ALD Sponsored Students Scheme

The ALD is delighted to announce that the 2021 Sponsored Student Scheme is now open for applications.  The scheme is funded by Corporate Members of the ALD.

The scheme offers students, who have not previously been members of the ALD, the opportunity to enjoy free ALD membership until the end of March 2022. To qualify for Sponsored Student membership, applicants will not have previously been a member of the ALD, and will be studying full time on a UK course or recognised industry apprenticeship scheme and have an interest in the process of live performance lighting and / or video and projection.  

Student members benefit from the increased opportunity to network with lighting and video production professionals at insightful events organised by the ALD, such as their members’ socials and visits to shows and theatres. Membership provides vital interaction and connection between established figures in professional lighting and video design, and the next generation of talented designers, programmers and technicians.

Member benefits for students also include complimentary copies of the ALD magazine, Focus, as well as full access to the ALD web site and access to set up your own micro-site to start promoting yourself and your work. Members also receive a 25% discount on the monthly or annual premium subscription fee for Mandy.com.

Jack Wills, of the ALD student working group explains, “ALD student membership gives an excellent introduction to those entering or considering a career in the lighting and video areas of the live performance arts. It allows you to plug directly into a network, and through the experiences and literature offered by the Association, exposes the breadth of jobs and career paths available within the in the UK and around the world.”

You can apply to join the ALD from here.  Please note the requirements below in red.

Please note that this scheme is only open to NEW STUDENT memberships of the ALD.  Only completed applications that include the name of your college, course, graduation date and a course tutor as your proposer AND have proof of your student status attached to it, will be processed for the scheme.

The closing date for applications is Christmas 2020, but the earlier you submit your application, the longer your FREE membership will run for.  All memberships run until the end of March 2022 by which point you will need to have informed us if you wish to continue your membership in the normal student category (£36 per year).

Those members currently on the Sponsored Student Scheme have received further information about their status via an email bulletin and members' magazine FOCUS, or can contact the ALD membership team