#LoveDanceScotland Freelance Producer

#LoveDanceScotland Freelance Producer

The #LoveDanceScotland Producer is responsible for producing the #LoveDanceScotland Recovery Bursaries – a nation-wide programme of support for Scotland-based independent artists delivered by Citymoves Dance Agency, Dance Base Scotland, Dundee Rep & Scottish Dance Theatre, and Tramway Glasgow. 

Thanks to funding from the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund, the Recovery Bursaries will provide £70,000 to support Scotland-based artists to return to their creative practice and work with a process and timescale that fits their recovery.  

The fund of £70,000 will support approximately 12 artists to devise and deliver a project of recovery that gives them what they need now, with projects running from October to December 2021.  

We anticipate that the #LoveDanceScotland projects will focus on one of two main areas, or a combination of the two: 

  • To provide artists with the space, time and resources to engage with a slow process to reignite their creative practice. This could be a period of research of an idea, a gentle return to practice or time for a period of connection and partnership building 
  • A focused period of research and development for a current idea, or one that has been on pause over the last 18 months. This may require studio space and other collaborators and could take place in-person or remotely. 

Each project will incorporate an element of audience engagement and provide a way for the artist to reconnect or establish links with their audience after this period of separation. This could range from a blog post featuring writings or clips documenting the process, to working with the public to create and develop an idea, right up to a work in progress sharing. All of these examples can be organised and promoted in collaboration with the #LoveDanceScotland Partners. 

Line managed by the Dance Base Programmes Manager, the #LoveDanceScotland Producer will work closely with the Programme Teams of the four Partner Venues and be responsible for ensuring the effective administration and implementation of the programme. 

 

Job Scope  

  • Assisting with the final stages of the application process of a nation-wide artist support programme 
  • Organising access provision for each artist and project if and as required 
  • Contracting each artist and organising payment in a timely manner 
  • Assisting each artist with the logistical project planning including venue hire, travel, accommodation and timelines
  • Organising in-kind support from the four partner venues for each project as requested and available. This may include dramaturgy, mentoring and partnership connections
  • Supporting each artist to develop and deliver an element of audience engagement. This may include organising the logistics and delivery of an in-person sharing, coordinating a digital sharing, or coordinating the marketing and promotion of online materials.
  • Evaluating the programme and reporting back to the #LoveDanceScotland partners as required. 

 

Standards: 

  • To ensure the partner venues values of artistic excellence, creativity, Equalities, Diversity & Inclusivity, environment, responsibility and participation are prevalent in your personal attitude and approach to all work and decision making 
  • To ensure that you represent the #LoveDanceScotland partners in a professional and welcoming manner  

 

Other: 

  • A positive and respectful attitude to all artists, staff members and audiences 
  • To attend regular planning and reporting meetings with the Dance Base Programmes Manager and wider #LoveDanceScotland team as required and report on the projects as part of these updates 
  • To abide by the terms of Dance Base’s Staff Handbook  

This Job Description is intended as a guide to the nature of the work required of this position, it is neither comprehensive nor restricted and is subject to review.  

 

#LoveDanceScotland Producer person specification:  

The #LoveDanceScotland partners seeks a highly motivated, confident, practical and creative individual to help develop and deliver this programme of work. The post requires someone who is personable and organised, with an eye for detail and the ability to complete projects successfully and to a consistently high standard.  

Essential  

  • At least 5 years’ experience of supporting performing artists to deliver live work  
  • Excellent administration skills and experience  
  • Experience of budget management and financial procedures
  • Skilled problem solver 
  • Gifted communicator, able to translate creative ideas into logistical planning 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Strong IT skills: Microsoft Office applications, scheduling systems, databases etc. 
  • Excellent time management skills
  • An understanding of the barriers that people from different backgrounds may face in accessing opportunities, and experience in providing measures to overcome these
  • Ability to work independently and manage your own workload and as part of a team
  • A flexible working approach  

 

Desirable  

  • A knowledge of and passion for dance  
  • A knowledge of the dance community in Scotland and/or UK and/or internationally 
  • Experience of working in a venue  
  • Experience of working in artist development 
  • Experience of working in marketing, with social media platforms and websites  

 

Terms and conditions  

Fee: £140 a day with an expected 28 days 

Contract: Freelance, average of 2 days a week from 27th September 2021 – 31st December 2021. A very small number of days may also be required in January 2022 to conclude the project 

Place of Work: A combination of working at home and at the Dance Base office in Edinburgh if desired, plus additional locations if required  

 

How to Apply

To apply for the post, please provide a Cover Letter detailing your suitability for the role, a copy of your CV and a completed Equality Diversity & Inclusion Monitoring Form if you feel comfortable to do so, and send via email to:  

recruitment@dancebase.co.uk with your name and ‘LDS Producer 21’ in the subject line.  

Or post a hard copy to:  

HR  

  • Dance Base  
  • 14-16 Grassmarket  
  • Edinburgh  
  • EH1 2JU  

If you require the application form or job description in a different format (e.g. printed, large print, plain text etc.) please contact recruitment@dancebase.co.uk, or via the postal address above. 

The closing date for applications is 11.00 Wednesday 15th September and interviews will be held on Monday 20th September. 

Dance Base is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to promoting diverse, equal and inclusive spaces and welcome applications from people of all sectors of the community.   

We particularly encourage people from underrepresented communities to apply, including but not limited to disabled people, those who are D/deaf, Black/+ People of Colour, those from minority ethnic communities, those who are part of the LGBT+ community, and all those who feel their voices are not commonly represented. 

We look forward to receiving your application and thank you for your interest in working with #LoveDanceScotland 

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