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Workshop: fundraising for artistic projects

Posted on March 19, 2013

Dance UK is organising a seminar for dance managers and self-managed artists, part of its training programme The Business of Dance. The seminar will be held on Friday, April 5 from 7pm to 10pm.


The three-hour session aims to provide practical knowledge and information sharing for self-managed dance artists, company dancers who want to develop their own work and independent dance managers who want to develop their skills.


Sarah Shead, a freelance arts manager, will give an hour-long training session focusing on types of funding available, identifying local funds open to artists, an overview Arts Council England funding and tips for writing successful applications. A panel of independent dance artists, including Hakeem Onibudo of Impact Dance and Rachel Birch-Lawson will explain how they raised funds to create work.


Dance UK recently organised a similar training session in Leeds, where one of the participating dancers said: “It was very relaxed and quite intimate. It was nice to meet different artists from different fields and to learn from their experience. What I found most useful was learning about how to apply for funding. It can seem a bit daunting but the speakers were helpful and gave very useful information.”


Tickets for the event cost £8 to Dance UK members, £18 to non-members. For more information, call the Dance UK office on 020 7713 0730 or see To book, see the online shop the Dance UK website or email


The Business of Dance is presented in association with Independent Dance Managers Network (IDMN) and with Sadler’s Wells, which generously agreed to host this event without charge.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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