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Five Sonoma County Bands Receive Next Level Grants

Posted by: on Aug 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

This past Spring, Creative Sonoma, a division of Sonoma County’s Economic Development Board, hosted the second annual Next Level Conference for local musicians and those in the business. With that daylong event of keynote talks and panel discussions with industry professionals also came the opportunity for Sonoma County bands and musicians to apply for a Next Level Grant worth $2,5000. All told, Creative Sonoma awarded grant money to five bands, and they recently announced the recipients.

In no particular order, the 2017 Next Level Grantees are world music makers DyaTribal Band, indie rockers Manzanita Falls, funk act Marhsall House Project, eclectic folk outfit Oddjob Ensemble and jazz artist and instructor Alan Hall. Funds will be used for projects ranging from new recordings, touring, video projects and album promotion. These grants will also be paired with ten hours of one-on-one consulting with music experts to help each recipient make the most of their funds.

This program is made possible with grant funds from the William J. and Flora Hewlett Foundation with additional support from Lagunitas Brewing Company. For more information on the Next Level conference and grant program, watch the video below.

Next Level Grants Now Available for Musicians

Posted by: on May 2, 2016 | Comments (0)

Last month, the Next Level Showcase and Conference introduced Sonoma County music lovers to an array of local musicians and bands, and introduced those musicians to several industry professionals and insiders who led a daylong symposium revolving around the business of music.

Now, Next Level is in full swing of its second phase, a grants program where five Sonoma County musicians can each win $2,500 to help them in their musical endeavors. These grants will be paired with ten hours of one-on-one consulting with industry experts to help encourage the most effective use of the grant funds.

Under the direction of Creative Sonoma–an arts program with the county’s economic development board–and in association with the North Bay Hootenanny, Next Level’s grant program is made possible by a donation from the Hewlett Foundation. Grant applications, due June 6, are available now online.

Later this month, Next Level is holding an applicant Q&A session on Tuesday, May 17, at 1pm, at the Creative Sonoma offices, 141 Stony Circle, Ste 110, Santa Rosa. Applicants can call into the meeting as well, 707.565.8996.