Following is the Boulder County Arts Alliance monthly E-Newsletter for MARCH 2017 containing information on upcoming BCAA news, programs, and deadlines.

In This Issue
  • Business of Arts: Two Workshops for Tax Season
  • BCAA Grant Opportunities
  • Link your website and calendar to BCAA's website
  • Brackets for Good - Please be our MVP!
  • Who's in the Limelight?
  • BCAA Featured Venue - Boulder JCC
  • BCAA Acknowledgements
Business of Arts

Two Workshops for Tax Season!

Both meet at the Boulder Creek Room, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder

For more information and to register, click on the Workshop titles below:

Tax Advice for Artists & Art Organizations                          March 20 from 11:30 am - 1 pm

In running your creative enterprise, you would likely be better off and better protected legally if you form a business. But which kind? An LLC or a Corporation? Get tax advice on this and more from Toby Gallegos of Block Advisors in Boulder.

Is Fiscal Sponsorship Right for You?                                      April 20 from 11 am - 1 pm

You may be an independent artist or run your art business as an LLC or C Corp. How would becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or seeking a fiscal sponsor, like BCAA, open up opportunities for grants and charitable donations? Find out the difference between the two and what makes sense for you. Presented by Ken Ransford (top right), practicing attorney and CPA, and Kathy Kucsan (bottom right), Ph.D. of Integrity Arts.

Thank you to the City of Boulder, Office of Arts and Culture for supporting BCAA's Business of Arts Program!

BCAA Grant Opportunities

Arts for All Children - Grants for Teachers                                               Deadline to apply is March 17 at 5 pm

Are you a music or dance instructor in Boulder County? Could you identify students who need tuition assistance with lessons?  If so, that is exactly what the Arts for All Children grants can do for you and your students. Teachers can apply for funds ($250 - $1000) to award scholarships or purchase instruments for kids. This grant is made possible through the generosity of The Blessing Foundation, and private individual donors. To make a donation to Arts for All Children, click here.

Endowment Grants for General Operating Support, Equipment, Fellowships  Deadline to apply is April 13 at 5 pm

The funding cap for 2017 General Operating Support and Equipment Grants is $5,000. The minimum grant award is $1,000. All proposals must be submitted through our online application form. These grants are designed to assist organizations in realizing their mission or improving or expanding their services or programming. Organizations as well as individual artists may apply for equipment support. 

BCAA Fellowships are unrestricted cash awards of $1,000 designed to further the established artist's career and to recognize artistic achievement through an accumulated body of work in the designated discipline. Every year, fellowships are awarded in different disciplines. For 2017, BCAA is accepting applications in Dance and Visual Art.

Before applying, make sure to read:

Plan to attend the Grant Coaching Session on Thursday, March 23 from 5 - 6:15 pm, especially if this is your first time applying. We'll go over the mechanics of filling out the grant form and basic grantsmanship as well as BCAA's funding priorities. A Spanish language coaching session will be added soon. BCAA has been able to offer additional grant awards and increase the funding cap in 2016-2017 thanks to the generous support of the Hemera Foundation

Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists                                                        Deadline to apply is April 30 at 5 pm

Grants from this Fund will will not exceed $3000 and be awarded to artists who live or work in Boulder County and who have unforeseen needs due to special circumstances. Some examples may include:

  • Not able to work due to illness or a loved one’s illness
  • Sudden increase in insurance costs 
  • Sudden and unmanageable increase in rent 
  • Unable to pay entrance fees for a competition or residency
  • Loss of supplies due to theft, damage to studio, etc.
  • Purchase a piece of equipment integral to on-going production of one’s art
  • Modifying studio and/or repairs to supplies or tools, such as an instrument 

BCAA is proud to administer this fund for the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County.

Image credits: Farm School logo from Annie Savage/Savage Fiddler, previous recipient of Arts for All Children Grant; BIFF/Colorado Film Society, previous recipient of Endowment Award-GOS; Bill Kopper, previous recipient of a Music Fellowship

Link Your Website and Calendar to BCAA

Submit your events and include a link to our Calendar on your website!

Arts & Culture Event Promotion Survey

At the Cultural Summit on February 21 hosted by Boulder's Office of Arts and Culture, BCAA received much positive feedback about local groups wanting to join forces to use and promote ONE comprehensive Arts Calendar. Have your voice heard and complete this Survey if you or your organization promotes arts-related events in Boulder County.

Members' Website Links

If you are an active member, and your website is not listed or has incomplete or inaccurate information on BCAA's Members page, please email BCAA Webmaster. Please include a 10 word or less description of your art.

Submit your events for Boulder Arts Week (March 31 - April 8) and April's Dance Month

Again for 2017, Boulder Arts Week and Dance Bridge are partnering with BCAA to use our Arts Calendar. Enter your special events, exhibits, performances, workshops, and activities and they will be included automatically in BCAA's weekly Events Calendar as well as the Boulder Arts Week and Dance Month Calendars. 

Brackets for Good

It's Nonprofit March Madness!

Help us make it out of Round 1 (ending March 3)

BCAA has been selected to participate in the Denver region's Brackets for Good Tournament.  In this competitive philanthropic fundraising event, 64 nonprofits face-off “March Madness” style through March 31. If you raise more $$ than your opponent, you advance to the next round.  You get to keep all the money you raise, regardless if you win or lose.  The winner of the whole tournament receives an additional $10,000.  

Founded in 2011, Brackets For Good is a charitable, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Indianapolis. They are "focused on helping other nonprofits generate awareness, grab the attention of new donors, and rally internal teams around a free-to-play, bracket-style fundraising tournament where everybody wins."

Every dollar equals one point. You can score points (submit donations) for BCAA by clicking here. Use #BFG17 in social media posts and direct your social network to the website to donate. Thanks for being our MVP!

Who's in the Limelight?

John March

Musician, Audio Engineer, Producer

John March, a 2016 BCAA Grant recipient, has been active within the Boulder music, arts and media community since 1981. At that time he was living with Allen Ginsberg and studying music. He graduated in 1984 from Naropa University, and went to New York to work as a session musician and train as an audio engineer. 

John was trained as a mixer and audio engineer at the prestigious Record Plant in New York City and became one of the first freelance Synclavier programmers. His efforts and training took him all around the world as a musician, producer and technologist. His clients ranged from Michael Jackson to Sting, Warner Bros. to DreamWorks, NHK to ABC TV, and everything in between.

In Boulder over the last few years, John has run the Riverside event venue and consulted for NIST and Naropa University. He is currently a consultant for TV and film, media production, augmented reality and virtual reality technologies. John is one of a handful of Haptics editors in the world. He is now collaborating with and mentoring the core team at ALOC media. Together they are focused on providing high-quality production values at a cost effective price point for the Boulder arts and small business community. Amen to that! Stay tuned for a future Business of Arts Workshop hosted by ALOC!

John is also a working professional musician and guitar player. His BCAA grant helped to create a 2nd CD to follow up his solo guitar CD. In Los Angeles he recorded and performed with the "Zen blues quartet" featuring rock 'n roll Hall of Fame musicians Mike Finnigan, Steve Ferrone, and Tim Scott. He can be seen playing locally with artists like Robert Johnson and the Boulder Blues Quartet, Hazel Miller and Chris Daniels. He and Robert Johnson recently sold out the Dairy Center, and he has a regular monthly residency with all three artists at the wonderful Jazz club Caffé Sole in South Boulder. You can see him performing there every month!  

BCAA Featured Venue - Boulder JCC

The BCAA Facilities Directory is a great resource for finding meeting and event space in Boulder County.  It is a comprehensive guide that lists dozens of auditoriums, dance studios, non-traditional spaces and outdoor settings.

This Month's Featured Venue: 

Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder 80303 Contact: Email or call 303-998-1900

The Boulder Jewish Community Center (Boulder JCC) is a central address of Jewish life in Boulder County and the Colorado Front Range and is home to, among many other things, arts and culture programming for people of every age. Everyone is welcome! From March 9 -19, the Boulder JCC will be holding the 5th Annual Boulder Jewish Film Festival.  It's eleven days of exclusive Boulder premieres! To learn more and purchase tickets, click here

The JCC has a number of small to large spaces, ranging from 200 - 4,000 sq. ft., that are available for rental. The building lobby has an art gallery wall, comfortable seating areas including around a fireplace, and an upstairs open library with additional meeting tables and seating areas. Levin Hall (top right) is a beautiful venue and the largest, with a 500 square foot stage. The back of the room opens onto a spacious, partially covered, outdoor patio with a built-in fireplace and mountain views. The Board Room (bottom right) has "one of the best views of the Flatirons in Boulder" and makes a great space for more intimate gatherings. 

BCAA Acknowledgements

Thank you New and Renewing Members

A History Of The Visual Arts In Boulder (HOVAB)

Block 1750

Boulder MUSE

Boulder Symphony, Inc.

Suzanne Frazier

Molly Hargarten

Kutandara Center

Naropa University/School Of The Art

Round Room Image

Brandon Schawel

Penelope Sharp

Elisa Snyder

Sounds Of Lyons

Square Product Theatre

The Schiff Dance Collective


A Special Thanks to Kate Ufer and Emily Haigh, students in the CU Leadership Studies program, who created a Cultural Competence Survey for BCAA Members and friends. Please take a moment to share your thoughts on this important topic!

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