Farnham Maltings have joined over 100 organisations in signing the open letter to theatre and performance makers, led by Fuel. As part of this commitment we will be sponsoring Katie Bosomworth, a freelance Stage Manager who has worked with us on shows such as The Man Who Left is Not The Man Who Came Home and Title & Deed, to join a National Task Force aiming to better represent and respond to the needs of freelancers working in the performing arts.
The aim of the task force is to:
- Create ongoing points of connection between independent creatives, organisations, funders and government
- Amplify the voices of the self-employed in urgent conversations about the survival and future of UK theatre and performance
- Commit the sector to long-term meaningful change and better representation
- We imagine this Task Force will quickly establish its own agenda and organise itself. This Task Force member will not be expected to represent Farnham Maltings or any other organisations that have signed the open letter, their interests as an organisation, or speak on their behalf.
To be transparent about the appointment process in our case, we chose not to do an open call out for this role as we have a commitment to supporting freelancers who we would have been working with at this time, on projects which had to be cancelled or postponed. We asked Katie if joining the Task Force was of interest, as Stage Management and Technical roles were under-represented in the freelancers pool that was starting to emerge, and we are keen to ensure working class voices are represented within the Task Force.
Every organisation is committing to levels of pay in line with their own circumstances and what is possible in these times. The ranges of pay are between £100 – £200 a day, for one day per week between June – August (13 weeks) to be part of the Freelance Task Force. Farnham Maltings have been able to commit to £150 per day in line with ITC guidelines.
Farnham Maltings is committed to supporting Katie and the wider Freelance Task Force, and we will listen, learn and support in any ways we can in the weeks to come.
The original open letter can be found here.
More information on the Taskforce can be found on the Fuel website.
Photo: Katie Bosomworth, captured in the rehearsal room for The Man Who Left is Not the Man Who Came Home, ©Alex Harvey-Brown