Three months ago, no one knew that COVID-19 existed. Now the virus has spread to almost every country, infecting at least 1,000,000 people whom we know about, and many more whom we do not. It has crashed economies and broken health-care systems, filled hospitals and emptied public spaces. It has separated people from their workplaces and their friends and even their families. It has disrupted modern society on a scale that most living people have never witnessed. Like World War II or the 9/11 attacks, this pandemic has already imprinted itself upon the world’s psyche.
Dancing is not exempt from the tragedy. For our community, even if the coronavirus proves to be relatively innocuous when compared to “classic” influenza, it could have dramatic lasting economic impacts. These could be considered the secondary disaster – one that’s sure to impact clubs, promoters, artists, festivals, gear manufacturers, retailers, and more. Many of these businesses and industries aren’t built for significant downticks or “taking a few months off”. The spread of the coronavirus is scary, no matter who you are. But for dancers, who work in close physical proximity to one another, there's an added element of risk. Dancers can't exactly "work remotely," after all, and the dance world functions through large gatherings—classes, performances, rehearsals, events—that we have to avoid as the situation escalates.
This list (Thanks to Dance Magazine) is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.
Maintaining a healthy baseline:
For the moment, there seems to be one area where there could be significant opportunity in a world that’s moving away from in-person gatherings: virtual events. Facebook Lives are great but you need the right platform to make money!
It is time to think "out-of-the studio". Reach a global audience by offering professional on-line classes. You can pre-record or do live one-one consultation with your students.
We are all on this together. It is time to all be working towards the same purpose.
‘It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should too”
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