Mountain Performers Fund
Sonora 2nd Saturday ART NIGHT
Mountain Performers Fund
$300 MINI GRANTS for 2019- Granted in 2020!
The committee will award (up to 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 2018 can apply again for the 2020 round- granted in 2021
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 March 15, 2020
Will Keil: Musician and Teacher
Two years ago, I received the same scholarship and I was able to invest in equipment that I’ve used when starting my music studio and school, Kiel Music that is located Downtown Sonora. Since receiving that scholarship, the studio has grown to just over 60 piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, and voice students. This year’s scholarship would enable the studio to invest in additional performance opportunities for our students. Previous performance opportunities have included large full studio recitals as well as smaller performances which include 2nd Saturday Art Nights.
John Binkley: Rhythm Infuse
We previously incorporated a drum machine into our act, thanks to a previous Mountain Performers Fund grant. Our performing experience has demonstrated a need to utilize an in-ear monitor to allow me to better hear the drum parts during our performances. Such devices typically cost in excess of $300. I would use the grant money to offset the cost of purchasing this equipment.
John Sharum: Printmaker. I would like to do a newseries of prints that would capture some of the local beauty and lore of the Mother Lode. Using a classic style of intaglio printing, I am envisioning eight or ten prints based on my photographs from the towns and environments in Amador, Tuolumne, and Calaveras counties. A subsequent lecture on the processes involved, as well as a brief history of intaglio printing could also flow from this work. With copper plates now costing over $35 for a 9x12 plate, this grant will cover the bulk of my raw material costs. Your support would go a long way to helping realize this project.
Ayla Buck; Artist.I had the wonderful privilege of displaying my art at Caroline Leonardo's art salon, "House o' Beauty" on 2nd Saturday. The theme was "Le Petite Carnival." That evening was the first time I had ever put my art up in a gallery. Having my pieces out was challenging, but also exhilarating. I have the opportunity to travel to a six month long art school in Perth, Australia. When I get to this school, we will have the opportunity to go out on the streets of the city and create street murals, do free portraits for locals and tourists, all while developing our technical skills. I am an oil painter, but I will also be growing deeper in drawing, watercolor, and even graffiti and urban art. . If I were to win this grant, the money would go directly into paying toward the tuition of the school. Receiving this grant would make a huge impact in not only my life by bettering my own skills, but it would greatly impact the lives of others from all over the world.
Leilani Villamor; Singer.My plan is to buy a camera for live recordings of performances, including 2nd Saturday, to share on social. I have been actively posting live videos to people who are not able to come out and participate in these live events including the elderly and people suffering from limited mobility and sickness. This money would help pay for most of the cost of the camera and help me buy the additional equipment needed to complete the video package.
Angela Bulich; Artist. I’m so excited to learn of this grant that invests in the genesis of art and culture in Sonora. Thank you for this potential opportunity. 2nd Saturday holds a special place in my heart. I am a 26-year-old painter and sculptor. I have been making and showing work in formal art spaces for 6 years. I also make alternative modern jewelry designs that relate to my theme of paintings. My idea is to contact the landlord of an empty retail building downtown and rent out the building for a 2nd Saturday weekend to have a full “pop up” gallery show. I would invest in marketing material, radio advertising, The Weekender advertising, and posters to put around town.The other money would be invested in materials to create more paintings for the pop up gallery show and hardware to put the show in place. I would also like to curate more artists to be in this show alongside my work. If there is money left I would like to have a participatory art mural that would have materials easily available for 2nd Saturday guests to contribute onto. This would be an area set up with a blank canvas, paint, and paintbrushes.
Johsua Lewicki; Musician, Artist. I play trumpet in the Free Radicals, a local jazz quartet which has become a regular fixture of the Sonora and Calaveras areas. As I like to put it, we play at any business in downtown Sonora that we can squeeze into. In addition to my musical exploits, I have been exploring and presenting shinier, or at least more unexpected, facets of my imagination, largely in the form of clothing design. My work was on display at The House o' Beauty for six months of the past year and enjoyed a level of success, both critical and financial, that I did not previously believe possible. I have a solo exhibition planned for this spring, in which I would like to pursue both a greater level of tailoring skill and creative expression.
I plan to devote time and funds for my personal business, including a website and business cards; photos professionally printed, a bound collection of photographs of my clothing (also known as a lookbook) and, of course, I am always in need of supplies such as needles, thread, and fabric. I hope to continue my journey of musical and artistic skill for many years to come, because I truly feel called to it, and this grant would go a great way towards helping me along my path.
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.
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.