Festival Levels of Support

LEVELS OF SUPPORT

Artists or groups are encouraged to apply to USAAF within one of the following three levels of support: Member Event, Showcase Event, and Focus Event. Featured Events and the annual visual arts exhibition are proactively selected through internal APICC processes.

Member Event:

For artists, groups, or organizations who need promotional assistance. Those accepted in this category will receive:

  • Your event will be featured in the USAAF printed calendar (sent to over 4,000 people in the Bay Area) and online calendar.
  • Receive APICC publicity support in the form of e-newsletter marketing, a general festival press release, event announcement posts, and social media marketing via APICC’s channels.
  • APICC’s website will include a special section showcasing the artist or group and their work, featuring links back to the artist or group’s website.
  • Access to professional development workshops that cover a range of topics such as Budget/Budget Tracking, Integrated Marketing, Taxes for Artists, Grant Writing, Bio/Statement Writing, and more.
  • Access to artist networking opportunities and special APICC festival previews.

Please Note: Participants in this category may present anywhere in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Participants in this level must have presented their work in APICC’s festival in the past and agree to pay the annual Association Fees. There are no artists fees, venue rental, or any kind of monetary support associated with this level.

Showcase Event: 

An evening length event centering the work of the lead artist(s), and showcasing 2-4 artists curated within the theme/concept of the lead artists’ vision through an open call. Lead artist(s) will serve as the producer of the event and receive production assistance from APICC.

Example events:

  • Concert headlined by lead artist, and featuring short sets by 3 other local bands.
  • Literary salon celebrating the book release of a lead artist, with readings by 4 other writers.
  • Exhibition featuring a series of 12 new photographs by a lead artist collaborative, and featuring 2-4 pieces by 2 visual artists curated within the theme of the lead artist's work.
  • Film screening of a new short documentary by the lead artist, with 3 additional film shorts curated within the theme of the lead artist’s work.

Those accepted in this category will receive:

  • Up to $3000 in artists fees (Up to $1000 for producing artist, and up to $500 for each showcase artist)
  • Up to $850 in venue rental fees and assistance with booking one of the San Francisco Cultural Centers (SOMArts Cultural Center, African American Art & Culture Complex, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, or Bayview Opera House) as chosen with the Artistic Director.
  • Minimum $125 for video/photo documentation of proposed event/program. (Upon request, APICC will also assist in hiring videographer and/or photographers.)
  • Up $500 for event technical staff such as lighting technician or stage manager.
  • Your event will be featured in the USAAF printed calendar (sent to over 4,000 people in the Bay Area) and online calendar.
  • Receive APICC publicity support in the form of e-newsletter marketing, a general festival press release, event announcement posts, and social media marketing via APICC’s channels.
  • APICC’s website will include a special section showcasing the artist or group and their work, featuring links back to the artist or group’s website.
  • Access to professional development workshops that cover a range of topics such as Budget/Budget Tracking, Integrated Marketing, Taxes for Artists, Grant Writing, Bio/Statement Writing, and more.
  • Up to 4 hours one-on-one technical assistance consultation with Artistic Director.
  • Access to artist networking opportunities and special APICC festival previews.


Please Note: Participants in this category must present their event at an official San Francisco Cultural Center (e.g. SOMArts Cultural Center, African American Art & Culture Complex, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, or Bayview Opera House.) Participants must plan to do an open call for artists, performers, etc. in December/January. APICC will assist with booking the venue, the call for artists, and producing the program.

Focus Event: 

Artists, groups, and organizations who want to produce an evening length event with: multiple artists supporting a lead artistic vision; a group/collective creating collaborative work; two or three artists coming together to create a split show. Example events:

  • A collective of writers hosting a literary salon featuring their work.
  • A choreographer presenting a new piece featuring a 4 person ensemble.
  • Three comedians splitting an evening length show.
  • A visual arts collective creating a full gallery show of their collaborative work.

Those accepted in this category will receive:

  • Up to $1500 in artists fees.
  • Up to $850 in venue rental fees.
  • Minimum $125 for video/photo documentation of proposed event/program. (Upon request, APICC will also assist in hiring videographer and/or photographers.)
  • Up to $500 for event technical staff such as lighting technician or stage manager.
  • Your event will be featured in the USAAF printed calendar (sent to over 4,000 people in the Bay Area) and online calendar.
  • Receive APICC publicity support in the form of e-newsletter marketing, a general festival press release, event announcement posts, and social media marketing via APICC’s channels.
  • APICC’s website will include a special section showcasing the artist or group and their work, featuring links back to the artist or group’s website.
  • Access to professional development workshops that cover a range of topics such as Budget/Budget Tracking, Integrated Marketing, Taxes for Artists, Grant Writing, Bio/Statement Writing, and more.
  • Up to 4 hours one-on-one technical assistance consultation with Artistic Director.
  • Access to artist networking opportunities and special APICC festival previews.

Please Note: Participants in this category must present their event in the City and County of San Francisco and have presented their work in APICC’s festival in the past or must strongly demonstrate the ability to produce high quality arts events and programs.


**Money received from APICC can only be used to reimburse artistic fees.

 

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible to participate in USAAF:

  • Pacific Islander and/or Asian American artists must be centralized within the artistic creation process, and constitute a majority of participating artists.
  • Lead artist(s) must be based in the Bay Area (if outside Bay Area, contact Artistic Director to assess participation).
  • Lead artist(s) must be over 18, but artists participating in the program can be all ages.
  • Lead artist(s) must demonstrate the ability to produce their own event (i.e., including managing and executing all production, creative, technical, promotional, etc. responsibilities).
  • Events must occur in May through mid-June, 2019.
  • Artists applying as a Member Event or Focus Event must have previously participated in USAAF as lead artist(s) or strongly demonstrate the ability to produce high quality arts events and programs.
  • Agree to pay APICC’s annual Association Fees ($10 for Artists, $25 for Organizations).

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