Career development in the dance industry: Australia's scope initiative

Elizabeth More, Shane Carroll, Kay Helliwell

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The creative industries are recognized as playing a crucial role for our post industrial economic well being. Dance plays a central role here, especially as a unique way of knowing and learning, with both intrinsic and instrumental value. Whilst there is diversity among dance artists, one unifying feature is short careers as performers. Having amassed an array of special attributes and competencies that are beneficial to both individuals, the arts industry and broader society, it is crucial to manage the career development and knowledge gained through dance artists’ training and performing careers in order to sustain and reap the benefits of their intellectual capital for creative nations. Unlike much of the work in the field that concentrates on organization career development and knowledge management, this paper takes an industry sector perspective. It outlines one Australian initiative to harness such knowledge, the SCOPE project (Securing Career Opportunities and Professional Employment) which has been running for the last three years in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). SCOPE is especially innovative as, unlike overseas programs, it moves beyond the notion of a transition program to emphasizing that of career development and sector knowledge management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd ANZAM Conference
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging in the Pacific century
Place of PublicationAuckland
PublisherPromaco Conventions
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)1863081488
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (22nd : 2008) - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 Dec 20085 Dec 2008


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (22nd : 2008)
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


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