Receive Funding to Keep Your Students Safe in the Theatre

February 10, 2020

We are now accepting applications for our Rigging Safety Initiative for spring 2020.

The Rigging Safety Initiative (RSI) offers free stage rigging inspections and safety training for secondary schools across America. Schools can apply for the service twice a year, in the spring and fall.

The RSI is open to all secondary schools nationwide. Once a school's application is approved, they choose from a list of participating ETCP certified rigging inspectors in their area. USITT pays the inspector directly for the inspection and four to six hours of safety training for faculty and student stage crew. The only cost to schools may be the inspector's travel and housing — if necessary — and any special equipment such as a lift to access the system.

“The inspection results on the old venue helped us to develop a comprehensive maintenance plan that will help ensure that the venue remains safe for generations to come," said Rob Matthews, Auditorium Director for Hudsonville Public Schools in Michigan. "The RSI was a way for us as a school to get more done without taking money from our students in the classroom where it’s really needed.”

USITT has a national network of inspectors, so many schools find their cost is ZERO. The school gets a detailed status report on their rigging — what's working properly and what potential safety problems can be prevented with routine care. Free safety training for up to eight staff and students helps ensure the safe operation of a complex system. Thanks to our sponsors and donors, we can promote safe stages for students at little or no cost to schools!

To apply for a Rigging Safety Initiative Grant, click here. The deadline to apply for Spring 2020 is April 24, 2020.

For program guidelines, click here.

Thank you to our Rigging Safety Initiative sponsors H&H Specialties, JR Clancy, and ETC.