Common Fence Music seeks Board Members

 The Common Fence Music Board of Directors finds itself in great need of additional board members.  We are looking to our community for people who are passionate about preserving folk music traditions and promoting cultural exchange.
For 25 years, the CFM board has worked hard to bring our valued community excellent music and educational programming, but our small non-profit is not sustainable without additional funding, and in order to raise funds and apply for grants we need the staff to do the legwork.
We are looking for members of our community who are interested in a rewarding position on our board, particularly to seek out large and small monetary gifts and assist in grant writing. We are also in need of someone with bookkeeping and budgeting skills. Do you have experience in any of these areas, or know someone who does? If so, we’d love to talk with you! Don’t think you have the time? Any one of us is happy to grab a hot drink with you to discuss what being a board member entails.
In addition to the satisfaction that comes with keeping CFM’s programs alive, benefits to being on our board include being part of an awesome team of motivated music lovers, and an annual invitation to our legendary volunteer appreciation cookout!
Please consider joining us! You can get in touch with me at the email address below, or if you know our other board members, feel free to reach out to them: Ted Czech, Don Berrett, or Jean Quinn; or our Directors Erin Young or Tom Perrotti.
Amy Parmenter
Board Member
Common Fence Music

Creative Community Fellows Applications Live!

Creative Community Fellows brings a group of twenty-five creative change makers across New England together, to be part of something bigger, to learn life-changing skills and to see dreams become reality. Fellows jump-start the program by living and learning together for one week in an incubator-like environment building their skills in strategy, leadership and design thinking. Over the course of five months, they take monthly online courses in topic areas such as community development, finding capital and support, budgeting and more. Together, they share updates on their projects and meet with leaders in the field who serve as mentors. Fellows test, adapt, and build on their work, walking away with clarity and a strategy forward. Applications close April 22, 2018.

Thanks to the generous support of The Barr Foundation, tuition is on us. All tuition, including the cost of lodging, food, local transportation and program fees ($8,000) is completely underwritten.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Applications for the National Dance Presenters Forum due March 28th

Jacob’s Pillow, in partnership with the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) and The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), invites emerging dance presenters to apply for an immersive professional development experience to:

  • Strengthen curatorial practice in dance
  • Discuss critical issues facing the dance field
  • Learn about and share audience engagement strategies
  • Explore collaborative strategies to support choreographic development
  • Strengthen professional networks

The Forum experience will take the shape of a learning cohort, wherein participants, facilitators, presenters, and virtual panelists will interrogate and contribute perspectives on the evolving state of 21st-century dance presenting. The cohort will use the lessons learned and the challenges and opportunities identified through recent initiatives and reports as launching points for discussion and reflection.

This forum is for individuals who have been presenting dance or are based at an organization that has been presenting dance for less than five years. 15 participants will be selected, receiving housing, meals, and Festival performance tickets. A limited number of travel stipends are available.

For more information and to apply, click here.

NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley calls for Creative Programming

NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley (NWBRV) is offering community members the opportunity to utilize space for programming and support to promote creative outlets for community members. NWBRV is looking for creative people and artists interested in using their talents to build community and make positive physical, economic, or social impacts within the Millrace District (specifically 40 South Main Street) through music, art, culture, networking and creativity events or programming. At NWBRV, we define a creative very broadly; both trained professionals and the self-taught. You can be a
musician, poet, photographer, food entrepreneur, dancer or performer, or through many other avenues. If you have an idea for how to or socially impact and build the creative community, we want to support it! We also want to ensure that this idea is grounded in the Woonsocket community.
What We’re Looking For
– Local community members to use their own ideas and talents to use through offering classes, events, and opportunities that aid in creating a creative culture in the Millrace District.
– People to host creative events, education, and opportunities that that occur once or over a series of sessions in either our pop-up café or event space at 40 South Main Street, Woonsocket.
– People that are community-minded and self-motivated
Type of Events We Would Love to Support
– Music, art, writing, creative workshops and classes (yes, you can charge participants for your expertise as long as it’s reasonable)
– Poetry slams, mic nights, pop-up galleries, food demos, networking nights

For more information and to apply, click here.

Black Earth Institute Call for Fellows

The Black Earth Institute is seeking 6 new fellows for 2018-2021

The Black Earth Institute is a community of creative, committed artists and a grant resource. Established in 2005, BEI is dedicated to supporting art in re-forging the links between spirit, earth and society, for art and its makers create the space for changing minds and the world. With this in mind, BEI endeavors to bring together a group of artists who are activists, whether in their own fields or in general causes, to foment change.

BEI seeks fellows from different genres, such as literary, dramatic and media artists; performance artists making a political statement; or journalists addressing the urgent social and environmental issues facing the planet. We seek fellows from different points in their life journeys, be they published or tenured, or new break-through artists, who have gained or are gaining recognition for leadership. BEI will continue its legacy of including fellows representing diverse communities: academic, activist, gender-identified, racial, ethnic and international.

The fellowship lasts for three years, and includes a funded annual retreat, funding for a specific arts project, and editing an issue of About Place Journal. For more information and to apply, click here.


THE UCROSS FOUNDATION RESIDENCY PROGRAM is currently accepting applications for residencies of 2-6 weeks.   Located on a 20,000-acre working cattle ranch in the foothills of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains, the Foundation provides individual workspace, living accommodations, uninterrupted time and the experience of the historic High Plains landscape to selected writers, artists, and composers working in all disciplines.  There is no charge for room, board, or studio space.  The quality of an applicant’s work is given primary consideration in the review process; individuals from all stages of their professional careers are invited to apply.  At any one-time there are typically 10 individuals in residence.  Facilities include 4 VISUAL ART STUDIOS, one with an Elephant etching press, 4 WRITER’S STUDIOS, 2 COMPOSER’S STUDIOS, each with an electronic keyboard and baby grand piano. There is also a large LOFT SPACE suitable for dance and theatre collaborations.

Annual deadlines are October 1 for Spring Session (March-early June) and March 1 for Fall Session (August-early December).  The application fee is $40.  Applications submitted online: . Please contact Tracey Kikut with questions at or 307-737-2291.