Author: Morgan Carlisle

Resourcefulness is the Bedrock of Artistry

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Published 3/23, last updated 6/10.

The Team here at C4 Atlanta would like to provide a list of resources for Artist’s needs during this COVID-19 quarantine. Many organizations and groups we love are putting resources in the artist’s hands. We’ll share those lists, some specific Atlanta resources and other materials to support you through these unprecedented times. If there’s a resource you want to add to this list, please reach out to with the links and we’ll add! 

for the times they are a-changin’

C4 Atlanta is currently accepting donations for our own Atlanta Lost Gig Fund


If you find that our application form is closed, please check back! We are tracking funds and distributing them as quickly as possible. The form will return as money flows in. Spread the link.

Opportunity Arts is a service of C4 Atlanta. The board includes training opportunities like upcoming grants, and JOBS. Check it out here:

Please see recorded sessions of COVID-19 Concerned programming, covering Insurance and Finances.

Invest Atlanta creATL Relief Fund – Just announced!

The Center For Cultural Power (@culturestrike) “No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide

Teach from home resources Tools from Google to help navigate our transition to all virtual learning.

Comprehensive Lists 

Compiled by Organizations. Click their name to be taken directly to their lists:

A State-by-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals

CNN Interactive How to help. Organized by sector of interest to you.

GrantStation Here you’ll find the latest coronavirus grant funding opportunities for nonprofits, small businesses, journalists, and artists, updated each business day and listed by deadline date.

U.S. Department of Arts and Culture A resource guide for Artists, Emergency Management Agencies, Funders, Policy-Makers,
and Communities Responding to Natural and Civil Emergencies


ATL Design-ish – Creative Mutual Aid

Alliance of Artists Communities – Great information on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)


Atlanta COVID-19 Solidarity & Mutual Aid Master Resource Document (Specifically for Students)

Americans for the Arts

Center for Civic Innovation

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists


Dream Warriors Foundation

She Shreds Magazine (specifically for musicians) 

Roswell Arts Fund – Includes kid-specific activities and resources!

Artwork Archive  Covid-19 Financial guide

Atlanta Based Resources

Grants & Funds:

MAMA Fund Atlanta Mutual Aid Fund – Link to Apply or Donate to fund.

Artist Emergency Relief Fund Now open! Augusta Cultural Arts Consortium, application HERE awards up to $500 for Lost Gigs

Georgia Women Artist Relief Fund The Georgia Women Artists Relief Fund will provide much needed assistance to working female visual artists in Georgia whose livelihoods have been challenged due to COVID-19.

Gwinnett Creativity Fund For 2020, the GCF Operations Grant has been designed to provide an element of support for arts organizations that have felt the impact of Covid-19 and have begun charting a course to emerge stronger. These grants are administered and managed by Explore Gwinnett. There are also Project Grants available. Virtual info sessions May 7th & 8th.

Georgia Council For The Arts Resiliency Grants – Funding to support non-profit arts organizations recovering from COVID-19 shutdowns.

Georgia Humanities CARES Act Emergency Operating Grants

Georgia Humanities is making funds available for operating support to nonprofit organizations offering humanities programming to Georgians.The intent behind this funding is to get relief to organizations quickly in order to meet urgent financial needs. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 11:30p.m. EDT.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program $125,000 Investments in Atlanta Small Businesses.

Quick Assist Fund For Jazz Artists Up to $1000 in grants for jazz artists facing hardship due to COVID-19.


Alternate Roots (must be a member to apply)

Food/Groceries/Delivery Services:

Atlanta Artist Emergency Relief Fund Facebook Group AAERF Website

Atlanta Community Food Bank

Atlanta Survival Program

Lakewood Environmental Arts Foundation  (L.E.A.F.)

Food Well Alliance


GA Department of Labor 

SNAP Benefits (food stamps) – SNAP Benefits are expanding during COVID-19. You may be eligible even if you weren’t previously.

Navigating Unemployment for Theater Artists


Grady Nurse Advice Line (Free, for advice regarding general health concerns – not COVID-19) – (404) 616-0600

Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Hotline (if you think you may have contracted COVID-19, have questions or have been exposed) – (844) 442-2681 

Atlanta Free and Discounted Services Spreadsheet

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health

Where to Find Funds, Beyond Atlanta:

IFundWomen Enterprise Brokered Grants Various grants for women available

Actos de Confianza: NALAC Micro-Grant NALAC has committed $25,000 to seed this first phase of emergency relief efforts to Latinx artists and arts administrators.

National Endowment for the Arts The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy. The National Endowment for the Arts will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19.

SBA Disaster Loans and Emergency Grants Do artists qualify for the SBA disaster loan and $10,000 Emergency Grant? More importantly, should artists apply? The short answer is YES, and here’s some stuff you should know.

The Actors Fund (for everyone in entertainment) – Services include emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care and insurance counseling, senior care, secondary career development and more.

CERF+ is readiness, relief and resilience for studio artists.

The Creator Fund

Emergency Funds for Writers

Leveler (mobile preferred site) A wealth distribution tool. Great if you want to help, great if you’re in need. Read the Guidelines Here.

When Quarantined (like NOW) and Trying to Keep Up Mental/Emotional/Spiritual Beingness:

Everything is moving online, Artwork Archive is here to help you through the transition with a Webinar, April 9th @2pm EST:

Volunteer Opportunities: This page features virtual and on-site volunteer opportunities to aid communities impacted by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Thousands of volunteers like you are needed daily. Check back often to find ways you can help during these difficult times.

Free classes at YMCA:

Dance classes:

Dance ATL’s list of Virtual Dance Offerings Many are FREE and open to the public!

Adobe products for students: Sessions:

Places + Spaces: Navigating Workspaces In-Person and Online

Arts Administration 101: The History of Arts Management & Arts Organizations in America

Self Advocacy and Self Care for Artists and Arts Administrators of Color

Creating Online POC Arts Communities

Antigone in Ferguson: Building a Chorus That Can’t Preach to Itself (by Design)

Utilizing Community to Achieve Creative Revitalization

Art Beats Atlanta Art Beats Atlanta is a co-op of Atlanta-area arts and culture organizations with a mission to increase engagement between the public and the vibrant professional arts community of the greater Atlanta area.

2020 Audition Q&A with Theatre Pros


With the Atlanta Unified Auditions coming up, we at C4 Atlanta wanted to share some insights from the Audition Q&A with Theatre Pros event from last month. 

This event was graciously hosted by Freddie Ashley in Actors Express’ theater and Laura Cole was the Moderator.

All responses are edited for clarity and brevity, as we wanted you to have the summary of the feelings and observations from the panelists. The first part consists of general statements made in conversation with the moderator and the second part answers direct questions from the moderator and audience.

Panelists sitting on stage addressing a crowd of actors.

The Panel Included:

Freddie Ashley, Actor’s Express

Laura Cole, Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse

Jody Feldman, Alliance Theatre

Clarissa Crawford, True Colors Theatre

Jarrad Howard, Audition Revolution

General Statements/observations:

Statements on choosing what materials to present:

  • You only have 90 seconds. There is no value in cramming as much as you can into that time. Figure out the cleanest and simplest way to show your range.
  • Don’t do Shakespeare at the audition unless that is all you want to do in life. We [Shakespeare Tavern] will see your credits on your resume. Use your time to show your versatility. 
  • Do not sing if you are not a singer. Do two monologues instead.
  • Try contrasting your song with your monologue. If you have an upbeat song, contrast it with a dramatic monologue.
  • Do the strongest thing first. I like wonderful segues from one thing to the other. 
  • Do not be too general as you still need to pick monologues that are specific and character driven. People start looking the same to us over time. The best thing you can do is to show up and be you; fully and confidently.  
  • Don’t do material that’s already on your resume. It looks like you don’t care to work hard. 

Statements on Music:

  • We are not looking for you to do the hardest song you can find. If it sounds difficult don’t choose it. 
    • Think of the accompanist too, as they may have a hard time playing a difficult song for you.
  • Do not try something new while auditioning. Pick a song that you can consistently sing. Stay in your range and do not try to simply hit the highest note you can make.

Statements on Presence/Behavior:

  • Everybody out there watching you is rooting for you. We want you to be good. 
  • Please do not use “recital hands” while singing (hands crossed or cupped in front).  
  • Tips for how to treat the accompanist
    • The accompanist has the job, you are getting the job. Treating the accompanist poorly will only reflect poorly on you. 
    • Be polite and say “hi, how are you” tell them your song and if they ask to set tempo with you, you can tap your leg to set it. 
    • Do not snap your fingers at the accompanist to give tempo. It can be seen as rude.
    • You can tell the accompanist the last line of your monologue before you start the song (if you decide to plan it that way). This will help transition smoothly into your song.  
    • If the accompanist messes up, do not acknowledge it. Keep singing, as it is your time and you need to own it. The accompanist will catch up or stop to allow you to have your moment. 
    • Do not cut eyes at the accompanist for making a mistake. Thank them afterwards and keep it moving. 
  • We want to know that you are confident and a good person to work with. If you go in with an “if I don’t do well, I will not get any Atlanta auditions” attitude, you are putting too much pressure on yourself. That simply is not the truth. Relax your nerves, use your breath and breathe before your auditions. 
  • You don’t have the gig when you walk in the room. It’s not yours, so you only have something to gain from auditioning, nothing to lose. You are only walking into possibilities, not boundaries. 
  • I am a worrier, so I worry when actors are having a hard time. Please don’t let me know you have messed up. Don’t give it away. Keep the confidence you started with, because many of us will not hold a mistake to you.
  • Introduce yourself, state your number and take a good beat to drop in, because now you are entering character. Stick the landing once you get to the end of your monologue. Let it set with us. 
  • Don’t tell us what you are going to do beforehand. Don’t take up every possible moment with talking. Use intentional pauses as a tactic. 
  • The way you conduct yourself in your professional life will follow you. Be kind.

Statements on What to Wear: 

  • Present the most polished version of you. Don’t try to be something you are not. Be comfortable. Look normal and professional. Look like your headshot. 
  • Coming in with character shoes can make you look outdated and also similar to fifty other people who choose to wear character shoes.
  • Make sure you wear shoes you can walk in. Auditioning is not a good time to try out those new stilettos. 
  • Wearing black may blend you into the background if it is black. Consider something that will make you stand out. 

Statements on Resumes:

  • Do not put the name of the theater building of your college. We don’t know what that is.
  • Don’t lie about your experience on your resume. Don’t exaggerate when you take a class at a theater and then say you were in the actual show at that theater. 

Direct Questions:

What is something one of you really don’t ever want to see in a minute in a half audition?

  • Confusing good acting with simply yelling and swearing
  • Dirty monologues in a cattle call audition. That is not going to grab our attention. It makes it look like you are desperate for attention and makes us [auditors] feel like we need a shower. No explicit sexual or graphic material. No animal killing jokes. 
  • People who are not funny, trying to do comedy for contrast in their monologues. If you are not comfortable with comedy, don’t do it. Find your contrast in language choice or high and low status monologues.
  • If it’s not something you can do consistently over and over, don’t do it. Be familiar with the work you are using.
  • Get an honest coach that will tell you what you do not do well and what you should do.
  • This should not be the first time you do your package in front of people. Even if it’s in front of fellow actors, make sure someone sees it before you audition.

If an actor is not equity and not going to Unfieds what is the best way to be seen?

  • Most theaters hold general auditions. They will most likely see non-equity regardless of calls for EPA.  
  • The Alliance can use non-equity if they do not fill with equity. We may have to put you on hold for an audition as we must see EPA first ,but we will try to see you. 
  • You can reach out about the play, but know about it before you do. Do your homework.
  • Do not show up for a private audition or call uninvited. If you feel you are perfect for a role, you can contact the theater. But, do not assume you will get an audition. If a role needs to be filled, we may look into you. If not, accept that we are not interested. 

What about non singers being asked to sing at general auditions?

  • You may be asked to sing “Happy Birthday” just to see if you can hold yourself in an ensemble. We want to hear the quality of your voice, your tune and pitch.
  • Generally, if you are not a singer, don’t sing. 

Are you seeking to hire local?

  • Theaters want local people and prioritize local talent.
    • It’s less expensive. 
    • Atlanta Theaters deeply care about this community and are invested in the art cultural of our city. 
    • Theaters have limited means to house someone who is not based in Atlanta.

Thank you notes?

  • Not for a general Audition. If I spend an hour with you then sure, but no gifts. Don’t spend money you don’t have. 
  • Consider inviting theatres to your show instead.

What if you have the same resume for 2-3 years?

  • If you are auditioning well and not booking things. We may look sympathetic at your situation. 
  • Overall the resume is just a way to get into the door. What you do once you are in is key.
  • Try harder to expand your experience. 
    • Attend readings around town.  
    • Volunteer at theatres to get to know them better.
    • Ask questions and seek out information for more opportunities.


We hope you can find some value in these opinions as you prep for the Unifieds or any audition. Please keep in mind that auditioning is a subjective process. You cannot control what the theatres are looking for, or their needs for upcoming seasons. Needs can change from season to season. So, don’t give up!

Wishing you all the best for your upcoming auditions! -Morgan Carlisle

Artist Highlight: Meet Davion Alston

Davion Alston is an inaugural Warner Media Creative Resident here at C4 Atlanta. His exhibition Project 1B: Works on Paper & Other Interpretations will be on display for our Open House event on Thursday, November 14th at 6:30PM.

Can you tell us about your exhibition?

Davion Alston in his natural environment surrounded by his art.
Davion Alston in his natural environment surrounded by his art.

This exhibition revisits past photographic work with a little more room to ambiguously play with spatial arrangements. I am intentionally collapsing the sense of chronological order within the use of some of my past work and recontextualizing its purpose by way of sculptural installation.

The exhibition explorers my overarching interests in resiliency, immobility, and desire. All themes being vaguely or directly in touch with one another are meant to spark ambiguous joy and supple means of pleasure. I use materials that are meant to help assist other finer materials, like painters tape, builders construction paper, or thread. My use of these materials leans into critique within institutional structures, while also contending with the commodification and purpose of its form.

I own nothing, I learn to unlearn and to constantly let go. I work intimately, quietly, and collectively.

What has been your experience as a Warner Media Creative Resident so far?

Work from “Project 1B: Works on Paper & Other Interpretations”

I feel my time within the incubator is very fruitful and vast. In this year alone, I utilized C4 Professional Practices, programs, and resources to provide full health insurance as well as finding structure provided by organization by doing the residency program, giving me subsidized space. Ever since being here, I have felt very welcome with open arms as I am softly allowed to experiment within their new spaces. My cohort is equally inspiring within their realm of work. It feels good to be seen and heard by the C4 Organization and creatives.  

About Davion Alston

Alston (b.1992) is a German born, Georgia native, where earth is his playground, and Atlanta is home. His exhibition and education spans from a multitude of Galleries, a handful of museums, with a BFA Georgia State University. He describes himself as an organized system of complexity, with accidental accessibility.


Where Can I Find Out More About Davion Alston’s Work?

Instagram: @davionalston

Come see Alston’s work on display Thursday, November 14th at 6:30PM at our new location on Mitchell Street. With food by Chef Kory DePaola of Empire State South, art sale with C4 artists and mural unveiling by Michael Jones. RSVP online here.


Project 1B: Works on Paper & Other Interpretations by Davion Alston

Part of C4 Atlanta’s Open House and Mural Unveiling with WarnerMedia

Thursday, November 14, 2019

6:30pm – 8:30pm

FUSE Arts Center

132 Mitchell St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 – Third Floor

FREE, but you must RSVP




C4 Atlanta Welcomes Morgan Carlisle!

We are excited to announce that C4 Atlanta has welcomed a new member to our team. Meet Morgan Carlisle! Morgan joins the C4 Atlanta team as our shiny new Membership Services Manager. Get to know our newest addition to the C4 Action Team below:

Morgan dancing; arms out with one knee up.

Tell us about your education!

I graduated with a degree in Dance at Kennesaw State University waaaay back in the day, but I like to think of myself as a lifelong learner. I love hands on learning and the best way is by showing up and getting those hands dirty! The past decade, I have emeshed myself in the nonprofit arts community, by serving on multiple boards and committees. I’m nosy, and ask a lot of questions, because Atlanta is constantly changing and it’s important to keep up with what’s up.

Where are you originally from and why are you in Atlanta (if you aren’t originally from here)? 

I grew up in a small rural farming town outside of Paris, Tennessee (yes, there is a Paris, Tennessee).

I’m here because Atlanta Influences Everything. Also the food.

What is your favorite food?

Nachos, chocolate chip cookies and chicken livers! Eaten separately of course!

Morgan sitting next to her husband Carlos.

Favorite Artists?

My friends. I’ll see/hear/read their works all day long.

Favorite Quote?

“Give control to gain control” and “it’s not that serious”.

Dogs or Cats?

A Rhodesian Ridgeback named Brick (aka, Brickypoo, Poobear, Poobelly or Pooberrypumpkinpie).

Dog "Brick" in a sweater, sitting in front of a bookshelf.

What is C4 doing in 5 years

Getting ready to celebrate its 15th anniversary as a thriving organization.

Weirdest dream?

I dreamt I was in a zombie apocalypse every night for 4 years straight (I no longer do that).

Morgan power posing in China making a sad face.