Coming Up at fresh inc: Fundraising Workshop



And we’re back!  Part 2 of your sneak peeks into fresh inc as we get closer and closer to this year’s festival!  This week, our staff has been busy getting scores and parts out to our participants and reserving large motor coach buses to get us to and from our performances in Chicago, Evanston, and Milwaukee.  They definitely don’t teach you how to book motor coach buses in music or theatre school (I went to the latter, although I know most of you went to the former), but when you gotta do it, you gotta learn it!  And it’s actually not that hard!  

Kevin Clark HeadshotAnd here’s your actual sneak peek: three weeks from today, on the first Thursday of the festival, faculty members Melissa Snoza, Stacy Garrop, and Dan Visconti will be joined via Skype by Kevin Clark, a composer and the communications manager for New Music USA, to team lead a workshop on fundraising that will cover grant writing and fundraising for musicians and composers.

They’ll also discuss Kevin’s area of expertise: crowdfunding.  Kevin will share the nuts and bolts and practical steps of using crowdfunding in a number of capacities, and we’ll also see what kind of observations he might have on the larger landscape of funding for artists and why this is such a good option for many of us.

Melissa, 5HE’s flutist and executive director, is our grant writing genius, and both Stacy and Dan have applied for, and won, a number of grants each as well (including with 5HE!).  We’re also excited to hear about New Music USA’s grant giving process and some recent changes they’ve made to their giving strategy.  As some of you might know, 5HE was a recent winner of a New Music USA grant to fund the commission of Caleb Burhans’ chamber opera Excelsior, A New Music USA Commission*, which we premiered in March.  

And lastly, here’s a shameless plug for you!  Speaking of Caleb Burhans’ Excelsior, Fifth House Ensemble is hosting a reprise performance of the piece.  On Sunday, June 2, 2013, 5HE will make its Constellation debut here in Chicago.  Constellation is Chicago’s new premiere new music venue, and this exciting program will also be Caleb’s midwest release party for his new album on Cantaloupe Records.  We hope you’ll join us at 8:30pm on 6/2 for an exciting performance in addition to joining us at as many fresh inc performances as possible!

*Excelsior was commissioned through New Music USA’s Commissioning Music/USA program, which is made possible by generous support form the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund.