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Freelance artists, choreographers, technicians, producers, designers and many more such roles are crucial for the performance sector to create excellent art experiences for the audience. The sector is unique in having 70% of its workforce being self-employed. With venues and organisations facing uncertainty due to COVID-19 pandemic, this task force is especially at high risk and in an urgent and acute situation right now.

Akademi is proud to be part of the sector-wide initiative to set up a Freelance Task Force. As part of our commitment to working with freelancers towards a sustainable future, we signed the open letter to theatre and performance makers in the UK.

Our appointed representative to the task force, Parbati Chaudhury has been working tirelessly since then to amplify the voices of freelance professionals in the South Asian dance sector.  She has been part of the discussion groups with dance and wider freelance community.

They are currently compiling a national database of freelancers. To get a weekly update on their activities and available opportunities, do get in touch with her on

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