September 2009 - November 2009: Issue 32

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Hollywood Disabilities Forum

I AM PWD -- Inclusion in the Arts and Media of People With Disabilities -- in partnership with WGAW Writers with Disabilities Committee and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, will host an executive industry conference on accuracy, inclusion and access of people with disabilities in entertainment. For more information please contact or (323) 549-6644
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009
Location: UCLA Film School
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The Robert Giard Fellowship

The $7,500 fellowship will be awarded to an emerging, early, or mid-career artist from any country working in photographic media, video, or short-form film for a project addressing sexuality, gender, or LGBTQ identity. University affiliation is not required.
Deadline: 11/15/09
Award will be granted in spring 2010. For more information and application guidelines:


South Carolina Arts Commission Invites Applications for Artist Fellowships

The South Carolina Arts Commission invites artists and writers active in poetry, prose, acting, or playwriting to apply for a 2010-11 Individual Artist Fellowship Award. The awards program encourages the pursuit of artistic excellence and provides financial support to South Carolina artists of merit. Up to four fellowships of $5,000 will be awarded in recognition of exemplary artistic talent.
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Film Independent Accepting Applications for 2010 Directors Lab

Film Independent is accepting applications for its 9th Annual Directors Lab. Sponsored by Kodak, the Directors Lab is an intensive eight-week program designed to help directors who are prepping feature-length narrative films. The lab takes place in Los Angeles each winter. The primary focus of the lab is on learning to work with actors and the rehearsal process. Fellows go through a mini-production, learning how to break down a script into a shot list, collaborate with cinematographers, and construct a scene in the editing process. A secondary goal of the program is to help advance the careers of lab fellows by introducing them to established film professionals who can advise them on both the craft and business of directing. The lab is provided free to accepted filmmakers. Upon completion of the lab, filmmakers become Film Independent Fellows and receive year-round support, including access to Film Independent's annual film education offerings, the on-staff Filmmaker Advisor, and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Lab filmmakers are provided a cash stipend for their project and access to camera and sound packages.
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French-American Jazz Exchange Offers Support for Collaborative Projects

The French-American Jazz Exchange was created by Chamber Music America, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the French American Cultural Exchange to foster collaborative projects that unite French and American jazz artists. The program supports initiatives in both countries. In forming international relationships, artists are encouraged to think beyond traditional boundaries. Collaborations with musicians who champion world, electronic, contemporary classical, or other genres are welcome. Projects may include, but are not limited to, composition, touring, recording, and audience-development activities. Public performance is required, with the understanding that jazz speaks to diverse populations and experiencing music together bridges differences. French and American citizens or legal residents are encouraged to apply. Grant will range up to $10,000 each.
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Grants and Awards thru the Society for the Arts in Healthcare

The Society for the Arts in Healthcare offers a variety of grants and awards with the goal of advancing the field of arts in healthcare.
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Call for Entries 2010 VSA arts International Young Soloists Award

Since 1984, the VSA arts International Young Soloists Program has been seeking to identify talented musicians who have a disability. The VSA arts International Young Soloists Award is given annually to four outstanding musicians, two from the United States and two from the international arena. The award provides an opportunity for these emerging musicians to each earn a $5,000 award and a performance in Washington, D.C. All VSA arts United States affiliates implement their own International Young Soloists Award programs. Applicants must send their entry materials to the appropriate address for their state, found at . All applicants from outside the United States should submit their application form, biographical description, and recording to:

VSA arts International Young Soloists Award
818 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20006
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