California Arts Council

State of California

Conferences and Workshops

Conferences, workshops, webinars and training opportunities for arts administrators, educators and artists in California. To have us include a "Conferences & Workshops" item, please submit information to editor@arts.ca.gov .

 


Mentorship Program
California Presenters
Various
Date: 04-10-2015 thru 05-15-2016
Website: http://www.calpresenters.org/mentor-application

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.

For detail, see http://www.calpresenters.org/prodev/mentoropps/#mentorprogram

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
Various
Date: 04-10-2015 thru 03-31-2016
Website: http://www.calpresenters.org/prodev/mentoropps/#mentorprogram

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.



Community Arts Program; New Applicant Workshops
Zellerback Family Foundation
San Francisco, CA
Date: 09-08-2015
Website: http://zff.org/apply/workshop/?utm_source=May+Artist+Services+2015&utm_campaign=Sept+Opportunities&utm_medium=email

The Zellerbach Family Foundation welcomes community arts grantees and applicants to join us for workshops to review our application process. To attend please complete this RSVP form. You may choose to attend more than one workshop.




Unpack the Winning Proposal
Foundation Center
Online webinar
Date: 09-09-2015
Website: http://marketplace.foundationcenter.org/Training/Webinars/unpack-the-winning-proposal
When:
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 2:00- 3:00pm ET/11:00am- 12:00pm PT

Format:
Individual Webinar

$69.00

 

You asked for it! One of the most popular questions we receive at Foundation Center is: What does a winning grant proposal look like? In this webinar, we’ll review excerpts from previously funded proposals to help you learn what it takes to get the grant.

Topics: 
  • The major components of a foundation grant proposal
  • Proposal sections: statement of need, executive summary, and goals and objectives 
  • Key tips on writing a strong proposal
  • Red flags to avoid
Outcomes:
  • An increased understanding of what foundations look for in proposals 
  • Know how to craft a powerful needs statement, goals, objectives, and executive summary
  • Take away a core collection of sample winning proposals


Navigating Gallery Representation and Consignment Agreements
California Lawyers for the Arts
Venice, CA
Date: 09-09-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-2000285
Program:

Are you an artist, dealer, or gallery owner? Do you want to better understand the legal relationships between artists and galleries? Join CLA and attorney Louis E. Greenwald in a discussion of California laws governing consignment sales. The program will cover common contract clauses, while focusing on ways to avoid pitfalls and common mistakes. It will also include strategies for negotiating the best possible deal. You will learn how to review and analyze artist/gallery consignment agreements, how to make sense of any legalese, and how to make sure you do not sign something you will later regret.

Presenter: 

Louis E. Greenwald, Esq., a partner at the law firm Choi & Greenwald, practices employment law, contract law, and art law. Mr. Greenwald represents artists, art galleries, art foundries, art appraisers, and museums. Mr. Greenwald has extensive experience drafting and reviewing consignment agreements.



Anatomy of a Successful Fundraising Appeal Letter
Foundation Center
Online webinar
Date: 09-10-2015
Website: http://grantspace.org/course-offerings/training-calendar/san-francisco/anatomy-of-a-successful-fundraising-appeal-letter-2015-09-10-webinar?utm_source=cheetah&utm_medium=email

 

Thursday, September 10, 2015 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm  ET
Webinar
$95.00
register

Live webinars are scheduled for Eastern Time.

Writing a compelling fundraising letter can be tricky. It’s not the same as writing a brochure, annual report, or grant proposal. But it’s not rocket science — it’s something you can easily master.

Your appeal letter should be an “offer” to a funder to join you in something amazing and transformative. You want your offer to be the one the donor simply cannot refuse. 

In this webinar, you’ll learn the art of taking your appeal from run-of-the-mill to out of the ballpark. From anesthetizing to astounding. From colorless to captivating. Whether you’re an old pro and just want some new tips or you’re writing an appeal letter for the first time, you’ll find killer strategies and tried-and-true tactics to get your appeal letter to the next level.

Topics:

  • Four ways to assure your appeal has benefits your donor wants
  • Seven essential elements of your appeal letter’s call to action
  • Seven asking triggers to make an offer your donor simply cannot refuse
  • Eight keys to readability, including, writing, word choice, editing, and design

Outcomes:

  • Learn the basic structure of a fundraising letter and a donor reply/pledge card
  • Know how to use stories and statistics for the greatest impact
  • Know how to explain to your reader why you’re asking now

Intended audience:
This webinar is designed for development staff, executive directors, board members, and volunteer fundraisers. 

BONUS! You’ll also get a link to a resource guide that will help you craft a compelling thank you letter to go along with your appeal — because your job isn’t finished until you’ve set up your next gift strategy!



Online Convening: Getting the Most from Your Grant
California Arts Council
Online Convening
Date: 09-15-2015
Website: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/948870102985088258

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


Legal Implications of Wearable Technology
California Lawyers for the Arts
Santa Monica, CA
Date: 09-16-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-1992406

With Rod Berman, Bob Braun, Eric Galen, & Mike McCollum

[1.5 hours California MCLE credit available*]

Program:

From Google Glass to smart watches and smart clothing, wearable technology has infiltrated the latest gadgets and trends.  The discussion about the legal implications of wearables is therefore particularly important.  This panel will address the host of privacy, labor, intellectual property and product liability issues that arise within this burgeoning field.



Copyright Mechanics for Writers, Filmmakers, and Artists
California Lawyers for the Arts
Berkeley, CA
Date: 09-16-2015

With B. Douglas Robbins, Esq.

 

This workshop on copyright law for non-lawyers offers practical advice for media creators—screenwriters, authors, photographers, filmmakers, internet content creators, etc.—from two perspectives. First we discuss how creators can show their work, discuss their work, and pitch their projects while protecting their work from infringement. Crucially, we also discuss the nuts and bolts of how to register work with the copyright office—an absolutely crucial and fairly easy way to engage the full panoply of copyright protections. Second we discuss how far creators may lawfully go in borrowing third-party material—information, reports, media, stories, images—and integrating that material into their own work without fear of lawsuits.

 

PRESENTER: B. DOUGLAS ROBBINS, ESQ. specializes in both appellate work and trial work in the areas of media law, complex commercial disputes, professional liability, employment law, and real estate law. Mr. Robbins serves as Chair of the San Mateo County Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section, as Delegate to the Conference of California Bar Associations, as Panel Counsel for California Lawyers for the Arts, and as a Member of CLA's Arts Arbitration and Mediation Panel.

How to Blog a Book or Book a Blog
California Lawyers for the Arts
Sacramento, CA
Date: 09-18-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-2015379
Some say the blog-to-book craze reached its height in 2009, but bloggers continue to land deals and have their books released—possibly more per month now than at that time. Agents and acquisition editors troll the Internet looking for blogs to turn into books because they want to find ideas that are as close to a "sure thing" as possible. A blog with an established readership and a blogger with a built-in platform represents a successfully test marketed book idea.

Whether you want to write a book from scratch post by post on your blog (blog a book) or repurpose previously published posts into a manuscript (book your blog), you can turn your blog into a book-production machine. Either way, you can blog your way to a successful book—one that attracts readers and publishers.

Session takeaways:
  • 6 reasons to book a blog
  • 10 reasons to blog a book
  • The pros and cons of booking a blog vs. blogging a book
  • 6 things you need to do before you blog a book
  • 4 things you need to do before you book a blog
  • The elements a blog needs if it is to become a book
  • Why agents and acquisition editors love bloggers
  • Why blogging creates successful books


How to Blog a Book or Book a Blog
California Lawyers for the Arts
Sacramento, CA
Date: 09-18-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-2015379
Some say the blog-to-book craze reached its height in 2009, but bloggers continue to land deals and have their books released—possibly more per month now than at that time. Agents and acquisition editors troll the Internet looking for blogs to turn into books because they want to find ideas that are as close to a "sure thing" as possible. A blog with an established readership and a blogger with a built-in platform represents a successfully test marketed book idea.

Whether you want to write a book from scratch post by post on your blog (blog a book) or repurpose previously published posts into a manuscript (book your blog), you can turn your blog into a book-production machine. Either way, you can blog your way to a successful book—one that attracts readers and publishers.

Session takeaways:
  • 6 reasons to book a blog
  • 10 reasons to blog a book
  • The pros and cons of booking a blog vs. blogging a book
  • 6 things you need to do before you blog a book
  • 4 things you need to do before you book a blog
  • The elements a blog needs if it is to become a book
  • Why agents and acquisition editors love bloggers
  • Why blogging creates successful books


Create Your Art, Create Your Brand: Trademarks and Other IP Issues for Creative Artists
California Lawyers for the Arts
Berkeley, CA
Date: 09-23-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-2019269

With Elizabeth Rest, Esq.

This practical program will provide an overview of trademark and other intellectual property considerations important to creative artists, and will address such questions as: When should you register your work and how do you do so? What specific issues are involved in using trademarks in music, theater, visual art, etc. without permission? How much use is “fair use?” and many other important intellectual property issues specific to the creative community. The program will feature helpful practice tips and an informal, interactive question and answer session.



Trademarks: An Overview of Trademark Protection
California Lawyers for the Arts
Sacramento, CA
Date: 09-24-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-2015400

With Mark Leonard, Esq.

Unsure about whether you have a trademark and what you can do to protect it? Planning on using someone else’s trademark in your art? This workshop will provide an overview of trademarks, including selecting trademarks, how to search for potentially conflicting trademarks, registering and maintaining trademarks, and more. A question and answer session will follow.

Collaboration Agreements for Creative People
California Lawyers for the Arts
San Pedro, CA
Date: 09-29-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-1992525
With Carol T. Contes, Esq.

Join CLA and attorney Carol Contes to learn how to protect your intellectual property when collaborating with others in the creation of a work--whether it be a painting, a script, or an album. Topics include:

  • What is a collaboration agreement?
  • When do you need a collaboration agreement?
  • What happens if you do not have a collaboration agreement in place?
  • The 'dos' and 'don't s' of collaboration agreements
  • Step-by-step guidance through an example collaboration agreement


How to Start a Non-Profit or other Social Purpose Organization
California Lawyers for the Arts
Sacramento, CA
Date: 10-01-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-2017838
With Ken Larsen

Have you ever wondered how to take your desire to provide a community service or program and create a Non Profit Organization? Is forming a 501c3 the best approach to realizing your goals? Did you know there are other and often overlooked options like LLCs, social purpose, and benefit corporations as well as subsidiary relationships between nonprofits and for-profit entities that may make more sense for your specific situation? Also, after you form your organization, are you aware of the many reporting and record keeping requirements you'll need to be compliant with the law? Please join us to learn about your options and the legal requirements involved.

Mediating Film Related Disputes: AAMS Panel Orientation & Advanced Skills Training
California Lawyers for the Arts
Los Angeles, CA
Date: 10-03-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-2021827
Mediating Film Related Disputes: AAMS Panel Orientation & Advanced Skills Training (6 Hours MCLE Credit Available)

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

8:30am – 4:30pm

USC Gould School of Law
699 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90089

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

This training provides an overview of the California Lawyers for the Arts – Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services panel and program. At the training, you will also learn how to deal with one of the most common cases we see at AAMS - the Film Related case. From disputes over credit, contracts and creative control, we will cover important issues that mediators must be aware of to successfully mediate these often complex cases. Upon completion of the training, attendees may eligible to serve as a volunteer mediator through AAMS.

Speakers:
  • Terri Lubaroff
  • Shawn Davis
  • Alice Reeb
  • And more!
The training also includes a special interactive improv comedy workshop from Held2gether, Improv4life


The Fundamentals of Fundraising
California Lawyers for the Arts
Sacramento, CA
Date: 10-08-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-2015395

How Non Profits can develop and implement an annual fund development plan

In this two hour program, new and existing non-profits will learn about the building blocks of fundraising as our speaker addresses the role of philanthropy in your organization; the role of the board of directors and staff; and how to create a message to clients and patrons. We will then discuss linking the mission of the organization to an annual fund development plan which covers the basics of a plan and how to create it. Guests will leave with a "next steps" list to building their fund development program and are encouraged to bring organizational brochures or any other print materials that describe their organization.

PRESENTER: ALLISON CAGLEY, CFRE, is the Director of Development for California Musical Theatre. She has been an active fund development and public relations professional in California for over 20 years. Her experience includes strategic planning, grant writing, special events, direct mail appeals, and capital campaigns.

Basic Mediation Skills Training
California Lawyers for the Arts
Sacramento, CA
Date: 10-15-2015 thru 10-17-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-2009676

October 15-17, 2015

Learn the art of mediation and conflict resolution!

This training is open to those who are new to mediation, as well as to those who wish to refresh their skills. Topics include communication and listening skills, the mediation process, confidentiality, neutrality, ethics, and more. For those interested in applying to volunteer on our AAMS and SMC mediator panels, this training is essential. 

Whether you are involved in human resources, legal services, education or management,  wish to develop your interpersonal skills, or are starting out on a new career path, you will find this training indispensable.

This training is approved for 15 hours of MCLE credit.  


Arts Entrepreneurship: How to Invent an Arts Organization
California Lawyers for the Arts
Berkeley, CA
Date: 10-15-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-2017622

This workshop is an introduction to inventing an arts organization, defining its mission, locating the organization within a community, developing its offerings via products, services and public programs, and managing the organization’s numerous operational features. The workshop explores the intersections between art and business. Along with encouraging innovation and creative/critical thinking about the role of arts organizations in society, the workshop examines practical techniques for managing an arts organization, including:

• Building an arts community
• Strategic planning for arts organizations
• Mission and program development
• Fundraising
• Financial management
• Marketing
 
Presenter: Richard Andrews, Lecturer: Arts Entrepreneurship, University of California, Berkeley


Reading Between the Lines of a Publishing Agreement
California Lawyers for the Arts
Santa Monica, CA
Date: 10-21-2015
Program: The nuts and bolts of the business of writing are as essential to a writer’s success as the writer’s work itself. Join CLA and attorney Paul S. Levine to learn about:
  • The principles of copyright law as the underpinnings of all writing;
  • The roles of agents and lawyers, the process of obtaining them and the means of compensating them;
  • The contents of a typical collaboration agreement and why such a contract is an absolute necessity;
  • Typical publishing agreement clauses dealing with royalties, advances, rights granted and rights withheld, etc.; and
  • The editing process: what happens if the publisher rejects the manuscript, the publisher’s ultimate acceptance of the manuscript, actual publication after acceptance, and promotion and publicity.

Presenter: Paul S. Levine “wears two hats” – he is a lawyer (www.paulslevine.com) and a literary agent (www.paulslevinelit.com).



Online Convening: Self-Promotion for Artists
California Arts Council
Online Convening
Date: 11-03-2015
Website: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6599844198800271618

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



Exploring Engagement Fund
The James Irvine Foundation
San Francisco, CA
Date: 12-28-2015
Website: https://www.irvine.org/arts/who-we-fund/exploring-engagement-fund

What do virtual reality, poetry slams, and a hackathon have in common? They are all exciting new experiments by three of our early grantees from our re-launched Exploring Engagement Fund.

Late last year, we re-launched our Exploring Engagement Fund, challenging arts organizations to find creative ideas for how to engage new and diverse participants in the arts, and we're thrilled to announce Exploring Engagement Fund grants to The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Fresno Grand Opera and Townsend Opera in Modesto, and San Jose Taiko.

If you would like to learn more about these grants, check out our blog post on the Irvine website.

But there's more exciting news - we are still accepting applications for Exploring Engagement Fund grants on a rolling basis until December 28. If you are interested to experiment with innovative ways to expand engagement among diverse audiences and participants in your community, we want to hear from you. To learn more, download our recently revised application form and instructions.

Finally, we will soon be sharing a rich set of candid feedback that we received from our grantees about how they are finding ways to expand engagement with new and diverse participants. Watch your inbox in the next few weeks for an announcement.