2020 Choreography


Guidelines & Application

For Award Winners & Honoraria


Due to the impact of COVID-19 the 2020 Princess Grace Awards program including continuing grants for Award winners has been suspended for this year. We look forward to resuming our Awards program and celebrating excellence in emerging artists in theater, dance, and film in 2021. Should you have questions please contact Program Director, Diana Kemppainen.



Established in 2013
Over $100,000 awarded since inception
Grant Amount $30,000 to 1 residency a year

Created in 2013, the Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission (CMCC) recognizes the essential role of the mentor in pushing artistic and creative boundaries in new work and the role of a successful host commissioning partner to the Choreographer’s expanded proficiencies and innovation.


The CMCC grant is open to Award winners whose resume demonstrates a considerable commitment to choreography. The goal is to support the expansion of the dance-making proficiencies and a key aspect is acquiring a formal relationship with a world-class mentor whose expertise advances competencies specific to the proposed commission.


Beginning in 2019, the CMCC application is a 2-part process. Interested applicants submitted a Letter of Intent (LOI) that was due November 30, 2019. If you did not submit a LOI you must wait until the 2021 grant period. The next deadline for LOI November 30, 2020. Applicants will be notified by December 15, 2020 if they are invited to submit the full CMCC application.




The grant is for $30,000 to be applied towards expenses associated with the residency and commission, and will be paid directly to the ‘host’ organization. The CMCC grant offers the option of a two-year period to complete the residency and public performance, although CMCC can be completed in one year. The extended time period recognizes the importance of flexibility in the Choreographer’s and the host organization’s schedules. Please note: The CMCC grant will be paid to the host organization in 2020; all grant monies must be expended, and the performance must take place before August 31, 2022.


Funds must be expended according to the following guidelines:

      • Up to 35% ($10,500) to the Choreographer
      • Up to 20% ($6,000) to the Mentor
      • Up to 60% ($18,000) to pre-production/production expenses, including residency costs


PGF-USA expects the host organization to contribute/subsidize most of the production and marketing expenses, including administrative, production and house personnel, rehearsal and theater facilities, equipment, and other costs typically associated with commissions. The host organization is responsible for seeking funding to off-set those expenses.


Example Budget

Choreographer’s fee (30%)$9,000
Mentor’s fee (20%)$6,000
Pre-production/production (50%)$15,000


Award winners may apply either as an individual creating the new work on the ‘host’ organization’s dancers, or with their own company performing the new work at the ‘host’ organization’s venue. This flexible approach recognizes the different needs of choreographers in building their commissioning relationships.


Mentor: The applicant selects the Mentor and makes the case for why, what, and how their expertise advances new proficiencies consequential to the creative inquiry of the commission. The mentor’s expertise may be outside the dance field. Examples of past mentors are: dramaturgs, media artists, research experts, puppeteers.


Host Organization: The host organization must be a 501 (c) (3) organization with a history of hosting choreographic residencies and presenting commissions. The host partnership may be initiated by the Award winner or the host organization. The host organization may only submit one application with one choreographer for CMCC consideration.


The LOI is a letter on the artist’s letterhead, submitted by November 30, 2019. Read and address the following three (3) points that must be addressed in the LOI. Not to exceed two (2) pages; minimum font: 12pt; 1” margins. LOI should be addressed to Chair of Dance and sent via email as a pdf attachment to the Program Director.


      1. Project start and completion date with a brief statement of the project inquiry and the consequence of the mentor and choice of the Host Commission Partner.
      2. Mentor’s name and why the skill/expertise can significantly impact the project inquiry. Optional: Whether the mentor has expressed interest in participating in your project. 
      3. Host Organization’s name and brief statement of the consquence of hosting your residency and presenting new work. Optional: whether the host organization has expressed interest in particpating in your project. 


    1. Completed application
    2. Resume: Must include a list of choreographic commissions with date, name of company or institution.
    3. Commission description: Summarize your creative inquiry as it relates to the choice of the mentor to develop new competencies/proficiencies/practice. Summarize the significance and consequence of this commission. Speak specifically to the application with the host organization and what this commission means at this juncture in your career. Not to exceed one page; minimum font: 12pt; 1” margins.
    4. Schedule: The schedule specifies key phases of the commission with specifics of the mentor’s scope of responsibilities and precise timeframes. Offer a Plan “B” that considers any unforeseen circumstances or factors.
    5. Mentor resume: Submit a resume for the mentor.
    6. Mentorship Description: List one or two mentorship outcomes showing the mentor’s expertise relative to the commission inquiry. Provide scheduling plan for mentoring during the creative/production phases. Not to exceed one page; minimum font: 12pt; 1” margins.
    7. Mentor’s letter of commitment: The mentor’s letter describes how their expertise develops the new competency/proficiency/practice. The letter should confirm the schedule is feasible and reflects the phases of all planned interactions with the Artist, including the “Plan B” option in case of any unforeseen circumstances. Not to exceed one page; minimum font: 12pt; 1” margins.
    8. Host organization’s letter of commitment: The letter, signed by the director, explains the significance of the commissioning partnership, its resources for the partnership, key personnel involved, the accuracy of the schedule to meet creative/rehearsal/production timeframes, and specific dates and venue for the public performance(s). Not to exceed one page; minimum font: 12pt; 1” margins.
    9. Budget: Complete the online budget worksheet provided within the application. The budget must represent the project in quantitative terms: substantiate the project’s financial scope, allocation of grant monies, source of additional income for expenses beyond the CMCC grant amount, and confirm the project’s completion within the grant period.
    10. Work samples: Submit one complete work and two excerpt samples of selected choreography. The samples should be representative of work within the past three years. Work samples must be submitted via links such as Vimeo or YouTube. Submitted materials become the property of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.


    • Please make sure the link submitted is live and accessible by April 30, 2020 through July 31, 2020 to give the panel ample time to view the sample. It is strongly recommended that the live streaming links be secure and you must provide the Princess Grace Foundation-USA with password(s).
    • Full-length piece: One complete work may be submitted. If applicable, you may indicate preferred viewing section(s).
    • Excerpted samples: Excerpted samples cannot exceed 10 minutes in combined length. The Dance Panel prefers a continuous sequence for the excerpt sample. Note there is an option for one of these excerpts to be a filmed rehearsal.
    • The Dance Panel will not view media-enhanced, highly edited, or promotional type work. Do not submit samples edited with jumpcuts, dissolves, etc.



    • It is recommended that one sample relates to, or demonstrates, the artistic focus of the proposed choreography.
    • Submit samples where the dancers are clearly visible, well lit, and well framed on screen.
    • The panel has limited time in which to view your work samples, and may not be able to view the work in its entirety. It is helpful to keep that in mind when selecting work samples, and you may provide specific cue points in your description for the panel to use as viewing reference.
    • When possible, please do not use samples with watermarks.

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Photo: 2017 Princess Grace CMCC recipient Zoe Scofield