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Survey of Freelance Theatre and Dance Practitioners in Northern Ireland

Tuesday 16th February 2021 at 11am 0 Comments Dance , Drama

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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has commissioned a piece of independent research to explore new ways of working for freelance theatre and dance practitioners.  This follows a request from the Freelance Theatre Collective for funding to help artists develop, create and produce work independent of existing company structures. Annabel Jackson Associates Ltd have been appointed to complete this assignment and will report back in March, 2021.

The Covid-19 crisis has created the need to identify new mechanisms to protect the social, economic and working conditions of artists.  Theatre and dance practitioners, lying at the heart of the industry, have been identified as particularly vulnerable to the economic shock caused by the virus because of their freelance status.  With this in mind, this project will review funding and structural opportunities available to freelancers to develop, create and produce work independently; to investigate alternative models; and assess the viability of instituting new models.

The Arts Council had intended to conduct a series of interviews with practitioners to explore these issues in more detail but, because of the level of interest expressed, we have chosen to run a survey instead, allowing more workers to get their voice heard. It can be found here:

If you are a freelance theatre or dance practitioner working in Northern Ireland, we would love to hear from you.  The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete and is open until Wednesday 3rd March.  We are hoping that all the artists who expressed interest in the interviews will reply. You are also welcome to send the link to other freelance theatre/dance artists you know in Northern Ireland. Please reply whether you are starting up or long established as an artist in NI, whether your views are positive or negative. We need a range of views.

For more information on the survey, or if you have any further questions please contact Annabel Jackson on


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