We encourage you to connect with the artists you would like to include in your program before you submit your application. Ask them what their standard rate is and how they would like to be involved in your program.
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No, your match can be any combination of cash or in-kind contributions. Read more about the budget in How to Create Your Downtown Program Fund Budget for step-by-step instructions.
Your total revenue that you show in your budget must match your total expenses.
Yes, awardees are responsible for paying for their necessary permits. Cultural Services staff will be available to advise on permits and schedule a meeting between you and the departments issuing relevant permits.
Please list a date or timeframe on your application. For example, “one Saturday evening at the end of August” will suffice. Knowing your date or timeframe helps the selection committee approve programs that are evenly distributed between April 1 and October 31. If approved, you can work with Cultural Services staff during your advising appointment to select a specific date.
It is critical to plan for last-minute changes such as rain, intense heat or wildfire smoke. Can your program continue using canopy tents or a nearby shelter? What planning can you put in place now if you need to postpone your program, such as having back-up reservations for visiting artists or a marketing plan to announce a change in date?