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Atlanta, GA

Grantwriting for Artists

Creative Capital


This workshop, led by filmmaker Tracie Holder, is open to artists working across all disciplines who have a project in development and are ready to start the grant application process. Over four weeks, you will gain confidence in your fundraising and proposal writing abilities and develop a solid road map to begin the process. We’ll review the specific components of a proposal, how to convey ideas visually, and strike a balance between the big broad brushstroke ideas and small details that make your project come alive on the page. We’ll also cover the most common mistakes made when writing grant fundraising proposals and how to avoid them. A central goal of the workshop is to gain an understanding of how to incorporate fundraising and proposal writing into your artistic practice so that it becomes an organic step in moving your current and future projects forward.

Throughout the workshop, artists will work on their initial draft proposal. In-between these sessions, participants will meet using an online forum to share their work and provide feedback to one another. By the end of the workshop, you should come away with a comprehensive framework for proposal writing as well as an initial draft proposal and a sense of confidence and direction to move forward.

Tracie will be joined by Creative Capital Awardees for two of the sessions to add a range of perspectives across disciplines.

Workshop dates:

  • Part 1: Monday, February 10, 7-8:30pm ET

  • (Monday, February 17, 7-8:30pm ET - There is no class due to the President's Day holiday.)

  • Part 2: Monday, February 24, 7-8:30pm ET, Joined by Raja Feather Kelly

  • Part 3: Monday, March 2, 7-8:30pm ET

  • Part 4: Monday, March 9, 7-8:30pm ET

After the workshop series concludes, participants will be given the opportunity to sign up for an additional one-on-one consultation with Tracie Holder. Consultations are 45-minutes long and take place by phone or video conference. The price is $90. 15 sessions will be made available.

This online workshop series will be recorded. The recordings will be shared with all registered participants after the workshop concludes, regardless of whether a participant attends the live workshop. The recordings will be available online to registrants indefinitely; they are not available for download.

Tracie Holder is a filmmaker, consultant, producer and film funding specialist. She is a 2016 Sundance Creative Producers Fellow, teaches at the New York Film Academy and leads workshops in the U.S. and abroad, tutors and serves on juries at international pitching and training sessions. She is widely regarded as a “go-to” person and all-round resource for artists seeking funding having raised more than $2.5 million for her own projects from a mix of government funders, private foundations and individuals.

Clients include: Documentary Campus, IDFA, European Documentary Network, Ramallah Doc, Scottish Documentary Institute, Lisbon Docs, DocNomads, Firelight Media, DOC NYC, Chicken & Egg, Black Public Media, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, Creative Capital, Unions Docs, and the Made in NY Media Center, among others. Holder was a longtime consultant to Women Make Movies and served as the Development & Funding Strategist for Abby Disney’s Fork Films. She is a former board member of NY Women in Film and grant panelist for national and local funders.

Holder is the co-producer/director/writer of Joe Papp in Five Acts, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will broadcast nationally on PBS/American Masters in 2020. Her producing credits include Grit, co-directed by Academy Award-winner Cynthia Wade and Sasha Friedlander, Executive Producer, Abby Disney (Hot Docs 2018/POV 2019) and The Quiet Zone, in production. She is currently developing The People’s Will, an NEH-funded feature documentary about two rival productions of Macbeth in New York City in 1849 that led to a riot in which twenty-two people were killed and marked the first time in U.S. history in which American troops fired on American citizens.

Raja Feather Kelly breaks complicated text into three-dimensional movement landscapes. Inspired by the evolution of popular culture over the past 40 years. Particularly Andy Warhol’s philosophy and aesthetic as a model for repetition, iconography, and cinematic sensibilities. In his work, Kelly amplifies mundane, pedestrian movement into scientific and virtuosic choreography. His work appropriates the structures, themes, and aesthetics found in reality television, celebrity culture, and social media, then deconstructs them into new works which combine dance, theater, and visual media. He aims to challenge his audience and collaborators to collectively recognize, interrogate, and celebrate their own implication in popular media and how media has trained and molded their desires, relationships, and identities.

Kelly’s choreographic credits include over a dozen evening-length works that were created and performed in NYC. Off-Broadway credits include choreography for Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Lila Neugebauer, Susan-Lori Parks, Lilieana Blain-Cruz, Jim Findlay. Honors include a 2017, 2018, and 2019 Princess Grace Award for Choreography, 2016 Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography, 2018 Creative Capital Award, the Inaugural Jerome Hill Fellowship and is currently the 2019–2020 Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist at New York Live Arts.

You may attend this online workshop by computer (Mac OSX 10.8 or PC computer Windows 7 and higher) or mobile device (iPhone iOS version 9.3 or higher, iPad iOS version 9.3 or higher, Android OS version 4.0 or higher).

For computers, please login using Chrome web browser, which must be totally up-to-date.

Internet Explorer, Firefox, Edge, and Safari may also be used, but will require you to download and install Intermedia AnyMeeting’s Desktop Application (our online workshop platform).

A strong wifi or hard-wired Internet connection is preferred (1 Mbps or faster).

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