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Hewlett and Gerbode Foundations Invite Applications for California Choreographer Commissioning Awards

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation have announced the 2011 Choreographer Commissioning Awards, a new $300,000 fund to support the creation and production of new dance and movement works by California choreographers. The works must also be commissioned and premiered by San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit organizations.

The awards are aimed at innovative California choreographers who reflect both the cultural and aesthetic diversity of contemporary dance. Proposed commissions in all dance genres — hip hop, jazz, ballet, modern, and all forms of ethnic and traditional dance — will be considered.

Individual artists may not apply directly, but must be commissioned by an eligible organization. Eligible organizations include dance companies, dance presenters, multi-discipline arts presenters, and community organizations with a documented history of dance/arts presentation. Applicant organizations must be nonprofit, tax-exempt public charities that have been in existence in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, or Sonoma for at least three years prior to the application deadline.

The choreographer proposed by an applicant organization must currently reside or have lived in California during the last twenty-four months and demonstrate a recent history of producing or creating work in California before the time of application.

Grants of $50,000 will be awarded.

Complete program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and the application are available at the Gerbode Foundation Web site.

Link to Complete RFP

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