Conferences and Workshops

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Film Financing Basics
California Lawyers for the Arts
Santa Monica, CA
Date: 04-08-2015
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Program Description: 
Join CLA and Pierce Law Group LLP attorneys David Albert Pierce and Azita Mirzaian for an overview of how film financing works. From development funds to completion loans and everything in between, learn how a film project receives financing and the legal framework that drives the process. Topics to be covered include a bird’s-eye view of traditional models of financing, securities laws, crowdfunding, tax credits, the role of completion bonds and sales agents, and recent trends that are changing the financing landscape.

David Albert Pierce, Esq. David’s practice encompasses all areas of entertainment law, including production counsel matters, film finance, guild matters, and intellectual property issues. He is a frequent lecturer on the legal issues confronting the entertainment industry; he has taught a UCLA Extension course on “Organizing, Financing, and Running A Start-Up Entertainment Production Company” for the past twelve years, and is an annual speaker at the Slamdance Film Festival and at the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences. David is a regular columnist for MovieMaker Magazine and serves as Vice President of Business Affairs for the magazine. He proudly served as production counsel on the critically acclaimed, Academy Award winning film “The Artist,” and has provided legal services on “The Hunger Games,” “Mad Men,” and “Weeds.” He also represents film lender and borrowers, and regularly drafts private placement offerings for productions.

Azita Mirzaian, Esq. Azita’s practice includes entertainment litigation in the areas of copyright, trademark, right of publicity, contract disputes, defamation, and labor and employment law issues in the film and television industry. She also works in the areas of film clearance matters and child actor contract ratifications. Azita is the Vice Chair of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section; is on the Executive Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Entertainment Section; and is a founding member of California Society of Entertainment Lawyers.

More Asking, Less Writing (4-Part Webinar Series)
Foundation Center
Online webinar
Date: 04-08-2015 thru 04-29-2015

Webinars take place from 2:00pm to 3:30pm ET on April 8, 15, 22 and 29.

To purchase a single webinar for $95, please select a webinar from the list below.


With over 100,000 foundation and corporate donors funding nonprofits in the U.S., there are countless opportunities to find and secure grants. The challenge lies in determining the best way to allocate one's time in identifying new funders, making contact, preparing and submitting proposals, and maintaining ongoing relationships.

To help you meet this challenge, the More Asking, Less Writing series of four webinars lays out a time-efficient approach to the overall grant fundraising effort. While the course is designed as four complementary webinars that work together, each webinar also stands on its own and can be taken individually:

Topics Covered:

Setting goals and expectations for grant fundraising this year and looking ahead
Identifying the most "fundable" segments of your organization's operating budget
Researching foundations to uncover their motivations and determine the appropriate ask
Building base proposals to support your year-long proposal submission process
Tailoring proposals to speak directly to individual foundations
Mastering the one-page budget to tell the story of your work
Making initial contact with foundations
Cultivating the relationship to strengthen the partnership and win the next grant

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 >>

2015-16 California Presenters Next Gen All California Leadership Diversity Program
California Presenters
Date: 04-10-2015 thru 03-31-2016

Does your group or organization put on performances, concerts, festivals or performing arts events featuring professional artists other than your own? If so, you are a presenter! Are you new to the presenting field, feel isolated in your community or just want to learn more about booking, marketing, development, strategic planning and getting audiences in the door? California Presenters is a statewide coalition of presenters throughout California whose members have many years of experience and want to share it with the next generation.

CP is offering a year-long, intensive one-on-one Next Gen All California Leadership Diversity Program designed to develop the professional capacity of emerging leaders in the presenting field who are working in underserved communities and/or ethnically-specific presenting organizations. This program assists the next generation of arts presenters in developing skills necessary to succeed as leaders in the field, pairing promising applicants with well-respected, senior CP members who have demonstrated a personal commitment to advancing the professional development of new and emerging arts leaders.

NOTE: The Next Gen All California Leadership Diversity Program is open to applicants who are NOT current California Presenters members. CP Members are invited to apply to the CP Mentorship Program (see info below) >>

Next Gen Applicant Criteria:

Applicants must be under 35 years of age, working in underserved California communities and/or ethnically-specific organizations that do at least some presenting of professional performers. You must be employed by or be a volunteer for an organization that is not currently a member of California Presenters.

A presenting organization is defined as a civic, non-profit or community-based organization whose primary mission is the public presentation of creative, cultural and performing arts events featuring artists other than its own. This may include: non-profit organizations, College and University-based presenters, City and County presenting organizations, cultural centers, museums, festivals, independent venues and performing arts centers. There is no minimum on the number of years the applicant has been employed as a professional or served as a volunteer in non-profit arts management or with a community-based presenter.

Proposal Writing Workshop
Foundation Center
San Francisco, CA
Date: 04-14-2015

Over 39,000 grantseekers have learned what grantmakers have to say about creating a competitive grant proposal by taking Foundation Center's Proposal Writing Seminar.

Now the Proposal Writing Seminar has been enhanced to give grantseekers hands-on proposal writing experience plus a deeper understanding of the funder's process. This workshop is based on insights collected from foundation and corporate representatives for the 6th edition of The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing.

Using group exercises, case studies, and the participant's own proposal outline, the Proposal Writing Workshop will help participants understand the components of a competitive grant proposal, discover what grantmakers consider "red flags," and learn how to cultivate potential institutional donors.


  • The grantseeking process, including the impact of technology
  • Components of a competitive grant proposal
  • Tips from funders to proposal writers
  • The grantmaker's process and criteria for funding decisions

Online Convening: Smart Strategies for Funding Growth
California Arts Council
Online Convening
Date: 04-14-2015

Tue, Apr 14, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PDT

Ask any organization, large or small, about their greatest need and you’ll almost always get the same answer: cash. Hear from experts on ways your organization can grow its fundraising efforts and achieve greater success in developing funding partnerships and securing support from a wide range of funders. Target audience: arts and community organizations.

Presenters include:
• Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
• Judith Smith, Artistic Director, AXIS Dance Company
• Charles Desmarais, President, San Francisco Art Institute

California Lawyers for the Arts
Oakland, CA
Date: 04-16-2015
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Join Dawn Newton and Daniel Schacht of Donahue Fitzgerald LLP for a discussion of the essential legal and business concerns that creative artists need to consider when entering into a licensing agreement. This workshop will cover legal questions and common deal points for merchandising agreements for clothing, souvenirs, and the like.

Dawn Newton is a partner at Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, and member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Business & Corporate Transactions Practice Groups . Her practice focuses on intellectual property and franchise matters, and she is a certified as a legal specialist by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization in the area of Franchise and Distribution Law.

Daniel J. Schacht is an attorney at Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, specializing in intellectual property, technology, and music law. He handles a variety of copyright, trademark, licensing, employment and general business matters for artists such as Carlos Santana, Journey, and Amon Tobin. He currently serves as co-counsel in Good Morning to You Productions Corp. et al. v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., the "Happy Birthday" class action lawsuit described by the New York Times as "a lawsuit for the ages." Before law school, Mr. Schacht worked ten years in the Bay Area music scene as a bassist, sound engineer, studio owner, and producer.

Art and Merchandising
California Lawyers for the Arts
Santa Monica, CA
Date: 04-22-2015

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Program Description:
Clothing, posters, pillows, candles, keychains, stickers, dolls - the list of merchandise items is long, varied, and represents a major revenue stream for artists and rights holders. Copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, and rights of publicity – these and more are implicated in the wild world of merchandise. What do artists need to know before allowing their work to be used on merchandise? What are the different kinds of agreements that artists can make with merchandisers? Are there ways for artists to enforce their rights if they discover unauthorized use of their work? Join CLA and attorneys Scott Burroughs and Stephen Doniger for a presentation covering the intellectual property and contract issues involved in using visual art on merchandise.
Stephen M. Doniger, Esq. - In his 20 years of practice Mr. Doniger has successfully litigated cases in the federal and state courts of California, New York, Nevada, and South Carolina, and has overseen litigation in foreign jurisdictions including Canada and the United Kingdom through local counsel. He has built a successful practice around business disputes in general and intellectual property in particular for clients in the marketing, fashion, entertainment, real estate and hospitality industries. While his practice includes corporate governance, contract negotiations and disputes, and large tort and injury cases, his core passion is for protecting artist against theft of their creative expression. Mr. Doniger graduated from Brandeis University in 1992 and in 1995 he obtained his law degree from the University of Southern California.

Scott Alan Burroughs, Esq. - Mr. Burroughs is passionate about protecting the rights of artists and content creators, and writes and speaks often on the subject. He has handled over a thousand art and business law disputes in his decade of practice – more than virtually any other attorney in the United States. His matters involve fashion, art, photography, scripted and reality programming, accessories, literature, documentary and feature films, websites, advertising, novelty goods, jewelry, hospitality, and home décor. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of California, San Diego and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California.

Licensing in the Digital Age
California Lawyers for the Arts
Sacramento, CA
Date: 04-23-2015
Learn about licensing and how your intellectual property rights can be sold, retained, and optioned.  Mr. Pimm will also discuss apps, public domain, fair use, permissions, and more.

Bob Pimm is Chief Learning Officer and Director of Legal Services at California Lawyers for the Arts.  Bob's private practice in the Bay Area focuses on serving creative people and their companies on intellectual property matters and the business of creative arts.  Bob also has more than 30-years experience serving the book industry, representing authors, agents, small publishers, and book retailers on IP matters including copyrights, trademarks, licensing, etc.  Bob is also a seasoned lecturer and presents many workshops.

How to Blog Your Book
California Lawyers for the Arts
Berkeley, CA
Date: 04-29-2015
Special Author Event!

Admission price includes a signed book valued at $12.99!

Nina Amir will autograph copies of your book following the Q&A session.

Basic information on how to set up your blog and the essential plug-ins and other options necessary to get the most out of each post

Based on Nina Amir’s bestselling book, How to Blog Your Book, Writer’s Digest Books, 2012.

Session takeaways:
  • Steps for writing a book easily from scratch using blog posts
  • Advice on how to write blog posts
  • Tips on gaining visibility and promoting your work both online and off
  • Tools for driving traffic to your blog
  • Information on how to monetize an existing blog into a book or other types of products
  • Profiles with authors who received blog-to-book deals
  • Learn . 
Nina Amir, the bestselling author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, is a speaker, a blogger, and an author, book, and blog-to-book coach. Known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach, she helps creative people combine their passion and purpose so they move from idea to inspired action and positively and meaningfully impact the world as writers, bloggers, authorpreneurs, and blogpreneurs.

Some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She is the founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge, and the Nonfiction Writers’ University.

Legwork for Artists--How to Structure your work and Beat the Pavement like a Pro
Blue Line Gallery
Sacramento, CA
Date: 05-02-2015
Half-day workshop
10am-2:30pm with half hour lunch break

In this follow up workshop, you'll learn what to do with that portfolio, how to structure your time, the behaviors expected of an artist, and more! Topics of discussion will include:

  • Working with galleries--Learn to evaluate, approach, and create successful relationships with galleries.
  • Professionalism for artists--We'll explore professional communication, negotiation, how to approach commitments, and how to say "no" in this professional behavior segment.
  • Time management for creatives--Identify time wasters, learn to recognize time "myths," get comfortable with setting priorities and learn tools to overcome procrastination.

Dance and the Brain Conference
Luna Dance Institute
Berkeley, CA
Date: 05-02-2015

Saturday, May 2nd, 9am-5pm

Luna Dance Institute

605 Addison St. Berkeley, CA

For 22 years Luna Dance Institute has enriched the dance education field with active inquiry to deepen the learning experience of children and adults. Luna’s Professional Learning and Model Programs work in tandem to explore the confluence of neuroscience, literacy, creativity and relationships- all connected through the moving body. The Dance and the Brain Conference is the first of its kind in the Bay Area community. Featuring experts enriching the field with research on dance and the brain, Luna invites teachers, dancers, parents, researchers, scientists, and everyone else interested in this topic to attend lectures, panels and interactive dialogues offered throughout the day. Guest speakers include James Catterall of the Center for Research on Creativity; Ann Law, Artist Director of Copac (Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga) and Pamela Wolfberg, creator of Integrated Play Groups® .

Proposal Writing Boot Camp
Foundation Center
San Francisco, CA
Date: 06-16-2015 thru 06-18-2015

This three-day immersion course focuses on the essential knowledge and skills grantseekers need to become effective proposal writers. Attendees will become familiar with the key components of a competitive grant proposal and a well-organized budget, and develop a targeted list of foundation funding prospects. The first two days are devoted to proposal writing exercises, peer review exchanges, and creating sample budgets. On the third day, you'll do actual foundation research and participate in a mock proposal review process that will help you understand the proposal from a grantmaker's perspective.


  • What grantmakers look for and how they approach the proposal review process
  • How to write and frame the components of a competitive grant proposal
  • Crafting a budget that conveys an accurate picture of your project's needs and value
  • Translating your organization's needs into research strategies
  • How to analyze and evaluate prospects using Foundation Directory Online Professional to determine a potential fit


You will:

  • Refine your project proposal outline
  • Practice writing selected components of the proposal
  • Review a variety of proposal budget formats
  • Research potential funding partners using Foundation Directory Online Professional


  • Three comprehensive workbooks
  • Online access to course worksheets
  • A copy of The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 6th Ed.,The Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals, and After the Grant
  • One month of complimentary access to Foundation Directory Online Professional


  • Understand the proposal's role in the fundraising process
  • Be prepared to create a comprehensive and competitive proposal package for institutional grantmakers
  • Gain the knowledge and confidence to write effective proposals for your organization
  • Understand how to use budgeting tools and formats to meet funders' requirements while providing an accurate representation of the full costs of your project
  • Be ready to approach funders with comprehensive information about their grantmaking interests and activities

Intended audiences:

  • Grantseekers who have some fundraising experience and want to hone their foundation proposal writing skills
  • Individuals who want to begin a career as a grant writer
  • Consultants who want to expand their services to include proposal writing and foundation research

Class preparation:

A project outline will be sent to registrants prior to attending the class so they can come prepared with information about their projects. A case study will be included for individuals who are not currently working on a specific project.

Tuesday, June 16 - Thursday, June 18, 2015
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Check-in and coffee: 8:30 a.m.

Foundation Center - San Francisco, CA
312 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA

Arts in Corrections: Opportunities for Justice and Rehabilitation
California Lawyers for the Arts
San Francisco, CA
Date: 06-16-2015 thru 06-19-2015
Early Registration: 04-20-2015
California Lawyers for the Arts and the William James Association, in collaboration with the University of San Francisco, are presenting a unique national conference:

June 16 to 19, 2015

University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA

This conference will provide a robust review of current trends in arts in corrections, including an overview of public policy, funding strategies, evaluation methods, and legislative trends.  Special features include a one-day training program on Tuesday, June 16 with experienced practitioners for artists who are new to the field, opportunities to build out the structure for a national coalition, and a showcase of the arts at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County on Friday, June 19. 

Keynote speakers include Wayne Kramer, a nationally known rock musician who founded Jail Guitar Doors after being incarcerated at a federal prison, and California Senator Loni Hancock, Chair of the California Senate Public Safety Committee, Chair, of the Budget Subcommittee on Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary, and a member of the Senate Education Committee.

Super Early Bird registration by April 20 --  $200 (save $100)
Registration after that date and before June 1 --  $250 (save $50)
Standard Registration after June 1 -- $300

Please indicate your attendance at the San Quentin showcase by registering before April 20.   More detailed information will be requested in a separate email from the San Quentin Prison Arts Project.    

Non-profit arts organizations and local arts agencies can apply to the California Arts Council for a Professional Development grant for one person's conference fees and travel, up to a total of $750.

ACSO 47th Annual Conference
Association of California Symphony Orchestras
Long Beach, CA
Date: 08-06-2015 thru 08-08-2015

Connect with Your Colleagues at the Annual Conference

ACSO wants to help you stay connected and get the tools you need to be effective in your organization.

We design our three-day Annual Conference around your needs and in response to industry challenges and trends. We try to cover everything while offering fun, music-related social events and networking opportunities. Conference rates are kept as low as possible to provide access to arts organizations of every budget size.

Online Convening: Getting the Most from Your Grant
California Arts Council
Online Convening
Date: 09-15-2015

Tue, Sep 15, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PDT

Funding support can be leveraged with many creative strategies to further benefit your organization or project. Learn expert insight from funders and communications pros as they share the best ways to maximize your grant by telling your story, networking, and measuring impact. Target audience: arts and community organizations, and artists.

Presenters include:

• Jamie Bennett, Director, Art Place

• Diem Jones, Executive Director, Voices of Our Nations

• Kevin Kirkpatrick, Senior Executive Vice President, The Metropolitan Group

Online Convening: Self-Promotion for Artists
California Arts Council
Online Convening
Date: 11-03-2015

Tue, Nov 3, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PST

Attention artists! Here’s your chance to learn about the best techniques for getting your work out into the world. Presenters will explore creative strategies for marketing and self-promotion, with an expanded focus on community partnerships. Target audience: artists.Presenters include:

• Quetzal Flores, Grammy Award-Winning musician and Program Manager, Alliance for California Traditional Arts

• Jaime Galli, Digital Marketing Manager, SFMOMA