2020 Annual Report Dance Media Group Groupe Danse Média
Mika Manning / Photo by Manning
REFLECTIONS FROM LEADERSHIP Timea Wharton-Suri
2020 Board Chair
The Dance Current is a charitable non-profit organization publishing the only magazine dedicated to dance across the territories many now call Canada at a time when dance artists are stretched across the digital realm and carefully planning their return to live performance. Much of 2020 was spent planning our move to quarterly print publication. By rebalancing our print and digital offerings, The Dance Current is opening the door for more profound communal connections: online at our fingertips and in print for those without reliable digital access and those who still cherish the feel of the printed page. Though our organization faced financial challenges related to the pandemic, we remained nimble and responsible. This past year, we furthered our commitment to supporting artists by increasing writers’ and contributors’ fees beginning with our Winter 2021 issue. I sincerely thank you for reading, contributing to and supporting this growing hub for inclusive and accessible dance discussion.
2020 Executive Editor
The 2020 year was one of many transitions at The Dance Current. Whether planned or a necessary response to external events of the year, I am proud of our work in the following areas: 1. Staffing transitions. With changes in our editorial team, and subsequently a publisher transition, there were challenges in maintaining equilibrium through staffing changes and finding a stable core staff. Our current team provides this stability and expertise for long-term growth. 2. Responding to COVID-19. With challenges placed on the dance sector due to the pandemic, we had to pivot our programming to best support the community. We sought out expertise for increased publishing related to dance-on-film and offered free advertising space to organizations supporting artists at this critical time. 3. Pivoting to quarterly issues. We met our long-standing goal of moving from six annual print issues to four magazines per year, freeing up resources for a renewed focus on accessible and quality online content.
PHOTO ESSAY: OUT OF STUDIO JULY/AUGUST PRINT ISSUE
Stories that matter...
EMPTY SEATS AT THE TABLE: FOR ARTIST-MOTHERS, THE PANDEMIC HAS MAGNIFIED THE LACK OF SUPPORT NOVEMBER/DECEMBER PRINT ISSUE
Putting the spotlight on artists' pandemic pivots
ONLINE DANCE CLASSES ACCESSIBLE DURING COVID-19 ISOLATION: GET MOVING AT HOME ONLINE, APRIL
A PHOTOGRAPHER’S TIPS FOR FILMING DANCE AT HOME ONLINE, APRIL
HONING RESILIENCY: WHILE THE PANDEMIC HAS PUT CONSTRAINTS ON POST-SECONDARY TRAINING, DANCE PROGRAMS ARE WORKING TO FUTUREPROOF STUDENTS’ CAREERS WINTER 2021 (RELEASED TO SUBSCRIBERS DECEMBER 2020)
Nichole Leveck by Jonathan Elliott
FINANCIAL SUMMARY The information presented here for the year-end of Dec. 31 has been developed from the financial statements for 2020, which were audited and provided by Hogg, Shain & Scheck.
Revenue Subscriptions & newsstand 5.9%
145,176 $ 47,749
Advertising Subscriptions and newsstand
Donations and sponsorships
Education and content creation
Grants Advertising 21.9%
Expenses Office overhead 4.1%
Magazine distribution 3.1%
Salaries, fees & benefits 32.2%
Salaries, fees and benefits
Marketing and publicity
FROM THE DANCE CURRENT TEAM
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 2020 DONORS Your generosity allowed us to continue producing stories that matter to dance communities across Canada, even during a tumultuous year. We value your support and dedicated readership.
We couldn't have done it without you $100+
Lorne Fox Suzanne M Jaeger Selma Odom Up to $99
Anonymous L a u r ie B u r r e t t - L o e p p k y C a r o l in e C a i r e S usa nne Chui Susan Colbert Wright Jane Deluzio Aviva Fleising
Danae Li Kallee Lins Sarah Lochhead Crystal Melville Davida Monk Lynne Mullings Lorna Reddick Dylan Schoenmakers Dr. Lee Slinger Timea Wharton-Suri A d a m W h it e Valerie Wilder Perry
Charitable registration number: 85356 1538 RR0001