Resources

  • Coronavirus Financial Guide

    It’s unprecedented: our industry has been brought to an abrupt, dramatic stop by the coronavirus and the measures being put in place to help control its spread. Running shows have been suspended. Events have been cancelled. Upcoming theatre shows have been ‘postponed’, though it’s not hard to imagine those postponements quickly becoming cancellations. Those in jobs are suddenly finding themselves without jobs; those who are self-employed, suddenly finding themselves without work.

    The important thing: you are not alone. Everyone in our industry is in the same position. Many beyond our industry too.

    We thought it might be helpful to pull together a quick ‘financial survival guide’ - things that you can and should do to help see you through these difficult times.


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  • Lumiere Scheme Donation Form

    2020 update of donation form for lumiere scheme


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  • PiPA Backstage Workers Report

    The report draws on research carried out before the current Covid-19 crisis, and shows the pressures and challenges faced by the backstage workforce, even when times are normal. Challenges are particularly felt by women, and by workers who are parents or carers. It calls for urgent changes in policies and practices.


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  • Production Desk Guidelines

    A number of prompts led me to write these guidelines; the issue of unsatisfactory production desks that do not meet basic health and safety standards is not new, but it has recently gained a more prominent profile as a result of articles written by Lighting Designers Johanna Town, Rob Halliday and Mark Jonathan, in industry media. This, together with my own experience of a number of bad examples led me to believe there is room for significant improvement. I wanted to try and tackle the issue, initially planning to build a new set of desks for the Guildhall School in London. Once I was fully into my project, I realised my research could go further, and decided to author this document as a tool for improving production desk health and safety on an industry wide level. My hope is that these guidelines will spread awareness, inform those who may not understand the consequences that flow from unsatisfactory desks and influence those in a position to implement change. They will hopefully enable theatres to improve the situation, build their own desks and seek a more permanent solution.

    **Matthew Dean
    Member of ALD, ABTT and USITT
    Guildhall School | 2019**


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  • UK Backstage Entertainment Industry Mental Health Awareness Report 2019

    The team behind the ground-breaking ‘Blackout’ installation are pleased to release the results of the “UK Backstage Entertainment Industry’s Evaluation on Mental Health Awareness”.

    This pioneering study was launched alongside the acclaimed 6-minute immersive experience at the 2019 PLASA Show in London. The Academic analysis was conducted by Dr Paul Hanna, Research Director in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey, who has been working with the core creative team since they launched the installation in May at The Guildford School of Acting.

    The evaluation has been funded by leading industry associations PLASA, ALD, ASD ABTT and PSA.


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  • ALD Contract Rider

    The purpose of this rider is to encourage good practice and make clear the specific terms and conditions that apply to the Lighting Designer.


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  • Suggested Fees Document

    This document should be used as a guide for producers or companies looking to engage a lighting designer. Please note that these rates are an average, based on reports from members working in these areas, of actual fees being offered by companies in each of these categories.


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  • ALD Awards PLX Submission

    Full details and how to compile your submission for the Fred Foster Production Electrics Award of the 2020 ALD Awards for Excellence in Video and Lighting.


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  • ALD Awards LD Submission

    Full details and how to compile your submission for the Michael Northen Award for Lighting Design as part of the 2020 ALD Awards for Excellence in Video and Lighting.


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  • ALD Awards Video Submission

    Full details and how to compile your submission for the Blue-i Media Video Design Award of the 2020 ALD Awards for Excellence in Video and Lighting.


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  • What a Programmer Should Know - Basics

    The position of a console programmer (as opposed to an operator) should never be underestimated. It is a difficult job, sometimes under immense pressure. The skills required are ever evolving and need time dedicated to them, and constantly used to achieve a standard that a designer can be happy with and a programmer can confidently say they are at. Therefore it is only fair to all those who do it that they are supported in every way they can be.

    This document highlights the core functions a programmer needs to be able to do. This is only the core part of the syntax required to enable someone to input the data into the desk. It forms the basis of the conversation the ALD are undertaking to raise the standard and specific role of the programmer in all forms of entertainment lighting.


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  • Student Placement Guide

    With so many students approaching Lighting Designers for work placements we thought it would be sensible to clarify what is on offer and what to expect.

    This guide outlines advice for both the student and the lighting designer on how to approach potential placements, what both sides should expect and offer the other and general etiquette of working in a professional work place. It is also a useful guide for tutors to use when setting up such placements.


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  • Combined Liability Insurance Scheme

    The policy provides the following sections of cover for Professional & Affiliate members who opt-in to pay a small surcharge on top of their subscriptions.
    • Public Liability
    • Products Liability
    • Professional Indemnity


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  • Company Membership Leaflet

    Details about company membership of the ALD for either large (Corporate) or small (Commercial) organisations


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  • ALD Privacy Policy

    The most recent version of the Association of Lighting Designers' Privacy Policy, incorporating our obligations to members under the 2018 GDPR Regualtions.


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  • Links

    The following links are provided in good faith as a useful resource. However, the ALD cannot be responsible for the content of external websites. Please let us know if any of these links are broken or lead to incorrect web sites.


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  • FAQ's

    ALDWe are gradually compiling answers to queries, help with any common training needs for members using the site and provide solutions to commonly encountered issues.  This page is always a work-in-progress so please let us know if you have any queries that are not listed here.



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