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SPONSORSHIP | APPLICATION AND GUIDELINES

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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.

Download  Fiscal Sponsorship Guidelines & Application

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

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.  

 

 

"Prove It On Me" by Dee Jae Cox

The LA Women’s Theatre Project    

Production Assistance Program

10061 Riverside Dr. #528, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

www.lawomenstheatreproject.org 

deejaecox@lawomenstheatreproject.org       

 818-471-9100   

                                                                                               

 
                              

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. 

Download Fiscal Sponsorship guidelines and application

 

APPLICATION DELIVERY

Electronic submission is preferred with electronic links to required attachments.  Submit to: info@lawomenstheatreproject.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.

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 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: 


  • You must be actively fundraising or about to begin fundraising.

 

  • PROJECT MUST BE STAGE, FILM, VIDEO – (ONE TIME ARTISTIC EVENT/FESTIVAL Will be evaluated on an individual basis) 

 

  • WRITER AND DIRECTOR MUST BE WOMEN
    fiscal sponsorship; your project must meet the basic organizational criteria. 
  • A woman must be at the ‘helm’ of the project.
  • Must be written and directed by a woman
  • Project must be of interest/benefit to women
  • Must have at least one female in a leading (Protagonist) role
  • Must make concerted efforts to hire women for crew and technical positions.

 

  • PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR MUST HAVE U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY or PRODUCTION COMPANY WITH U.S. FEDERAL I.D. NUMBER

 

  • FUNDS TO BE RAISED THROGH LAWTP FISCAL SPONSORSHIP MUST BE A MINIMUM OF $1,000.00.

 

  • SCRIPT MUST BE SUBMITTED (Does not have to be final).  If not the author, proof of authorization or rights of use.

 

  • A PROPOSAL OUTLINING THE PROJECT AND INITIAL FUNDRAISNG PLAN.

 

  • RESUME and SAMPLE TRAILER OF WORKS (For film) IF AVAILABLE AND LIST OF KEY STAFF

 

The following is a list of benefits you are entitled to receive through our Production Assistance Program:


  • NON-PROFIT STATUS AND TAX-DEDUTIONS FOR FUNDRAISING PURPOSES
    Fiscal sponsorship allows you to apply for grants from foundations and government organizations that can only fund non-profit tax-exempt organizations.
  • Tax deductions for individuals who wish to contribute cash or in-kind donations to your project.  (This includes Props, Equipment and Space.)
  • On Line donations through our PayPal System.

 

  • INDIEGOGO-KICKSTARTER
  • You may be able to launch a funding campaign with IndieGoGo or Kickstarter and your donors can get a tax deduction through LAWTP This encourages more people to donate and sometimes even to donate more!

 

  • PROJECT PROMOTION
  • Your Project will be Promoted through the LAWTP website, mailing list, newsletter, facebook, twitter, media interviews and any other resources that are available at the time of your project’s association with the LAWTP.

 

  • ONLINE PROJECT WEBSITE LISTING
  • Your project will be listed on the LAWTP website and given a promotion page for the purpose of assisting you with your fundraising efforts and advertising your project. Will also link an existing website to your promotion page on the LAWTP website.  Listing your project on the LAWTP website offering your donors a way to make online credit card donations via our secure server, while profiling and publicizing your project to potential funders and audiences.   

 

  • LAWTP STAFF CONSULTATIONS
  • You may consult with the LAWTP staff for Production feedback, support and information. 

 

Projects are accepted by the LAWTP using the following criteria:

 

  • MEETS LAWTP CRITERIA AND MISSION
  • Project written/directed by a woman
  • Project is of interest & benefit to women
  • Project has at least one leading female (Protagonist) role. 
  • Project must view women as a primary target audience, though not required to be exclusively targeted towards women.

 

 

  • LIKELIHOOD OF PROJECT COMPLETION
  • Is the Project well planned? Does the proposed project have a very high likelihood of being successfully completed?

 

  • SCRIPT
  • The LAWTP does not exercise creative control over scripts selected for Fiscal Sponsorship.  But scripts cannot be offensive, derogatory or of little interest or benefit to women.  Scripts cannot be determined to be simple pornography with no artistic value.  Scripts must meet LAWTP criteria.

 

  • BUDGET
  • Is there a preliminary budget in place? Is the budget well developed and realistic for the project? Does the proposal budget match the needs of the project and appropriate? A Working budget will be requested as a part of the application.

 

  • FUNDAISING ABILITY
  • Are funds already secured or likely to be secured? Has the project director identified appropriate sources of funding for the project? Are the potential funders appropriate for the project? Why does this project need fiscal sponsorship?

 

  • DEMONSTRATED ABILITY OF KEY PROJECT PERSONNEL
  • Does the applicant and the proposed personnel have the ability to successfully complete the proposed project?

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  • MONEY MANAGEMENT
  • The LAWTP does not fundraise or write grant proposals on behalf of a sponsored project. That is the responsibility of the Project’s Producer.
 
  • --The LAWTP will review all RFP submissions
  • --The LAWTP will report on all grants that are awarded to your project.
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  • You will receive a copy of our IRS Tax letter with our Employer ID number for your use in securing donations, equipment, etc.
  • Cash Contributions to your project are made payable to The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project and mailed to the LAWTP mailing address.
  • The LAWTP deposits the contributions in our bank account until the Project Administrator requests them.
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  • Fund requests are disbursed as checks and made out to the Project Administrator's name or the production company's name.
  • Checks are disbursed to one name only. You are responsible for your project expenses.
  • You will be given information and reports on all donors and donations to your project.
  • You must maintain your own bookkeeping records and report to The LAWTP how the funds were spent by submitting copies of receipts, invoices, cancelled checks or similar documentation. 

 

Administrative Fee

  • --8%  of monies raised through the LAWTP for projects that do not involve grant reviews or reporting.
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  • --10%  of monies raised through the LAWTP for projects that involve grant reviews and grant reporting.
  • Once becoming a project of the LAWTP, all Grant proposals must be submitted to the LAWTP a minimum of 5 business days prior to their deadline for a final review.

 

 

 

 

The following items must be included in your Application request for Fiscal Sponsorship with our Production Assistance Program.

 --APPLICATION COVERSHEET

--PROJECT PROPOSAL:

 

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.

 

  • PROJECT DESCRIPTION
    This section should include the format and style of your project,  Stage/Screen and a synopsis of what the script is about. 

 

  • INTRODUCTION  

 

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.

 

  • Discuss what phase of production you are in.  Do you have all legal rights to the script. What is your outline/plan for the stage or film production of this project.  Who is your target audience?  And what are your plans for distribution (film) getting an audience (stage).  Include Promotion and Advertising plans.

 

  • FUNDRAISING PLAN ( List of Potential Funding Sources) 


How are you going to fund this project? Include a line-item budget and  comprehensive list of potential donors that specifies the amounts you are planning on requesting from the sources you identified.  It is acceptable that your budget may change based on your fundraising success, but do you have an initial plan that will allow you to complete this project?

 

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.   

 

  • List any funds raised to date and grants pending.
  • List in-kind contributions and make sure that cash grants and in-kind donated services are clearly separated.
  • List potential funding sources from government, foundations and individuals. Be specific. 
  • Indicate any sources that have funded you in the past and to which you are reapplying.  

 

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.

PROJECT PERSONNEL

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:
This does not have to be a final draft of the script.  

 

Submit copies of the ABOVE in the following order:  

1)     Application Coversheet

2)     Proposal

3)     Budget

4)     Script

5)     Sample Trailer/work reel

 

Submit via e-mail to deejaecox@lawomenstheatreproject.org

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.

 

Some Important Notes

  • The legal entity associated with the fund is responsible for reporting all money released from the fund to the IRS as taxable income. The LAWTP will issue 1099 forms as required by law.
  • The legal entity associated with the fund may be transferred at anytime by signing a contract amendment agreement.
  • A legally binding Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement will be signed by the Project Administrator and by The LAWTP.
  • All information submitted in your proposal must be true and factual to the best of your knowledge.  Any discovery of intentional misrepresentation will result in an immediate denial of Sponsorship.

Download Fiscal Sponsorship guidelines and application

 










 

   

 

A California 501c3 NonProfit Corporation   

Founded 2007