A workshop on risk mitigation and creating new futures


A workshop on risk mitigation and creating new futures

AEDT (Melbourne) Tuesday 7 December
11:30am – 2:30pm

EDT (New York) Monday 6 December
7:30pm – 10:30pm

This intensive 3-hour workshop is a unique opportunity to explore the negotiation and renegotiation of artistic risk with US-based artist-representative and producer Laura Colby of Elsie Management. Working from an artist-centric lens (coupled with the realities of COVID), the workshop will cover the art of negotiation and building equitable contracts that are applicable for the newly envisioned performing arts sector that artists and presenters around the world are looking to create.

Covering ethics, new language, re-defining ‘engagement’, and understanding Force Majeure, in the final hour, you will have the opportunity to discuss the negotiations that are currently keeping you up at night. This free workshop is a must for all artists, producers, arts managers, and presenters who are interested in how our industry can build back ‘better’.

Attendance at the full workshop is necessary and some important pre-reading will be provided. You will receive a zoom link and all pre-reading material via email.

The conversation will be captioned. AUSLAN interpretation can be provided on request; please contact us at hello@apam.org.au.

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Laura Colby – Facilitator

Recipient of NAPAMA’s 2016 Liz Silverstein Award for Agent-Manager of the Year, Laura Colby formed Elsie Management in 1995 and represents a global roster of dance, theater, special projects, and outdoor spectacle. Elsie Management specializes in singular voices for the global stage, including Emmy-award winning Manual Cinema, the iconic Trisha Brown Dance Company, and the celebrated Quebec-based Machine de Cirque, along with the Australian-based companies Polyglot Theatre, The Last Great Hunt, and visual artist Craig Walsh. She most recently served as Vice President of the Association of Performing Arts Professional’s board. During the pandemic, Colby has been active with the Creating New Futures Phase 1 writing group: https://creatingnewfutures.tumblr.com. She received her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School and is located in New York City. www.elsieman.org