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Building a thriving arts business coalition in Fresno County 

If you’re applying for a job at Bitwise Industries, one of Fresno’s hottest new tech companies and a key player in the city’s redeveloping downtown, don’t forget to put your artistic background on your resume. Painter? Singer? Actor? Dancer? Writer? Be sure to include that experience. It might push you over the top. That’s how…

Q&A with Sarah Jones: How commissions shaped my career 

From Mozart’s Don Giovanni to Nijinsky’s Rite of Spring, commissions have long helped artists achieve their unique vision. And while today’s artists develop, fund and share their work in varied ways, commissions are still critical to fostering artistic expression. That’s why the Hewlett Foundation launched our Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions, which will support the creation…

Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions 

In celebration of the Hewlett Foundation’s fiftieth anniversary, we are pleased to announce a new five- year, $8 million commissioning initiative that will be one of the largest of its kind in the United States: the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions. The initiative will support the creation of 50 exceptional works of performing arts and their ...

How to apply for a Hewlett 50 Arts Commission 

Nonprofit organizations based in the eleven-county Bay Area are eligible to submit a short letter of inquiry as a first step in being considered for an award. The application period for the 2017 awards is now closed, and we will update this page when the application for the 2018 awards opens. To submit a letter of ...

Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions FAQ 

The Hewlett Foundation hosted an introductory webinar about the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions on Thursday, January 26. The webinar provides information about eligibility requirements and selection criteria, and includes questions from participants about the application process. The slides from the webinar, along with our presentation notes, are also available. Hewlett Foundation staff will also be answering questions…

Q&A with Wisa Uemura: Taking San Jose Taiko to the next level 

San Jose Taiko (SJT), a grantee of the Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts Program since 2004, is a professional performance company that has mesmerized audiences with the powerful and propulsive sounds of the taiko. Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, SJT advances the art form of taiko by connecting people through cultural understanding, artistic expression and rhythmic ...

Resources for arts organizations and artists 

The Hewlett Foundation partners with various regranting intermediaries that are excellent resources for arts organizations and artists. To learn more information about funding and other opportunities, you can visit these websites. Alliance for California Traditional Arts The Alliance for California Traditional Arts is dedicated to supporting and sustaining folk and traditional arts at the statewide ...

How to apply for a Performing Arts grant 

In any given year, up to 85 percent of our grants are renewal funding to existing grantees. Our letter of inquiry process allows organizations to enter our grantmaking portfolio by applying for support under our continuity and engagement and arts education strategies. Funding through the letter of inquiry process is extremely competitive. We expect to ...
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