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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

NEFA Creative Communities Exchange Call

Creative Communities Exchange, Produced by New England Foundation for the Arts - Call for presenters. 
Deadline 12-20-2018

Event date - June 6-7, 2019 | Montpelier, VT | #CCX2019

As a New England artist, cultural organization, or creative business doing important work in your community, you may be engaged in projects that connect arts, culture, and creativity to your community's social, cultural, and economic goals.

Share your creative economy strategies by submitting your community initiative and help to create the content for NEFA's biennial Creative Communities Exchange.

This fast-paced event gathers New England leaders from various sectors (including cultural nonprofits, creative businesses, economic development, city planning, philanthropy, research, government, and more) for networking and practical workshops prepared by their peers. Read more about this unique learning event.


Monday, December 10, 2018

Minsky Fund for Arts Education

Leonard and Renee Minsky Fund for Arts Education (Penobscot and Washington counties)
Deadline 12-15-2018

The Leonard and Renee Minsky Fund for Arts Education supports artists in residence to work with teachers to bring arts into the classrooms of grades three through five in the public schools of Penobscot and Washington counties.

Recognizing the important role the arts can play in a school’s curriculum, the donors established this fund to encourage teachers in grades three through five to work with professional artists to bring the arts into the classroom and, in addition, to integrate a variety of art forms into the standard curriculum. Grant Size: Maximum of $1,000

Teachers will work with professional artists from the visual and/or performing arts, including but not limited to film, video, and other media, theater arts, music, dance, and creative writing. Together, the teacher and teaching artists will design a program in which teachers and students will learn through participating in the art form. The artist will also work with the teachers to develop a unit that will incorporate the arts in a meaningful way, helping the school to meet the Maine Learning Results for Visual and/or Performing Arts.

All public school teachers for grades three through five in Washington County and Penobscot County are eligible for consideration. Although not required, teachers of the three grades are encouraged to work collaboratively to present one arts education unit, and elementary schools with enrollments of 100 or fewer students are encouraged to present one arts education unit for the school. If there is an arts teacher in a related field on staff, that teacher should participate in the design and implementation of the project.


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Humanities Council Major Grants

Maine Humanities Council - Major Grants: $1,001 to $7,500
Deadline 01-30-2019

Support for a variety of larger humanities projects such as exhibits, conferences, films, and other initiatives.

Major grant projects have well-developed thematic content, broad public outreach, and strong scholar participation. The maximum allowed award of $7,500 is available only for exemplary projects under extraordinary circumstances.

Download the application and Excel budget form. Finished application and budget should be emailed to grants@mainehumanities.org


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Stephen Sondheim Awards

John F. Kennedy Center – Stephen Sondheim Awards is accepting nominations
Deadline 12-31-18

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is accepting nominations for the 2019 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards. This series of annual $10,000 grants recognizes inspiring teachers across the United States. The awards were created in honor of Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday and were initiated and funded through the support of Freddie and Myrna Gershon. Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim frequently attributes his success to the teachers in his life. The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards are presented each year on Sondheim’s birthday – March 22 – to a handful of teachers, kindergarten through college, who are nominated via the Kennedy Center website.

By spotlighting the extraordinary impact teachers have on the lives of their students, the awards celebrate the teaching profession, the important role of teachers in society, and seek to inspire others to pursue this noble profession. Along with the $10,000 Award, the selected teachers are showcased on the Kennedy Center website.

Nominees must be legal residents of the United States who currently teach or have taught in a K-12 school, college, or university in the United States. Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas are eligible. For posthumous awards, the $10,000 shall be donated in the name of the nominated teacher, to an eligible non-profit educational organization. Such organization must be affiliated with a K-12 school, school system, college or university in the United States.  To nominate a teacher, you must be at least 18 years of age and must have been the Nominee’s student. Nominations can be a written, audio, or video story.

 If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out Kaitlyn Burke, at kburke@kennedy-center.org.


Friday, December 7, 2018

High School Concerto Competition

Bangor Symphony Orchestra Call for Maine High School Concerto Competition
Deadline 01-18-2019

For years the Bangor Symphony Orchestra has been encouraging and recognizing the outstanding talents of Maine’s high school instrumentalists. We invite you to become a part of this long history by participating in the 35th Annual Maine High School Concerto Competition. Download the application at the bottom of this page!

The first-prize winner for the Annas-Cupp Award will be featured in a concerto performance with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your talents and become part of Bangor Symphony Orchestra history!


Thursday, December 6, 2018

ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award

ASCAP Foundation is accepting submission for Young Jazz Composer Award
Deadline 12-15-2018

Established in 1975, the ASCAP Foundation is dedicated to nurturing the music talent of tomorrow, preserving the legacy of the past, and sustaining the creative incentive for today's creators through educational, professional, and humanitarian programs and activities that serve the entire music community.

To that end, the foundation, in partnership with the Herb Alpert Foundation, is accepting applications for its Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. Through the annual program, monetary prizes are awarded to encourage talented young jazz composers. To be considered, applicants must submit an original score of a composition accompanied by a CD (indicating the proper track, if applicable).

To be eligible, applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or enrolled as a student with a student visa. All applicants must be under the age of 30.

For complete program guidelines and application procedures, visit the ASCAP Foundation website.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Affordable Care Act Enrollment

Open enrollment for healthcare through the Affordable Care Act is here
Deadline 12-15-2018

Enrollment is open from November 1st to December 15th.

You can get free personal assistance with enrollment by calling the help line at 1-800-965-7476.
Subsidies are increasing, and the vast majority of Mainers are eligible for them.
Please also forward this to your creative friends so they get the information as well.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

American Music Abroad Grant

American Music Abroad program 
Deadline 01-20-2019

The American Music Abroad program is designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions to the global music scene as it fosters cross-cultural communication and people-to-people connection to global audiences.

Any characteristically American musical genres are welcome to apply in genres including but not limited to: Blues, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country, Folk, Latin, Native American, Gospel, Hip Hop/Urban, Indie Rock, Jazz, Punk, R&B and Zydeco.

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, American Voices will arrange a series of Two-week long, multi-country cultural exchange programs including public concerts, interactive performances with local traditional musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions and media interviews and performances.  These tours will focus on younger and underserved audiences in over 40 countries around the world with little or no access to live American musical performances.  American Music Abroad ensembles are currently expected to travel in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America and Eastern Europe.

Prior to the respective tours, each ensemble will partake in an American Music Abroad @Home program in Washington, D.C., which includes performances and workshops at schools in underserved communities, immigrant community centers and foreign embassies.

We invite you to use this site to learn more about the American Music Abroad application process, the bands selected to serve as American cultural ambassadors, the countries they visit and to follow their journeys as they tour globe.


Monday, December 3, 2018

Portland Ovations Job

Portland Ovations - O2 Director of Community Engagement
Deadline open until filled 

With responsibility for directing and managing all Portland Ovations activity that happens beyond the concert stage, the Ovations Offstage (O2) Director of Community Engagement champions the vision and drives program expansion for Ovations Offstage in accordance with Ovations’ strategic plan O2020 and O2’s Three Pillars. Responsibilities span from strategic expansion to program design and execution to partnership development and department-related development activity. The Director of Community Engagement oversees the O2 School Programs Manager and collaborates closely with the Programming Manager to cohesively realize the execution of Ovations’ programs onstage and off.

Key responsibilities include:

·         Prepare, monitor and manage department budgets, O2020 metrics and annual goals.
·         Oversee the O2 School Programs, and manages the resources of that subset of activities.
·         Plan and execute all community-based, public activities with visiting artists including masterclasses, community workshops, talkbacks, symposia/panels.
·         Curate and moderate, as is necessary, pre-performance lecture series.
·         Direct and manage all Catalyst-level programs with creation/producing/community-intense residencies.
·         Leverage, nurture and define key community partnerships – and the collaborative programs thereof – that bring greater depth, breadth and visibility to Ovations’ community programs.
·         Lead development efforts in support of Ovations’ community engagement programs and initiatives including major donor stewardship and the preparation and submission of grant proposals. 
·         Work closely with the Marketing Department to promote Offstage events and help grow the audiences/attendance
·         Drive special initiatives that engage community and span departments, including our new program to increase dance audiences, Raise the Barre, and an accessible community ticket program.
·         Help realize Ovations Offstage’s use of potential new home.
·         Provide leadership to the O2 Circle of Advisors committee of stakeholders, partners and board members.

·         Lead expansion efforts related to vacation camps and afternoon programs.

·         3+ years management experience in senior level position(s).
·         Experience working collaboratively across departments to develop and manage inter-departmental initiatives.
·         Experience working with non-profit boards and related committees.
·         Non-profit development experience.

Skills & Qualities
·         Optimistic, visionary self-starter with excellent organization and communication skills.
·         Excellent analytic skills and fluency with budgets.
·         Results-oriented, problem-solving strategic, flexible and creative thinker.
·         A commitment to working with diverse communities.
·         High proficiency in MS Office.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Weekend and evening hours required. Compensation commensurate with experience.

To apply send a cover letter and resume to info@portlandovations.org

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Kress Foundation Art Conservation Grants

Kress Foundation Invites Applications for Art Conservation Projects
Deadline 01-15-2019

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is accepting applications for its Conservation Grants Program, which provides support for the professional practice of art conservation, including conservation research, scholarly publications, and international conferences and symposia.

The program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, the development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focused on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broad audience through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, exhibitions that include a prominent focus on materials and techniques, and other professional events.

Grants are awarded to U.S.-based nonprofit institutions with 501(c)(3) status, including supporting foundations of European institutions

In previous years, grant amounts have ranged from $12,000 to $98,000.