Free Workshop Series
Every three weeks between October and June, San Francisco Friends
of Chamber Music presents a series of free workshops led by experts in the field,
and designed to cover many aspects of career development.
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List of workshops for 2017
GRANT WRITING BASICS: BEGINNERS GUIDE TO GRANTS FOR INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS
Presented by: Lisa Mezzacappa
Tuesday, June 27, 2017: 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Bay Area bassist/bandleader and arts organizer Lisa Mezzacappa leads an introductory workshop on grants for independent musicians. This is the pre-K, absolute beginner's guide to finding and writing grants to support your work. Learn what opportunities are available for musicians, composers and ensembles in the Bay Area; how to prepare your materials and navigate applications; how to assemble a basic project budget and write a project proposal; strategies for preparing work samples; and how to find funders that are a good match for the work you want to do.
THE ART OF MONEY MANAGEMENT: AN INTRO TO FINANCE FOR CREATIVES
Presented by: Sarah C. Brady
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017: 12:15 - 1:45 PM
BYO (Bring your own) brown bag lunch and get ready to master your finances!
led by personal finance consultant Sarah C. Brady, this workshop will focus on practical tools for untangling
your finances and balancing your art and work. We’ll cover methods for maximizing your budget while managing
multiple income streams, and getting your credit in order.
Presented by: Terrence Brewer and Sandy Cressman
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017: 12:30 - 2:00 PM
How can you take your musical idea and bring it to fruition? Independent musicians and
ensembles must balance the scope of their ambitions with ambiguities around gig income,
marketing costs, recording costs, ever-shifting timelines, and fundraising possibilities.
Not to mention finding the right collaborators and venues!
This workshop will begin with experienced project leaders Terrence Brewer and Sandy Cressman
sharing how they have navigated these challenges with their own work. The group will then split up,
with each panelist leading one small group, so that participants can raise specific questions and
gather advice on their own projects. Attendees will walk away with concrete suggestions, and a deeper
knowledge of best practices for how to build and execute successful musical projects.
Presented by: Kevin Causey
TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017: 12:30 - 2:00 PM
From stage banter to gig pursuits, public speaking skills are an
important tool for musicians to better engage their listeners. Today’s
performers and composers are expected to address audiences, students,
booking reps, potential supporters, and a host of others.
Work with an expert artistic and nonprofit leader to hone your
public speaking skills. With decades of experience compelling audiences,
Kevin Causey brings a wealth of knowledge in this free workshop.
Participants will practice and refine their ability to send a spoken
message that complements and enhances their musical message.