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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.

Upcoming Deadline: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
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Now in its 12th 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.

A total of $12,000 in grants will be distributed 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.

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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.

  • Both Lighting Designers and Dance Companies/Artists must live and work in the Bay Area. The Bay Area includes: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma.
  • Recipients of a 2018 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 (2008-2017) are also eligible to apply without restrictions, although new collaborations are encouraged. See prior 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 the Bay Area.
  • Performances can start no earlier than September 1, 2019 and the panel will consider performances through a 16-month cycle ending December 31, 2020.
  • 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 $12,000 will be awarded each round. 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 between a Dance Artist and Lighting Designer are a funding priority.


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 designers 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.


Awarded grantees must provide a simple self-evaluation along with video of the work no later than two months 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.


  1. Apply online
  2. Deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    Due to time constraints, incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  3. All applicants will receive an email confirmation including a copy of the submitted application.
  4. Awards will be announced by May 1, 2019.
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