Dance CA$H Grant Deadline – May 9

Bay Area Choreographers:

The Spring deadline for Theatre Bay Area’s CA$H Grant is rapidly approaching!

Postmarked: May 9, 2011

Application guidelines and materials can be found at:

CA$H is a grants program designed to support professionally oriented dance artists and small companies with budgets under $100,000.  (There is also a separate sister grant for theater companies.) Its purpose is to spark a creative surge throughout Northern California’s theatre and dance community by providing grants to artists ($2,000) and small-sized organizations ($4,000).  These grants are funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund/Grants for the Arts.

Funding decisions are made by a rotating five-member panel.  I have served as a member on this panel and highly recommend it to anyone that has applied or is thinking about applying for this grant.  All you have to do is attend a CA$H Grant workshop and panelist training with Theatre Bay Area and sign up.  Your name will be added to a pool of panelist that are chosen a few months before each deadline.

Call Theatre Bay Area for more information: 

CA$H Information Line: (415) 430-1140, ext. 14

I’m Attending Boot Camp for Artists at CounterPULSE

The spring session has already started, but I highly recommend taking a future session of this course. It is great!  More to come about what I’m soaking up.

Thanks to Creative Capacity Fund for funding my attendance.

CounterPULSE Presents Boot Camp for Artists

with Jessica Robinson Love

Intensive skills for raising money and attention

Whether you’re a choreographer who’s self-producing for the first time, a director who’s ready to expand your company, an experienced artist looking to brush up on skills, or a performer looking to get a part-time job in arts administration, this crash course will give you the skills you need to kick-start your career.

The bootcamp includes 18 hours of instruction, plus in-person presentations by local editors and funders. Your art deserves the investment!

Session I– Getting the Money– April 11th & 18th

(Grantwriting & Fundraising)

  • How to talk about your own work so that you can raise money for
  • How to talk to funders and find grants that are appropriate for
  • Step-by-step guidance on grantwriting, including creating a budget,
    getting letters of recommendation, and selecting work samples.
  • Overcoming your fear of the Individual Donor Letter.
  • How to throw a successful fundraising event.
  • Finish this session with a completed Zellerbach proposal and samples
    of successful grant proposals.

Session II—Getting Attention (Marketing & Publicity)– April 25th & May 2nd

  • Secrets to a great press release.
  • When to send out your press release and who to send it to.
  • Who to call, when to call them, and when to leave them alone.
  • Creating inexpensive and beautiful posters and postcards.
  • Effective word-of-mouth publicity and creative marketing.
  • Putting together a press kit and a press file.
  • Finish this session with a completed press release and samples of
    successful press releases.

Session III—The Show (Production)– May 9th & 16th

  • How to find a venue, read a contract, and get a good deal.
  • Building a dream production team and a realistic budget.
  • How to talk to technicians and understand basic lighting design.
  • How to invite presenters and other “important people”
    to your show.
  • Options for effectively handling tickets, reservations and house
  • Overall career planning strategies for artists.
  • Finish this session with a working understanding of a theater and
    sample contracts, timelines, light plots, and more.

Cost: $250 for the series ($200 for CounterPULSE, Intersection & Dancers’ Group Fiscal Sponsees)


Triptych: A Night of Dance by Kelly Bowker, Gretchen Garnett, and Ishika Seth

Tickets are now on sale for Triptych: new work by Kelly Bowker, Gretchen Garnett and Ishika Seth

This evening of exciting new modern dance delves into the diverse themes of death, dreams, anxieties about art making and parallel universes.  This performance includes new music by composers Brendan Berry (New York City) and Brooke Bowker (Michigan) and performances by Bay Area dancers Jennifer Bennett, Kelly Bowker, Leah Curran, Chad Dawson, Gretchen Garnett, Jackie Goneconti, Shannon Hanly, Julie Potter, Whitney Rickards, LizAnne Roman and Lindsay Shapiro.

April 8-9, 2011 (Fri-Sat)


Counter/PULSE – 1310 Mission St. @ 9th St., San Francisco, CA

$10-$20 (sliding scale)

Click here to buy  your tickets now!