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.



IP Is Everywhere: Common Intellectual Property Law Issues Every Client Faces
California Lawyers for the Arts
Sacramento, CA
Date: 08-03-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-1970760
With Stephen Davis, Esq.

Stephen Davis' presentation will offer an overview of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and related areas of intellectual property, and will be aimed at familiarizing non-IP attorneys with the IP issues that commonly arise in businesses of every type.
 
1.5 MCLE units are available for an additional $30.


Applications Not Accepted: How to Get Family Foundations to Notice Your Organization
Foundation Center
Online webinar
Date: 08-04-2015
Website: http://marketplace.foundationcenter.org/Training/Webinars/Applications-Not-Accepted-How-to-Get-Family-Foundations-to-Notice-Your-Organization
Have you ever conducted research on family foundations and come across a funder who appears to be a perfect fit? It funds in your geographic and issue areas and cares about the same populations you do. Then you turn to its grant guidelines only to realize that the funder doesn't accept unsolicited applications.

In this webinar, join Sharon Weil and Beth Rosales of the Lia Fund, a family foundation, to learn how to get a funder's attention when its application process is closed or by invitation only.

Topics:
  • What's unique about family foundations and how to work with them
  • How to raise awareness about your nonprofit in your community
  • How to build and leverage your network

Outcomes:

  • Gain insight into how family foundations make funding decisions
  • Understand what family foundations look for in a potential grantee
  • Learn how to build your nonprofit's reputation in your community and throughout the social sector

 



How to Form a California Corporation for Your Creative Arts Business
California Lawyers for the Arts
Berkeley, CA
Date: 08-04-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-1966013

This workshop is a step-by-step guide to setting-up a California corporate entity for your creative arts business.

Find out whether a corporate entity would benefit your creative arts business. Learn the differences between: 
  • Sole Proprietorship
  • LLCs
  • C-Corps
  • S-Corps
  • B-Corps
  • Partnerships
  • Cooperatives
  • Etc.
NOTE: Non-Profits will be covered at the next workshop on August 26th

Also, learn how to reduce liabilities, raise capital, and build your own successful creative arts business.

Presenter: 
Bob Pimm, Esq. is Chief Learning Officer and Director of Legal Services at California Lawyers for the Arts. 


ACSO 47th Annual Conference
Association of California Symphony Orchestras
Long Beach, CA
Date: 08-06-2015 thru 08-08-2015
Website: http://acso.webvanta.com/conference

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.



How to Start and Build a Major Gifts Program
Foundation Center
Online webinar
Date: 08-06-2015
Website: http://marketplace.foundationcenter.org/Training/Webinars/How-to-Start-and-Build-a-Major-Gifts-Program
August 6, 2015 2:00- 3:30pm ET/11:00am- 12:30pm PT

Format:
Live Webinar

$95.00

 

Major gifts can fund critical programs, grow your bottom line, and help build the capacity of your organization. But how do you successfully attract and engage major donors? In this webinar, you’ll learn what it takes to build a strong major gifts program and get your board members and volunteers involved in the effort, too.

Topics:
  • How to work with your board and volunteers to identify and engage with major donors
  • Best practices for approaching and cultivating prospects
  • Options for prospect research
  • How to identify gaps in your staff and board’s prospecting knowledge and skills
Outcomes:
  • Know how to develop a step-by-step plan for launching a systematic major gifts prospecting program
  • Take away lessons on prospect research and cultivation methods
  • Discover training and resources for your major gifts team
 


The JazzWeek Summit
JazzWeek
San Jose, CA
Date: 08-06-2015 thru 08-07-2015
Website: http://www.jazzweek.com/summit/

The JazzWeek Summit returns to San Jose for 2015 — Registration opens April 22

Join us this August 6 and 7 at the Fairmont San Jose, leading up to the 26th San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

Who should attend the Summit?

Independent jazz artists; representatives of artists and recording labels involved in promotion, marketing, and artist relations; radio hosts, managers, program and music directors; and journalists.

JazzWeek’s mission is to provide a knowledge base for promoting and programming jazz using new media, radio, print, the internet and other traditional and non-traditional avenues.

The JazzWeek Summit is a place to get artists, jazz radio, internet broadcasters, program producers, labels, management together. As with our past summits, we promise not to rehash the same old panel topics in a quick once-over-lightly session; there will be plenty of time to discuss and explore each topic.

Each year, participants have taken a lot of great information back with them, and put the summit’s ideas into action.

If you are planning on attending, be prepared to roll up your sleeves … though there will be plenty of activities and plenty of time to play.

Also included is the 2015 JazzWeek Awards, location to be announced.

 



How to Start and Build a Major Gifts Program
Foundation Center
Online webinar
Date: 08-06-2015
Website: http://grantspace.org/course-offerings/training-calendar/san-francisco/how-to-start-and-build-a-major-gifts-program-2015-08-06-webinar?utm_medium=email&utm_source=regional&utm_campaign=sf20150728

 

 

 

Thursday, August 06, 2015 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm  ET

 

$95.00

register

 

Live webinars are scheduled for Eastern Time.

Major gifts can fund critical programs, grow your bottom line, and help build the capacity of your organization. But how do you successfully attract and engage major donors? In this webinar, you’ll learn what it takes to build a strong major gifts program and get your board members and volunteers involved in the effort, too.

Topics:

 

  • How to work with your board and volunteers to identify and engage with major donors
  • Best practices for approaching and cultivating prospects
  • Options for prospect research
  • How to identify gaps in your staff and board’s prospecting knowledge and skills

 

Outcomes:

 

  • Know how to develop a step-by-step plan for launching a systematic major gifts prospecting program
  • Take away lessons on prospect research and cultivation methods
  • Discover training and resources for your major gifts team

 

Intended audience:
This webinar is designed for any development officer, executive director, or board member.



Proposal Writing Workshop
Foundation Center
San Francisco, CA
Date: 08-07-2015
Website: http://marketplace.foundationcenter.org/Training/Proposal-Writing-Workshop/Proposal-Writing-Workshop-San-Francisco-CA-8-7-2015?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sf20150728&utm_source=regional
Friday, August 7, 2015
San Francisco, CA

$295.00

 

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.

Topics
  • 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


Dispute Resolution Techniques for People in Arts and Entertainment
California Lawyers for the Arts
Canoga Park, CA
Date: 08-10-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-1959525
with Dorit Cypis

Program Description:

As an artist, writer, musician or creative person, have you ever found yourself in conflict with collaborators, producers, or other people involved in your project?  Do you wish that you knew how to manage the situation better to reduce the level of anger and frustration on both sides of the conflict?  Join CLA and mediator and artist Dorit Cypis for a program covering some practical tools to assess and respond to the situation.  Cypis will discuss how the nature of conflict is affected by relationships--who we are to ourselves and who we are to others and how identity beliefs form bias habits that contribute to conflicts.  This hands-on workshop will also cover some practical strategies to minimize the harm caused by these identity issues in the context of conflicts over creative projects.



Donor Acquisition Beyond Direct Mail (Free)
Foundation Center
San Francisco, CA
Date: 08-13-2015
Website: http://grantspace.org/course-offerings/training-calendar/san-francisco/donor-acquisition-beyond-direct-mail-2015-08-13-san-francisco-ca?utm_medium=email&utm_source=regional&utm_campaign=sf20150728

 

 

 

Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:00 am - 11:30 am  PT

Classroom | San Francisco, CA

Free

register

 

 

Can't join us in-person? Watch the event by livestream here! No need to register, simply come back to this page to stream this event live on August 13th. 

Most nonprofits have experienced a steady decline in how effective direct mail is for acquiring new donors. This drop began many years ago, and has accelerated because of online communications. Our panel discussion will explore effective alternative ways groups are acquiring new donors, using a variety of tools and techniques.  We will look at online tactics including email, social media and crowdfunding, and new twists on “old school” tactics like events and house parties, even canvassing, and board and volunteer networks – and how direct mail returns are strengthened when combined with other strategies. Our focus is tactics grassroots nonprofits can use, although any size organization will learn from the discussion. 

Intended Audience:

Executive directors, development officers, deputy directors, board leadership and board members.

Speakers: 

All three groups began with a few hundred dollars and have grown significantly in 14, 8 and 19 years respectively.



Before You Sign: Evaluating Your Publishing Agreement
California Lawyers for the Arts
Santa Monica, CA
Date: 08-19-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-1949977

with Lisa Lucas, Esq.

Program Description:

The excitement of securing a literary agent, receiving a publishing offer, or having a movie producer show interest in your work can make it easy to overlook many important issues that can make a deal go from thrilling to terrible. This workshop will address a range of contract issues that adversely affect an author's income, their ability to use their work in other contexts and projects, and their freedom to pursue future projects. Those attending will learn about common problems in agent-author and author-publisher relationships, alternatives to consider during negotiations, and resources for additional information and assistance.



Non-Profits and Fiscal Sponsorships
California Lawyers for the Arts
Berkeley, CA
Date: 08-26-2015
Website: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/event-1916065
Nonprofit Basics and Fiscal Sponsorship -Thinking of starting a nonprofit organization?  Whether you are a filmmaker, a dance company, or an arts group, many grants are only available to public charities.  
  • So how do you obtain public charity status?  
  • What are the disadvantages?  
  • What about fiscal sponsorship?  
This workshop answers your questions.
 
Presenter: Cherie Evans is a partner in the law firm of Evans & Rosen LLP. She advises nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on corporate and tax law matters.  Over the years, she has counseled hundreds of nonprofit organizations of all sizes, including public charities, private foundations, social welfare organizations, and business leagues.  Prior to forming Evans & Rosen, she was an associate at Silk, Adler & Colvin and practiced in the area of tax-exempt organizations.  She is Past Chair of the California Bar’s Nonprofit Organizations Committee and a panel attorney for California Lawyers for the Arts.


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.




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


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.