Rigging Safety Initiative

USITT’s Rigging Safety Initiative was created to fund inspections of stage rigging in secondary schools across America. Schools also receive 4 hours of training in the proper care and operation of the rigging system in their facility.

Spring Grant Cycle closes April 15th

Fall Grant Cycle closes November 15th

Application not receiving funding will be retained and automatically considered in the next cycle

This program is open to all secondary schools nationwide. The only cost to schools may be for travel and housing of the inspector -- if necessary -- and any special
 equipment required (such as a lift to access the system).

With a nationwide network of certified inspectors participating, many schools will find their cost is ZERO. Schools that apply and qualify get to choose from a list of participating inspectors in their area. USITT pays the inspector directly, so there is no paperwork or processing for administrators.

What does the school receive? A detailed report in layman’s terms on the safety and health of their rigging, presented in clear language by professional inspectors. Schools will see what is working properly and what potential problems may be prevented with routine care. If a major safety issue is found, the inspector may take part of the rigging out of service, but such instances are rare.

In addition to the inspection, schools receive four hours of safety training for up to eight faculty, staff, and students, on their school's rigging system. This ensures that those supervising and operating the system have current knowledge on safe operation of a complex system.

So what’s the catch? There isn’t one! Through the generosity of our founding sponsor, JR Clancy, and other sponsors, the program promotes safe theatrical environments for our students nationwide at little or no cost to the school.

   Who can be an inspector 

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Founding Sponsor


Silver Sponsors


Friends of the Rigging Safety Initiative