The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation welcomes applications in the field of contemporary dance and dance-theatre. The proposal must fulfil some of the following criteria:

We support projects which

  • are innovative, extraordinary or experimental
  • offer cultural and artistic exchange
  • link to other activities of the Johnson Foundation (bridge projects) :
    • theatre, music and visual arts
    • assisting individuals affected by conflicts and violence
    • scientific research particularly in the area of health and well being
    • providing access to vocational training and education
  • are start-up projects for British and Swiss groups of artists
  • include educational activities
  • integrate people with special needs and improve their access to the arts

Recipients include

  • professional independent Swiss or British dance companies or production teams that attract attention beyond their regions
  • tours by Swiss or British companies in Switzerland, the UK or one of our focus regions (currently Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Angola, Central African Republic, Chad, Myanmar, Yemen)
  • Swiss guest appearances at British dance festivals
  • British guest appearances at Swiss dance festivals

Applications must include

  • a completed application form (see documents and downloads)
  • a clear project description, max. 6000 characters, including reasons why the project may be considered extraordinary and why it should be supported by the Foundation (max. 1000 of the available 6000)
  • uncut DVD of the most recent production or rehearsals
  • budget and funding details
  • confirmed performances at several venues / locations
The application has to be sent per e-mail.

We do not award grants to

  • exclusively commercial projects
  • individual artists
  • repeat productions
  • musicals
  • anniversary celebrations, prizes, competitions
  • amateur performances (even those working with a professional director)
  • requests for funding infrastructure and running costs
  • seasonal programming for dance venues
  • film productions
  • book projects