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 >>

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.

Introduction to Finding Grants (Free)
Foundation Center
Sunnyvale, CA
Date: 07-07-2015


Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  PT
Classroom | Sunnyvale, CA


Are you looking for grants? Discover what funders want in nonprofits seeking grants (It may surprise you) and how to find potential funders in this newly revised class.  

You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.

Crafting Effective Messages
Foundation Center
San Francisco, CA
Date: 07-14-2015


Tuesday, July 14, 2015 9:30 am - 12:30 pm  PT
Classroom | San Francisco, CA

Learn how to create more compelling and convincing messages!
Communicating effectively is critical to building support for your organization and your cause. Whether you’re crafting a message for a potential donor, a new hire, or just your personal contacts, it’s important that you are able to talk about your work in a compelling way. This means focusing on your key messages and delivering them in a clear, concise, and targeted package. In this workshop, you will gain the tools you need to reach your audiences and persuade them to support your work.

Registration and refreshments will begin at 9:00am, and the workshop will begin at 9:30am.                    

Intended Audiences: Nonprofit communications staff, development staff, program staff, executive staff

Presenter: Eric B. Jacobson has more than 10 years of experience in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. As principal and founder of Proaireton Consulting, he helps nonprofits and foundations to achieve their missions and attract support to their causes through strategic planning, smarter fundraising, and more effective messaging.

Empowering Your Colleagues to Be Messengers
Foundation Center
San Francisco, CA
Date: 07-21-2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
San Francisco, CA



Ensure your colleagues can communicate effectively on behalf of your organization!

Whether or not they know it, everyone who works at your organization is part of the communications team. Staff and board members are frequently talking to others about your mission and working to build a solid base of support. So it’s important that they communicate clearly, thoughtfully, and consistently. In this workshop, you will learn how to identify your organization’s communications needs and prepare others to be effective evangelists for your cause.

  • How to identify your organization’s communications needs
  • How to develop the tools needed for others to communicate effectively
  • How to provide communications training and support to your colleagues
  • Know how to assemble a communications toolkit
  • Be able to train others to communicate effectively
  • Implement effective communication best practices in your organization
Intended Audiences: Communications staff, development staff, volunteer managers, executive staff

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.

Community Arts Program; New Applicant Workshops
Zellerback Family Foundation
San Francisco, CA
Date: 09-08-2015

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

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