Let’s talk ORGANIZATION! Choreographers and their teams (assistant choreographers, associate choreographers, co-choreographers etc.) along with production assistants are the ONLY category of workers on Film/ TV/ Commercial sets that do not have Union representation. What does that mean? It means no minimum daily rate, no Health & Pension contributions, no residual structures, no penalties for overtime, or turnaround time. Why does that matter? Because DANCE and the people who make it are pillars of popular culture (to say the very very least).
In this episode, I talk to two time Emmy award winning choreographer, Kathryn Burns and Craig Baylis. Craig is a former dancer who has gone onto work in damn near every sector of entertainment from Artist Development & Tour Marketing to Product Management and even SAGAFTRA member and Staff.
In this episode we scratch the surface of several deep and delicate issues from daily minimum rates (and what’s so great about em) to supply and demand, licensing, and even copyright of choreography.
The learning curve set ahead of choreographers is steep. We must teach ourselves AND the record labels and studio big wigs on the other side of the negotiation table what we do and what that is worth. Grab a pen and paper, and get ready to study up!
Choreographers Alliance: https://www.choreographersalliance.org/
Dancers Alliance: https://www.dancersalliance.org/