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The Growing Professional Skills (GPS) Fund

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.  A core service of DANZ is our Growing Professional Skills Fund (née mentoring). The DANZ GPS Fund fulfils our commitment 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.

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
  • Choose a mentor from our list (to come) or suggest someone you would like to work with
  • Fill in the application form and submit to DANZ before the deadline
  • 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?

There are two application rounds per year. The closing dates for each round are as follows:

April-July 2018 16 March 2018
September-December 2018 17 August 2018

*If your project falls outside of these times, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss with you.


As part of the mentorship DANZ requires a short description after each mentoring session to ensure that the project is on track and can be used to assist with the final report.

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 04 801 9885 or email 

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

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