudulent resale, and ticket-buying bots. The coalition, featuring 30 national organizations representing live entertainment, music, and performing arts constituencies, is also advocating for comprehensive congressional legislation as such practices hurt both fans and emerging artists.
The New York State Senate detailed the history of abusive practices in 2021. Subsequently, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation to ban hidden fees, expand penalties for the use of scalper bots, outlaw selling free tickets, and prohibit fees imposed for tickets printed at home or delivered electronically. Gov. Hochul pointed out how critical live entertainment is for the New York economy and President Biden called out the lack of transparency in ticketing fees during a State of the Union address earlier this year.
Entertainment Community Fund offers scholarships for dancers in career transition
The Entertainment Community Fund’s Career Transition For Dancers (CTFD) program enables dancers to expand their career possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in disciplines outside of performing arts and entertainment. Founded in 1985, CTFD offers specialized resources, including Professional Development and Undergraduate Studies scholarships to help subsidize the cost of continuing education.
For dancers enrolled in a certification or licensure program in a field outside of performing arts and entertainment, the Professional Development Scholarship provides a one-time award of $1,000. Applications for this scholarship are open year-round with a deadline of the 12th of every month. The Undergraduate Scholarship awards up to $2,000 to selected applicants to assist with tuition for a college-level degree. Applications are accepted twice per year with the next application deadline being October 15.
Eligibility for each scholarship includes a dance performance career of five or more years, 70 weeks or more of paid dance employment, total minimum gross earnings of $40,000, and consultation with a Career Counselor at the Entertainment Community Fund.
Photo courtesy of The Entertainment Community Fund