Pay Guidance – Day Rates

Example Session Request Form (coming soon)

Invoice Template (coming soon)

Useful Links


NIDMS (National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science)

Free NHS Dance Injury Clinics in London, Birmingham and Bath where you can see a specialist sports/dance medicine consultant and/or physiotherapist: An extremely thorough resource list for all things mental health, dance and performing arts – specialist and general. Complemented by BAPAM

BAPAM (British Association for Performing Arts Medicine)

Performing Arts Medicine Clinics Book free face to face clinical consultations; available in Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Gateshead, Liverpool, London and Manchester. Complemented by NIDMS


Free workshops and training for artists and creators

Networking and Representation

Dancers Network  


Equity4Women Toolkit

Movement Directors Association

Legal and Financial

Uncultured Resources for freelancers including a template financial planner spreadsheet and ACE grant application Word templates.

The Illustrated Freelancer’s Guide A wealth of easily accessible information on how to operate as a freelance artist

HMRC Business Income Manual Information on what costs can be claimed on tax returns

Project Reports

Freelance Dance Artists’ Working Ecology – Project Report

This report is the accumulation of the project methods and findings. It includes policy recommendations and concludes with thoughts for moving the sector forward. The working group of freelance dance artists have been fundamental in shaping this report.

Policy Brief

This policy brief lays out the survey findings from 74 freelance dance artists and their contractual arrangements and working patterns from 2019-2021. Included is information on union membership and the ecology of freelance dance artists set in a wider arts context.

Freelance dance artists exist within the same structures and have similar working conditions as other freelance art workers, but form a higher proportion of the workforce and with particular needs for resources. Their freelance income is also lower on average at £11,669 (Aujla et al, 2019) compared to £16,000 for performing arts freelancers (McDowall et al, 2019). The Coronavirus pandemic highlighted the precarity of the freelance art worker community, the fragility of their working practices, and the consequent weakness of this economic model.

Further reading

On funding:

Freelancers during and post pandemic:

In general: