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$10,000 = Quality Career Development Training for Artists in 2018

The purpose of this project is to raise $10,000 to career development education for artists. Creatives of all disciplines come to C4 Atlanta to learn the basics of arts marketing, building their own websites, establishing financial accountability, fundraising and strategic business planning all tailored to their specific occupational needs. Funds from this campaign will make possible affordable training of the highest quality for adult artists in Atlanta. The funds will also be used to provide scholarships for artists who demonstrate a financial need.

Why do artists need business training? We believe that small business drives economic growth, and by educating and emboldening artists to think of themselves as arts entrepreneurs, we strengthen the entire city. As creative professionals flourish in their careers, their wages rise, more jobs are created, more businesses succeed, more people are able to buy homes, and more neighbors are able to invest in their community. Professional development isn’t just good for artists; it’s good for Atlanta:

National data shows that artists who receive business development career training have a greater overall earning capacity than artists who don’t.

Arts nonprofits alone (not counting film and freelance work) contribute to over a half billion dollars in the city of Atlanta. Yet, artists earn, on average, $11,000 less per year than their peers in the professional sector. That is why our programs must remain affordable and accessible to a workforce that gives back so much to our city.

C4 Atlanta is the premier resource for career development for artists in Atlanta. Last year alone, we serviced over 1,200 artists through training and career building resources.

Without our scholarship program, many of our students in greatest need of our education would not be able to receive the services we provide. Give today to support the future of art(ists) in Atlanta!

Y’allywood Film Festival

The Y’allywood Film Festival is an Atlanta based organization showcasing the finest in Southern Cinema. Over the past 4 years we’ve built a reputation of being a fun, forward-thinking, hands on festival with a growing community of loyal contributing filmmakers.

Y’allywood features events focused on building relationships and elevating the Southern filmmaking community through collaboration, conversation, and celebration. We are presenting our biggest and best festival yet this year for Y’allywood 4 at 7 Stages Theatre! Our mission does not stop there – we are looking to the future with a Y’allywood Road Show and pulling out all the stops for Y’allywood 5!

Your contribution to Y’allywood enhances our efforts and enables us to grow through spreading the unique and engaging art of our filmmakers with our audience and building a stronger film community in our city!

Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival

About the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival

 

Now entering our 3rd year, the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival is becoming the premiere musical theatre festival in the Southeast. In just 2 years, we have presented 7 new musicals over 5 days, in 3 venues, to more than 700 patrons. We remain committed to providing actors, directors, music directors, choreographers, designers, and technicians with opportunities to develop their craft.

The AMTF was born out of a desire to motivate artists to write new musicals. Benjamin Davis, Founder and Executive Artistic Director, is an actor and producer. After participating in the New York Musical Festival in 2015 as a producer, Ben saw an opportunity in the Atlanta community to nurture the writing population.

“We are most excited about creating a safe space for national and local artists to develop new work. We also want to make sure we provide an opportunity for emerging actors, directors, choreographers, musicians, and all theatre artists to hone their craft,” said Davis, Founder and Executive Artistic Director. “The Festival encourages artists to create their own opportunities, and to support and learn from each other.”

Sponsorship and donor opportunities are now available for our 2018 festival. You can find a breakdown of sponsor and donor giving levels below.


Donor Levels & Benefits

Ensemble - Under $50
Librettist - $50 to $99
Orchestrator - $100 to $249
Lyricist - $250 to $499
Composer - $500 to $750

Sponsorship Opportunities

Titanium Sponsor - $10,000
Platinum Sponsor - $5,000
Gold Sponsor - $2500
Silver Sponsor - $1000
Bronze Sponsor - $750

Mission Statement

“The Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival will cultivate the next generation of theatre artists by mentoring talent, propelling new musicals forward, and celebrating the community in a supportive, nurturing, and creative environment.”

In just 2 years, AMTF has connected more than 200 artists and provided them with the resources they need to develop new musicals here in Atlanta.


Where is the money going?

It takes a lot of money for a successful event like this. We must rent out venues as well as sound and lighting equipment. This includes microphones, amps, monitors, as well as musicians and their instruments. We also have an extremely hard working staff, made up of our general manager, director of development, production manager, technical director, publicist, creative director and a photographer/videographer. These people work tirelessly to put the festival together. We will also need a lot of promotional items as we gear up for the festival, including postcards, posters, programs, stickers and a step & repeat. All of these items cost us money, and we can’t do this without your help.

The Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival : EMPOWER Campaign

One of the greatest things about The AMTF is that it gives new work the opportunity to be SEEN and experienced. 
Through the EMPOWER campaign, The AMTF will be able to keep ticket prices at an affordable $15-a 40% discount from last year’s prices-so that everyone can have the opportunity to share in the fun.
This EMPOWERS anyone with the ability to see, enjoy, experience these brand new works.
But? We need to make up the difference. And for that, we need your support. Please check out our donation levels below. Every dollar amount, large and small, helps us keep ticket prices low so that cost is never an obstacle.
We have some wonderful perks for donating, including digital poster downloads (extended to almost every donor level exclusively through this campaign) invitation to select rehearsals and even reserved seating at the festival.
Be a part of the art by making your FULLY DEDUCTIBLE tax donation today.

Mission Statement

The mission of the AMTF is to “cultivate the next generation of theatre artists by mentoring talent, propelling new musicals forward, and celebrating the community in a supportive, nurturing, and creative environment.


Where is the money going?

It takes a lot of money for a successful event like this. We must rent out venues as well as sound and lighting equipment. This includes microphones, amps, monitors, as well as musicians and their instruments. We also have an extremely hard working staff, made up of our general manager, director of development, production manager, technical director, publicist, creative director and a photographer/videographer. These people work tirelessly to put the festival together. We will also need a lot of promotional items as we gear up for the festival, including postcards, posters, programs, stickers and a step & repeat. All of these items cost us money, and we can’t do this without your help.

The Humble Telescopes (THT)

The Humble Telescopes (THT) focus on nurturing the psychological and self-fulfillment needs of the youth served at Covenant House, Families First, CHRIS Kids, and Nicholas House. THT utilizes arts and culture to bring intentional, relevant and safe workshops to:

  • address the disparities in access and exposure to art
  • provide a safe creative outlet
  • improve social development and emotional intelligence that enables the youth to establish healthy relationships
  • gain confidence and a fulfilled sense of self
  • get closer to achieving their full potential

The years of direct engagement led THT to do more research about the state of homeless youth and those in the foster care system, all considered to be at-risk. As of May 2016, more than 3,330 homeless and runaway youth, ages 14-25, have been reported to be in shelters, on the streets, or in other precarious housing situations in the metro Atlanta area. In 2014, the number of children and youth in foster care rose to 13,000 while the number of 4,000 foster homes remained the same. The number of child and youth supersedes the number exiting the system. To further compound the issue, state funds do not cover the current need thus perpetuating the struggles of shelters and youth-serving organizations to meet the immediate needs of this population.

The Humble Telescopes is led by a group of friends with an idea years ago to focus on good. Frederic Sisouvanh received his Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration and currently works with youth in the foster care system in various capacities at Families First. Stephanie Kong received her Bachelors in Social Work and utilized art therapy to work with children in the foster care system. Together they have over 10 years of volunteer work focused on at-risk and homeless youth. Working with childhood friend and artist, Wonho Lee, and award-winning Atlanta photographer, Ryan Vizzions, who played an integral role to bringing forth the Humble Telescopes (THT), these friends developed nine workshops over the last year connecting legendary Atlanta artists to homeless youth and those in the foster care system. The artists they have worked with include:

  • Fahamu Pecou
  • Paper Frank and Nuri Durr
  • Dr. Dax
  • Kyle Brooke
  • Peter Ferrari
  • Fabian Williams
  • Mister Totem
  • Brandon Sadler aka Rising Red Lotus
  • DJ Burn One and Indeedface

Nonprofit Administration Fellowship & Clinic – Phase 1: Research

Hi, I’m Daniel and my company, Summers.Solutions, is creating a Nonprofit Administration Fellowship & Clinic: a way for graduate students to receive practical experience while providing free aid to local nonprofits and charitable projects.

What’s that again?
Similar concept as a Legal Aid Clinic, but focused on providing free assistance to charitable projects, staffed by graduate students.

Oh, and we want to make it a program that can be implemented anywhere and not just Atlanta.

Setting Mutual Expectations

To be clear, this is a multi-phase endeavor and this project covers Phase 1 only, during which we will research the pedagogy, costs, and other requirements of creating such a program; secure academic partnerships; install an initial program advisory council; and identify potential donors, sponsors, and community partners.

Does anyone need some free advice?

To help identify potential needs to be addressed by the larger program, Summers.Solutions will provide free marketing advice and basic administrative guidance to local artists and nonprofits during Phase 1.

The only catch: we’re going to take those free advice sessions and turn them into progress blogs and videos, tutorials and interviews, case studies, email updates, and similar content that will be regularly freely released online at Summers.Solutions.

But Planning isn’t Free
We’re prepared to spend 20 hours a week (minimum) for the next 6 months on this project. That includes all of the time for all of the things, including providing free advice to artists for the case studies, meetings with partner organizations, creating and analyzing data, determining a viable funding strategy for Phase 2, and more.

But, there are bills to be paid during that time, as well as some incremental cost to doing the research project (materials, insurance, and such).

Maybe you can help me help others?

Ways to get involved
There are two main ways to be involved in this project:

  1. Donate through this website. Donations are tax-deductible; Donors receive recognition and regular updates on the project.
  2. Invest via our main website. Investments are not donations; however, Investors get to have a say in how the project is run, guiding the process through online surveys as well as some investor-only meetups.

It’s totally cool to be both. (hint hint)

What’s the goal of Phase 1?
A big fancy “Phase 2: Implementation campaign” proposal with lots of charts, graphs, case studies, testimonials, funding and budget recommendations, letters of intent, and more presented at a fun, free, public reception.

Want more information?
Visit us online at Summers.Solutions and sign-up for our email updates.

About Daniel & Summers.Solutions
Daniel Summers, Jr, is the head cat at Summers.Solutions, a coaching agency specializing in nonprofit/cause-driven arts, culture, and destination marketing. Daniel works with those who are new to marketing or leadership roles to improve their business practices in order to better fulfill their altruistic mission. He serves a Secretary of the Board of Directors for the ATL Airport area destination marketing organization. Daniel is also on the national PR and Marketing professional networking board of the American Alliance of Museums.

CRITICAL CROP TOP: SUMMER OF SKETCH

What is a Critical Crop Top?

That is a very good question, my friend! Critical Crop Top is a women-run production company that creates comedic content in the form of short web videos, live sketch shows, and podcasts. The key thing that makes Critical Crop Top different from your average, everyday comedy group is that we tell stories and make jokes from a socially conscious perspective.

Critical Crop Top provides opportunities for women and minorities to write, produce, direct, and perform original material from their unique perspectives, because we believe that comedy brings communities together and fosters social change. Feminism? Check. Frank and funny jabs at the parts of society that put us in hot pursuit of social justice? Check. Fart jokes? Double check.

In addition to our short comedy videos and weekly podcast, (which you can find more information about on www.criticalcroptop.com) we also produce a live sketch comedy show right here in Atlanta! And that, my friend, is where you come in.


What is the 2017 Summer of Sketch?

We are currently raising money for our 2017 Summer of Sketch: three sketch comedy shows in June, August, and September, with five total performances. We will assemble a diverse group of Atlanta writers/performer to create comedic sketches with our special patented blend of satire, social commentary, absurdity, and yes, again, fart jokes.

We produce our sketch shows with three weeks of writing and development and two weeks of rehearsal. In addition to actors performing written sketches, each show will include a spoken word poet, improvised bits, and a musical guest or two to bring new ideas and specialties to the ensemble. Last year, we performed our sketch show for two nights to sold out audiences and we were also profiled in Creative Loafing.

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Where does the money go?

We here at Critical Crop Top are dedicated to paying all the people who make the sketch show happen, including the stage managers and lighting and sound technicians. We think that in order to put on the best show possible, our cast and crew need to be well fed, have a place to call home, and maybe a little extra spending money in their pocket in case they want to add guac.

Your donation will also help us pay for venue rental! We want to make sure we have the coolest spot with plenty of parking, maybe a bar for some adult libations, and a killer stage with enough seating for you and all of your besties. And let’s not forget that to put on the highest quality show, we need proper costumes and props to create the stage magic to makes you laugh so hard you just might pee a little. So we need a little cheddar for that too.

We also think our super-amazing-awesome-totally-rad fiscal sponsor C4 Atlanta needs to get some cred. They help us all year long by making all monetary and in-kind donations to Critical Crop Top tax deductible, so 8% of all the funds we raise go to C4 Atlanta.


What’s in it for me?

Don’t worry, Critical Chums, we are all about reciprocity. Every donation to Critical Crop Top is completely tax deductible thanks to our fiscal sponsor, C4 Atlanta! We accept both monetary and in-kind donations from individuals as well businesses.

If you are a corporation or business that would like to partner with Critical Crop Top as an sponsor, we offer a number of affordable tiers with opportunities for community engagement that will fit your budget. If you’re interested in becoming a business sponsor please email us at criticalcroptop@gmail.com  for more information.

Thanks for donating, Crop Toppers! We can’t wait to entertain you this summer!

boom

SAVE HUMANITY FROM IMMINENT EXTINCTION with Tribal Theatre Group’s biggest production yet!


The Play

A personal ad for sex to change the course of the world means exactly that: the future of humanity depends on biologist Jules and journalism student Jo when a global catastrophe strikes. A stocked underground bunker, hundreds of diapers, and an aquarium are all these last two survivors have to keep the species alive in this comedy about evolutionary biology, the human will to survive, and four tropical fish.

boom premiered in 2008, and since has only become more relevant.  In a fractured, frightening time, boom dares us to hope in the face of calamity.  It is a story about human resilience, about our ability to confront the unconfrontable, to survive the unsurvivable, and how we can only overcome radical change and disruption by banding together.

Now, more than ever, we need stories about striving for a better future.  We need expressions of hope, of unity, of community.  We need our tribes to help uplift us.  And that’s where you come in.  Join our Tribe with a donation and help us spread the word, so we can bring this important play, in its fullest form, to as many people as we can.

boom will perform January 12 – 22, 2017, at Back House Theatre, 368 Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30308.  Tickets are available now.

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*some of the perks may take us a couple of days to get to you, since we don’t receive live updates of our donors.  But fear not — you will have them shortly!


The Production

We adhere to a minimalist aesthetic for both practical and philosophical reasons. We want as few things on the stage to distract from the story as possible, and we want to keep our costs down.  All that we need and nothing we don’t.

There are some things we have to buy, though.  The three biggest items in our budget are renting performance space, licensing production rights, and, most importantly, paying our cast and crew.

With your help and generosity, we’ll be able to expand our technical capabilities with lights and sound. (We do have to simulate the end of the world on stage, after all.)  We’ll be able to keep our set and props on the right side of the minimalist-to-shoddy continuum.  We’ll be able to pay our people what they deserve.

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We are trying to pay our cast as close to the Equity small-theatre minimum as possible.  An arts community only flourishes if the artists can afford to be artists.  Our fundraising goal already includes money to pay our cast, but not enough to meet the Equity minimum.  Any money raised past the goal will go toward paying the artists, not toward making the production needlessly elaborate.

Your dollars will not be wasted on the extraneous or the vain.  Every cent will go toward what is necessary to make the show happen and toward paying the brilliant artists who’ve signed on to do this play for pure love of the craft, with no thought of treasure.


The Principles

We create community through creating theatre.

The functional theatre is an exercise in community.  Our work together makes us not only better theatremakers and audience members, it makes us better citizens and better people. It serves as both example and proof-of-concept of harmony in action.  The world is cynical, and we find that choosing faith in each other is harder and harder. There is no unity anymore, we hear and say, there is no civility, there is no civilization.

We counter that: yes, there is—we’re building it right here, right now, together.


The People

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Daniel Carter Brown is Artistic Director of New Origins Theatre Company, and has appeared with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Out of Box Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, and others around town. An actor and playwright, Dan’s play Honor the System received its world premiere at Out of Box in November 2016.

Kirstin Calvert starred in Mr. Marmalade for The Seedling Project, is playing Calphurnia in Caesar:60 for the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, as well as having tread the boards at The Fern Theatre, Onion Man Productions, and more.

Elin Rose Hill is back on stage after spending some time directing and producing.  She’s a founder of Catalyst Arts Atlanta , former intern at Actor’s Express, and directed the Tribe’s last show, Red Light Winter.  She will be attending the National Theatre Institute in the spring.

Chris Schulz is making his directorial debut.  As an actor, he has appeared in the Tribe’s last two shows, Red Light Winter and The Dumb Waiter, as well as with Essential Theatre, OnStage Atlanta, and elsewhere.


Questions?

Go to our website or Facebook page and get in touch!  Explore to see more about who we are, what we’ve done in the past, and join the Tribe.

T . Lang Dance Company : Post

Post, set inside an antebellum home with an interactive revival tent on the lawn, focuses on connecting historical past with historical present using dance and technology as a bridge to explore the depths of human behavior and emotional connectivity. Seeing the multiplicity of these two forms, T. Lang Dance collaborates with digital media engineers Jessica Anderson and Sebastian Monroy and visual artists George Long and David Baerwald in reimagining past, present and future.

Artistic Director and choreographer, T. Lang will invent movement that will be performed inside an antebellum home where each room is activated with responsive elements. The use of sensors and actuators in the performance environment is an exploration of generative art techniques within a real-time performative movement piece. The visual artists will create the imagery incorporated into interactive experiences, while the digital media engineers will design and program the responsive effects.

The embedded technology is being customized for Post to include responsive digital environmental effects and a large projected mapped space, allowing effects to both exist within the antebellum home and on the lawn inside a revival tent. The intentional combination of interactive technologies, dance, and visual art aims to conceptualize another perspective towards reunification and cosmic order.

Post will break new ground merging contemporary dance and state-of-the-art techniques in performance technology, yielding a space where dancers can perform with a digitally-augmented responsive environment. All four movements have masterfully blended entry points of creative exploration by intersecting dance, technology, and afrofuturism. These forms experiment with reimagining and contextualizing historical references through an untapped yet curious lens for performance.

Post explores the aftermath of reunification during America’s reconstruction era. This work investigates personal journeys of healing from lost memories while regaining a new sense of resilience ignited by dreams. Post steps inside the power of cosmic order and the extreme spectrums adjusting to a new time and space. Through entangled aggressive movements to staggeringly tender moments, this final work explores the familiar complexities of rediscovery as the search for love ends to only begin again.

Murmur Media Yearly Programs Initiative

Since 2014, Murmur has served as a unique resource for Atlanta artists, activists, and creatives. Our programming offers accessible, invaluable insight into DIY culture. We are an organization that provides spaces, tools, and educational opportunities with the specific intention of facilitating each individual’s involvement in DIY media. Murmur’s vision is to make this as expansive and affordable as possible. Our success can be defined by the scope of our community outreach as we strive to include underserved and untapped groups.

Murmur is a resource not only for local creatives, but also for the people of Downtown Atlanta. On a functional level, we are a DIY space providing South Downtown with a mix of interactive ephemeral media activities, facilitating the exploration of ideas and issues that permeate within the community. This allows us to attract and impact a diverse landscape of minds, from those that frequent South Broad Street on a day to day basis, students, people of color and LGBTQ folks. We remain intentionally accessible to whoever would like to become involved in our events.

Currently, we are undergoing a number of programmatic, structural, and operational changes requiring community support to ensure we remain a strong creative and social incubator. As a small non-profit organization, public support keeps Murmur open and functioning. In addition to supporting our programming, your donation will go toward major repairs to our space on Broad Street. It’s been a hot summer and we need your help to literally keep Murmur cool!

Your donation of as little as $35 can help us significantly improve our operations.

Please consider supporting our efforts to keep Murmur cool and accessible to the South Downtown creative community and beyond!

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Nina Dolgin for Murmur
Estela Semeco for Murmur
Julian Cano for Murmur