Mountain Performers Fund
Sonora 2nd Saturday ART NIGHT
Mountain Performers Fund
$300 MINI GRANTS 2018!
The committee will award (7) $300 mini-grants intended to help
2nd Saturday Art Night performers and artists improve their opportunities for generating more performances, helping with the business of doing art and enhancing their professional performance goals.
Criteria to qualify:
Performance Applicants must have performed for at least five Sonora 2nd Saturday Art Nights in the last 3 years.
Applicants must submit a letter explaining how the $300 would be used to promote their performances and /or business profile.
Art Applicants must have done a demonstration of their art at a 2nd Saturday Art Night event Or must have done a DEBUT Gallery opening reception for the first time in their career at a participating 2nd Saturday Art Night Gallery
Applicants must submit a letter explaining how the $300 would be used to promote their Art and /or business profile
Recipients will be selected on a first come-first serve basis from those that meet the criteria. Applicants that were awarded a grant in 2017 can apply again for the 2019 round of grants.
All Recipients will be required to submit receipts after
they have spent their grant money.
Send Letters by mail to:
Sonora Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 3084
Sonora, CA 95370.
Send Letters by email to:
or call the Art Night contact, Laurie Lehmann, at 209.694.6147
DEADLINE IS JANUARY 31, 2019
2017 MPF Mini Grants have been awarded
Will Kiel: Will recently opened Kiel Music and will purchase a PA system that will be used to help Kiel Music students perform live in a variety of settings.
Steve Haward; Steve is the drummer in the band Free Radicals. Steve will use the funds for recording studio time to release the bands second CD.
Michael Severin: Michael is the D in DMV Trio. Michael and the band will purchase monitors to help in their recording of a demo to promote the group.
Ellie Binkley: Ellie is a member of the duo Rhythm Infuse. Ellie will purchase a programmable drum/rhythm machine to give the act more depth. This will create a vast improvement to their overall sound and concept and it will be a direct cause of them performing more often!
John Binkley: John is the bass player in the new band called Timberline. John will use the money to benefit the band by hiring Zac Calbert, local graphic designer and Utltrn Design business owner, to design a suitable logo for the band, make business cards and design a banner.
COMING SOON...2018 MPF Recipients
Applications accepted until January 31, 2019.
First 7 that apply and qualify will be awarded.
SUGGESTIONS for MINI GRANT USE:
To request more information about applying for a Mountain Performers’ Fund mini-grant or donating to the fund, please visit www.2ndsaturdayartnight.org/contact-us.html, or call Laurie at 209.694.6147.
2015 Mountain Performers Fund Recipients
2016 MPF GRANT RECIPIENTS
"Thank you all for the grant! Tips often don't cover expenses so this grant really helps musicians!
I wanted to spend the money locally, so I bought a Fishman acoustic amp from Ron at live oak music." Ryan Richelson
A new microphone for my dear banjo and guitar and a preamp are a couple of items I would use the grant money for.
My main goal for applying for this grant is to produce a music video featuring the town of Sonora and the surrounding areas and featuring as many local musicians as I can in the video. I try to capture every town into the script of the video to honor where I was and how the area inspired me while I was writing. I hope to be able to use the money to hire someone to help me as an assistant while I shoot the video, also a photographer to take shots for the upcoming album I hope to produce right here in Tuolumne County!
I would use the money to improve my setup for live performances. For example, I would use the money to repair my Ibanez nylon 7-string guitar. I would also use the money to buy a new microphone and cable for vocals.
I'm a music major at Columbia college and I play mostly electric guitar, but my amplifier currently needs repair. If I get a grant I would put 150$ towards buying new vacuum tubes for my amplifier. I would put the rest of the money towards picks, strings, guitar cables, and also several books of jazz music I have had been wanting.
I would like to be able to get professional photos and a electronic press packet -this would help promote the band and get us festival shows.