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Akademi: Partnership Manager for Sandhi Project

Deadline: 4 Jan 2016

Salary: Approximately 17 days over a 6 month period. Total fee £3,500

Role: Partnership Manager for Sandhi Project

Company: Akademi

Phone: 020 7691 3210


Invitation to Tender


Partnership Manager for Sandhi Project



About the project

Akademi’s Sandhi project is in its second year. Sandhi’s aim is to support the development of 12 artists through two projects over 3 years. The 2 projects are Choreogata (South Asian contemporary dance work) and Utkarsh (South Asian classical dance work) and each provide bursaries for two artists per programme to create new work and apply for their own funding. These works are shared with audiences at venues in London with a view to seeking further funding and performance opportunities. Existing partners in this project are: Gem Arts, Sampad, Kadam, CICD, South East Dance, Yorkshire Dance, and Dance Umbrella. Sandhi is funded by Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation


The objectives of the Sandhi project are as follows:


1)       Create a national united strategy to develop South Asian dance for 2014-2017

2)       A collaborative vision and clear framework to discover and support new talent

3)       Create a focused strategy and framework to bring excellent artists into the mainstream

4)       Support regional organisations to share new talent and its development across the country

5)       Encourage cross-pollination between national dance houses/choreographers through the choreographic strand of the project

6)       Create a detailed, strategic intervention by SADAA and NDN members to make a significant and nationally sustainable difference to the needs of these artists

7)       Produce the next generation of artistic leaders in the sector

8)       Shift current conservative, risk-averse thinking among promoters, whilst producing effective new partnerships. This will encourage imaginative approaches to sustain and develop new audiences.

9)       Sandhi also seeks new solutions and takes shared risks to achieve these goals, devising effective shared systems to deliver the outputs, collect the data, capture the outcomes and widely disseminate the learning derived from them.


The SMART outcomes of the project are:

  • Create a written national united strategy to develop South Asian dance and talent for 2014-2017 by mapping opportunities, supporting artists to embed their work into a national dance agency and developing pathways for 18 excellent South Asian artists and leaders into the mainstream by 2017.
  • Supporting regional organisations to share new talent between South Asian specialist organisations and National Dance Agencies, building cohesive artist development and audience development strategies and touring networks by 2017.
  • Encourage cross-pollination between national dance houses/choreographers through the choreographic strand of the project ensuring South Asian dance practitioners are benefiting from the same learning opportunities as contemporary dance choreographers through sharing practice and resources between organisations by 2017.



Monitoring & Evaluation

Akademi will achieve Sandhi’s aims over three years. The success will be measured on a yearly basis:

  • by the number of opportunities Sandhi has generated for artists and choreographers
  • by the number of venues that offer artists opportunities both during and following a performance
  • by the number of audience members reached year on year
  • by the number of participants in accompanying workshops year on year
  • by the number of artists successfully placed with partner organisations when Sandhi has been completed


Summary of Outputs

Over a 3 year period, Akademi will aim to deliver the following outputs relating to the goals and ambitions described above:

  • Support for 6 artists per year, comprising of:

– 4 classical artists

– 2 “contemporary” choreographers

  • 1 Mixed Bill Programme (combining classical and “contemporary” work)
  • National Strictly Classical Tour
  • National Tour for New Contemporary Work – Contemporary Choreogata


Sandhi will also include:

  • 24 performance dates (8 per year)
  • 24 accompanying workshops (8 per year)
  • 9 feedback sessions and 9 mentors for artists (3 per year)
  • 1 co-ordinated Marketing Campaign
  • 6 Promoters Meetings nationally (2 per year)


Work developed as a result of the pilot project was Forgot Your Password by Divya Kasturi and Detox by Urja Desai Thakore. Forgot Your Password has toured to five venues and Detox has just received further funding from the Arts Council England to support its development.


In September 2015, 4 new works in progress were shown at the Purcell Room.

The Choreogata artists were Kamala Devam (Ankusha) and Subash Viman (Shan)

Utkarsh artists were Arunima Kumar (Tridevi) and Urja Desai Thakore (Kabir and I)

These works are now available for further development and touring.

Akademi are now seeking a Partnership Manager to help deliver the performance outcomes described above.


Partnership Manager (Freelance Contract)


Approximately 17 days over a 6 month period. Total fee £3,500


Reports to: Director



The Partnership Manager is responsible for building partnerships with venues and programmers for Akademi’s Sandhi programme funded by Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn. You will be responsible for securing dates for the presentation of artists work and for working with venues on audience development and marketing for South Asian dance work.



  • Build partnerships with a minimum of five new partners for Akademi’s Sandhi artists
  • Negotiate and secure dates for this work with a minimum of five partners
  • Work with Akademi staff, particularly the Director and Dance Development Officer to plan and develop performance plans for Sandhi and Akademi work going forward
  • Work with venues and programmers on their audience development and marketing plans to ensure work reaches the widest range of audiences
  • Evaluate the partnership work
  • Develop a national framework and build sustainable relationships so that performance opportunities are available for artists in following years
  • Contribute to board reports
  • Contribute to progress reports for funders



Person Specification

Experience of partnership development/tour booking

Excellent communication skills

Good contacts in small scale venues

Understanding of audience development

Knowledge of marketing

Ability to write board reports/funder reports

Experience of evaluating projects

Excellent IT skills

Excellent negotiation skills



Application Process



7th December 2015                                Invitation to Tender distributed

4th January 2016 (5:00 pm)                   Tender documents received by Akademi

8th January 2016                                      Shortlist drawn up and respondents contacted

w/c 18th January 2016                            Presentations to Akademi panel

22nd January 2016                                   Contract awarded




Approximately 17 days over a 6 month period. Total fee £3,500



Response Process

Those wishing to respond to this Invitation to Tender are required to include the following information:


Background information on their experience and qualifications to deliver. Please also include details of the individuals who will be undertaking this work with you.

Your approach to delivering on the job description above referring to the SMART outcomes required by Esmée Fairbairn.


Invitation to Tender documents should be sent to:


Hampstead Town Hall 213 Haverstock Hill London