THE BLACK REPORT documents the organizational and financial health of a representative sample of thirty Black-led dance companies across the United States. This body of work was made possible by each of those organizations opening their doors to IABD, The Nonprofit Finance Fund and Baraka Sele (Independent Arts Consultant), and providing access to their financial and organizational data. This was birthed by the stories overheard, the people encountered who, on a day-to-day basis, strive to keep their arts organizations alive.
THE BLACK REPORT IS A CALL TO ACTION! This is our response and directive to move beyond the comfortable conversations, the empathy and understanding, the "woe is me and wringing of the hands" and be moved into the uncomfortable zone.
The disparities that we know exist between Arts Organizations of Color and those White-led mainstream large budget companies in dance is confirmed by the data that was collected from thirty Black-led dance companies across the nation. IABD desires to set the record straight about the state of our companies in this field and how the deeply rooted racial and economic divide in the field of dance exists and must be addressed. We can no longer remain on the sidelines and be silenced by a system that wasn't made for us to prosper.
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