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Author:  Diana [ Wed Jun 09, 2004 6:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: San Francisco Bay Area Financial Situation

From the San Francisco Chronicle,

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Proposed merger makes San Francisco arts advocates nervous

Steven Winn, Chronicle Arts and Culture Critic
Wednesday, June 9, 2004



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Faced with a proposed city and county of San Francisco budget for 2004-05 that merges Grants for the Arts with the San Francisco Arts Commission, streamlines both agencies, necessitates staff cuts and trims almost $1.5 million, arts administrators and advocates are apprehensive about an uncertain funding future.


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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Jun 09, 2004 8:03 am ]
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The Arts are such an easy target for grant cuts and the situation in San Francisco must be worryng for a variety of organisations. However, I can understand the decision to make the largest cuts for the major companies who have more opportunities to find alternative funding. What a contrast to New York a couple of years ago when it was the small companies who bore the bulk of the pain.

Author:  Diana [ Mon Jun 14, 2004 6:54 am ]
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From the Contra Costa Times,

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Walnut Creek finds cultural costs add up
By Theresa Harrington / CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Walnut Creek officials view their city as the leading regional center for the arts in the Bay Area outside San Francisco -- but at a price.
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Author:  Diana [ Wed Jun 23, 2004 10:03 am ]
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From the Contra Costa Times,

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S.J. passes out arts grants

FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF CUTBACKS

By Mark de la Viña

Mercury News

The San Jose City Council on Tuesday approved $1.8 million in grants to 56 arts groups for 2004-05, down from $2.5 million in 2003-04.
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Author:  Diana [ Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:34 pm ]
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From the San Francisco Chronicle,

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Newsom brings down curtain on proposed arts merger -- for now

Jesse Hamlin, Chronicle Staff Writer
Monday, July 5, 2004



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Faced with stiff opposition from the San Francisco arts crowd, Mayor Gavin Newsom has dropped his controversial budget proposal to merge the city's Grant for the Arts program with the San Francisco Arts Commission -- at least for now.
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Author:  Diana [ Sat Jul 10, 2004 9:01 am ]
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From the San Francisco Chronicle,

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Marin council gives money to support community art

Janet Somers, Special to The Chronicle
Friday, July 9, 2004



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In a small, windowless office in downtown San Rafael crammed with computers and littered with books on filmmaking and copies of "The Hollywood Reporter," a group of at-risk teenagers and young adults are perfecting their pitches to raise money for a feature film about an inner-city girl who works her way out of gang life. They've already created a business plan calling for a budget of $150,000.

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Author:  Azlan [ Mon Aug 30, 2004 7:00 am ]
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Not good in San Jose:

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2 arts programs in S.J. eliminated

CITY BUDGET, MANPOWER CUTS ARE CITED


Anita Amirrezvani, Mercury News

Two city-sponsored programs that have brought dozens of multicultural artists to San Jose stages since 1993 have been eliminated because of municipal budget and manpower cuts, reported Jerry Allen, deputy director of the city's Office of Cultural Affairs.<a href=http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/breaking_news/9521726.htm target=_blank>more</a>

Author:  Azlan [ Sat Jan 08, 2005 11:01 am ]
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Dancing through thick and thin

LOS LUPEÑOS DE SAN JOSÉ TROUPE HANGS ON DESPITE HARDSHIP

By Mark de la Viña
San Jose Mercury News

Few arts groups have taken it on the chin as hard as Los Lupeños de San José. <a href=http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/living/10597455.htm target=_blank>more</a>

Author:  LMCtech [ Tue Feb 28, 2006 6:22 pm ]
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We haven't had a post here for a while.

An article from the SF Chronicle. Not just about dance, but interesting and relevant nonetheless.

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Show us the money! City debates new ways to slice the pie in an era of tough times for arts funding.

Jesse Hamlin, Steven Winn, Chronicle Staff Writers

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The new millennium has been tough on the arts. With public money shrinking and private donors cutting back, arts groups are competing more fiercely than ever for tight dollars. Even in San Francisco, a widely admired national model for arts funding, it's a struggle. Everyone from the strapped Mission District sculptor to the big-budget San Francisco Opera is feeling the crunch.

Which is why the latest round of squabbling about city arts money has been so contentious. A task force that spent a year hammering out proposals that could dramatically change how San Francisco funds the arts has again polarized the local arts world. The city-appointed body -- whose 21 voting members were picked to represent each supervisorial district and arts groups of varying budgets -- is expected to approve its draft report today. It then gets passed along to the Board of Supervisors, which will review the recommendations and, depending on the political will of the moment, either act on them or not.


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Author:  LMCtech [ Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Some good news in the South Bay

From the San Jose Mercury News.

[quote]Pizarro: Rumor of donations excites arts groups
By Sal Pizarro
Mercury News
There's a buzz in San Jose's non-profit arts community over word that a series of large donations are on the way to several groups including Ballet San Jose, Symphony Silicon Valley, the San Jose Rep, Opera San Jose and American Musical Theater of San Jose.

No one at the arts groups would confirm rumors of the potential windfall from an anonymous donor, which is said to be in the mid-six figures for at least one group.[quote]

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Stay tuned for more breaking news on this subject...

Author:  LMCtech [ Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:03 pm ]
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Another article about the bad economy, sigh.

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Economy keeps Bay Area dance companies on their toes
By Laura Casey
Staff Writer
Posted: 02/02/2009 01:00:00 AM PST

Moving Arts Dance Center in Concord has a "never say die" attitude, says executive director Scott Belding. He is confident that even in this economy the company's early February performance of "Beauty From Darkness" will sell out.

The modern dance organization — which boasts a dance school and its own small, 100-seat theater — has paired with the unusual heavy metal string quartet Judgement Day to boost interest in and attendance at the February performance. This partnership is just one way the organization has reconceived its business model to stay afloat in a shaky economy.


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Author:  Francis Timlin [ Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:01 pm ]
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In the Oakland Tribune, Karen D'Souza provides some summaries of how large and mid-sized arts organizations in the Bay Area are weathering the recession in 2010.

Oakland Tribune

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