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Resources

Here is a list of resources for performing artists, directors, arts industry workers, choreographers, programmers, rehearsal directors, critics, dramaturges, producers and anyone who’s interested in creating a better arts industry. 

OFEN Resources have been written by OFEN Co-Arts Platform, except in the case of a different authorship, which have been appropriately credited. 

Other Resources is a directory for dancers of helpful resources like articles, books, activist and help groups, arts institutions, medical contacts and networking tools.   

Free for dancers

Disrupting Harm In Dance

Whistle While You Work and Others

This is an online self-directed course offering information and tools for dancers, performers, and adjacent professionals to work more safely together.

Emerging Dance Artists

Dachverband Tanz Deutschland

Aimed to support dance graduates in transitioning from their education to a professional career in dance, mid career and end career dancers

Other resources

Web links listed geographically

We regularly update this page with additional resources. Please notify us if there is out of date info or if there is someone or something which should be included here.

Belgium

  • Handvest – A statement of solidarity between artists who agree to no longer accept un(der)paid work in public activities that take place at or for organizations with fixed-income employees.
  • Engagement – an artist-led movement tackling sexual harassment, sexism and abuse of power in the Belgian arts field.
  • State of the Arts (SOTA) – an open platform to reimagine the conditions that shape the art world today.
  • Juist is Juist (What’s right is right) – defines clear and fair principles and practices for collaborating in the arts sector. For all disciplines. And for all parties involved.
  • Cultuurloket – offers business support for the cultural sector.
  • Podiumkunsten – skills and development organisation of the professional performing arts and music sector in the Flemish Community.
  • Demos – non-partisan public research and advocacy organization focusing on social and policy developments in culture, youth work and sports.
  • Radiantly burning out and stacking stones – Barbara Raes
  • Artist Commons – interdisciplinary artist-organised platform
  • Genderkamer – complaints about discrimination

Germany

  • Whistle While You Work – promotes conversation around harassment, discrimination, and violence towards women and marginalized groups particularly while at work in the arts, especially in professional dance and performance.
  • Dancersconnect –  a neutral and informal platform aimed at professional dancers. Goals include: tackle important topics (including #metoo, abuse of power, increasing diversity, medical care, minimum wage, contracts and labor law); to break down segregation between different professional dance sectors; to broaden unionization.
  • The Themis Trust Center Against Sexual Harassment and Violence (Die Themis Vertrauensstelle gegen sexuelle Belästigung und Gewalt)
  • TAMED – German Association for Dance Medicine
  • DFDK Freelance min fee recommendation – the Federal Association of Independent Performing Arts’ (BFDK) recommendation of a min fee for performing artists (which had not been adjusted since 2017). 
  • Francesca d’Ath – Web design with an emphasis on accessibility, intersectionality, social justice, and the arts.  (not your ‘diversity’ hire, tho.)

EU and worldwide

  • Dance Veilig (Safe Dance Alliance) in the Nederlands
  • Reinventing Organisations book by Frédéric Laloux (Illustrated version)
  • Reinventing Organizations Wiki –  A practical guide for leaders who are reinventing their organization and are looking for inspiration as they upgrade specific management practices in their organization. (based on the book Reinventing Organizations by Frédéric Laloux).
  • The Dance Passport – a source of support for professional dancers in the context of mobility
  • Freelancer Talk – help freelancers working in the creative industries build their own professional support system by becoming part of an empowering and enriching international community.
  • International Federation of Actors (FIA) – a global federation of performers’ trade unions, guilds and professional associations.
  • Counselling for Dancers – Website for psychotherapist Terry Hyde
  • Minding the Gap – Mental health for dancers website
  • IADMS – International Association for dance medicine and science. 

USA

UK

  • BAPAM – British Association for Performing Arts Medicine