Dance Sector invited to take part in Work/Life Balance Survey

3 Jul 2018

Lucy Hind and her baby, photo Brian Martin

Parents In Performing Arts and Birkbeck University have invited the dance sector to take part in the UK’s biggest ever survey of work/life balance in the performing arts.  The two organisations have joined forces with a number of others across dance, music, opera and theatre to call for performing arts sector professionals to add their voice to the UK’s biggest ever survey of workers’ work/life balance. Backed by One Dance UK, Sadler’s Wells, Help Musicians, UK Theatre, SOLT, British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and UK Music the ‘Balancing Act: Work/Life Survey’ survey seeks contributions from on and offstage staff to reveal the biggest challenges to parenting and working in the sector, as well as identifying the most effective strategies for change.

Diversity and representation in the performing arts is a priority and there has been very little data on the experience of working parents and carers in the sector. Growing evidence points to a lack of provision for parents and carers who face insurmountable challenges to career progression whilst combined with caring responsibilities. The survey’s not just for parents either: PIPA’s 37 partner organisations will be inviting their staff, members and networks to take part: PIPA wants to hear from at least 3000, both parents and non-parents for this research which has the potential to revolutionise working practices for all.

Initially focused on theatre, this wide ranging research marks a period of unprecedented expansion for PIPA to include work in Dance, Music and Opera. One Dance UK is encouraging everyone in the sector to complete the survey to secure an equal share of voice for dance in the reported findings.  The survey is aimed at everyone one in dance in all job roles, at all levels and in all types of organisations and it is crucial that as many carers, parents and non-parents share their views in order to create the strongest case for change.

‘We need to hear from people juggling their careers and caring responsibilities in Dance, to get a precise understanding of the underlying challenges and potential solutions. The data from this survey will provide a much needed springboard to revolutionise the way we work across the performing arts’

Andrew Hurst, CEO, One Dance UK

You can have your say and represent the Dance Sector by following this link to the survey:-

 Balancing Act: Work/Life Balance Survey

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