WRITING ABOUT YOUR WORK
A clear vision statement you to focus and and make key business decisions for your project.
To create one, ask yourself the following:
1. Who are you?
In one word define who you are.
Do this until you have at least twenty individual words.
This helps you develop the vocabulary with which you can begin to articulate your vision.
2. What is your mission?
Using the words that you generated (as many as you can, but not necessarily all), write what you intend to achieve until you have six unique statements that represent your project goals. Read them out loud. Read them to friends. Pick the hardest-hitting message and fine-tune it until it says exactly what your project represents.
3. How do you ..?
In three-word statements, explain why your project is unique. What does it do, what actions does it take? Create at least fifteen statements that explain how you intend to achieve your mission. From these, create three to five sentences that deliver your vision statement.
4. What is your Mandate?
Using the above statements create three to five sentences that explain how you / your project achieves it’s mission. Each statement should speak to what is unique about your project.
Take time to prepare: At least two to three weeks before the deadline begin writing your proposal based on the application’s questions/criteria.
Take time to prepare your budget: Budgets are a critical part of the submission. They need to be well researched, clear and accurate.
Prepare your support material: Always, label the support material in order to identify your work. Do not, unless requested, send press material. Click here for material on videos.
Presentation: Put page numbers on your material and, if possible, your name on each page as a header or footer. Allow for one-inch margins and use no less than ten-point font. Choose a font that is easy to read, such as “Times”. Legibility and simplicity are the rule.
- Research the application form before you start.
- In many cases, less is more.
- Don’t do the easy paper work first. Begin by outlining the project and building the budget.
- Give yourself and anybody who is writing support material plenty of time.
- Ask a colleague to read the submission as if they were jurying the decision.
- Proofread your submissionto avoid confused information in the submission.
Store your archives in file folders.. Avoid using vinyl, adhesives (tape, glue and labels), metal (staples, paper clips), elastic bands and highlighters, they will ruin your archives over time. Newsprint becomes brittle, so photocopy all clippings if you intend to handle them repeatedly.
IMPORTANT: Keep your archives in a dry place. Moisture in places like basements produces moulds that can destroy your history.
Photographs require a title of work, name(s) of performer(s), a date, a credit of the photographer, and a return address. You should write this information with a permanent marker on the back of the photograph rather than using labels. Labels eventually lose their adhesiveness and peel off.
Date all documents such as playbills, posters, press clippings and correspondence. If your correspondence is through e-mail, then print these out or copy them to disk.
Click on the links below for valuable archive-related resources:
In the context of a funding application, the project description must provide assessors with the project’s pertinent information. Each funding body will have its own specific questions, and you will want to ensure you answer them where they ask you to.
These questions may be:
What is the project? Who is involved? When does it take place? Where is it happening?
Be prepared to also answer detailed questions on your purpose, content, intended audience, scope, resources, and organizational elements.
You must be able to explain WHY your project is important.
• Place the activity in the context of your artistic values, expertise, perspective, and experience
• Describe what compels you to do this project at this time.
• Explain what you intend to achieve and who will benefit.
• This is where your vision statement is crucial! (see ‘Creating your Vision Statement’) .
Describe how you will accomplish the project artistically:
• Describe and explain the creative methods and processes used.
• Explain your choice of collaborators and participants.
• Describe the scope and nature of the artistic resources required.
• Explain how time has been allocated.
Relate these artistic elements to financial and organizational resources:
• Describe how the intended public is reached and developed.
• Explain how a range of revenues is secured.
• Describe how all of these artistic and organizational needs will be managed and met.
A strong resume for dance artists / choreographers includes:
• Your education, professional qualifications, work experience, training (include the names of teachers)
• Your choreographic works, performances and awards
• Dance professionals need to record for whom, when and where they danced
• Choreographers need to record the date of the premiere, the number of dancers in the work, key creators involved and the length of the work.
References may be included or a statement such as “references will be provided upon request” at the end of your resume.
KEEP YOUR RESUME STYLE CONSISTENT!
Keep even margins (minimum ¾”).
Italicize the name of all choreographic works.
Ensure Your name and contact information is clearly seen and can be picked out easily.
Make sure all names and venues are spelled correctly
HELPFUL HINTS: Use a spreadsheet to track all of your works and performances, including all necessary information like dates, names, and location. Update your resume regularly while the information is fresh in your head.
Ask to look at other artists’ resumes and develop a style that accents your talents. Have a second (or third) set of trusted eyes look over your resume.