March 13, 2009


Entries Invited for Second International Video Competition for Short Films Promoting Peaceful Solutions
Deadline: April 17, 2009

The City University of New York Dispute Resolution Consortium ( ) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice ( ) has announced the Make Talk Work Second International Video Com- petition for short films that demonstrate how peaceful solu- tions can be applied to difficult issues. Funded by the JAMS Foundation ( ), the project aims to increase public awareness of dispute reso- lution and the innovative formats it uses to resolve conflict in many different spheres.

The films, which can be up to sixty seconds long, can be based on any of the twenty-four Make Talk Work bookmarks, including creative settlements of disputes, conflict resolvers dealing with conflict situations, communications that prevent violent outcomes, prevention of bullying or harassment, and inspiring communication breakthroughs. Up to thirty-two prizes ranging from $250 to $3,000 will be awarded to individuals or teams. Winning entries will be posted on YouTube and the CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium Web site.

Guidelines for submissions are available at the DRC site. RFP Link:

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Meet The Composer/New England Accepting Grant Applications
Deadline: June 1, 2009

A program of the New England Foundation for the Arts ( ) and Meet The Composer ( ), Meet The Composer/New En- gland is designed to increase opportunities for composers to work in New England communities by fostering the creation, performance, dissemination, and appreciation of their music, and to provide meaningful interactions and experiences between composers, their music, and the citizens of New England.

The program offers grants to nonprofit organizations in New En- gland to provide interaction between individual composers and audiences related to specific performances of the composer's work. Grantees should provide opportunities for composers that will ensure informative contact with audiences and communities. This can include workshops, lectures, open rehearsals, and appearances on local media broadcasts. Eligible projects include the full range of music composition (e.g., jazz, European clas- sical, and songwriting).

Grants are available in amounts up to 50 percent of the compos- er's fee. The total fee may include travel, accommodations, and per diem. Grants range from a required minimum of $200 up to a maximum of $2,500 each. Meet the Composer/New England supports the fee of the individual composer, which cannot include the costs of a performing ensemble or additional artists. NEFA has streamlined the Meet the Composer/New England program application process to twice a year. The next program deadline is June 1, 2009 (for projects taking place between September 1, 2009, and February 28, 2010).

Visit the NEFA Web site for complete program guidelines. RFP Link:

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National Endowment for the Arts Accepting Applications From Nonprofit Organizations for Emergency Funding Opportunity
Deadline: April 2, 2009

The National Endowment for the Arts ( ) has announced the availability of grant guidelines for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5. This opportunity was created in response to passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provides $50 million to the National Endowment for the Arts for the purpose of assisting the nonprofit arts sector.

The new program will fund projects that focus on the preservation of jobs in the arts. The NEA will offer two categories of one-time support based on its existing distribution mechanism of 40 percent to the designated fifty-six state and jurisdictional arts agencies and their six authorized regional arts organizations (deadline passed), and 60 percent awarded through competitive direct grants.

Direct grants will be available to nonprofit arts organizations, including local arts agencies, statewide assemblies of local arts agencies, arts service organizations, and other arts organizations. Applicants must have received NEA funding in the last four years to be eligible to apply and can receive funds through only one source -- either the NEA directly, or from a state arts agency, a regional arts organization, or a local arts agency eligible to regrant.

Funded projects must address salary support and contractual fees. Projects may support full or partial salaries for one or more positions that are critical to an organization's artistic mission and that are in jeopardy or have been eliminated as a result of the current economic climate. Projects also may support fees for previously engaged artists and/or contractual personnel to main- tain or expand the period during which such persons would be engaged.

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New Berkeley FILM Foundation to Support Area's Independent Filmmakers
Deadline: April 14, 2009

The City of Berkeley ( ), Wareham Development ( ), and the Saul Zaentz Company ( ) have announced the creation of the Berkeley FILM Foundation, a grant program for independent filmmakers that seeks to nurture, sustain, and preserve the film community in Berkeley, California. The Berkeley FILM Foundation supports the ideals reflected in Berkeley's cul- ture by providing grants for social, historical, and innovative documentary and dramatic works. The fund will support Berkeley-based emerging or established independent filmmakers whose work combines intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium.

Eligible formats and genre include feature-length or short-form narratives and documentaries. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have been actively working in the discipline of the application for at least three years, residing or working in the City of Berkeley for at least one year prior to the application deadline, and be the primary creator of work(s) submitted. Grants will be awarded for works in the production, post- production, and distribution stages.

See the Film Berkeley Web site for complete program guidelines and application. RFP Link:

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