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State of California

Conferences and Workshops

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Mentorship Program
California Presenters
Date: 04-10-2015 thru 05-15-2016

California Presenters offers a year-long, intensive one-on-one mentorship program aimed to assist arts presenters of diverse levels of experience in developing skills necessary to succeed as leaders in the field. Now in the fourth year of this program, CP will hand-pair promising emerging or established administrators with well-respected, senior CP members who have demonstrated a personal commitment to advancing the professional development of new leaders in the presenting field.

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Mentorship Applicant Criteria:

Applicants must be employed by organizations that are members in good standing of California Presenters. There is no age limit or limit on number of years employed as a professional in non-profit arts management. More information on CP membership benefits >>

Foundation Center's Online Proposal Writing Course
Foundation Center
Online Convening
Date: 09-22-2015 thru 12-31-2016

Self-Paced eLearning

Have you been tasked with writing a grant proposal but don’t know where to start and can’t get away for an in-person class? Foundation Center’s Online Proposal Writing Course lets you learn at your own pace on your computer or mobile device.

Completely online and self-directed, this course puts you in charge of your own learning as you move through 15 lessons covering all aspects of proposal writing. We’ll give you plenty of guidance along the way with examples, worksheets, and templates to get you on your way to writing that proposal. You’ll have three months from the date of purchase to access the course, time you can use to complete the course at your own convenience and at your own pace!



Music Publishing 101: An Introduction to the Intricate and Important World of Music Publishing
California Lawyers for the Arts
Date: 05-05-2016
With Daniel Schacht, Esq.
Where is My Money?  Music publisher Al Evers (A-Train) and music attorney Daniel Schacht (Donahue Fitzgerald LLP) will discuss the tangled web of songwriter royalties, accounting, sub-publishers, copyrights, mechanical royalties, and more.

The Getty Leadership Institute - Executive Education for Art Museum Leaders
The Getty Leadership Institute
Claremont, CA
Date: 05-09-2016 thru 06-25-2016
Early Registration: 01-11-2016

The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University invites applications for the GLI 2016 and NextGen 2016 executive education programs for art museum leaders. Join a dynamic network of 1,500 alumni worldwide. GLI programs are academically rigorous and address current topics in the museum field. Applications are due in January.

GLI 2016 is an intensive management program for leading CEOs, COOs, directors, and senior-level executives who influence policy and effect change, and are in the first two to seven years of their positions. Participants take two weeks of online courses plus two weeks of classroom study and practicum in residency in Claremont, CA. Program Dates: Online from May 9-21; Residency from June 10-25. Apply by January 11, 2016.

NextGen 2016 is a blended learning experience for the field’s emerging top talent. The program is designed for mid-level staff with three to five years of museum management experience and recognized leadership potential. The program blends one week of online learning and one week of classroom study in residency in Claremont, CA. Program Dates: Online from March 7-12; Residency from March 28-April 2. Apply by January 4, 2016.

For more information and to apply, visit:

Legal Basics for Creative Businesses
California Lawyers for the Arts
El Segundo
Date: 05-11-2016

With Scott Hervey, Esq.

Program description:

Join CLA and attorney Scott Hervey to learn about some of the basic legal issues involved in starting and operating a small business. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Selecting an appropriate business structure, including pitfalls to avoid in connection with each type of entity;

  • Employees and independent contractors;

  • Intellectual property issues involved in forming a new entity, including naming the business and protecting its copyrights; and

  • Protecting yourself with enforceable contracts.

An in-depth discussion of trademark issues facing new companies will follow at Branding for Creative Businesses on Tuesday, May 19.

WORKSHOP: The Art of Negotiation
The Center for Cultural Innovation
Los Angeles, CA
Date: 05-18-2016 thru 05-19-2016

WORKSHOP: The Art of Negotiation, with Nancy James Fox

Presented by The Center for Cultural Innovation, this workshop will take place over two 3-hour sessions covering how to become familiar with the different types of negotiation methods and when to use them.
Wednesday, May 18 & Thursday, May 19, 2016, 6:30pm - 9:30pm, JACCC, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  $90  (Early Registration ends May 4th, 2016); $100 (Regular Registration after May 4th, 2016).

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Dispute Resolution Techniques for People in Arts and Entertainment
California Lawyers for the Arts
Date: 05-24-2016

Presenter: With Sacramento CLA Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services Staff

As an artist, writer, producer, gallery owner, musician or any other creative artist, you know that sometimes conflicts can occur in collaborations, work-for-hire agreements, contract jobs and other situations.  Learning how to resolve these conflicts peacefully before they escalate can save you time, money and energy!

This program, presented by trained mediators, will focus on successful communication strategies, including listening skills; helpful vs. non helpful language; strategies for gaining mutual agreements and more. We will also discuss options for dispute resolution should you find yourself unable to resolve the conflict without additional help.

Crafting a Competitive Letter of Inquiry
Foundation Center
Online Webinar
Date: 05-24-2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 2:00- 3:30pm ET/11:00am- 12:30pm PT

Individual Webinar


The ability to write a first-class letter of inquiry is a skill that all proposal writers need in order to remain competitive in today's funding environment.

More and more, funders are asking for a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) as the first step in the grant application process. The LOI is like a mini-proposal in which you have only one-to-three pages (depending on the funder's guidelines) to get your message across. The foundation will use your LOI to decide whether your project or program is a good funding fit for them, and only then will they invite you to submit a full proposal. Join us to learn how to overcome the challenges of writing LOIs that are both compelling and concise.

Shakespeare for Social Justice Workshop
Marin Shakespeare
Sacramento, CA
Date: 06-06-2016
Shakespeare for Social Justice Workshop

Training Actors, Teaching Artists, and Healers to work with Incarcerated Populations

Since 2003, Marin Shakespeare Company has shared Shakespeare instruction, drama therapy, and autobiographical playmaking with incarcerated populations who experience tremendous personal transformation, positive life choices, group bonding, and creative expression. It is heart-opening and mind-opening work that transforms lives, families and institutions.

This workshop will train theatre artists and healers in prison protocols and drama therapy techniques. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to apply to volunteer with programs at Folsom women’s Facility (Sacramento) and Solano State Prison (Vacaville).

Sunday, June 5
10 am to 6 pm

Wellspring Women’s Center, 3414 4th Avenue, Sacramento

Cost: $150 (partial scholarships are available, please ask us)

To sign up, email, phone 415-499-4485, or visit

The workshop will be led by Lynn Baker-Nauman, Lesley Currier and Suraya Keating.

Proposal Writing Boot Camp
Foundation Center
San Francisco
Date: 06-14-2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
San Francisco, CA



This three-day immersion course focuses on the essential knowledge and skills fundraisers need to become effective proposal writers: using a program/project logic model to craft the proposal narrative, researching foundation funding sources, planning your approach to institutional grantmakers, understanding the components of a project budget, and writing sections of the proposal and letter of inquiry.

Attendees will become familiar with the key components of a competitive grant proposal to a foundation and learn best practices for developing a well-organized budget and a targeted list of foundation funding prospects. The three days include a variety of individual writing time, small group discussions and large group lecture. Activities include peer review and creating sample documents and budgets. Participants will be encouraged to approach their proposal from the funder’s perspective and to think critically about what makes a compelling pitch.

  • What grantmakers look for and how they approach the proposal review process
  • The elements of a proposal, letter of inquiry, online applications, and how to frame your application
  • Crafting a budget that conveys an accurate picture of your project’s needs and value
  • How to analyze and evaluate prospects using Foundation Directory Online Professional to determine a potential fit