Dancers have intelligent, detail-oriented minds that can excel at understanding finance and economics better than they may realize. Just like technique, it simply takes training and practice—and that can begin when you’re still a student.
If you’re a self-employed artist, you’re also a business—even if you don’t quite see yourself that way. How you handle your finances should reflect this dual role. Elisa Balabram, who leads business-for-artists workshops at Baruch College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), says her attendees would certainly rather be in their studios, but her message to […]
As Broadway goes dark and performances are canceled across the country, the financial repercussions of a global pandemic have gone from hypothetical to very real. This is especially true in the dance community, where many institutions are nonprofits or small businesses operating on thin margins, and performers rely on gigs that are being canceled. It’s […]
As the COVID-19 outbreak escalated in Europe and Asia last month, some U.S. companies pre-emptively postponed events, or took preliminary precautions to ensure patrons they’d be entering a safe and sanitary space. Theaters put out extra hand sanitizer, encouraged sick employees and guests to stay home, and increased the frequency of cleaning high traffic surfaces. […]
Caring for yourself as a dancer is about more than rolling out your IT bands and eating the right food. However, when my podcast partner and I conducted an exploratory study of dancers’ perceptions of their own well-being, only a handful of over 175 participants identified financial counseling as important self-care, even though many stated […]
There’s an image that the Institute of Financial Wellness for the Arts likes to use during group presentations: a picture of someone with their head in the sand. The financial services company—launched by TheaterMania and OvationTix co-founder Darren Sussman and his brother Erik, a veteran of the financial services industry—finds that too many artists simply […]