A Question of Pay
By Elizabeth Isaacs
The New Zealand Dance Industry Strategy was launched at the end of 2008. One of its foci was viability; to “develop a sound and vibrant dance economy” with specific aims to improve working conditions within the industry and see dance professionals appropriately remunerated.
In 2009 a survey was devised with the aim of providing a picture of the conditions of work, rates of pay and the range of work undertaken across New Zealand dance. To gain the fullest possible picture, questions were asked on a range of topics including: the different roles undertaken, basis of employment, time spent on non-dance work, voluntary work, pay scales and job security.
Information about the project was sent out through a variety of media in July 2009. Responses came from across the industry, not in the volume hoped for, but enough to be representative.
Responses covered the diversity of the dance industry including studio teacher, dancer,school dance teacher, tertiary lecturer, administrator, artistic director/producer, choreographer, writer and reviewer; types of employment included full time, part time, contract and casual. Due to this range of employment situations incomes varied widely, as did the issues relating to terms and conditions of work.
In order to collect information on the range of pay across the industry each sector was looked at in turn.
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