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Online network for performing arts training launches

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A new directory bidding to be the go-to site for performing arts schools and teachers has launched online.

The site, performingartstutor.com, gives members space to advertise to the public and each other, connecting tutors with schools, as well as providing a place for parents and students to find individual teachers.

Launched by Laura Harwood, who has run performing arts schools in the past, the site is also a forum and resource library providing news, features and research for members.

Membership of the site costs £35 for an individual 12-month membership or £50 for a school or group for a year.

Harwood said independent training providers had traditionally been underrepresented professionally.

“These schools and individuals are the feeders for the next stage of professional training, which is well represented, and they want to ensure that their practice is relevant and meets the demands of the industry. The idea was to provide as much tried and tested support as possible in one place as well as information on the latest industry trends and research,” she told The Stage.

“The other idea was to enable freelance performers, when they’re not working, to professionalise their teaching practice, so they can profile and promote themselves. They can connect with schools looking for someone to come and do a workshop for example.”

Individuals and schools taking out membership of the site will be encouraged to become accredited by its own kitemark, which promotes best practice and industry requirements.

Members will also be able to take advantage of deals from the site’s partners, which include theatre bookshop Samuel French and providers of insurance, sheet music, backing tracks and costumes.