Securing The Pipeline
Collectively, CDMT members make an enormous contribution to the sustainability and international profile of the UK creative industries, particularly through their work in developing the talented young practitioners and future professionals who aspire to enter the sector. CDMT calls this the ‘The Pipeline of the Performing Arts’.
The journey of someone who follows a career in the performing arts is often unrivalled in its variety, requiring commitment, dedication and resilience. From the moment a young person begins to explore their creative world, perhaps progressing to graded examinations and eventually pursuing professional training and a career in their chosen field, the world of performing arts opens many avenues for personal expression and achievement, as well as an emotional outlet.
Many commentators, from multiple disciplines, have over time argued for the positive benefits of engagement in the performing arts to both individuals and to their communities. Drawing on a wide background of powerful examples and lived experience, they cite enhanced outcomes in areas such as physical and mental wellbeing, confidence, communication, teamwork, self-discipline, self-expression, self-actualisation and many others, including, but not limited to:
- Collaborative working
- Emotional intelligence
- Demonstrating initiative
- Good self-motivation
- Problem solving
- Development of inner resilience.
Securing the Pipeline of the Performing Arts is the foundation of CDMT’s mission to provide quality assurance, advocacy and membership services. Every stage of learning, from pre-vocational, out-of-school settings, to professional training at the highest level, requires sustained support and recognition because the joy of taking part in dance, drama, music and musical theatre activities should be accessible to all young people, not only because they are the future of the sector, but for the intrinsic, life-enhancing benefits it brings.