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Grant Proposal Basics: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

October 31, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

For artists across all disciplines, this workshop will prepare you to put your best foot forward with funders the next time you apply for a grant. The goal is to help you gain confidence in your fundraising and proposal writing abilities by providing a solid road map to begin the process.

We’ll review the specific components of a proposal, how to convey ideas visually, and strike a balance between the big, broad brushstroke ideas and small details that make your project come alive on the page. We’ll also cover the most common mistakes made when writing grant fundraising proposals – and how to avoid them. By the end of the workshop, you should come away with a comprehensive framework for proposal writing that will give you direction and confidence going forward!

This workshop will be taught by Tracie Holder, a filmmaker, consultant, producer, and film funding specialist.

Location: VLA Auditorium, 1 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

$25 Full-Time Student (student must present proof of full-time status with registration)
$25 Artists Over Sixty
$35 Arts Professional VLA Member
$55 Arts Professional Non-Member
$85 Legal Professional VLA Member
$110 Legal Professional Non-Member
$55 Young Associate Members (YAM’s) and Associate Board Members

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For members, please contact 212.319.2787 ext. 10 or registrations@vlany.org to receive a membership discount code.

To register by phone or email, please contact 212.319.2787 x Ext. 10 or registrations@vlany.org. Please note you are not registered until full payment is received.

Tracie Holder is a filmmaker, consultant, producer and film funding specialist. She is a 2016 Sundance Creative Producers Fellow, teaches at the New York Film Academy and leads workshops in the U.S. and abroad, tutors and serves on juries at international pitching and training sessions. She is widely regarded as a “go-to” person and all-round resource for non-American filmmakers seeking U.S. funding having raised more than $2.4 million for her own projects from a mix of government funders, private foundations and individuals. Clients include: Documentary Campus, European Documentary Network, Scottish Documentary Institute, Lisbon Docs, DocNomadsFirelight Media, Active Voice, DOC NYC, Chicken & Egg, Black Public Media, Creative Capital, Unions Docs, and the Made in NY Media Center, among others.

Holder was a longtime consultant to Women Make Movies and most recently was the Development & Funding Strategist for Abby Disney’s Fork Films. She is a former board member of NY Women in Film & Television and Manhattan Neighborhood Network, and grant panelist for national and local funders. Holder is the co-producer/director/writer of Joe Papp in Five Acts, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will broadcast nationally on PBS/American Masters in 2020. Her producing credits include Grit, co-directed by Academy Award-winner Cynthia Wade and Sasha Friedlander, Executive Producer, Abby Disney (Hot Docs 2018/POV 2019); A Place of Absence and The Quiet Zone , both in production. She is currently developing The People’s Will, a feature documentary about two rival productions of Macbeth in New York City in 1849 that led to a riot in which twenty-two people were killed and marked the first time in U.S. history in which American troops fired on American citizens.


October 31, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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