The Freelance Task Force, Freelancers Make Theatre Work, Public Campaign for the Arts, and Fuel are seeking to collect data from organisations within the sector that has been missing in lobbying efforts thus far. We need this data as soon as you are able to provide it – following the Chancellor’s Winter Economy ‘Plan’ (24 September 2020), our sector will need to continue lobbying and to do that, we need data.
The argument for the arts was won to an extent with the announcement of the £1.57b investment package late on Sunday 05 July 2020. As details of that investment package have emerged over the intervening weeks, the limitations imposed on how that investment is spent suggest that there is still work to be done on convincing the government and the public that the freelance workforce are crucial to the sector’s survival. If the investment package is an indication that the arts are valued, the next step is showing how we preserve and nurture that value.
We have put together a survey which we hope you will engage with. We are seeking responses from organisations across the sector – large and small, subsidised and commercial. The greater the number of responses, the stronger we can make our case.
We understand that it may be difficult to provide some of the data requested – we are therefore welcoming estimates.
We will share the data collected (in aggregate form) with anyone who is trying to make the case for our sector.
We hope the data will join and bolster the output that has already made the case for our sector so eloquently: the Covid-19: Routes to Recovery report produced by Freelancers Make Theatre Work; Public Campaign for the Arts’ moving video testimonials; and the clear economic data that we all know is irrefutable.
We intend this to be a useful and unifying tool for all – freelancers, organisations, funders, campaigns and the public.
The survey can be found here. We need this data as soon as you are able to provide it – following the Chancellor’s Winter Economy ‘Plan’ (24 September 2020), our sector will need to continue lobbying and to do that, we need data.
If you have any questions about the survey and questions, please contact email@example.com.
Organisations that have taken part so far
Royal Shakespeare Company | Almeida Theatre | Shakespeare’s Globe | Mercury Theatre | The Yard Theatre | New Wolsey Theatre | Regional Theatre Young Directors’ Scheme | Actors Touring Company | Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland | Camden People’s Theatre | Birds of Paradise Theatre Company | Chanje Kunda Productions | DanceEast | November Club | Kali Theatre Co. | Caspa Productions | Cultured Mongrel | Spare Tyre | somethingGraphic Ltd | Bridport Arts Centre | Minack Theatre | Garsington Opera Ltd | tutti frutti productions | Boy Blue | Lou Brodie | Proteus | Jermyn Street Theatre | Queens Hall Arts | Mimbre | Talawa Theatre Company | Cheshire Rural Touring Arts | Boundless Theatre | The Arts Development Company | Tangled Feet | Lung Ha Theatre Company | Activate Performing Arts | Turtle Key Arts | Visible Fictions | Perth Theatre at Horsecross Arts | LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) | Coney | Further Than the Edge | Kneehigh | Derby Theatre | Yellow Earth | Unicorn Theatre | Fuel | 1927 | JMK Trust | Bradford Fringe | Theatre Iolo | Theatre Centre | Exeter Northcott Theatre