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The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project’s, Production Assistance Program was established in order to develop and support women in independent stage, film and event productions. The Program fulfills this mission by offering fiscal sponsorship to film, stage and event projects that meet the organization’s criteria and mission. And by providing independent project Producers with valuable support. With an estimated 17% of live productions being written by women and approximately 26% of films written/directed, it is crucial to develop support and assistance programs that will allow more women to helm Production projects. These stage and film projects reflect The LA Women’s Theatre Project’s commitment to outreach and development of both emerging and established women writers, performers and directors in a broad spectrum of performing arts.
WHAT IS FISCAL SPONSORSHIP?
Fiscal Sponsorship allows your project/production to apply for funding from organizations that require non-profit tax-exempt status. Non-profit status is required by many foundations, corporations and government agencies in order to be eligible for funding since many do no accept application proposals directly from individuals. Additionally, 501(c)(3) status allows you to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions (both cash and in-kind) from individuals and businesses—a major incentive for individuals considering making a donation to your project.
As your fiscal sponsor, LAWTP acts as an umbrella organization for your project and accepts and administers funds on your behalf. The LAWTP is legally responsible for the funds received on behalf of fiscally sponsored projects and must insure that the funds are used for charitable activities, as agreed upon between the donor and recipient, and that the donor reporting requirements are met and in a timely fashion.
Fiscal sponsorship broadens the available avenues you can pursue for funding of your project and it allows for the increased opportunities for women writers and directors in film and stage. It does not mean that we are your producers, fundraisers, or in any way connected to the content or actual production of your project. Fiscal sponsorship does not provide grants and we do not do research for individual project funding. All artistic and proprietary rights, title, interest in and to the completed project will belong to the Project Writer or Director. Copyrights remain with the Writer (Stage) or Director/Producer (Film), though the LAWTP does require that you allow use of your project’s information and material for promotional purposes of the organization.
The Production Assistance Program is a competitive application process and the LAWTP does reserve the right
to accept or deny projects based on what we believe
to meet the LAWTP criteria and mission.
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The LA Women’s Theatre Project
Production Assistance Program
10061 Riverside Dr. #528, Toluca Lake, CA 91602www.lawomenstheatreproject.org
APPLICATION DEADLINES AND NOTIFICATION
The application process is an open timeline. The LAWTP will accept appropriate proposals at any time. Please allow 14 business days for review and response.
Electronic submission is preferred with electronic links to required attachments. Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org - Write “Fiscal Sponsorship Application” on the subject line.
You may submit a proposal package via regular mail with DVD’s and other attachments
APPLICATION NOTIFICATION + RETURN MATERIALS
All applicants will be notified within 30 days of acceptance decision, via email. No materials will be returned. Please do not submit original materials.
The LA Women’s Theatre Project is a California based 501C3 non-profit Performing Arts organization. It is a Producing and Educational entity as well as a facilitator for the production of independent Performing Arts Projects that are by and about women. The LAWTP was founded in 2007 to address the critical under representation and misrepresentation of women in the Performing Arts.
Fiscal Sponsorship is part of our Production Assistance Program and accepts projects which reflect the mission of our organization.
In order to be eligible to apply for the LAWTP Fiscal Sponsorship Program, you must meet the following criteria:
The following is a list of benefits you are entitled to receive through our Production Assistance Program:
Projects are accepted by the LAWTP using the following criteria:
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The following items must be included in your Application request for Fiscal Sponsorship with our Production Assistance Program.
Every proposal varies in format, but the following elements must be included. Please note that the following elements should serve as guidelines but not a required format. If you use a different proposal format, please be sure to include the information detailed below in order to present a strong and competitive proposal. The proposal submitted to The LA Women’s Theatre Project should look professional and coherent, exactly like if you were submitting a proposal to a funder.
Keep your responses short. We do not require more than 1-3 paragraphs for each section.
Describe why your project is important and sum up what you are trying to do in a sentence or two. This paragraph should contain a concise description of the project that clearly states the genre and in the case of film projects, whether it’s a short or a feature-length piece and if it will be black & white or color. Also mention the original format and the medium of the completed project. For stage projects, please include length of play and character breakdown.
Detail any funds you have already received or that are secured. Be sure to explain if you are going to individual donors for solicitations, applying for grants or if you are planning a fundraiser. If available, please include information on funds you were able to successfully raise for other projects.
We want to see exactly what you anticipate sending to funders. If there is a specific grant you will be applying for, feel free to send us the proposal you will use for that funder.
Requests for Fiscal Sponsorship must have a thorough fundraising plan.
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TIMELINE + CURRENT STATUS OF PROJECT
Be sure it is very clear in your proposal what the current stage of the project is and your projected timeline to completion of film or opening of stage production.
DISTRIBUTION PLAN (For films)
Who is your primary audience and how will you reach them? Describe them in as much detail as possible. What venues, distributors or alternative strategies will you use and why? Funders want to see who will benefit from the work they fund so be sure you are as specific as possible in this section. It is extremely important to include detailed information and avoid generalizations about your audience.
All projects should discuss steps you’ll take to produce and promote any ancillary activities for the project, for instance a website or any other media platforms.
Even if this is a very personal project, film and stage production is a group effort. Funders want to know the credentials of those working with you. If you do not have previous experience as a writer/director/producer, make sure the rest of the personnel associated with the project are highly qualified. Attach a brief bio or resume for yourself and additional primary personnel.
SAMPLE TRAILER/DIRECTOR’S REEL
(Film) Please submit a project reeL relating to current project or samples of previous work. The sample or trailer may be submitted in DVD format or you can include a web link to your reel. Slides, storyboards or audio samples for the proposed project are not acceptable.
COPY OF SCRIPT:
Submit copies of the ABOVE in the following order:
1) Application Coversheet
5) Sample Trailer/work reel
Submit via e-mail to email@example.com
Or regular mail to:
The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project
10061 Riverside Dr. #528
Toluca Lake, Ca 91602
MATERIALS WILL NOT BE RETURNED. DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS.
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