USITT newly announced Innovation Research Grants Program takes a new turn from past research efforts. Through a financial commitment of $330,000, the USITT Board of Directors will sponsor research and development projects that investigate diverse areas of interests to its Membership and the entertainment industry at large. Each cycle of grant proposals will release up to $100,000 in total, however proposals requesting up to that full amount will be considered.
Aspiration – subjects that allow an investigator an opportunity to explore an area of interest that bears on the performing arts in some clearly identified way.
Inspiration – these are subjects of investigation that may initially be aspirational in nature, but which have the potential to lead others to research further, or which explore offshoots of emerging ideas intended to enhance (transform) the investigator’s own research.
Adaptation – routinely artists cross paths with methodologies, equipment, spatial layouts, or some similar observation, perhaps already used in other fields, that could be refashioned or adapted in ways to make the project directly useful to the entertainment world.
While the USITT acronym includes the word “theatre,” the intent of this funding is to incorporate all areas of the performing arts including, but not limited to fields such as video, touring shows, trade shows and both indoor and exterior performance.
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