Catalyst bid success

Leading UK Dance Organisations Scoop £150,000 Arts Council Award

A GROUP of leading UK dance organisations – headed by Nottingham’s Dance4 – has been awarded £150,000 to support dance talent.

The award, from Arts Council England has been given to a new consortium of dance organisations for a project called Diversifying Investment in Dance led by Nottingham’s Dance4 alongside East London Dance, Merseyside Dance Initiative and Dance Initiative Greater Manchester.

The funding, from the Arts Council’s Catalyst Arts: building fundraising capacity scheme will see the development and delivery of a two year programme of fundraising activities, ranging from individual giving to applying for sponsorship and foundations.

Kiki Gale, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of East London Dance said, ‘We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with our peers in this new consortium; to research & develop new ways of supporting our vibrant dance community here in east London and to continue to support it to flourish’.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England added: “We are encouraging all organisations to build their fundraising capacity to encourage individual giving and develop skills and practical fundraising knowledge. It’s great that this consortium bid will benefit the country’s already vibrant dance sector.”

Each member of the consortium already has established, international reputations for supporting, producing and developing dance, yet know that to secure their future they need to make a firm commitment to diversifying their income streams. The aim of this programme is to develop the confidence and knowledge needed to develop these skills and in turn the artists and practitioners they work with across the UK’s dance sector.

It’s a Secret, 2012. Photo: Rachel Cherry