OUR PROJECT FUNDING
As a collective of individuals committed to pushing forward progressive ideals of financial and social equity, both in our industry and in our world, we believe it is critical to offer transparency in our funding and sustainability measures. We hope that this practice provides clarity and understanding both for those within our industry and for those outside it who are interested in supporting our work and the work of artists in our region and beyond.
We currently pay our primary dance collaborators a flat stipend per weekly rehearsals, tech/dress rehearsals, and performance dates. Because of this "flat rate" method, hourly wages vary slightly, but average to approximately $13.50/hour. For technical rehearsals, our dancers are paid a $50 flat rate per day, and for performances, our dancers are paid a $100 flat rate per day.
We hope to grow to accommodate the following pay structure within the next two years:
Rehearsal Wage: $15/hour
Technical/Dress Rehearsal Wage: $20/hour
Performance Wage: $25/hour
We work with our collaborators to set project stipends that value the time and expertise of the artist, while also acknowledging the often undervalued time and expertise of dancers. In most dance projects, dancers are the lowest paid artists involved by far. Studies as recent as 2018 estimate average hourly dancer at just $2/hour, while collaborating lighting designers, costume designers, and multimedia experts make $20-$50 per hour. It is our goal to bridge this wage gap to increase the value of dancers without discounting the work that collaborators do to enhance dance projects.
We currently have an administrative team made up of Click dancers and fans of The Click who volunteer their time to work on various administrative duties such as: grant writing, payroll and accounting, social media and marketing, and more. Again, many major (and minor) producers of dance offer hourly wages to administrative workers of $15+, while budgeting far lower for the dancers who make these administrative jobs possible. We aim to flip this system by beginning with pay for dancers and not administrators.
It is our goal to grow to accommodate administrative wages of $14/hour or more within the next three to four years.
We are currently funded via a mix of individual donor funds, grant funds, and self-investment from one of our primary dance collaborators. This dance collaborator has agreed to invest $10,000 per year for two seasons as "seed money" for The Click.
It is our goal to maintain an annual budget of $50,000, derived via the following funding mix, within the next three to four years:
30% annual budget ($15,000) from Contracts for Services, including produced performance stipends and educational programming
30% annual budget ($15,000) from Grants and other private and government funding programs and parternships
40% annual budget ($20,000) from Individual Donor Campaigns
This is a lofty goal which many companies strive for and do not achieve. We hope to be part of a system that promotes change and growth so that art can flourish in our city, our country, and our world.
Help Sustain The Click
If you are an individual donor, public official, or private organization that would like to contribute to the growth and sustainability of The Click, please contact us for more information on how to get involved!
*Please note that as a fledgling collective, we are currently operating all financial interests out of the DBA business "Bodies Moving," managed by treasurer Kristin Wagner. We aim to complete paperwork to become a fiscally sponsored LLC within the next two years.