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Article from Mathews, Koba published in Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship

November 06, 2017

Palmer Mathews and Hiroki Koba ​recently published a paper titled “How do Governments Support Contemporary Dance Companies?: A Case Study of Japan and the U.S.” in the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (JEDS). 

Mathews received a bachelor's degree from the School of Education's Dance Department in 2017, and is a contemporary dance performer, choreographer and researcher currently based in Taipei, Taiwan. Koba is a former visiting student graduate student, and is now a JSPS Research Fellow and Ph.D. candidate with the University of Tokyo, Japan.

The paper reports findings from case studies of four contemporary dance companies, demonstrating that American contemporary dance companies have larger budgets than Japanese contemporary dance companies, income from dance education programs covers a small percentage of the total budget of American contemporary dance companies and American contemporary dance companies rely more on private donations than government grants, whereas Japanese companies rely more on government grants than private donations.

Preliminary findings from ​Mathews and Koba's research were presented at the October 2015 World Dance Alliance conference in Singapore in advance of the publication. 

Read the full article here.