Gibney Dance’s Dancers’ Economic Empowerment Program addresses the economic challenges facing dancers today.

DEEP investigates the points in an artistic career where dancers most need support and provides opportunities for learning and skill-building through a series of free sessions.

DEEP was developed by Gibney Dance Artistic Associate Devin Oshiro as an Advocacy Fellowship project. Advocacy Fellowships are projects initiated by Gibney Dance Company members which aim to engage the dance community and advocate for pressing issues in the field. Learn more →

View recaps of the 2016 and 2017 DEEP Sessions →

Learn about a new initiative for 2018, The DEEP Cohort →

Learn more about the Spring 2018 DEEP season below.

DEEP is generously supported by the John H. Grace Foundation.


    DEEP: Spring 2018

  • DEEP: Get Healthy
    Tuesday, January 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    This session will focus on aspects of a healthy life with Catherine Drury of the Actors Fund sharing about health insurance and mental health and Harkness Dance Center for Dance Injuries discussing injury prevention and physical therapy.

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  • DEEP: Beyond Incorporation: Fiscal Sponsorship Then and Now
    Tuesday, January 23 / 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Designed for both emerging and established artists looking to expand and define their business practices, we will take a closer look at Fiscal Sponsorship, and how it can assist artists by providing an alternative business structure. Originally imagined as a stepping stone to non profit incorporation, Fiscal Sponsorship is now a sustainable model in its own right. This session, led by Pentacle. will cover both the experiences of fiscally sponsored artists, as well as how fiscal sponsorship impacts business practices.

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  • DEEP: NDP Grant Info Session
    Tuesday, January 30 / 4:00 - 5:00 pm

    Guided by New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project program staff Sara Nash, Kristin Gregory and Cheri Opperman, this info session will provide choreographers and dancemakers interested in touring their work a basic overview of this competitive grant program. Participants will leave with some best practices and approaches for how to execute a compelling application.

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  • DEEP: Learn to Love Arts Marketing
    Tuesday, February 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Learn to Love Arts Marketing is a workshop designed by Amy Jacobus to help artists identify their ideal audience members, learn how to market authentically, identify which marketing tools and platforms they should use, and actually look forward to marketing their work. In this workshop, we’ll discuss ten universal marketing tips everyone can apply right away.

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  • DEEP: Building Your Brand
    Tuesday, March 6 / 7:15 - 8:30 pm

    Marketing Strategies: Learn best ways to build a name for yourself and your work, showcase what sets you apart from others, and describe the value you contribute to dance.

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  • DEEP: Artists & Taxes
    Tuesday, March 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Join Dominic Comperatore of Empire Tax Prep for a two-hour workshop that will provide valuable knowledge relating to the issues particular to performers’ taxes. Learn what you need to do from day one on the job and how to gain greater control of your finances all year long. Topics covered will include: types of income, which expenses are deductible, what to do when you get hired, the major tax forms, ways to file, and more.

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  • DEEP: Get Your Way
    Tuesday, April 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    How do you advocate for yourself? What are other creative ways to compensate your collaborators? How do you ask for money? We’ll hear from Kathy Westwater, Sydnie Mosley and Nigel Campbell about they address these questions.

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  • DEEP: Time & Money
    Tuesday, April 24 / 7:15 - 8:30 pm

    The creative process tends to operate independently of time and generally without the promise of predictable income. Learn ways to monitor how you manage your time as well as meet your needs for financial well-being as you pursue your creative goals.

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  • DEEP: Career Pathways
    Tuesday, May 22 / 7:15 - 8:30 pm

    Examine how to create a Portfolio Career – A strategic and purposeful combination of work and life roles that lead to personal and professional satisfaction and fulfillment.

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  • DEEP: Get a Job
    Tuesday, June 12 / 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Patricia Schwadron of the Actors Fund moderates a conversation with two working artists, who will the nitty-gritty details of their careers: how they found a job, how they make it work, and why it is the right choice for them.

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  • DEEP: Fundraising for Dancers
    Tuesday, June 26 / 7:15 - 8:30 pm

    Learn the basics of fundraising, grant writing and individual giving strategies from a fundraising expert who will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to raise money for your dance projects.

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