Northfield, IL | April 28, 2020  Dance Data Project® (DDP) today releases the second annual “Global Fellowships, Competitions, and Initiatives Guide.” The Guide is a comprehensive list of international opportunities for choreographers to develop, workshop, and present dance works. As a result of uncertainty in the arts field, the list also denotes deadlines that have shifted or programs that have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In the past, many arts publications have dedicated entire issues to competitions, initiatives, and similar opportunities, but comprehensive and up-to-date listings were rare and not accessible on a year-round basis. In 2019, DDP provided the first version of this much-needed resource and in 2020 has updated it with newfound programs for which artists are encouraged to apply. The Guide, now expanded to include over 90 entries, also contains a list of initiatives from ballet companies that are leading the way in supporting emerging and underrepresented talent.

“At a time when 95% of artists have reported income loss, choreographers deserve to know what opportunities exist and how they will be compensated for their work,” said Liza Yntema, Founder and President of DDP, “Female choreographers will be one of the hardest-hit populations, as they already receive less favorable treatment than their male counterparts in the ballet field. This Guide will give female choreographers and leaders of all ages access to opportunities to continue their research and find innovative ways to create.” The Guide features opportunities for choreographers as young as 10 years of age and beyond as well as programs that support exclusively female, non-binary, and trans woman artists.

DDP includes a summary of each program along with information regarding compensation, number of recipients, past recipients, deadlines, and an easily accessible link to the application/information page. “We hope that this compilation will encourage female artists who might not otherwise have the time or resources to research these opportunities to apply for the various programs offered,” said DDP Director of Research Isabelle Vail, “Accessibility is especially pressing at a time when core female leaders [artistic directors] in ballet make an average of 63 cents for every dollar male leaders earn. We want to give women choreographers a chance to pinpoint opportunities and raise their profiles by making this information readily available in one place.”

On Equal Pay Day this year, Dance Data Project® released its blockbuster Artistic and Executive Leadership Report, which illustrated gender-based pay imbalances among leading U.S. ballet companies. In June, DDP will release its 2019-2020 Season Report followed by a look ahead to the 2020-2021 season.

Access the spreadsheet version of our Guide on the Resources page or download the PDF version below.