Show us your box
Greenwich Dance created ArtsUnboxed as a way of touring ideas instead of people. If you have a show you'd like to add to the platform, get ready to show us your box...
Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work for artists?
If you have a work that you are no longer performing, you can package it up into a virtual box and allow others to buy it and restage it in their local areas with local artists. This will create a passive income for you as well as employing local artists and giving your past work additional air time. It may even expose your work to new audiences!
What do I need to supply?
Each box needs to contain everything that is necessary to stage your work including the choreography, a how-to guide, templates for risk assessments and covid mitigation. Marketing assets such as images and trailers, schedule templates and anything else you deem necessary to make it work should be included.
How and when do I get paid?
Royalties (income split) are paid to artists once per quarter by bank transfer.
Can I still use my work while it's on ArtsUnboxed?
No. Well. Kind of. Allow us to explain…
If you decide to upload your work to ArtsUnboxed, it will be exclusively licensed to us for the period of two years with a review at 18 months. During this time, you will not be able to stage the work yourself unless you purchase your box (or encourage your partner venue to do the same). This is so that we can ensure you are not in competition with your own box, and it also helps us to make sure that all royalties due to any collaborators you have named as recipients of royalties get their passive income too. Just so you know, if Greenwich Dance want to stage your work we will ALSO have to purchase your box.
You can of course promote it, or encourage people to buy it through other work you are doing.
However we also recognise that different circumstances might arise which are not black or white… so just pick up the phone and we can talk through and agree a scenario to ensure you do not lose out on any opportunities.
Will the person or company buying my work be able to alter it in any way?
ArtsUnboxed purchasers have complete freedom to make any changes they deem necessary when using their chosen box. They can either recreate identically or use as an inspiration to customise for their use. We liken it to a chef authoring a recipe. They get paid to write a recipe book, the recipe book is sold, the chef receives a royalty but the buyer is free to interpret the recipe according to their own tastes. It’s a different way of thinking about the intellectual property of choreography and ideas and inspired originally by Open Source software.
How long will my work be on the platform?
Your work will be available to purchase for a minimum of two years with a review after 18 months. After that time we would be happy to talk to you about extending if both parties felt it right to do so.
How long will the purchaser licence my work for?
The purchaser will have a license to use your box for 12 months from date of purchase.
Who gets paid and how?
Once bought, 60% of the income is split between the artistic creators (who in turn may choose to attribute a proportion to their collaborators) and 40% will go to Greenwich Dance. For the artists this will be passive income and no additional work is required of them. Greenwich Dance’s share will be reinvested in the staffing and operational costs relating to the successful running of the platform. The buyer will then need to pay local artists, or use salaried artists to deliver the work.
How will it work?
Buyers will be able to download the boxes direct from the ArtsUnboxed website, having read and signed the terms and conditions for use beforehand. Once the recipe boxes are bought, they can be used for the next 12 months and in some cases a number of possible performance / broadcast days is specified. With buyers encouraged to cast their bought ‘recipe’ with local dancers and deliver it with local producers and educators, the boxes offer a way of supporting local economy and artistry.
Who owns the intellectual property?
Intellectual Property of the works remains with the artists. However, by uploading to the site they recognise that any buyer will have a license to reproduce (with their chosen cast) and amend the work within a specified time period. Greenwich Dance have negotiated a two year exclusive licence with each of the original cohort with an option for artists to extend at the end of that period.