Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Princess Grace Request for Proposals

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA has announced the availability of applications for the 2009 Princess Grace Awards in Theater, Playwriting, Dance Performance, Choreography, and Film. Founded in 1982, the foundation is dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging artists in theater, dance, and film, and has awarded grants totaling over $5 million to nearly 500 individuals across the United States.

Theater Awards take the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships. Grants are awarded based on the quality of the emerging artists' past work, their potential for future excellence, and the impact the collaboration between the nominating organization and the artist will have on the individual's artistic growth. The Playwriting Award includes a residency at New Dramatists, Inc. in New York City. Individuals may submit an unproduced, unpublished full-length play for consideration. (Deadline: March 31, 2009.)

Dance Performance Awards take the form of scholarships and fellowships. Awards are based on the applicant's artistic merit, significance of the award to her/his current artistic development, and the potential for future excellence and impact on the field. Choreography Fellowships offer emerging choreographers the opportunity to create a new work with a company with which they have little experience. (Deadline: April 30, 2009.)

Film Scholarships, awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students, are by invitation only. Universities, colleges, and schools are invited to recommend applicants via their Department Chairs or Deans. Film scholarships provide funding toward the filmmaker's thesis film. A complete list of accepted schools is in the FAQs of the Grants Program section at the foundation's Web site. (Deadline: June 1, 2009.)

Award amounts generally range from $5,000 to $25,000 each, based upon expenses for annual salary or artistic fee, tuition, or thesis project costs. All award applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status at the time of application. Additionally, all applicants (except playwriting) must be nominated by a nonprofit organization (school or company) with which they will be affiliated during the grant period (September 2009 to August 2010).

For further information and applications, visit the foundation's Web site.

Link to Complete RFP

Monday, January 26, 2009

Three generations

Three generations

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This is a post from Andrew Taylor at Artful Manager about inter-generational knowledge transfer discussed at the National Arts Presenter's conference recently.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Digital a-go-go

Hey gang!

There's a whole lot of talk out there about Twitter, Skype, Blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, and sites being launched right this minute that will change how we communicate and do business.

Being the arts professionals of today and the arts executives of tomorrow, we had better get a handle on them. I've been trying to keep up, and it is daunting to be sure. I've read advice like "you should be using at least five of the seven social media sites" or "you don't have to do everything, just do one thing right" etc.

I agree that one should focus one's energies on what one can do well - but if we're going to talk the talk, we should walk the walk. I've got my blog set up to twitter my twitter followers when I make a new post...whoa! My blog also posts to Facebook, and my Twitter updates my Facebook status. My company has a Facebook page and a Facebook group.

Who cares? Well, if I'm heading to my Emerging Upsate Arts Professionals meeting, or attending the gallery opening of a steering committee member I can twitter it from my phone which will stick it on facebook for me, and everyone tuned in will slap their heads, grab their coats, and run (not walk) to the event. I can go home and blog about what a great time we all had and what miraculous insights we gained thereby, and everyone who missed it will get to partake in some measure of the fruits.

I throw the following gauntlet to those of you who consider yourselves the next generation of arts leaders...

Even if you don't use them regularly, you should set up an account in the following:
1. Twitter
2. Skype
3. Facebook
4. Blogger (so you can set up blog following, even if you don't write one.)

Furthermore, I would like to see the members of this group:
1. Subscribe to this blog - use rss, add it to your facebook, subscribe via email, or whatever.
2. Join the Facebook group Emerging Upstate Arts Professionals.
3. Set up a Skype account and add all the Emerging Arts Professionals you can find.

Finally, as a test, I ask all Emerging Upstate Arts Professionals to have a Twitter account set up by the time of our next meeting on February 12. We'll see if we can't orchestrate a mass tweat and start up the list.

posted by Chris Casquilho