The SEED Program
Application Deadline: October 16, 2015

VPL’s New SEED Program offers
Support for Local Choreographers and Dance-makers

In response to the need for more comprehensive support for New England artists working in dance, Vermont Performance Lab is creating The SEED Program. This pilot program is designed for local professional artists working in dance, who are living within a 60-mile radius of VPL’s home-base in Guilford Vermont and are seeking to develop new performance projects for small scale touring.

The artists selected to participated in the SEED Program will have time and support to develop and share their work in Southern Vermont and Montreal. The exact rehearsal and residency dates are still to be determined, but will take place between spring and fall 2016. Choreographers and collaborating artists will be asked to co-design activities that will engage VPL’s community in the artist’s process or research and may include offering a workshop or participating in a round-table discussion or community dinner or a post-show discussion.

Artists selected for the SEED Program will receive the following:

• A commissioning fee of $2,500 to invest in the creation of new work
• Access to rehearsal space – up to 60 hours
• An informal low-tech DRAFT WORKS showing in spring, summer or fall 2016
• A week-long rehearsal residency in Montreal at Studio 303 in summer 2016. Includes access to studio space, housing for up to four people and a travel stipend of $500
• Quarterly consultation with VPL’s director on project management including development of timelines and project budgets, and advice on strategies for residencies and venues for presenting the new work, documentation and marketing
• Video and photo documentation


Eligibility and Selection Process

• Lead applicant and collaborators must be professional artists (not students) making work within a 60 mile radius of Vermont Performance Lab located in Guilford, Vermont.
• The panel will make decisions based on the quality and innovation of the artist’s work and suitability to the SEED program based on the work sample and the written narrative.
• The panel is open to all dance aesthetics represented, with a particular interest in contemporary and innovative approaches to any given form or style.
• The selection panel shall not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, sexual preference or national origin.

Selection Criteria

1. Artistic Quality: Does the artist have the skills to successfully accomplish the proposed project? Has the artist clearly presented the idea and goals of the project and articulated how they would benefit from the SEED program? Does the artist have experience producing /presenting choreography locally? How strong is the artist’s statement? Does the work sample support the outlined proposal?
2. Artistic Innovation: Does the artist propose an original project, and does it push aesthetic boundaries or social practice/community engagement? How well has the artist articulated how he/she/they might research and develop the work?
3. Program Fit and Impact: Is the proposed project and use of SEED support realistic and does it make sense? Will the SEED Program positively impact the artists? And will the artists project positively impact the local and regional dance community and audiences?

Click Here to Apply to The SEED Program


The 2015-2016 SEED Program is a partnership with Studio 303 in Montreal as part of a dance residency exchange between New England and Quebec, and is made possible in part with support from the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Quebec Delegation to Boston.