Well, the Bite-Size Arts Ensemble is finally ready to lift off. From a starting point of ten artists, three have been willing to do the work needed to help advance their careers. 1 out of 3 isn’t too bad of a result, as far as I am concerned. It takes usually 7 knocks to open a door and I got 3 out of 10 on the first doorbell ring. I am overall pleased with these first round results.
The three individuals are: Darlyne Cain, singer/songwriter, Brian O’Hern, The Model Citizens Big Band and Juggler Dharmesh Bhagat. Besides being extremely talented, these individuals each are gems of human beings. I am building a starter site at www.ReverbNation.com/bitesizeartsensemble. Check us out there or click on the right side of the panel of this blog. You can help promote the work of this ensemble by going to ReverbNation and picking up a widget and putting it on your website or your own blog. We need fans and can certainly use your help.
The Bite-Size Arts Ensemble’s 501c3 status came through just a little less then two weeks ago, so we can now officially ask for donations and offer a tax deduction. ( Kind of hard to put up a web site as a not for profit and ask for donations without having the 501c3 government recognized status.) If you are contemplating filing for this status, as an already established not for profit corporation, make SURE to use an attorney. I negotiated with my attorney a flat fee to do the paper work. The paperwork is complicated enough that you will be much more likely to get the status if you do.
As for the ensemble, the next steps include filming for the video portions of our productions, which have already begun, building the website, finalizing a short list of theaters for our first few shows as well as finding a couple of venues for a fund raiser or two we hope to have planned before June is over. Our next big board meeting to make these decision is next week! Our actual launch date for this performance based entrepreneurial incubator is Fall 2008: Sept/October depending on theater availability.
While the ensemble itself is focused on developing creatively and building entrepreneurial skills for artists, the goal is also to offer our audience members the opportunity to explore their own creativity through our productions as well as through the offerings of the artists themselves.
Stay tuned for more… this baby is about to take flight!