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2018 Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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 11th 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.

  • 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.
  • 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, 2018 and the panel will consider performances through a 16-month cycle ending December 31, 2019.
  • 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.


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.

2017 Lighting Artists for Dance Grant Recipients:

Allen Willner, lighting designer for Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts
Jose Maria Francos, lighting designer for NAKA Dance Theater
Delayne Medoff, lighting designer for detour dance
Alexander V. Nichols, lighting designer for ODC
David Robertson, lighting designer for Margaret Jenkins Dance Company
Matthew Antaky, lighting designer for Amy Seiwert’s Imagery
Jim French, lighting designer for BANDALOOP
Jack Beuttler, lighting designer for punkkiCo
Heather Basarab, lighting designer for Peter & Co.

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