This was my last full week at PACT. For the last two weeks I’ve been on my own on Tuesdays as the person who was supervising me on Tuesdays has worked on a different day. Fortunately, I’ve got the hang of things and was able to work independently. One of my challenges has been balancing the priorities of two different supervisors.
The week involved more blogging, more scheduling of social media posts, a chance to sit in on a final rehearsal of the PACT Collective and take some photos. I also learnt some new skills in Adobe InDesign, doing up the show program. I worked on rolling out the communication strategy for the BBM/PACT Travelling Scholarship. This has involved sending individual e-mails to many university academics and e-mailing other arts organisations asking them to promote the scholarship to their students, within their networks and across their social media and other marketing platforms. We’ve had a good, positive response from people, who see what a great opportunity it presents for emerging performing artists and are willing to help get the word out. Who wouldn’t want $8,000 to travel to the UK and study with the company or individuals of your choice?
In order to keep the social media posts fresh, I trawled through reports and interviews with previous scholarship recipients to lift quotes, and made these the basis of the posts. It provided a variety of perspectives on the experience from some very different artists. I enjoyed the challenge of creating intriguing tweets that also provide enough information to get people to click through to the webpage. Promo on Twitter really is an art in itself!
The huge reward of the week was watching opening night of the PACT Collective’s show, Listen! I’m telling you stories. They played four shows this week and there were good audience numbers on Wednesday and Thursday. Hoping that the momentum picked up for the last two shows (will check on final numbers when I’m next in). It was great to watch them perform.