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Rainin Opportunity Fund Application
October 16
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ODC THEATER ANNOUNCES 2015 RAININ OPPORTUNITY FUND FOR SELF-PRODUCING ARTISTS


Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, October 16, 2015.

 

ODC Theater has partnered with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation to create an eponymous opportunity fund at ODC to support self-producing artists through its open access rental program. The Rainin Foundation has made a commitment of $20,000 per year for three years to support the administration of scholarship subsidies to self-producing artists in ODC Theater’s main stage.

Up to ten artists will be awarded a scholarship to self-produce/rent ODC’s B. Way Theater from November 1, 2015 – March 31, 2017. Applications will be considered and scored by a panel, and the awarded artists will receive a subsidized rental week in the theater. Subsidy scholarships will cover a minimum of 50% of the production space and labor costs for the artists.

Scholarships will be awarded based on artistic merit and need.

Deliver electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format to: opportunityfund@odctheater.org.

ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS

• Recipients must be San Francisco Bay Area dance artists.
• Recipients must self-produce and offer a public performance in ODC Theater’s main space (B. Way Theater) within November 1, 2015 – March 31, 2017.
•  A signed MOU will be required within 30 days of notification in order to claim the scholarship and confirm dates.
•  All promotional materials (print and electronic) will be asked to acknowledge the Rainin Opportunity Fund at ODC Theater.
•  All recipients will be required to complete a post-production report and participate in grant reporting, as needed.
• Any previous or current Rainin funding received by the applicant directly from the foundation will not be a factor in consideration for this scholarship.

HOW TO APPLY
Submit a proposal in Microsoft Word or PDF format that includes the following:

1.  INFORMATION:
• ARTIST or COMPANY NAME
• ARTIST or COMPANY WEBSITE
• PRIMARY CONTACT NAME, TITLE, PHONE NUMBER, MAILING ADDRESS, and EMAIL ADDRESS
• PROPOSED PRODUCTION NAME & BRIEF DESCRIPTION
• CHOREOGRAPHER(S) and COLLABORATORS (if applicable and different from artist/company name)

2. PLEASE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS:
•  Why is ODC Theater the best venue for this particular work or performance?
• Do you have dates secured at ODC Theater?
     - If not, what are your preferred dates?
• What are the total expenses projected for your engagement (creation to presentation)?
• What percentage of that is performance space and labor?
• What other funding sources are you pursuing or have you secured for this engagement?
• How will this budget relief help you or expand your capacity, specifically?
For example, we will be able to invest XX dollars in marketing and hope to increase our projected audience attendance to XX%. Or, we traditionally have paid a flat rate to performers for rehearsal and performance. Having space and labor partially underwritten will allow us to augment performance fees by XX%

3. WORK SAMPLE:
• 5 minutes maximum
• Please include a brief description of how this sample relates to your proposed production.
• The panel will review the 5 minute excerpt you provide, but is always happy to have the entire work available to see more and/or understand the arc of work sample you’re sharing.
• Online video links or URLs are required. Please include any passwords necessary and ensure the video is accessible through November 1, 2015.

IMPORTANT DATES
October 16, 2015: Applications are due by 5:00 PM on October 16, 2015.
November 4, 2015: Scholarship recipients will be notified.
December 4, 2015:
2015 recipients will be publically announced

Please direct any questions to ODC Theater Programming and Operations Manager Mica Pirie at MicaP@odctheater.org.

Sample Bid Estimate for Opportunity Fund Recipients
2015 Rainin Opportunity Fund RFP

About Kenneth Rainin Foundation
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation seeks to further the memory of its founder and fulfill his vision of dramatically improving the human experience through collaborating with others with similar values to create the energy to make positive change. Kenneth Rainin’s vision was guided by the belief that improved quality of life is possible through innovation, inquiry, creativity, and synergistic interactions. www.krfoundation.org

About ODC Theater

ODC Theater has been located in San Francisco's Mission district for over thirty years. Nationally recognized as a cultural landmark, the Theater’s mission is to empower and develop innovative artists. It aims to participate in the creation of new works through commissioning, presenting, mentorship and space access; to develop informed, engaged and committed audiences; and to advocate for the performing arts as an essential component to the economic and cultural development of our community. Nationally known artists Spalding Gray, Diamanda Galas, Molissa Fenley, Bill T. Jones, Eiko & Koma, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, Ban Rarra and Karole Armitage are among those whose first San Francisco appearance occurred at ODC Theater. Today, the Theater is home to a thriving Artist in Residence Program, an acclaimed regional and national presenting program, a mentorship program for emerging professionals, and a subsidized rental program for self-producing artists.  www.odctheater.org

 

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