In May 2020, Fuel began working with more than 150 organisations and venues to create a Freelance Task Force. You can read the Open Letter to theatre and performance makers here.
We were fast-moving to set this up as quickly as we could so that the 70% of the theatre/performance workforce who are self-employed or freelance could be better represented in the conversations to come.
In June, the initial Freelance Task Force was formed with each organisation working independently to identify one freelancer who they would then pay for one day per week for June, July, and August (13 weeks) to be part of the Freelance Task Force. 169 freelancers made up the membership, and the Freelance Task Force worked together from June until September 2020.
Every organisation used a different process to do this. We monitored representation collectively, via a shared tracker as we went through the process, to try and ensure we achieved as much representation across the task force as possible. Given that we were working at speed and across multiple organisations, it was likely that there would be gaps in the representation we achieved: we aimed to work together to fill these as best we could, and where there were still gaps when the task force was up and running, we asked the task force for their ideas about how we could continue to improve this.
We remained transparent about our processes and about the successes and failures of his initiative along the way and remained open to ideas and provocations. This was an experiment and we were learning every day.
In light of events that happened in May, we extended the deadline for recruitment to enable organisations to extend their searches wider and deeper, coordinate more effectively, and to enable more time to apply. We recognised that since this initiative was announced, racial injustice had escalated, and time and energy needed to be spent with, for, and by Black freelancers demanding justice.
We wanted to do what we could to ensure that their voices weren’t excluded from the conversations that were to come. We acknowledged how difficult these times were. This was a small but what we hoped practical act of solidarity.
In October 2020, MHM (Morris Hargreaves McIntyre) were commissioned to undertake an independent evaluation of this initial interaction of the Freelance Task Force.
MHM undertook a phased approach to the evaluation, starting with a gap analysis of existing data. This was followed by primary data collection, using three main mechanisms for feedback, with additional options provided for those with specific access needs. MHM engaged the following groups during the research: Freelance Task Force members; sponsor organisations and freelancers who were not members of the Freelance Task Force.
This report synthesises the main findings of the research, with recommendations for any future iterations of the Freelance Task Force.
Many thanks to MHM, Freelance Task Force members, Freelance Task Force sponsor organisations, Miranda Yates, Caroline Parker MBE, and Access All Areas.
|Ammar Haj Ahmad||Alessandro Babalola||Ffion Campbell-Davies||Beccy D’Souza||Amantha Edmead||Jamie Fletcher|
|Emily Alden||Nicole Behan||Assis Carreiro||Ailsa Dalling||Lily Einhorn||Romy Foster|
|Sandra Alland||Emma Bettridge||Anjali Mya Chadha||Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster||Rosie Elnile||George Francis|
|Anna Alvarez||Georgia Bird||Parbati Chaudhury||Mumba Dodwell||Nadia Emam||Fiona Fraser|
|Louise Anderson||Katie Bosomworth||Natasha Chivers||Steffan Donnelly||Victor Esses|
|Sarah Argent||Ashleigh Bowmott||Whiskey Chow||Mimi Doulton|
|Sian Armstrong||Lou Brodie||Paul Christian||Sam Dunstan|
|Marius Arnold-Clarke||Coral Brookes||Garrin Clarke|
|Brodie Arthur||Mele Broomes||Jackie Clune|
|Leeza Awojobi||Althea Burley||Jane Crawshaw|
|Dan Ayling||Gitika Buttoo||Greg Cullen|
|June Gamble||Daisy Hale||Matilda Ibini||Jennifer Jackson||Isabelle Kabban||Catherine Lake|
|Viv Gordon||Keiren Hamilton-Amos||Ibrahim Ismail||Miss Jacqui||Omar Khan||Angharad Lee|
|Grace Goulding||Philip Harland||Aaron Jeffrey||Zorazelda King||Tom Lee|
|Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey||Joyce Henderson||Polly Jerrold||Maia Kirkman-Richards||Deborah Light|
|Miranda Henderson||Rosie Jones||Gillie Kleiman||Milton Lopes|
|Liv Hunt||Ashley Jordan||Charlotte Kransmo||Mathilde Lopez|
|Rafia Hussain||Lora Krasteva||Mariah Louca|
|Chanje Kunda||Krystal S. Lowe|
|Simisola Majekodunmi||Rachael Nanyonjo||Kate O’Connor||Arran Pallan||Hannah Quigley||Jessica Rice|
|Rachel Mars||Joana Nastari||Alister O’Loughlin||Emma Jayne Park||Rosy Roberts|
|Russel Martin||Jack Nurse||Naomi Obeng||Amanda Parker||Steve Ryan|
|Shannon Martin||Sonny Nwachukwu||Joyce Omotola||Caroline Parker MBE|
|Pauline Mayers||Naomi Oppenheim||Jaivant Patel|
|Susie McKenna||Vijay Patel|
|Hannah McPake||Jo Paul|
|Lisa Mellor||Michelle Payne|
|Sasha Milavic Davies||Clare Perkins|
|Simeon Miller||Chris Peterson|
|Becky Minto||Grania Pickard|
|Nessah Muthy||Natasha Player|
|Valeria Isaiah Sadoh||Amy Clare Tasker||Paula Varjack||Leo Wan||Ellen Yilma||Fubunation|
|Charlene Salter||Sara Templeman||Kate Waters||Segen Yosife||Xana|
|Divya Satwani||Urja Desai Thakore||David Webber|
|Sarah Shead||Jessica Thanki-Grogan||Bethany Wells|
|Lucy Sheen||Alice Theobald||Kate West|
|Kim Simpson||Rhys Thomas||Nick White|
|Deepraj Singh||Leigh Toney||Louie Whitemore|
|Beth Sitek||Bradley Travis||Ellie Williams|
|Athena Stevens||Sarah Travis||Sophie Woolley|
|Freya Stokka||Karen Traynor||Jessica Wright|