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The Growing Professional Skills (GPS) Fund (presently closed)

As a kaitiaki/caretaker for dance in New Zealand, DANZ assumes its roles in advocacy, support and nurture of the dance industry in many ways.  The Growing Professional Skills Fund (mentoring) helps to contribute to a vibrant and thriving dance industry in New Zealand.

What is the GPS Fund?

The GPS Fund provides an opportunity for skill development in any area of professional dance. The fund is uniquely designed depending on the needs of the individual and project proposal.  The aim of the fund is to pair the successful applicant up with a mentor for an available six hours to develop skills pertaining, but not limited to:

  • Choreography
  • Business development
  • Marketing
  • Sponsorship
  • Production skills

The mentorship may take place between a mentor and an individual or a group ie. company, collective or project group.

"Dance is a collaborative art, you need other people, you need to get it out of your head. Having a mentor helps with that, they challenge, provoke, give perspective and help you articulate your voice and gain strength as an artist." - Sean MacDonald (2019 mentee)

Who can apply for the GPS Fund?

This fund is for DANZ Silver, Gold and Platinum members who wish to develop their choreographic and/or business skills to grow their practice. Not a member? Sign up now!

How to apply for the GPS Fund?

  • Become a DANZ Silver, Gold or Platinum member*
  • Have a project in mind
  • Suggest a mentor you would like to work with OR we can offer advice
  • Fill in the application form and submit to DANZ
  • Should your application be successful DANZ will contact you to discuss the programme and expectations

* Each membership level dictates how many individuals can be mentored within a single project
Silver: Member only
Gold: Up to three people
Platinum: Up to five people

When is the GPS Fund open for application?

The GPS Fund is presently closed. Please email for further information.


As part of the mentorship DANZ requires a final report on completion of the mentoring project.

The final report is a document on how the GPS fund has helped your development and whether you have reached your goals. You can download the report template here: GPS Fund Mentee Report

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us on 

Would you like to become a mentor? Contact us for more information.

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