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Through the Lighting Artists in Dance [LAD] grant program, Dancers’ Group is pleased to support lighting designers working in the field of dance.

Now in its 10th year, this program engages and supports the development of emerging, mid-career and established Bay Area lighting designers working in partnership with a choreographer or dance company towards the presentation of a public performance.

The 10th anniversary brings an increase in awards, with $20,000 earmarked for grants (prior years were $12,000 in grants) through an open call for proposals.

The awarded projects and amount of funding for each project will be determined from all eligible proposals by a panel comprised of Bay Area designers, choreographers and administrators.

DEADLINE: Applications must be emailed by 5pm, Friday, February 24, 2017

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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.

  • Recipients of prior rounds (2008-2016) are eligible to apply. Visit for information about past grant recipients.
  • Lighting Designers and Dance Companies/Artists may be identified in only one proposal per round.
  • Funded projects must culminate in a public performance and have a confirmed date and venue in one of the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma.
  • Performances can start no earlier than September 1, 2017 and the panel will consider performances through a 16-month cycle ending December 31, 2018.
  • 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.
  • Funds may not be used to underwrite general production costs.
  • Employees of Dancers’ Group may not apply.


A total of $20,000 will be awarded. The committee will look at the pool of applicant proposals and determine the number and value of grants based on their merit.

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 will be considered by the panel as a funding priority.


Awarded grantees must provide a simple self-evaluation along with video of the work no later than one month after the end of the project period. The evaluation is to be completed jointly by the designer and choreographer. More information will be included in the award notice. Grantees also agree to include notice of this award in their promotional materials.

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