Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Should local artists/performers get similar treatments from event organizers?

A friend in the dance community, Bani Alagesu raised the question of Why local artist/ performers is not being Paid at all by the event organisers on facebook recently. And thought I'd put this post here to get your opinion on it. What's your thoughts on this subject?

He posted: Why only external guest are entitled to get paid ?

> Our practise TIME
> Costume
> Studio Rental (if not with any studio)
> Performance Fees (if with the studio)
> Transport, Petrol, Tolls
> On top of that have to Pay Performers Pass for not even half the Price.
> If abroad: Flight, Accommodation, Food
> We are inviting our friends to watch our performances ?

Is giving 'opportunity' good enough reason ?

Is it because we are rich and can afford bigger charity ?

Why people reluctant to join Performance Team ?
Why people do Performances ?
Why people leave after a couple of attempt ?

No Right No Wrong .......


A fellow dancer, Azzy Soraya Hassan summarized it well with the following:

The question is NOT "organisers vs local dancers" OR "why we appreciate International dancers but not our local ones.

I'm not sure a lot of people really understand the nature of organising a festival; a lot of subjective issues. If an international artist comes to your city, for sure you want the opportunity to learn from them right, and we would be willing to pay for 'workshops'. Festivals is just a larger scale of that... Us as regular festival goers to pay for workshops with people we want to learn from.

Also depends on the scale of the festival.

Sometimes, up and coming local artists just want to be 'sponsored' (ie. Hotel, pass and sometimes flight) so that they have no cost to attend the festival but they don't receive any monetary compensation. And as they are able to build their reputation sometimes that's enough for them.
International artists have set contracts and rates and they are usually booked months before a festival....

If you are a local instructor being invited to a local festival and you feel you are big enough name to get paid but the organizer doesn't have a budget for you... You don't need to attend la. Simple as that. But surely if there's a festival happening in your own city you won't wanna miss it... So why not be a part of your local community especially when an international crowd is coming into town.

Organisers undertake financial risk with every event just to bring in a few headliners...So most of all, there would be no incentive to be a festival organiser if everyone coming to your festival wants to be a performer and get paid.

Also, we are not doing any 'charity' by paying for a performer pass for a festival. That is the payment for the service for someone to organise an event you want to attend. Same way we pay tickets for a concert.. we want to attend the event, so we pay.

On the question of performers, I guess it's a lot of pressure for some people, and they just want the experience of saying they had tried it once, but unless they really feel passionate about dancing or enjoy the thrill of performing, some people won't re-join performance teams.

Some people just like social dancing for example. Or some people can't commit to practice.


What do you think? Why not comment below and share your thoughts on this subject. Again, there is no right or wrong in this whole discussion.

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