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Lighting Artists in Dance (LAD) Grant

Grants to Bay Area, California Lighting Designers, Dance Artists,
and Dance Companies for Collaborative Performances

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Dancers’ Group

Deadline Date:

02/28/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to San Francisco Bay Area, California individual lighting designers, dance artists, and dance companies in eligible counties for collaborative projects that conclude in a public performance. The public performances should have a date and venue in Sonoma, Solano, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Napa, Marin, Contra Costa, or Alameda Counties.

The LAD grant seeks to support projects that encourage an active interaction between designers and choreographers. Competitive proposals will discuss how these artists will work in new methods or partnerships. Proposed projects are submitted jointly and may be initiated by the lighting designer, individual choreographer, or dance company.

Decisions will be based primarily on the:
-Strength of the artistic collaboration and capacity for the collaboration to impact the creative growth of the people involved.
-Artistic potential or history of the Lighting Designer and Dance Artist.
-New collaborations between a Dance Artist and Lighting Designer are a funding priority.

Sample Projects: This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but to give you a guideline of typical eligible projects.
-A designer approaches a choreographer who they have not previously had the opportunity to work with. They agree that they are both interested in working on a project experimenting with new types of lighting equipment.
-An established choreographer is interested in working with a new lighting designer after seeing that designer's work in other productions.
-A dance company wants to work with projected images on stage for the first time and is looking to engage with a lighting designer who is familiar with the use of video projection for the stage/dance.
-An emerging choreographer would like to increase the involvement of a designer with whom they have previously worked—engaging that designer as a full member of the creative team.
- Three dance companies are collaborating on a show together. They decide that they want to bring a lighting designer early on in the process to both support each choreographer’s work and allow the production to have a cohesive design.

Up to 50% of the award may be used to purchase or rent lighting equipment and for other non-personnel lighting expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153725

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Estimated Size of Grant:

In the most recent year of funding the panel awarded grants ranging from $1,000-$2,500.

Term of Contract:

Performances can start no earlier than September 1, 2018 and the panel will consider performances through a 16-month cycle ending December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Recipients of a 2017 LAD Award are eligible to apply in the current round if their request will support a new collaboration between a Dance Artist and Lighting Designer - someone either has not worked with previously. Award recipients of prior rounds (2008-2016) are also eligible to apply without restrictions, although new collaborations are encouraged.

- Lighting Designers and Dance Companies/Artists may be identified in only one proposal per round.

- Acceptable projects should engage career Lighting Designers not enrolled in (or on sabbatical from) a degree program during the time period of this project.

- Performances produced by educational institutions are not eligible.

- Employees of Dancers’ Group may not apply.

- Funds may not be used to underwrite general production costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be emailed by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

All applicants will receive an email acknowledgement within one business day of receiving your application.

Awards will be announced by May 1, 2018.

Proposals without video samples for both the Dance Artist and the Lighting Designer will not be considered.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email your completed application form and optional supplemental attachments to

For questions, contact:
Michelle Lynch Reynolds, Program Director
(415) 920-9181

Dancers’ Group
44 Gough St, Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma Counties of the Bay Area