In which Dennis calls upon arcane knowledge

Today the MAP Fund opened their website to letters of inquiry for their annual grant application process. I’ve done a bit of research into the grant already, and it’s a perfect fit. One of the requirements of the process is that artists have to apply with a non-profit organization. That organization can either be working […]

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Well as of today, I can add another major project to my list of major projects for the coming year. Dr. Carlson, the Director of Choral Activities at ISU, is ready to proceed with recording a full disc of my choral music starting in the Spring! We’ve been talking about the project on and off […]

JFund app update

The application arrived in Minnesota yesterday. Before I left for the office, I finally checked the FedEx tracking number, and saw that it was out for delivery. Another anal-retentive check this morning confirmed that it had, indeed, been delivered and signed for. I’ll spend the next week or so drafting up a letter for the […]

One down…

The application is in the mail! After work yesterday, I printed out a pretty copy of Letter from a Young Poet and made nice color labels for the CDs, and everything was ready to go! The only hiccup happened when I went to check the CDs to make sure that they played properly. I tried […]

Final application tweaks

The day job approved the time off for the VCCA residency, so I’ll be there from Nov 4 to Nov 13. Very excited to be going back! Tuesday evening, sent my personal statement off to Chet for a look-over. I value his opinion highly in all things, but I value his opinion above all others […]

Residency thoughts

Zero work got done on the JFund application this weekend. Consequently, I’ve blocked off several evenings this week to tackle it formally. Tonight through Thursday, I’ve set aside 6-8 (maybe longer, depending) every evening to type up my personal statement and project description. Work ‘til 6, type til 8, hit the gym after (must lose […]

Letter of Commitment

This morning I got a draft of the Letter of Commitment from Dr. Block for the JFund application. Aside from having to correct the spelling of my last name, I just tweaked the project description, which was lifted from my original proposal a few weeks ago. It was just a matter of substituting newer, more […]

Putting the “Fun” in Fundraising!

Since Dr. Block got back from his trip yesterday, I requested the presented materials from him again. Hoping to have it by the end of the week so that I can send out the completed JFund app by Monday. It doesn’t need a postmark until next Friday, but for once in my life I’d like […]

Only Air: JFund Application

During my lunch break at the office yesterday, I called my friend Chet Biscardi to start picking his brain about some of the elements of the personal statement for the JFund application. I’ve decided that I want some outside insight, as it were, for the “development and direction of your work” portion. I think I […]

Brush Creek Foundation won’t work this season

Friday was a bit of a bummer. The Brush Creek Foundation made their scheduling decisions WAY earlier than I had anticipated, so I wasn’t able to have more of a back-and-forth thing with them and the office so that everybody could be happy with the dates that I’d be gone. Thursday evening, I got the […]