Broadway Community Project

Broadway Community Project

Welcome to the Broadway Community Project.

While the footlights are dimmed during the Broadway suspension, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the sprawling, interconnected world of workers beyond the stage that help bring the stories we love to life.

Take a look around.
Navigate: Use the buttons at the top right or double click to zoom in and out. Drag to focus on a specific area of the map.

Explore: Click on each role to learn more about the job and meet a member of the Broadway community.

Search: Type a specific role in the top left corner.

At the start of the suspension of Broadway shows due to COVID-19, members of the Broadway industry began discussing the wide-reaching implications within the community as a result of the pandemic. Broadway Manager Tiffani Gavin, Producer Greg Schaffert and Damian Bazadona (Founder and President of Situation Interactive), hoped to find a way to represent the scale of Broadway from the very top, right down to those who are in affiliate industries who have been significantly impacted, and livelihoods put at risk as a result of the current shutdown. Joining forces with Alex Birsh and the team at Playbill along with Pippa Bexon, Kevin Fitzpatrick and the team at Situation Interactive, the Broadway Community Project was born.

The Broadway Community Project is a visual representation of the larger Broadway ecosystem and all the roles, organizations and small businesses that come together to build an industry that contributed over $14.7 billion to the New York economy in 2019, serving as a key driver for tourism.

By navigating this interactive tool, audience and industry members alike can explore and discover details about the artists and artisans, technicians and ticketers who help make Broadway the cultural heart of New York City through their passionate, tireless work. And most importantly, the map puts faces to the varied job titles and shares a personal, human story about those that make up the Broadway community and the role each of them play in creating the iconic status Broadway has around the world.

This is an evolving project for the community by the community. At the current early development stage, hundreds of jobs have already been identified. These often unsung positions are nonetheless vital in putting on every single show eight times per week. The expectation is that many more roles will be entered in the days and weeks ahead. The business of Broadway is expansive and reaches far beyond the actors on the stage.

We hope you enjoy exploring and discovering more about the talented people who make Broadway the unique, wonderful world we all love.

HOW TO TAKE ACTION

EMAIL YOUR SENATOR
Email your senators and tell them to support the critical pieces of the HEROES Act in the next COVID-19 relief bill, including:

  • • Extending the additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits
  • • Preserving healthcare for families who have lost access to their employee-based insurance by passing a 100% COBRA premium subsidy
  • • Safeguarding renters and homeowners from evictions and foreclosures
  • • Protecting multiemployer pension plans
  • • Increasing arts funding


SIGN THIS PETITION
Americans For The Arts Action Fund, have created a petition.

Their Mission: To enlist and mobilize one million citizen activists to advance the arts and arts education at the federal, state and local levels.


TAG AND SHARE WITH THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT OF THE ARTS
The NEA also offers updated COVID-19 information and support for artists and arts organizations. They continue to accept CARES Act funding applications, post guidelines for grants made under CARES Act funding, update answers to frequently asked questions about the CARES Act, and share information about relief resources and opportunities related to COVID-19.

WEBSITE

SOCIAL:
INSTAGRAM
FACEBOOK
TWITTER


CONTACT YOUR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS
This link gives you all the info you need to contact your federal, state, county and city representatives. Reaching out to them via email, phone, social media or USPS takes only a couple of minutes, and, if a rep hears from 10-15 people in one week about the same issue, that issue goes on their agenda.


OTHER GREAT RESOURCES CAN BE FOUND HERE
Be An Arts Hero
PPP Coalition
League of American Orchestras

Please share additional resources with us here and we will be sure to keep updating the FAQs

FAQ

What is the Broadway Community Project?
An open-source map charting the varied roles, on stage and behind the scenes, that play a role in creating and maintaining a Broadway show.

Who created the Broadway Community Project?
Broadway Community Project was created by the BCP task force, a collective of individuals who work on Broadway. The idea originated with Tiffani Gavin and Greg Schaffert, and Situation Interactive built and developed the interactive map in collaboration with them and Playbill. Special thanks goes to Molly Barnett and Susan Sampliner for their insight and guidance.

Who is included and how were the individuals representing each role chosen?
The map includes colleagues and mentors of the BCP task force in an effort to build a working prototype to launch. This is an organic growing network and we look to you to continue to help evolve it.

Why is this incomplete?
This is an evolving project, and it is intended to be built, in part, by the Broadway community it represents. Roles and members of the industry will continue to be added as new information is submitted by members of the Broadway industry.

What is the purpose of the Broadway Community Project?
To inform both Broadway audiences/fans and members of the industry itself of the vast community of workers who are involved behind the scenes, beyond the actors on stage. By creating an interactive visual tool, we’re hoping to demonstrate how vast the industry is and how many people have a role to play on Broadway.

How can I be involved or included?
You can submit yourself for inclusion on the map on the link below. Even if the role is already occupied, we hope to rotate in new faces, so please still submit yourself here.

How do you navigate the map?
Navigate: Use the buttons at the top right or double click to zoom in and out. Drag to focus on a specific area of the map.

Explore: Click on each role to learn more about the job and meet a member of the Broadway community.

Search: Type a specific role in the top left corner.

How can I submit feedback to improve the map?
We launched this project quickly and are very well aware that there may be many roles missing and there probably are things we didn't get right yet. We would love to hear your feedback for improvements

You can submit feedback by filling out a form found here.