Happy New Year!

And it's a very happy New Year for us, as we can finally announce our schedule of workshops and some of our planned events, with more to follow as details are confirmed and once we hear back from ACE about our recent GFA application.

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We're Seeking New Executive Committee members

Founded in 2002, IDMN is a network of independent dance producers, dance managers, project managers and self-producing artists. Now under new leadership, we are seeking to expand IDMN's work in order to better support and develop producers at all stages of their careers so that they can in turn better support independent artists and advocate on behalf of them and the wider independent sector.

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IDMN at the Fringe

At the Fringe and want to meet up with fellow producers and self-producing artists to discuss life at the Fringe and beyond? We've teamed up with Xavier de Sousa and Sally Rose of Producers Gathering to co-host a Producers Gathering event with Lauren Church (from In Company Collective), in partnership with The Sick of the Fringe, Unlimited and ourselves, so please come along and join us. 

It will be held at Traverse Theatre on Thursday 24 August from 1 - 3pm; free Bloody Marys will be provided, and possibly jalapeño margaritas too!

Following on from discussions during Edinburgh Fringe 2016, and in London as part of The Sick of the Fringe festival in 2017, these Producers Gathering conversations provide a welcoming chance to meet other producers and artists and to share ideas around working sustainably and accessibility - particularly within the fringe context. There will also be time to reflect on strategies for a successful fringe, and to take some time out to think beyond the fringe.

You can RSVP for the event here: www.eventbrite.com/e/tsotf-producer-gatherings-edfringe-2017-tickets-37014173389

How To EdFringe

This isn’t my own list of Edinburgh advice, as I’m a relative newbie, but as others have been generously sharing advice and tips, and as there are a number of events happening, I thought I’d gather them into one handy place for people producing, presenting or performing works at the Fringe - or even those who are simply here to watch and support those who are.

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Our Response To The NPO Cuts

As a network of independent producers and artists, IDMN has been very disheartened by Arts Council England's (ACE's) decision to remove three regional dance agencies - Greenwich Dance, MDI and Dance Manchester - from their portfolio of regularly-funded organisations. We are concerned about the impact that this decision will have on audiences, participants and professional dance artists alike, especially considering Nicholas Serota's statement in The Stage of 12 July 2017 that "our 2018-22 investment will not lead to a reduction in ... opportunities for artists and audiences"; despite these stated intentions, a reduction in opportunities is exactly what we are seeing across London's capital and the North West, the heart of the Northern Powerhouse. 

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Why join IDMN?

Well, if you're working as an independent dance producer, manager, project manager, administrator or similar, or as a self-producing artist - basically, as someone who spends far too much of your time in front of a computer screen - then why would you NOT join?

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Producer Needed

Gerrard Martin is seeking a producer for his new dance-theatre work.

Gerrard has an hour-long dance-theatre piece, which is entitled 'Any Last Words...?' The piece has 3 performers - two dancers and a spoken word artist/beat boxer who creates the sound track using a loop station. The piece is stimulated by the Black Lives Matter campaign, police brutality, and real life experiences from the cast who have and are negotiating racism.

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Sought: New Members

Founded in 2002, IDMN has evolved over the years as a community of independent arts managers, artists, administrators, producers, promoters, programmers, consultants and agents working across the subsidised and commercial arts sectors in the UK. As of 2017, IDMN is now embracing a shift in direction and focus, led by Chantal Guevara as Chair, and although it may take a while for all our new plans to fall into place, we are seeking new members to be part of this new IDMN.

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Job: Graduate Administrator for Grad-Lab 2017

Grad-Lab 2017 is an ACE-funded project which will assist dance graduates from the south regions in their career planning and artistic development, and is run by the New Dimensions in Dance Programme at The Point Eastleigh. Grad-Lab is seeking a recent graduate who wants to excel in an administrative role within a dance environment, who will also receive mentoring and professional development opportunities alongside the paid work.

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