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Rainin Opportunity Fund


Applications are due by 12 noon on Friday, October 7, 2016


ODC Theater has partnered with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation to create an eponymous opportunity fund at ODC to support self-producing artists through its open access rental program. The Rainin Foundation has made a commitment of $20,000 per year for three years to support the administration of scholarship subsidies to self-producing artists in ODC Theater’s main stage. Up to ten artists will be awarded a scholarship to self-produce/rent ODC’s B. Way Theater from January 1, 2017 – May 1, 2018. Applications will be considered and scored by a panel, and the awarded artists will receive a subsidized rental week in the theater. Subsidy scholarships will cover a minimum of 50% of the production space and labor costs for the artists. Scholarships will be awarded based on artistic merit and need.


Recipients must be San Francisco Bay Area dance artists.
Recipients must self-produce and offer a public performance in ODC Theater’s main space (B. Way Theater) January 1, 2017 – May 1, 2018. ODC Theater is booked by the week Monday-Saturday. A signed MOU will be required within 30 days of notification in order to claim the scholarship and confirm dates. All promotional materials (print and electronic) will be asked to acknowledge the Rainin Opportunity Fund at ODC Theater. All recipients will be required to complete a post-production report and participate in grant reporting, as needed.

Any previous or current Rainin funding received by the applicant directly from the foundation will not be a factor in consideration for this scholarship.

Please direct any questions to ODC Theater Programming and Operations Manager Alona Christman

About Kenneth Rainin Foundation

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing thequality of life by championing and sustaining the arts, promoting early childhood literacy, and supporting research to cure chronic disease. The Foundation focuses its efforts on the San Francisco Bay Area and specific medical issues and utilizes its networks, resources and commitment to socially responsible business practices to support innovation, collaboration, and connection.

About ODC Theater

ODC Theater has been located in San Francisco's Mission district for over thirty years. Nationally recognized as a cultural landmark, the Theater’s mission is to empower and develop innovative artists. It aims to participate in the creation of new works through commissioning, presenting, mentorship and space access; to develop informed, engaged and committed audiences; and to advocate for the performing arts as an essential component to the economic and cultural development of our community. Nationally known artists Spalding Gray, Diamanda Galas, Molissa Fenley, Bill T. Jones, Eiko & Koma, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, Ban Rarra and Karole Armitage are among those whose first San Francisco appearance occurred at ODC Theater. Today, the Theater is home to a thriving Artist in Residence Program, an acclaimed regional and national presenting program, a mentorship program for emerging professionals, and a subsidized rental program for self-producing artists.

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