As we try to rebuild from the pandemic, there are several steps I believe we can take, to help the creative professions:
- Student placements in voluntary groups. Students of the creative professions could be placed within voluntary groups, to gain work experience in their local communities. For example, here in the UK, the body UCAS might consider co-ordinating with NODA, to secure student placements in amateur theatre groups. Similar schemes could be tried or revived for voluntary societies for dance, music or drama in any form.
- Student-Alumni showcases. Student showcases for performing arts schools are brilliant. But the basic challenge remains; for how the students can stand out and make their connections in the arts industry. Therefore, if the students were given a chance to work directly with Alumni in their industry, they could bridge this gap. A way to do this might be through a reunion. A reunion is a perfect excuse for Alumni to meet as old friends. And if the Alumni were invited to present a joint showcase with the students: this would give students invaluable networking opportunities in the process.
- Digital streaming. Live streaming is now the norm at major arts institutions. And it could be the perfect way to reach out to new audiences - Hamilton being the perfect example. VR streaming has also been an excellent way for people to experience reality in a dramatic setting. These methods of digital streaming could also bring in vital revenue for the arts industry as a whole.