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What is PAMPA?

PAMPA (Producers, Agents, Managers Performing Arts) is a community, a caring and brave space for both new and experienced international producers, agents, managers, and similar professions, based in Europe.

Forged from the collective labour of a working group, PAMPA aims to build cooperation between us, to demystify, improve and empower the people in these roles who are highly skilled, deeply connected, and which support production and distribution equally. 

PAMPA is built on international exchange in order to help its members have a stronger voice and take action nationally by getting the knowledge of, and by being inspired by, international conditions, contexts, and best practices.
 

What does PAMPA want to generate? 

Visibility and Clarity.
We want to create a new and accurate picture of our professions, that reflects how different practices operate in different countries.        

Cooperation.
We want to develop opportunities and collaborative initiatives which enable us to exchange skills, grow our practices and create alternate ways of working.

Working Conditions and New Narratives.
We want to promote new narratives that support a clear and fair recognition of our professions, and to ensure ethical, sustainable and inclusive work practices and working conditions.

 

How to get there?

Exchange.
Develop a program (live and online meetings, forum, workshops…) which creates spaces to meet, support, connect, share experiences and knowledge.

Research.
Collect, organise and disseminate information. Create a common, foundational knowledge of our professions (through an archive of resources) to enrich our thinking and promote the skills and value of our professions. 

Advocacy.
Create a dialogue with international professionals (institutions, funders, and the actors of our sector) to formulate advocacy actions and content adapted to different international contexts and needs. Propagate and communicate this new narrative/story-telling towards the different actors of the sector. 

News

PAMPA Open Session Online #1

Artists and Producers: together, side by side, in or out of tune, for each other?
Hosted by: Anikó Racz | Katja Sonnemann | Sofie Luckhardt

When: Thursday, 6. June 2024, 13:00-14:30 CET
Where: Zoom / Online
Language: English
Free: Access the Zoom meeting without registration via this link.

We’re starting a series of talks on different questions and matters that concern us as performing arts producers, agents, managers all in our varying contexts and differing situatedness.

At each Open Session Online a member of PAMPA shares their initial thoughts on a topic and all those present are invited to discuss and exchange their thoughts, practices, visions and wishes.

We share what we know best - our experiences and reflections. And we get to know each other more in the process. Come, join us and engage in rich and relevant conversations.

The sessions will take place remotely via Zoom and will be held in English. You can choose to contribute via the chat and are invited to participate in a way that suits you. All modes of participation are welcome. You are welcome to keep your camera on or off and feel free to eat or drink during the session.

Resources

As part of our work, we’re attempting to gather and share links to existing online resources around the roles, reflections and realities of working practices as a producer, agent and manager in Europe. With help from you, we want to create a comprehensive, ever-growing, crowd-sourced international pool of knowledge. If you know of any existing resources that are not listed below - please fill in this form.

At the bottom of this section, there are a number of links to other organisations and individuals who host multiple resources.


Case Studies and Reflections


Education and Courses

 

Tax, VAT, Legal, Visa and Finance

 

Fair Practices

 

Sustainability

 

Mobility and Internationalism

 

Further/Multiple Resources

Survey

PAMPA commissioned On The Move to analyse the results of our Europe wide survey which gathered 380 responses from people in 25 countries. This analysis creates a greater understanding of the realities, working practices and care responsibilities of producers / agents / managers in Europe. We’ll be releasing more details in our next newsletter, but some headlines from the survey identifies the archetypal future potential PAMPA member:

  • A 39 year-old woman with no dependents living in Berlin. 

  • Working full-time as a freelancer producer for five dance and theatre companies. 

  • She's been doing the job for 11 years. 

  • After paying social contributions and taxes, she lives on an income of €1,875 per month. 

  • She feels like she works too much and is regularly stressed about her personal finances.


Further analysis reveals that:

  • 77% of respondents identified as female
     
  • 45% rely on other sources of income and/or financial support outside of their work
     
  • 35% said that they are currently a primary caretaker for a child younger than 18, an elderly family member, and/or a person with a disability
     

One point of interest reveals that higher levels of international connectedness seemed to correlate with higher income. Respondents who answered ‘I feel highly connected’ had an average yearly net income of €35,145 and those who answered ‘most of the time I feel more connected than isolated’ had an average yearly net income of about €26,280.

Those who had a membership of a professional network or association also seemed to correlate with higher income. Those who said yes when asked “are you currently a member of one or more existing professional associations or networks?” had an average yearly net income of about €24,495. Whilst those who said no had an average yearly net income of about €20,480.


As we build PAMPA, we invited colleagues from across the European continent to tell us about their professional situations, current needs, and recommendations for our initiative. Thus we designed a survey in collaboration with On the Move which was intended to create a mapping of the PAMPA profession in Europe* and will help us to further strengthen the basis of our network as we work towards our future priorities.

*Regarding "Europe" we refer to this -> Wikipedia list.

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Genesis

In December 2020, Dachverband Tanz Deutschland and LAPAS launched the initiative of brainstorming-inventing-creating a network for international producers, agents, managers etc. based in Europe.

Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (DE)
Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (DTD), the German Dance Association, operates as a network of outstanding dance associations and institutions since 2006 – regardless of any aesthetic differences, varying production methods and specific careers in dance. It develops policy papers and concepts for the promotion of dance in Germany and implements them in its projects. DTD is lead partner in the nationwide funding programmes and the representative of the German Dance Award. Since 2012, DTD hosts the informal network of independent performing arts producers, called InfoPlus – it is a platform for exchange of know-how and experiences for producers based in Germany. Since 2016, the DTD has been offering international InfoPlus meetings as well.
DTD is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. 

LAPAS (FR)
L'Association des Professionnels de l'Administration du Spectacle is a French umbrella organization bringing together professionals from the fields of  administration, production, distribution and communication that work with companies, production offices and artists in the independent performing arts sector in order to think through and address the issues at the heart of these professions.

PAMPA Members

Current Members: Ian Abbott, Silvia Albanese, Ann-Jette Caron, Marion Gauvent, Anna Giolo, Jana Grünewald, Sarah Holzmann, Klara Kühn, Vicenç Mayans, Aurélie Martin, Magnus Nordberg, Anikó Rácz, Katja Sonnemann, Timo Steffens, Laura Trocan 

Former Members: Maxine Devaud, Rachel Feuchtwang, Stéphane Hivert, Leonie Wichmann

Funders & Supporters

PAMPA is supported by the -> German Dance Association`s programme -> Kreativ-Transfer, with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

Archive

An archive of some of our previous PAMPA activites.